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Get Ready For Fun in Austin During April

by Rebecca Shahan

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it's time for the fun times to get underway this April in Austin and the surrounding area. Here's a few events coming up next month that are sure to put some spring in your step. Dance to live music, check out classic cars, discover new art, look at weird homes - there's so much to do in Austin this April!

Old Settler's Music Festival | 4/11/19 - 4/14/19
Tilmon, TX

Have a fun time camping and listening to live music at this signature music event, featuring Grammy-winning Americana. Local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world will perform acoustic jazz, bluegrass, and blues.

Lonestar Round Up | 4/12/19 - 4/13/19
Travis County Expo Center

Custom cars from all over the country converge at this huge outdoor car show and live music festival.

Art City Austin Festival | 4/12/19 - 4/14/19
Palmer Event Center

One of the city's favorite festivals brings together nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities.

Austin Reggae Fest | 4/19/19 - 4/21/19
Auditorium Shores

Raising money for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts. 

Weird Homes Tour | 4/20/19
Around Town

This annual event shows how we "Keep Austin Weird" with a selection of the most creative homes around town, as you meet the homeowners who keep our wacky culture thriving.

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival | 4/24/19 - 4/27/19
The Paramount Theatre and other locations

Get a good laugh with some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. National headliners, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure three hilarious days of fun. 

Austin Food + Wine Festival | 4/26/19 - 4/28/19
Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park

Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

Eeyore's Annual Birthday Party | 4/27/19
Pease Park

Live music, local beer, food, acrobats and costume contests surround this annual gathering of Austin's most eclectic locals. Eeyore's Birthday serves as fundraiser to benefit many local non-profits. 

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.
 

Upcoming Events in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

March has arrived and it's time to bring in the Spring season with some fun events in Austin this month. Here's a few of the fun and exciting events we have to look forward to.

3/8/19 - 3/17/19
SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival
Various Locations

Hosted by the Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues, noted filmmakers, musicians, and multimedia artists from around the world will come together to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.

3/16/19 - 3/30/19
Rodeo Austin
Travis County Expo Center

The Rodeo Austin is one of the premier events in Austin, featuring Pro rodeo events, daily concerts, livestock show and more. It's a great time for the whole family.

3/17/19
St. Patrick's Day Festival
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

​Celebrates all things Irish at this annual family-friendly festival. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic.

3/27/19 - 3/30/19
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays 
Mike A. Myers Stadium

The premier track & field event brings together the best high school, college and professional athletes from Texas, the U.S. and the world. 

3/27/19 - 3/31/19
World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club

With a rare, match-play format consisting of the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field consists of the very best players from around the world and is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar.

3/29/19 - 3/30/19
Austin Urban Music Festival
Auditorium Shores

More than 15,000 music revelers converge on Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake to enjoy Austin's only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul and hip hop music.3/31/19

3/31/19
90th ABC Kite Fest
Zilker Park

The nation's oldest kite festival features hundreds of kites in the air and is free to attend for people of all ages; complete with kite flying contests, food, games and more.

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

 

Enjoy a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​Have you made plans yet for your romantic outing in Austin? Valentine's Day is coming up fast this Thursday, so don't forget to show your special someone how much you care. And Austin the ideal place for a romantic evening.

Here's some of the best restaurants for Valentine's Day in Austin:

Le Politique

Don't have a date for Valentine's Day? Le Politique will celebrate Galentine’s Day during lunch + dinner on February 13th. Groups of ladies are welcome to make a reservation to celebrate one another. You'll get two complimentary heart-shaped macarons as well. Reservations can be made at https://lepolitiqueaustin.com/reservations.

Central Standard

Central Standard’s is featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu including truffled mashed potatoes, grilled broccolini with braised cippollini onions, porcini mushrooms and wagyu ribeye for sharing. Reservations can be made at https://centralstandardaustin.com/reservations.

La Condesa

La Condesa will feature their A La Carte Dinner special which will be available 2/14 to 2/16. The menu includes Huachinango ($17); Tamal de Pato ($19); Pescado Asado ($39); NY Strip ($45); and Pan y Chocolate ($10). 

Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery

The Uncle Billy’s winter seasonal beer, Shokolad Chocolate Imperial Stout, is back for its third season just in time for Valentine’s Day. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Uncle Billy’s will have a series of sweet pairings during the week of February 11. They will close out the sweet week with two Shokolad Firkins released on Friday, Feb. 15 with an aged cask of Shokolad and a cask of Shokolad infused with chili peppers.

Aloft Hotel

Element  at the Aloft Hotel, will feature a Galentine’s Day special with two buckets of Infinite Monkey Wine in room upon arrival, $250 dining and drinking credit at onsite restaurants & bar, four packages containing robes, slippers, face masks, nail polish and chocolates. Available 2/8-2/18. The Indulgence Package features a sweet treat by Chef Jessica and a bottle of champagne waiting in room upon arrival.

Caroline Restaurant

Caroline’s Valentine’s Day menu specials include Smoked Beef Tataki – $16; Lobster Dinner- $38; and Red Hot Cinnamon Cheesecake – $9. There’s also a featured cocktail – Love Potion No. 9 – $9. Caroline is located in the Aloft Hotel downtown.

Have a happy and romantic Valentine's Day in Austin!
 

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

Upcoming Events in Lake Travis & Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

One of the many great reasons to own a home in Lake Travis or Austin is all the great ways to have fun. The Austin area is host to many great events that celebrate the culture and flavor of Austin. Here's a few upcoming events in the Austin area that are sure to bring excitement to your life.

Carnaval Brasileiro
2/9/19 | Emo's

Carnaval in Austin is one of the biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebrations outside Brazil. Brasileiro-style samba, costumes and wild abandon can all be seen in the heart of Texas. 
 

Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
2/17/19 | Downtown Austin

One of the country's premier races attracts nearly 20,000 participants from around the world. Events surrounding the marathon include a 5K, live music, finish line festival and beer garden.


Austin Oyster Festival
2/23/19 | Republic Square

This is one tasty festival you don’t want to miss! The Oyster Festival is an annual hit among locals and visitors alike. Not sure which kind of oyster you prefer? Try ‘em all while enjoying a little live Cajun and “newgrass” music on the lawn!
 

SXSW® Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival
3/8/19 - 3/17/19 | Various Locations

Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians, and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.

Rodeo Austin
3/16/19 - 3/30/19 | Travis County Expo Center

Over the years, Rodeo Austin has grown from a show featuring 16 animals into one of Austin's premier events, featuring Pro rodeo events, daily concerts, livestock show and more. 

St. Patrick's Day Festival
3/17/19 | Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

This annual family-friendly festival celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic!

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.

 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Halloween fun is just around the corner here in the Austin area. It time to get ready for fun, but also plan to make it a safe night for the young ghosts and goblins.

Here's a few tips to help your kids stay safe and happy during their trick-or-treating activities, along with local Austin Halloween activities that will provide a safe environment for the whole family.

Costume Safety:

  • Try to plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well, as not all costume shoes are made to fit as well as regular shoes.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Masks can limit or block eyesight, so you may want to use non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • Make sure that hats fit properly so they don't slide over eyes.
  • Test makeup ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Decorative contact lenses are not safe. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," using decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. They can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Go over how to call 911 with your children if they get lost or have an emergency.

From House to House:

Children should never go trick or treating without a responsible adult. make sure everyone has a flashlight. If older children are going alone, go over their planned route and make sure it's acceptable. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Food Allergies:

If your children have food allergies, this can be a tricky time of year. Make sure to examine candy your children bring home and carefully read labels. Make sure your child with allergies refrains from eating candy until you do so. If the ingredients aren't listed, arrange for a treat "exchange" with classmates or friends. Or, bag up the goodies your child can't eat because of an allergy and leave them with a note asking the "Treat Fairy" to swap them for a prize. Be aware that even if they are not listed on the ingredient label, candy is at high risk of containing trace amounts of common allergy triggers, because factories often produce many different products.

Also beware of "fun size" or miniature candies which may have different ingredients or be made on different equipment than the regular size candies, meaning that brands your child previously ate without problems could cause a reaction. Teach your child to politely turn down home-baked items such as cupcakes and brownies, and never to taste or share another child's food.

Here's some local Austin Halloween events for the whole family to enjoy:

Austin’s Halloween 2018

Boo at the Zoo

Howl-o-Scream

Boofest

Harry Potter Halloween Party (ages 8-18)

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween in Austin!

