Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.

Attention beauty junkies! A new natural beauty is in town and it’s safe to say we’re pretty much obsessed. Lovejay Holistic Beauty Bar is now open at 2124 E 6th St. and carries a variety of clean skincare, cosmetics and haircare brands. The east side boutique, owned and operated by Austinite Blair Wagoner, is the first 100% clean beauty retailer in Austin, and showcases cult favorite and up-and-coming indie beauty brands that are purely natural, organic and non-toxic. 

Photo: Cassandra Klepac Photography


Lovejay’s selection of carefully curated natural beauty products encompasses over 15 domestic, organic brands. The stellar lineup includes skincare like locally owned oil-based skincare line Olive + M, Maya Chia, Live Botanical, Skin Owl, Josh Rosebrook; and natural makeup brands like Han, Au Naturale, Fitglow, Lily Lolo and 14e. Shoppers can enjoy a thorough selection of cleansers, serums, toners, masks, moisturizers, balms, salves, scrubs, oils, makeup, shampoos and conditioners. 

In addition to Lovejay’s natural retail products, the adorable boutique will also offer signature services and consultations. Consultations will include Lighten Up Consulting: a beauty bag cleanup for those looking to make the switch to natural cosmetics. Customers can consult one-on-one with an expert staff member to introduce natural alternatives to their favorite products; Makeup artists will be available for natural beauty makeovers; The Lovejay Beauty Consultation will be a custom, one-on-one consultation for customers to ask questions, apply and test products and learn more about ingredient safety and choosing the right products. Schedule appointments online at lovejaybeauty.com, email info@lovejaybeauty.com or call Lovejay at 512-330-4404. 


Lovejay Holistic Beauty Bar is now open at 2124 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702, Unit 103. The shop hours will be 11 am to 6 pm Wednesday through Sunday (Monday and Tuesday are by appointment only). Find more info at lovejaybeauty.com or email info@lovejaybeauty.com. Order products online at lovejaybeauty.com and follow on social media at @lovejaybeauty

This new small batch brewery has been putting on a grand opening celebration since yesterday and today is the big finale! Let’s welcome them to the city properly, shall we?

Eater Austin has the backstory on this new women-led downtown brewery. Come for kolaches, live music, merch, and stay for the release of their first four beers. The inaugural brews are: Belgian Wit, Belgian Pale Ale, French Saison and Ultra Limited Hazy IPA. Drink up, y’all!

And if stopping by this place makes you thirsty for a Sunday Funday tour de beers, check out our Austin Brewery Guide for many more of our local favs.

When: Today, May 19th

Time: noon

Location: 417 Red River St, Austin, Texas 78701

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets willbegin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (May 28) in Austin at Bass Concert Hall.  Forty tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 10:00 AM CT on Sunday, May 26 for tickets to the Tuesday, May 28 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.   

HOW TO ENTER

  • Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).
  • You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.
  • The lottery will open at 10:00 AM CT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance. 
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 10:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
  • No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
  • Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.  
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded. 
  • Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.

ADDITIONAL RULES

Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice. 

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and texasperformingarts.org for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

Things To Do In Austin, TX

Thursday, May 23rd

Star Party at Jester King Brewery

Unplugged at The Grove

ACL Radio is hosting Unplugged at the Grove every Thursday evening and this week it’s Charlie Mars! Food, drinks, and fun under the clear, warm Austin sky at Shady Grove.

Movie In The Park: The Little Mermaid

Friday, May 24th

When Harry Met Sally at The Paramount

All Weekend

Hot Luck Music & Live Fire Festival

Created and founded by barbecue icon Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, Hot Luck is a fest where the nation’s biggest chefs and musicians can deliver what they really love to the people.

Float The River

This is a must do at least once this summer! Floating the River is a rite of passage in Central Texas.

WIN A Springfree Trampoline

Waterloo Adventures Is Open For The Season

Free Shakespeare In The Park

Saturday, May 25th

BEVO at the Co-Op

Sunday, May 26th

Poolside Sessions at The LINE Hotel

The Brunch Boat with Via313 Pizza

Why brunch on land when you can brunch on water? Enjoy a morning of tunes, brunch and booze!

Memorial Day, May 27th

Annual Front Yard Picnic at Duchman Family Winery

Irene’s 3rd Birthday Bash & Crawfish Boil

Bachelorette Viewing Parties at Icenhauer’s

Join Icenhauer’s each week for the ultimate girls night. Enjoy happy hour pricing, bring you own snacks or order from their trailer, and the most dramatic show in history on their indoor TVs. When the weather improves they will project on their back patio!

Mega Mutt Mondays at Banger’s

Coming Soon

Sunset Cruise on Lake Austin

Photo: instagram @mackwells1883

Take your happy hour out on the water and experience the beauty and fun of this place in a whole new way. We’ve partnered with Float On and Independence Brewing Co. to offer the booze cruise of your dreams!

