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Keep the Fun Going in Austin With These Events

by Rebecca Shahan

Get ready for more fun in Austin this month. There's no reason to let the Summer fun go just yet, especially with all the great events coming up. Here's a few events rounding out September in Austin.

Austin Margarita Festival
Sat, Sep 14, 12 – 8 PM
Austin American-Statesman

Austin Margarita Festival returns to the Austin American-Statesman with the city's best margarita makers competing for a Texas-style bragging rights to create an atmosphere unlike any other. Experience over 19 different margarita flavors, live bands, DJs, an expansive tequila tasting station, and more in downtown Austin.

Austin Oktoberfest 2019
Sat, Sep 28
Saengerrunde Bowling Alley

The Austin Saengerrunde will open its doors to the 7th Annual AustOberfest (Austin + Oktoberfest) celebrating Central Texas German heritage with German-style sausage, lots of bier, contest stage, bowling and live music. 

The Austin Flea at Radio, Coffee & Beer
Sun, Sep 15, 10 AM
Radio Coffee & Beer

The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin's most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles, and more.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Fri, Sep 13, 8:15 PM CDT
Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive In

Come watch the classic as it was intended, in a drive in! Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (8:15pm Show/7:30pm Gates) Sat Apr 6, 2019 8:15 pm - 10:25 pm

Pecan Street Festival
Sat, Sep 21 – Sun, Sep 22

Pecan Street Festival features a display of products such as craft, food, fantastic food, homemade cakes, biscuits, arts, crafts, goods and much more.

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Round Out Summer in Austin WIth These Top Attractions

by Rebecca Shahan

Looking for some more great ways to spend time with your family before summer ends? Austin is full of so many great things to do, it can be hard to pin down that perfect day out on the town. So here's a few ideas for some of the best ways to spend the day with your family in Austin.

Congress Bridge Bats

If you love bats, then this is the place to see them. The Congress Bridge is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America at an estimated 1.5 million bats.  Hot August nights bring them out into multiple columns, so now is the perfect time to view them. It's even more stunning to view them from a boat as they contrast against the evening sky. Or you can get even closer and watch them from the bridge.

Austin Duck Adventures

This is the only land and water tour in Austin, and it will give you great views of the Texas Capitol and then on to Lake Austin where you drive straight into the water and float around before heading back. 

The Escape Game

How good are you at breaking out of prison? Test your escape skills at the top escape room in Austin.Work together with your friends to complete the mission and escape from 5 different adventures - The Heist, Gold Rush, Playground, Classified, and Prison Break.

Austin Detours

This is a great way to explore your new city if you just bought a home here. This tour gives you the scoop on living life in Austin as a local. You'll also enjoy the Live Music Crawl that shows you why Austin earned the reputation as the "Live Music Capital of the World."

Austin Wine Tours

Visit select top vineyards for a great afternoon with friends as you discover why Austin wines are some of the best in the country.

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Cool Down This Summer With The Lake Travis Pub Crawl

by Rebecca Shahan

Need a great way to cool down this summer? When you combine cool water and great food and drink, you're in for a great time. 

Lake Travis is perfect setting for the restaurants and pubs that dot the coastline.  Not only do these restaurants have spectacular views, but you can access most of them by boat. So why not fire up the boat and take a delicious and refreshing Lake Travis On the Water Pub / Restaurant Crawl? There are 8 restaurants and pubs you can get to by boat on Lake Travis. You can stop for drinks at one of them, then food at the next.  Then top off the evening with live music at most of these venues. Here’s a few of the great dining experiences you can look forward to enjoying on the lake.

Volente Beach Restaurant & Waterpark

If you’re out with the whole family, pull into the private dock for the perfect blend of food and fun. You can enjoy burgers, chicken sandwiches, fresh-made pizza, great salads, wings, entrees such as pan-fried snapper, Ahi Tuna or MMMac n Cheese. Or have a drink at the full bar with lake views, along with live music. The whole family can have fun at the waterpark, featuring thrilling rides and a pirate themes park for the kids to explore. Then you can relax in the Lazy Lagoon featuring a waterfall fountain.