 

Upcoming Austin Fall Festivities

by Rebecca Shahan

Fall is underway in Austin, and so is the fun! You can always rely on Austin to bring a great time, toe tapping music, and amazing food. Here's a few events coming up over the next month that you don't want to miss.

10/13/18
Oktoberfest
German Free School

Join the German-Texan Heritage Society for this annual festival. You'll enjoy live music, delicious German food, a biergarten, fun activities for the kids and more.
www.germantexans.org

10/18/18 - 10/20/18
Banger's Oktoberfest
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

Come celebrate the taste and sounds of Germany with one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in town. There will be three days to eat, drink, dance and play to your heart's desire at this unfoirgetable party on Rainey Street.
www.bangersaustin.com

10/19/18 - 10/21/18
FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas

Drivers from around the world will be in Austin to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. Thrill to three days of racing, camping, live music events and more - including headlining performances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder for ticketholders. 
www.circuitoftheamericas.com/f1

10/25/18 - 11/1/18
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theatre & Various Locations

This is one of the top film festivals in the country, featuring both top-billed films and indie films. 
www.austinfilmfestival.com

10/27/18
Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
Downtown Austin

The Mexic-Arte Museum brings you Viva La Vida, Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. This festival is also one of the few in the country with a parade, featuring a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.
www.mexic-artemuseumevents.org

10/28/18
Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Introduce your children to the world of live orchestral music with this Halloween Children's Concert. The concert hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one's concert experience. 
www.austinsymphony.org

10/31/18
Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Kreig Baseball Field

Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.
www.planetktexasfireworks.com

Have a fun time in Austin this month!

Check back on our blog twice a week for more real estate news, ideas, and local events in Austin and Lake Travis. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.  

 

The Fun Continues In Austin This September

by Rebecca Shahan

Summer may be coming to a close in Austin, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. There's plenty of good times in store in Austin during September (and the tail end of August).  Let's see what fun we have in store for the coming month.

8/25/18
Quesoff
The Mohawk

Celebrate all things melted cheese as the annual Quesoff returns to the Mohawk. You can indulge in melted cheese from 30 vendors that include restaurants, top chefs, home-cooks, and neighbors competing in 4 categories - Meaty, Spicy, Veggie and Wild Card. $5 admission includes a bag of chips to taste the best melted cheese in Austin.

8/26/18
Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival 
Fiesta Gardens

Eat the heat to beat the heat! The Austin Chronicle hosts one of the largest hot sauce festivals in the world. Feel the heat!

9/7/18 - 9/9/18
Waterloo Music Festival
Carson Creek Ranch

Celebrate the roots of Austin's music culture with this independent music festival. You'll enjoy three days of nationally known jam bands along with the finest music acts in Austin.

9/20/18 - 9/27/18
Fantastic Fest 
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas 

Horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action fans unite for the largest genre film festival in the nation. Or just come if you love a great movie!

9/22/18 - 9/23/18
Fall Pecan Street Festival 
Sixth Street Austin 

Come to Sixth Street in Austin to enjoy arts and crafts from over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world. Admission is free!

9/29/18
Texas Craft Brewers Festival 
Fiesta Gardens

Craft beer lovers come together for this annual event featuring the best Texas craft beer. This is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. 

9/29/18
Austin Oktoberfest
Scholz Garten

Celebrate the 6th annual Austin Oktoberfest at Scholz Garten with the oldest continuously operating tavern in the state, the Austin Saengerrunde.  Come enjoy beer, sausage, live music and bowling as you celebrate German heritage in Texas.

There's plenty of great things to do in Austin and Lake Travis. Check back on our blog for more reasons to buy your next home in Lake Travis and Austin. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.​

4th of July Celebrations in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

The 4th of July is only a few weeks away, so it’s time to think about how you plan to celebrate our independence in Austin. Austin will be full of fun and memorable ways to celebrate, from the usual fireworks to parades and live music. Here’s a few 4th of July events coming up in Austin to look forward to.

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

The fireworks at the Long Center for the Performing Arts is where you’ll find families decked out in red, white, and blue at Vic Mathias Shores. This amazing event featuring a fireworks display will fill the city skyline with spectacular colors. Make sure you get there early for a perfect place on the grass.