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Free Yoga at Republic Square

Join Wanderlust Yoga for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, KIND Snacks, Siete Foods, and yours truly, 365 Things Austin at Republic Square.

New Cocktail + Coffee Bar Lands on South Congress

This is the perfect spot for everything from remote working to lunching to happy hour-ing and partying.

Hotel Pools to Keep You Cool This Summer

Photo: Nick Simonite

You should really play hooky and spend the day at one of these fabulous Austin pools.

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This city is naturally beautiful and lively and full of interesting people—that’s why we love it. But if you want to see Austin in a whole new way, you should really get on two wheels. This Friday, wake up, ditch the car commute, and get on that cute little bike of yours. Spandex optional.

It’s Austin’s Bike to Work Day! Go alone or join a group ride to kick start your weekend. And don’t worry about sweating or looking disheveled when you get to work—everybody is doing it! Wear that helmet hair like a badge of honor.

Best of all you can get a bunch of free food, coffee, and swag at more than 40 fueling stations located around the city. And then, because you gotta treat yourself after working a little harder to get to work, stop by the Bike After Work Party at Cheer Up Charlies!

When: Today, May 17th

You are much more likely to do it if you pledge to ride your bike. Biking to work is a great thing to for your mind, body, the environment, and your fellow humans. Join the movement that’s going national! It’s

When spring rolls around, wildflowers and the beauty of the hill country are in full force, and so is the pollen. We reach for a spoonful of local honey when allergies are at an all time high to help quell the sneezing and sniffling. Round Rock Honey is our favorite local honey brand: it’s true, raw wildflower honey coming from their bee yards in Round Rock, Texas. We love supporting brands that are not only local, but have a commitment to quality. Their emphasis on quality is from field to hive to table, we had the opportunity to attend one of their educational beekeeping classes and were able to learn about their processes from taking loving care of their bees to minimally processing the raw honey. Find more about attending their beekeeping classes at roundrockhoney.com/beekeeping-classes


Round Rock Honey has an amazing variety of honey sizes and also has special flavors including Bourbon Barrel Reserve (we love this in our Old Fashioneds!) and Orange Cinnamon, You can find Round Rock Honey at a variety of local stores including H-E-B, Trader Joe’s, People’s Pharmacy, Wal-Mart and Kroger, as well as at their weekend farmers market booths. Shop their products and order online, or visit their shop in Round Rock at 1308 Chisholm Trail. Read about where to find Round Rock Honey and their farmers market locations at roundrockhoney.com/about-us/our-honey

Photo: Hayden Walker

Follow Round Rock Honey on social media at @roundrockhoney

After all the brunching and gifting and letting her rest, take Mom to a free concert this evening on the steps of the State Capitol.

Join the Austin Symphonic Band for a concert in honor of moms everywhere. The band will perform a selection of festive tunes with a cajun flair, including works by Frank Ticheli and John Philip Sousa. 

Get there early to spread out your picnic blanket or grab one of the limited audience chairs in the front row.

When: Today, May 12th

Time: 7–8:30 p.m.

Wander/Gather is a members-only experience to make lasting connections. Their mission is to bring you out from behind your screen to forge new relationships. They love the moment during an event where small talk turns into deeper connections with someone who was a stranger not long before. 

Whether you’re at an event for friendship, networking, or dating, we are all here to find common ground and meet like-minded people with similar interests.

Right now, Wander/Gather is offering a free three-week trial. 

You can set up your profile through their website. After you have completed your profile, you will get new event batches every other Tuesday at 5:00 pm. The events are handpicked for you based on your interests. After you have attended an event, you will gain access to their secure chat feature between you and others who attended the same event. 

Sign up now, so you can start experiencing the magic of being in the right place at the right time. 

Austinites have always sought guidance and wisdom from El Arroyo’s famous sign, and today we finally have a chance to put our deep thoughts out there! A main attraction of this epic block party is their sign contest!

Give your sign suggestion at the door and once an hour they will select one lucky winner to put their sign up! You have to be present to win! Start thinking of something pithy and brilliant.

Hayley Cakes will be a special guest creating custom cookies until they run out! And they will have drink specials featuring Dulce Vida Tequila, live music, and a photo booths.

When: Today. May 5th

Time: 1–5 p.m.

Where: El Arroyo, 1624 W 5th St. Austin, Texas 78703

After all of the crazy rain and thunder last night, it’s going to be a beautiful day to walk around and shop with your fellow Austinites. This is an oldie and a goodie! Featuring 300 vendors, food concessions, three stages of music, kids rides, and a petting zoo—it’s an institution. In fact, it’s one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation.

The festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds.

And check out our list of the best things to do this weekend! There’s so much going on.

When: Today, May 4th

Time: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.