9 Austin Events To Get Excited About This May

May 06, 2015

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Summer is right around the corner (May 25th, a.k.a Memorial Day to be exact) and so are the scorching temperatures in Austin. It’s the unofficial start to the blissful season that is summer, kicking off three months of backyard BBQs, crawfish fests, beach days, and more.

Check out the events I’ve hand-picked for your summer-loving pleasure!


Palm Breeze girls hammock

Palm Breeze + Blo Event

Palm Breeze is bringing the Vacay Every Day to Austin, Texas! Enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to The Girl’s Night Out event brought to you by Palm Breeze and Blo Blow Dry Bar on May 29th. You and your guest will be pampered with tropical blow outs and will get to hang out with Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential. I’ll be there with my gals!

Palm Breeze Pineapple Mandarin Orange

Palm Breeze sparkling alcohol spritz comes in two tropical flavors, Ruby Red Citrus and Pineapple Mandarin Orange. The Pineapple Mandarin Orange poured over ice was super refreshing and tropical!

When: May 29, 2015 5PM – 9PM
Where: Blo Domain, 11011 Domain Drive Suite 112
Tickets: Free, register here


Sweet Berry Farm

Berry Picking at Sweet Berry Farm

Located just outside of Austin in Marble Falls, Sweet Berry Farms is the perfect weekend destination for friends and family! Pick your own strawberries, blackberries (in season now), sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, and more. Be sure to bring cash and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in.

When: Open every single day except Wednesday
Where: Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM1980, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Cost: Free, you do have to pay for the berries you pick (blackberries are $3.25 per pound)



Ice Cream Cocktails Party

Celebrate the flavors of the season with ice cream cocktails at Métier Cook’s Supply made by Lick co-owner and chef, Anthony Sobotik, and owner of Genius Gin, Mike Groener. Anthony and Mike will be showcasing two inventive gin and ice cream cocktails – one shaken and one stirred – using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

When: May 9th, 1PM – 3PM
Where: Métier Cook’s Supply, 1805 S First St
Tickets: Free, RSVP here

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Contigo Austin

Contigo 4th Anniversary Festival

Contigo is celebrating their 4th anniversary by throwing a party in true Texas style, with delicious food and drinks, killer tunes, games and prizes from 5:00pm to 9:30pm.

The celebration will feature live music from Finger Pistol (6:00pm to 8:00pm); a photobooth from Smilebooth (5:00pm to 10:00pm); and friendly competitions for prizes including a pickle bobbing contest, cornhole tournament, and cow tongue eating contest.

Prizes include a Contigo Beer Garden picnic table with benches, custom built by Brian Chilton;a private party for 50 people catered by Contigo Catering at a venue of the winner’s choosing;a $500 house account at Contigo (“100 beers” value); and a Contigo bar package with liquor, ingredients, and all the necessary tools to create Contigo Austin’s cocktails.

When: May 9th 5 – 9:30 PM
Where: Contigo, 2027 Anchor Lane
RSVP: Free,  RSVP here


Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl’s Summer Kickoff Party and Crawfish Boil

Punch Bowl Social, the hip Old School entertainment spot at The Domain featuring craft beverages and chef-driven comfort food, is welcoming Austin’s hottest season with a Summer Kickoff Party and Crawfish Boil on Sunday, May 17, beginning at noon and running until the crawfish runs out! The perfect chance to eat, drink and be social, the event will include tons of in-season crawfish, live music, an array of games and activities, giveaways and a prize raffle.

Tickets for Punch Bowl Social’s Summer Kickoff Party and Crawfish Boil are $20 at the door, and $10 for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Each ticket purchased grants the ticketholder all-you-can-eat crawfish. And once partiers have eaten their fill of this Cajun specialty, they get free reign over Punch Bowl Social’s game room, including complimentary games of pool, darts, floor shuffleboard, table shuffleboard, pingpong, arcade games and half-price bowling.

When: May 17th, starts at noon
Where: Punch Bowl Social, 11310 Domain Drive
Cost: $20 at the door, and $10 for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces.



Crobio + Champagne Sunday

There’s no sweeter way to spend a spring Sunday morning than with a CroBrio fresh from the fryer and a complimentary glass of champagne! Now that La Pâtisserie’s new outdoor patio is in full swing, it’s time to celebrate. On Sunday, May 17th, each $5 CroBrio purchase will come with a complimentary glass of champagne.

When: May 17th 9:30 am- 12:00 pm
Where: La Pâtisserie Bakery, 602 W. Annie Street
Cost: CroBrio – $5, champagne complimentary with CroBrio purchase


Austin Bakes For Nepal

Austin Bakes for Nepal

City-wide bake sale to raise funds for relief aid in Nepal following the devastating earthquake that occurred there. Locations and time to be announced soon!

When: May 23rd
Where: TBD, more info here


Brews Event

Brews for Better Lives

For the third year in a row, Hops & Grain and Whole Planet Foundation have collaborated to make one of their favorite things together, beer. But this year, instead of only focusing on one single beer, Hops & Grain created three beers incorporating ingredients sourced from global communities where Whole Planet Foundation alleviates poverty. These beers, brewed with Chameleon Cold-Brew, Rishi Tea and Madécasse chocolate, will exclusively be offered at the brewery for the Brews for Better Lives event on Sunday, May 24. In addition to flowing beer, guests can enjoy live music in the tap room, food from some of Austin’s best food trailers, outdoor games provided by Mel’s Fun Bags and more. Guests will also be able to purchase custom shirts from the Fine Southern Gentlemen, who will be on hand with their screen printing bike. All proceeds from this event will go to Whole Planet Foundation, whose mission is to alleviate poverty through microlending programs in 64 countries, including the U.S.

When: Sunday, May 24 Noon to 6PM
Where: Hops & Grain Brewery, 507 Calles
Tickets: $25, includes entrance, souvenir Hops & Grain glass with 3 beer tickets, one food ticket. Buy here.


Texas Olive Festival

Texas Olive Festival

The Texas Olive Festival is a four-day event held from Thursday, May 28 to Sunday, May 31 in Dripping Springs. Held at Texas Hill Country Olive Company, Texas Olive Festival provides guests with an opportunity to experience food, wine, chef demos, and educational activities surrounding olives and olive growing.

When: May 28 – May 31
Where: Texas Hill Country Olive Company, 2530 West Fitzhugh Rd. Dripping Springs, Texas.
Tickets: $25 for the Festival Expo and varying in pricing for the individual events on May 28, 29, and 31. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit St. David’s NeuroTexas Institute. Buy tickets here.

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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.