Westlake 4th of July Parade

The Westlake parade begins at 9 am featuring live music, bouncy house games and fun activities after the parade. You and your pets can compete in a costume contest. There will also be breakfast tacos from Texas Honey Ham, cookies from P. Terry’s and ice cream at Northstar Bank.  The best part is it’s all FREE!

4th of July Celebration at Blue Starlite

Come to the Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive- In’s Independence Day celebration and watch the movie Independence Day starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.  After the movie, enjoy a fireworks show on their high definition screen. And you can enjoy this all from the comfort of your car.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Spend the 4th of July with Willie Nelson! Live Nation, C3 Presents, and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are hosting the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas.  Country music legend and American treasure Willie Nelson hosts one of America’s most celebrated festivals.

Grey Rock Stars and Stripes Firework Show

Celebrate independence day at the Grey Rock Golf Golf Course and Tennis Club with their annual Stars and Stripes event the first week of July! Members and their friends can buy tickets to get an up-close relaxing view of the event from the 18th Fairway. There’s great food the whole family will enjoy along with some of the best fireworks in South Austin.

Whatever you do this 4th of July, make sure you have a fun and safe Independence Day in Austin!

Have a Memorable Memorial Day in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Memoral Day Parades in Austin

Memorial Day is almost here.  It’s a time to celebrate our freedom and honor those who sacrificed their lives for it. What better way to do that than a parade? It’s a great way for families and communities to come together, have fun, and remember. There are some great Memorial Day celebrations and parades scheduled this weekend in the Austin area.  Here’s what you can look forward to this weekend:

Saturday May 26, 2018

Fiesta Amistad 2018:  Come to the Old Settlers Association Ground for the 50th Annual Fiesta Amistad You can enjoy food, games, arts and crafts, and a plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Musicians from around the area will perform, including Ruben Ramos, Jay Perez & The Band, Marcos Orozco, Hugo Guerrero y Fanango, and Round Rock Ballet Folklorico along with DJ Primo and Jess Lopez setting the tone during the day. Admission $5 at the gate.


Sunday May 27, 2018

Close Assault 1944: Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day at the Texas Military Force Museum at Camp Mabry with this look back at World War II. This show focuses on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The program is free and features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. There will also be firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, along with displays of everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. Showtimes are at 11 am and 2 pm. 


Monday May 28, 2018

Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza Memorial Day CeremonyThis annual Memorial Day ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on Monday, May 28. The ceremony begins at 9:30 am. United States Senator John Cornyn will be the guest speaker and there will be music by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard.

Make sure to check back on our blog for more great things to do in Lake Travis and Austin. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.​

Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Treat Your Mother to Brunch in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

It's time once again to show our moms how much we appreciate all they do for us. This year, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, so it s a perfect occasion to take dear mother out to Sunday Brunch. You'll have no shortage of options for a delicious Mother's Day brunch in Austin. There's a brunch for every taste and budget. Here's a few brunch specials you can look forward to this Sunday May 13.  Make sure to make reservations now.

Jeffrey's

Enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch buffet featuring truffled deviled eggs and the seafood tower. Or you can order items such as lemon ricotta pancakes, truffled scrambled eggs, or take advantage of the carving station and desert table. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $85 per person.

Josephine House

This picturesque venue is the perfect setting for Sunday brunch, with pastry baskets, burrata and berries, a number of tempting entrees, along with free mimosas. $50 per person.

Lambert’s

For the mom who loves great BBQ, she will love Lambert's barbecue brunch buffet with live music.  This mouth-watering brunch includes brown sugar and coffee rubbed brisket, spicy breakfast sausage, made-to-order eggs, a breakfast frito pie and more. $50 for adults, $25 for children.

Chicon

A more affordable family option can be found at Chicon, where you'll enjoy pastry baskets, pulled pork Benedicts, migas and more. Drinks are a la carte, with $2 mimosas. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. 

Make sure you take time to thank for for all she's done. There's always fun things to do in Lake Travis and Austin so check back each week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Austin. You can search for the perfect home on our website using our powerful home search tools. You can also get free listing alerts of homes as they hit the market at WelcomeToLakeTravis.com. And you can always feel free to call us at 512-657-4467​ to talk to an experienced agent today.​

Have a Happy Mother's Day!

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