Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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.

Join KNOCKOUT Austin and Outdoor Voices at Fareground for a night of kickboxing and drinks! Get your sweat on and kickbox for 40 minutes with and then kick back with a cocktail and grab some food from all the local vendors at the venue. Everyone who comes will receive a free class card to KO, a chance to win a 5-class pack, and a chance to win apparel from Outdoor Voices.

Space is limited, so grab a pal and RSVP right here.

When: Thursday, July 18th

Time: 7–8:30 p.m.

111 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, 78704

A restaurant week for dogs and the people who love them—what a gloriously Austin thing! Running July 22-28, you and your pup can head to a select group of restaurants that will be catering to you both. It all kicks off Monday, July 22 at The Rustic Tap from 6-8 p.m.

While on these restaurant patios with your pup, you can cool off with a special cocktail for humans and a portion of the proceeds will go toward some incredible organizations who lookout for our furry friends. A dog-friendly menu at each spot will feature pup’s pastries, beef sliders, and pumpkin truffles!

Edible Austin puts this on and you can read more here about which nonprofits will be benefitting from the event.

Here are all the participating restaurants:

Irene’s – 506 West Ave.
Opal Divine’s – 2200 S. I-35
Revelry on the Boulevard – 6215 N. Lamar Blvd.
Rustic Tap – 613 W. 6th St.
Red’s Porch (Round Rock; 4401 N. I-35, Ste. 2002; Quarry; 4200 B Braker Ln.; South; 3508 S. Lamar Blvd.)

If you are a wine lover, Texas is getting more and more appealing every day. The industry is booming here! And in a state big enough to hold the entirety of France, there are so many varieties for us to discover. This afternoon and evening you can get the lay of the Lone Star land (and climate) through single-vineyard wines from around the state with sommelier/winemaker Rae Wilson.

Learn more about the producers leading the way and get a taste of what’s happening all around us. Tickets for both sessions are available right here.

And since we know you are thirsty for the good stuff, check out our Austin Wine Guide with lots of great recommendations.

When: Wednesday, July 17th

Time: 4–5:30 p.m. or 6–7:30 p.m.

WFFT Tasting Room
2121 E. 6th Street, Suite 102
Austin, TX 78702

When it’s this hot in Austin, it can be hard to find a safe and fun way to get your pup out of the house and active. Well, the Wildflower Center has thought of this and they are here for us this weekend! They have a ton of fur-baby-friendly activities going on today, plus a lot of natural groundcover, soft turf grass, and gravel trails that won’t be as hot the roads and sidewalks around your house. And Richard’s Rainwater is sponsoring onsite doggy hydration stations.

When: Sunday, July 14th
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost for Humans: regular admission (members get in free)
Cost for Dogs: $5 per pup (members and non-members; part of each dog admission will go to support Divine Canines and Austin Humane Society)

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739

We recommend this every year, because once you go it will become an unmissable part of your ideal Austin summer. For 61 years now, the Zilker Summer Musical has been giving audiences packed with families some Broadway-level magic for free. And this year, the kids (and our inner kids) are going to freak out because it’s The Little Mermaid! Based on the animated 1989 film of the same name, and the classic by Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, this one is a going to be a total crowd pleaser.

A few pro tips for the uninitiated: Get there a couple of hours early to secure your spot with a blanket and some low-backed chairs, then go for a swim in Barton Springs! You’ll be so glad you did. It’s like natural air conditioning that lasts throughout the show. And pack a big picnic—everyone gets snacky at this thing.

When: Thursdays – Sundays through August 17th

Time: 8:15 p.m. (There are two acts, with a quick intermission!)

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

If you are feeling fancy, head over to the historic Driskill Hotel for high tea and bubbles! The first lady of champagne, Veuve Clicquot, will be the star of your perfectly quaint afternoon. Savor three scrumptious courses of classic French pastries, petit fours, and delicate finger sandwiches, as you leisurely sip premium loose leaf teas and luxury champagne.

Reservations are a must and it’s $95 per person. But that includes two glasses of the good stuff. Get you pinkies in the air!

When: Today, July 7th

Time: 3–5 p.m.

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

Keep the Americana vibes going this weekend with a vintage car show at Top Notch. Enjoy live music from The Octanes at 7 p.m. and come hang and have some beers with your fellow car enthusiasts. Leave the parking spots for those who want to show off their wheels. Neighborhood parking is the best way to go!

When: Today, July 6th

Time: 6–10 p.m.

Top Notch
7525 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

Sundays are for swimming, and if you haven’t checked out the pool at this downtown hotel—you must! It’s got gorgeous views and the loveliest vibe. Come sip and swim with friends as you cool off to sounds curated by Austin-based DJ & Producer collectives Peligrosa, Exploded Drawing, and Austin Boogie Crew. This is happening all summer long!

Today’s sessions will feature the sounds of El Dusty and The Homies!

And to make life super easy, they’ll be offering free valet parking for the event. Just make sure you RSVP here before you go.

And if you love this, check out our guide to other great hotel pools in Austin.

When: Today, June 30th

Time: 3–7 p.m.

Location: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78701

At Lala’s, you can get Christmas all year long—but we’re now half way to the real holiday season, so that’s reason enough to celebrate for this super quirky dive bar.

Naturally, this Christmas party is tiki themed and over-the-top! Step in out of the hot humid weather and transport yourself to a winter wonderland!

There will be Jingle Juice, a specialty frozen cocktail, and other drink specials all day and night. Merry Half Christmas to all!

When: Today, June 22nd

Time: 11 a.m.–2 a.m.

Location: 2207 Justin Ln., Austin, Texas 78757

Weather permitting, it’s going to be a great night to take dad out for a free concert at Zilker! Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works will be part of the amazing lineup.

Gather friends and family, bring a picnic basket, and spread out a blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Zilker Hillside Theatre.

When: Today, June 16th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr.