Although Austinites may be stuck inside at the moment, there are still plenty of ways to maintain connections and share in new experiences while we’re weathering this metaphorical storm. Until things return to normal, we’ll be sharing ways that locals can stay plugged into the city we love instead of our usual event guide. Check out the five best things to do in Austin to cultivate kindness and stay positive this weekend.
Thursday, March 19
Purchase a gift card to a local restaurant
Although you may not be able to grab a table at your go-to Austin eatery for the next couple of months, you can still support its staff and business. Purchase a gift card to enjoy your favorite meal when its doors are reopened. If you’re planning on making frequent trips to the take-out counter, be sure to drop something in the tip jar to show your gratitude. Check out this list of local restaurants offering take-out in the Austin area to get inspired.
Friday, March 20
Join a livestream class at Black Swan Yoga
Even if fitness facilities are closed for now, your workouts don’t have to skip a beat. Channel all the chill vibes when you tune into Black Swan Yoga’s live classes. View the Austin studio’s class schedule to browse free class offerings scheduled throughout the day. Although all Black Swan classes are free, show your favorite instructors some extra love with a donation to the studio. Class schedules are updated daily.
Be a foster parent for Austin Pets Alive!
Local nonprofit Austin Pets Alive! is making it easy for you to stay busy during the quarantine period. Those interested in becoming a foster parent to a four-legged friend are encouraged to reach out to APA! online to begin the application process. To learn more about the fostering program, please visit the APA! website. Austin Animal Center is also seeking foster pet parents. Visit the AAC website for more information.
Saturday, March 21
Take selfies in a field of bluebonnets
Texas bluebonnets have arrived earlier than normal this year and with the social quarantine in effect, fields are wide open and sprinkled with blooms. Venture out to a neighborhood plot and pose for a selfie among the favorite flower of the spring season. Not sure where to find the closest cluster of bluebonnets? Check out this list of where to find bluebonnets in Austin from 2019 and enjoy social distancing outdoors in true Texas fashion.
Sunday, March 22
Run a neighborhood trail
Going on a solo run is the perfect way to practice social distancing while fighting off cabin fever — and a sedentary lifestyle. Use this opportunity to explore less-traveled trails and quieter routes near your neighborhood. Check out local online running community Trail Roots to find new places to run using an interactive map. If you’re interested in enjoying the outdoors at a slower pace, check out 11 of the best places to take a hike in the Austin area and explore somewhere new with a change in scenery.