Shack 512

Enjoy Southern cuisine in this relaxing Hill Country setting.  This casual outdoor venue lets you indulge in the extraordinary panoramic views of the Lake Travis and the hills. Pull into the courtesy walk and it’s just a short walk up the ramp.

Cedar Street Dockside

Located just 3 miles southwest past Starnes Island and the infamous Devil’s Cove, this floating restaurant and bar features a large dock to accommodate all diners.  Dine indoors or outside while enjoying  live music and dancing.

The Oasis

As the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas, The Oasis has certainly gained a reputation for amazing food and equally splendid sunset views as “the Sunset Capital of Texas.”  You’re guaranteed spectacular dining with the outdoor seating in this venue located 450 feet above Lake Travis. When the sunset bell rings, get out your camera to capture the gorgeous sunset.  With live music on 2 stages, it’s the perfect way to top off your restaurant crawl experience.

There’s more to Lake Travis than meets the eye.  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.​

Summer Fun Continues in Lake Travis and Asutin

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you and the kids getting bored with summer yet? There's no reason to sit around the house with all the fun events and activities going on in lake Travis, Austin and the surroundning area this month. Here's a few upcoming events that will keep your whole family entertained this month.

Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures
Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures

“The Ultimate Lake Experience” is this fun-filled floating water park and obstacle course, with access to a beautifully landscaped private resort-style beach. Spend the day playing beach games, swimming, and exploring the additional water attractions in the Aqua Park area.

Paramount Theatre presents Summer Classic Film Series
Stateside at the Paramount
Through 8/31

The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, now in its 44th year, will feature more than 100 films, including well-preserved film prints and dazzling digital restorations, romance and laughs and thrills, and more.

SRE Promotions presents Corvette Invasion
Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center
July 19

Corvette lovers will unite at this three-day Corvette Invasion. The event begins begins with a "meet and greet." Then there will be a Corvette Car Show and award ceremony, and the first 300 registered Corvettes will invade the Main Street. Also make sure to check out local music, shopping, and restaurants. 

Float Fest
July 20

Float Fest is an annual two-day music festival that will take place in and around the Guadalupe River. Watch performances as you float in tubes in the river. erformers at the 2019 edition will include Major Lazer, Portugal the Man, Gucci Mane, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Ice Cube, Big Gigantic, The Flaming Lips,and more.

There's more fun in store this summer in Austin and Lake Travis, so make sure to check back every week on our blog for more local articles, along with helpful real estate advice. 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 4th of July in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, there's no better place to spend the day than Austin and Lake Travis. You'll find plenty of ways to celebrate freedom here, with fireworks and parties to liven your 4th of July holiday. Here's a few events coming up in the Austin area to plan for.

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
8 PM | Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will present the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.

2019 July 4th Fireworks Paddle
7:15 – 10:30 PM | Rowing Dock

Be dazzled by the fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake from the best seat in the house – your boat! Late night rentals of kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards are by reservation with prepayment only.

July 4th Frontier Days Celebration
8 PM | Old Settlers Park

The Austin Symphonic Band will perform in front of a crowd of thousands at Round Rock's Old Settlers Park, as part of the annual July 4 Frontier Days Celebration. Watermelon, sky divers, music and fireworks celebrate the 4th of July.

Fourth of July Austin Symphony and Orchestra
Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park

Central Texas' Largest Fireworks Show with a live performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July 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. 

Treat Dad to the Perfect Father's Day in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Father's Day is almost here, so it's time to make sure you've found the perfect way to show dad how much he means. There's plenty of great things to do with dad in Austin this weekend. Here's a few activities you can share with your father to make this a Father's Day to remember.

Saturday

FATHER'S DAY FLYER
​AUSTIN STEAM TRAIN

This special Hill Country Flyer journeys through the Texas Hill Country, crossing the wooden trestle bridge over the South San Gabriel River and Short Creek Canyon. 

