Restaurants Opening Back Up and More Stuff to Do in Austin This Weekend

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Here in Texas, we are working on our new normal and how that will look for all of us moving forward. Whether you are a small business owner or a resident of Austin we have a lot of changes that will be occurring over the next few weeks and months. 

With businesses opening back up there will be more things to do in Austin and the Stuff to Do in Austin team is going to do our best to keep you informed with not only what is opening but places we feel comfortable visiting ourselves. 

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Phase two includes:

  • Child care centers (May 18)
  • Massage and personal-care centers (May 18)
  • Youth clubs (May 18)
  • Rodeo and equestrian events (May 22)
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing and skating rinks (May 22)
  • Bars (May 22)
  • Aquariums and natural caverns (May 22)
  • Zoos (May 29)
  • Day youth camps (May 31)
  • Overnight youth camps (May 31)
  • Youth sports (May 31)
  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31)
Open Restaurants, Bars, and Coffee Shops

As of Friday, Restaurants are allowed to open at 50% capacity and bars at 25% capacity (no limit on the patio). While we are so excited to have the opportunity to go out and visit our favorite places in Austin again we still want to know the safety measures each place will be taking.

Most restaurants in Austin are still offering take out so if you don’t feel comfortable dining in, check to see if the offer carryout or delivery!

Please remember when going out to follow the safety guidelines each business has put into place and respect other people’s space. We are all in this together.

Treaty Oak has reopened as part of Austin’s first phase of reopening the city. 

They are taking full advantage of their 28-acre property allowing outdoor seating only. This is the perfect opportunity to get out and get some fresh air as well as having the chance to hang out, sip some delicious cocktails, and grab some BBQ from Alice’s Restaurant. 

A few things to note before heading out there:

  • Bring a mask as all ordering from the Rickhouse Bar will require a mask.
  • Be respectful of the six feet markers on the floor. 
  • Just be respectful in general. 

You can read more on the steps Treaty Oak is taking to ensure the safety of guests’ health. 

🗓 FRI–SUN | 12PM–9PM
📍 16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

The famous Oasis on Lake Travis has reopened as of May 18th.

They have taken the proper precautions including spacing the tables further apart and requiring all staff to wear masks.  They also ask that all guests leave their masks on until they have been seated. Additionally, sanitizer stations will be placed at all entrances and exits. 

🗓 MON–THUR | 11:30AM–9PM
🗓 FRI | 11:30AM–10PM
🗓 SAT | 11AM–10PM
🗓 SUN | 11AM–9PM
📍 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732

Rooftop patio, brunch, margaritas, repeat.

One of our all-time favorites, El Alma, has officially reopened. While they are a smaller restaurant they have taken extra time before reopening to ensure they were fully prepared to keep guest’s safety a priority.

You must make a reservation to dine in. 

🗓 Everyday | 11AM–8:30PM
📍 1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

A personal favorite, Doc’s Backyard, located in South Austin has plenty of outdoor seating for you to keep your distance from other guests dining in.

🗓 Everyday | 11AM–9PM
📍 5207 Brodie Ln #100 Suite 100, Sunset Valley, TX 78745

Want to get out of the house to work for an afternoon? Cosmic Coffee is your spot. 

Currently, they are only 21+ and they are checking IDs so please be sure to have yours ready upon arrival. Dogs ARE welcome!!

🗓 TUE–WED | 12PM–8PM
🗓 THUR–SUN | 12PM–10PM
📍 121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Things to Do in Austin Outside
Mount Bonnell Restaurants Opening Back Up And More Stuff To Do In Austin This Weekend 2022

Temperatures have officially warmed up and they are only going to continue rising throughout the summer. A great way to get out of the house and socially distance yourself is to spend time outdoors. 

Austin offers an abundance of activities for you to participate in outside. Plan out your weekend with our top recommendations for things to do in Austin outdoors!

Please remember when going out to follow the safety guidelines each business has put into place and respect other people’s space. We are all in this together.

