Our Top 5 Things to do in Austin: January 2014

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year, fellow and future Austinites! The West Austin Properties team has put a list together of our top 5 favorite things to do this month in Austin. We hope you enjoy!

1. Wildflower Center Free Admission Month

If you haven’t already been, now is the time to go! The entire month of January, explore the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for free! The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora. The Center has become one of the country’s most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants.

Visit www.wildflower.org for more information.

2. Barton Springs Polar Bear Splash

Ready to jump into the New Year? Then head down to Barton Springs today from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM to swim in this annual New Year’s Day event. The air may be cold but the water at the springs is 68 degrees all year. There will be plenty of hot coffee, cold water, free donuts, and their trademark Barton Springs Polar Bear t-shirts. Come as you are or bring a potluck dish to share with others. Bring friends and family; you may need the encouragement to take the plunge!


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3. Red River Free Week

Take advantage of this free week of music and check out some local bands you haven’t seen live. Mark your calendars January 1st-8th and experience first hand what makes Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Bands will be playing at many popular Austin hangouts from Stubb’s, the Continental Club, the Mohawk, the Scoot Inn, and the Belmont to name a few of our favorites.


4. MLK Celebration

The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9 a.m.with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus.

We will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program and marchers will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.












5. Austin Gorilla Run

Run a 5K in a gorilla suit? No, really, gorilla suits are provided! This special run through Meuller benefits the mountain gorillas. (Plus, it is a downright hoot!) Join us at 4550 Mueller Blvd. Austin, TX 78723 for the 4th annual event on Saturday, January 25th. The West Austin Properties Team dressed up as gorillas for the first 5K in 2011 and had a blast! We still have the gorilla suits to prove it!



About Laura

Laura is a third generation native of Austin who grew up in Tarry Town in Central Austin. She is the owner and broker of West Austin Properties and has been selling real estate in the Austin area since 1979. Laura is married to the love of her life, Brad, and they have two grown daughters. Together, they love to explore all of the fun spots Austin has to offer.