22 Magnificent Things To Do This May In Austin

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22 Magnificent Things To Do This May In Austin

It’s warming up outside!

It’s the last stretch before summer, folks. Make sure to enjoy the blooming flowers, crisp weather, and outdoor brunches while they last. Read on to discover 50 aMAYzing things to do in Houston this month! [Featured image: @http://jasminealley.com/]

1. Experience Magical Candlelight Concerts

You can still experience an absolutely magical spring here in Austin, and part of that is thanks to the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful open-air venues for the season.

2. Get Your Tickets To This Tantalizing Dining In The Dark 

Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavors and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? An experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ event is coming to Austin this May so you can find out yourself.

3. Stop At Silent Bob’s Pop-Up

The fictional restaurant of Mooby’s, as seen in Kevin Smith movies, is breaking the fourth wall with a brick-and-mortar pop-up in Austin from May 10 – May 15.

4. Take A Dip In Barton Springs


Barton Springs and Deep Eddy Pool in Austin need no introduction, that is, unless you’re a recent import – possibly Californian. In which case, the pool and springs are two of Austin’s top spots to take a dip. Back in March, the two swimming holes reopened to the public, giving swimmers, sunbathers, and waders the chance to enjoy the outdoors.

5. Possibly Enjoy The New Waterloo Park

With all the incoming companies, celebrities, and other Californians moving to Austin, it’s becoming abundantly clear that Austin is on a path to becoming the new LA – for better or worse. And while many Austinites cringe at the idea, there is at least one thing for the whole city to get behind this year, and that’s the opening of the new downtown Waterloo Park.

6. Let Your Fierce Out At A Stellar Drag Show

Have no fear! ‘Drive ‘N Drag’ is here! The fiercest of all drive-ins featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, will be rolling into Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio. The super queens Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Plastique Tiara and Violet Chatchki will be joining Bianca Del Rio on a mission to save us from the dreaded 2020!

7. See The Best Texas Has To Offer

Anyone that has ever road tripped out of state understands the sheer size of Texas. And with its enormousness, there’s plenty to see and do in the Lonestar State. From state parks and small towns, to luscious vineyards, to some strange little oddities along the way, here’s some exploration inspiration for my fellow Texan wanderlusts.

8. Check Out This Far Out Vintage Market Pop Up

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Now more than ever is the time to support small businesses. Thankfully, with live music, good eats, and a crop of awesome local shops at The Far Out Lounge, it’s never been so much fun.

9. Play A Round Of Pickleball

When the name of your entertainment complex is called “Dreamland”, you’re already setting the bar pretty high. But when your entertainment complex, outdoor recreational center, and arts venue offers everything from Pickleball to live concerts, well, maybe the name is more fitting, after all.

10. Enter A Portal Into Parallel Universes

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Light displays and exhibitions are still out there in January if you know where to find the portal. Enter the multi-verse at the Mesmerize exhibition at the Native Hostel at 807 E 4th St.

11. Withdraw Cupcakes From This Sweet ATM

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For many, a trip to the ATM, particularly after a long weekend, is a somewhat trepidatious process. One mind trick is to simply make the withdrawal without peaking at your balance – if money comes out, it means you still have some in the account. When making a withdrawal from Sprinkles Cupcake ATM, it’s kind of like that, except much more exciting.

12-13. Glamp In The Stars

Spend a few nights at Basecamp Terlingua, an other-worldly glamping experience that integrates the future with the past, giving its visitors the impression of luxury camping in the cosmos.

  • Horizon on the Hill in Marble Falls is a wedding venue like none other. The countryside venue offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, a majestic look over Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls, and a dazzling stardome that acquaints visitors with a magical view of the constellations.

14. Sweeten Up At This Precious Bakery

Hyde Park may possibly well be the most charming neighborhood in Austin. And it’s due to its quaint collection of local coffee houses, restaurants, and grocers. On 43rd street, across the way from Fresh Plus, you have Quacks Bakery, home to buzzworthy coffee concoctions, precious pastries, and the most enticing danishes in the capital.

15. Hang Out At The Armadillo Den

The two-story Armadillo Den is hooked up with Google Fiber Wifi. With both indoor and outdoor seating options, this makes the Den ideal for mixing work and play. Its spacious patio is spruced up with oak trees, plenty of tables, yard games, a swing, and a running creek. In the near future, the Den plans to open an off-leash dog park as well as construct a kid-friendly awning area.

16. Get Lost In This Magical Multi-Sensory Wonderspace

We could all use a psychological escape right now. Plunge into the infinite space that is imagination in the multiplicity of multi-sensory experience exhibited in Austin’s Wonderspace. Stimulate your mind at Wonderspace in Austin, where 12 surreal expositions are currently on display.

17. Wade Into A Sea Of Bluebonnets

Every self-respecting Texan knows that in spring it is an absolute necessity to pay homage to the official flower of the Lonestar State – the majestic and pure bluebonnet. With the sun shining and warm weather incoming, bluebonnets are already to show signs of blossoming in southern Texas. See our list to find the best places to spot these beautiful bluebonnets across the state! As always, be sure to treat the areas with respect – don’t mess with Texas (bluebonnets)!

18. Help Guide The Flight Of The Monarchs

Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a “kaleidoscope”? Isn’t that pretty. See kaleidoscopes firsthand this season as Monarch butterflies pass through Texas for their spring migration.

19. Fill Your Basket With Tulips

Oh spring, how we missed you. Polish off your vases Austin, for Texas Tulips in San Antonio has reopened for the season, allowing visitors to saunter through their gorgeous fields and take their pick of tulips!

20. Claim Your Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut

Krispy Kreme just announced that starting today (Monday, March 22), anyone who has received their COVID-19 vaccine — and shows a valid vaccination card — can get a free glazed doughnut at any store location in the U.S. Not only can you get one at any time on any day, but you can even keep getting one every day through the rest of 2021!

21. Channel The Addams Family At This Spooky Monster Mansion In Texas

Ghouls, goblins, and other unearthly creatures are invited to hang their head – er, hat – at Waxahachie’s Munster Mansion, a colossal replica of the house featured in ’60s cult-classic sitcom, The Munsters. 

22. (Oh The Places You’ll) Go To This Dr. Seuss Experience In Houston

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The whimsical works of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss have transcended from page to film and now its final form — a cross-continental immersive exhibit. Please both your eyes and heart as you step into the wonderful world of the Dr. Seuss Experience at the George R. Brown Convention Center.


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