A great way to keep your distance from others is to take a hike! We are all lucky enough to live in a city that has SO many options available within such a close distance. One of the many hiking trails around Austin is a great option to pass time!

Check out our blog for the best hiking in Austin!

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is listed, however, it’s recommended you stay off the trail due to the high amount of people using it. 

REMINDER: Please respect others and keep your distance from people when out on these trails. Be sure to check the trail website before you go to ensure they are still open. 

2. Paddle Board + Kayak

There are plenty of water activities for you to participate in. Whether you are looking to do it on Lady Bird Lake or Lake Travis, we have you covered. 

Austin Pedal Kayaks (APK)

🗓 Everyday | 10AM–8PM
📍 1499 Graveyard Point Road, Lakeway, Texas 78734, United States (Located on Lake Travis)

Texas Rowing Center

🗓 Everyday | 6AM–8PM
📍 1541 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703

Spending the afternoon on the lake will cure any FOMO you might have had over the last few months. 

Float On boat rentals is back out on Lake Travis with some awesome safety precautions. The captain is required to wear a mask throughout the entirety of the rental and each boat is sanitized before and after every rental!

📍 Lake Travis

1. Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller

🗓 SUN | 10AM–2PM
📍 Browning Hangar

2. Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline

🗓 SAT | 9AM–1PM
📍 Lakeline Mall

3. Barton Creek Farmers’ Market

🗓 SAT | 9AM–1PM
📍 Barton Creek Mall

4. SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown

🗓 Hours: SAT | 9AM–1PM
📍 Republic Square

5. SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley

🗓 SAT | 9AM–1PM
📍 Tony Burger Center

While it’s not necessarily in Austin, floating the river is a great way to get out of the house and spend your day on the water.

Choose between the San Marcos, Comal, and Guadalupe Rivers. Check float rental companies prior to visiting to ensure they are open and to ensure you don’t need a reservation.

Grab your camera and get ready to snap the MOST Instagrammable murals around the city! If you’re looking for things to do in Austin, a mural crawl is the perfect way to sight-see, get outside, or find that perfect background for your Bumble profile pic (get it girllll!)

Combine Austin’s art scene with a sprinkle of weird to get these murals that are guaranteed to up your photo game. Use the hashtag #stufftodoinaustin for a chance to be featured on our Instagram! As a wise old profit once said–pics or it didn’t happen. 


As of Friday, May 22, shopping in Texas has resumed. 

Here are different shopping centers and the safety measures they are taking. 

Please remember when going out to follow the safety guidelines each business has put into place and respect other people’s space. We are all in this together.

The Domain is one of Austin’s most popular outdoor shopping hot spot. You can find everything from department stores to local boutiques. 

Check out our guide to Rock Rose, one of the more popular streets within The Domain. 

🗓 MON–SAT | 11AM–7PM
🗓 SUN | 12PM–6PM
📍 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758

The Hill Country Galleria, located in Bee Cave is open with limited hours. Be sure to check the specific store you plan to visit to ensure they will be open. 

🗓 MON–SAT | 10AM–9PM
🗓 SUN | 12PM–6PM
📍 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

Located in the Northwest part of Austin, retailers in the Arboretum will is open with limited hours. Be sure to check with your store before visiting. 

🗓 MON–SAT | 11AM–7PM
🗓 SUN | 12PM–6PM
📍 10000 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

Located off of Loop 1 (Mopac),  Barton Creek Square Mall is an enclosed shopping center that is now open. 

🗓 Day | 11AM–7PM
🗓 SUN | 12PM–6PM
📍 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746

Lakeline Mall, located in Cedar Park is open with limited hours. 

🗓 MON–SAT | 11AM–7PM
🗓 SUN | 12PM–6PM
📍 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Stay Up to Date

For more information and updates on things to do in Austin be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @StuffToDoInAustin.

For another form of entertainment check us out on TikTok to see how we have been spending our extra free time the last several weeks!

Lexi Hendrix

Lexi Hendrix

Lexi is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.