TIE ONE ON FOR FATHER’S DAY
​BEN MILAM WHISKEY DISTILLERY & TASTING ROOM

Celebrate Father’s Day a day early on Saturday, June 15 at Ben Milam Whiskey. This party is too cool for dad to wear a neck tie, but if he does, they'll cut it off his neck, and give him a percentage discount off of purchase of a bottle of whiskey equivalent to the length of the cut portion of the tie (10 inches = 10% discount on a bottle). 

Sunday

FATHER'S DAY BUFFET
6:30AM - 12:00PM |  ​OMNI BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA

Serving cooked to order omelets, fresh fruit, yogurt and an assortment fresh-baked goods, the Art of Breakfast Buffet is the perfect way to kick-off Father’s Day. Enjoy $6 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Reservations are recommended. Call 512-329-4000.

FATHER'S DAY: GRILL ON THE PATIO
10:00AM - 7:00PM |  ​Z'TEJAS ARBORETUM

Join Executive Chef Dino on our stunning hill country patio for Father's day. He'll be grilling all your favorites morning and night.

FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH JAZZ TRIO: MANIFEST MUSTACHE
10:00AM |  ​BRENTWOOD SOCIAL HOUSE

Manifest Mustache - a jazz trio comprised of swing dancers turned musicians - play from 10am-noon. Enjoy the hot jazz music from the likes of Django Reinhardt with your morning latte.

DADS EAT FREE AT PLUCKERS
11:00AM |  ​ALL AUSTIN AREA PLUCKERS

All dads can enjoy a complimentary entree, side, and non-alcoholic beverage (up to a $15 value) from Pluckers’ extensive menu when they show their Pluckers Club or Pluckers Club Lite membership.

Have a Happy Father'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.
 

Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Memorial Day is coming up quickly, so now is the time to plan for fun this Memorial Day weekend in Austin. It's the essential holiday to remember those who serve and take part in some good old American fun and food. And there's no better place than Austin to do all of those things. Here's a list of Memorial Day weekend events in Austin.

Round Rock Express: Friday Fireworks @ Dell Diamond
Friday, May 24, 7:05 p.m.

Enjoy America’s national pastime and stick around after the ballgame for a post-game fireworks show. Tickets start at $7, and can be purchased here.

Close Assault: 1944 @ Camp Mabry
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26Shows at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. each day

This free, two-day event includes demonstrations and displays featuring tents, equipment and vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. Click here for more info. Free admission.

Go Outdoors Kids Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Go fishing in a catch and release pond, make crafts, take part in a variety of free in-store workshops. Click here for more details.

Summit Hike @ Enchanted Rock (Fredricksburg, TX)
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26, 9:30 a.m.

Join a park ranger or Master Naturalist as they climb to the top of Enchanted Rock. You'll learn about the geology, history and biology of this special place. Meet at the Gazebo at the base of the Summit Trail. Entrance fee for the park is $7/person (children 12 and under are free); no additional fee for this program. 

Bring the Sing Family Karaoke @ Barrel O’ Fun
Saturday, May 25, 12-2 p.m.

Enjoy a free all-ages karaoke party. There will be a full catalog of songs to choose from, props to take it to the next level, and onstage challenges for the very brave of heart. Kids 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent, so plan to sing along with the kiddos!

Memorial Day Service @ Texas State Cemetery
Monday, May 27, 10 a.m

This annual Memorial Day Service will take place in the SW section of the cemetery, known as “Republic Hill.” The service honors all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country.

Have a Happy Memorial 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.

Celebrate Mother's Day In Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 12, so if you haven't thought about how to say "thanks" to dear mother, then here's a few events coming up this weekend in Austin that will help make this a day to remember.

Olamaie: Mother’s Day Biscuits

Olamaie is offering specialty boxes of six or 12 biscuits with house-made jam, pimento cheese, and honey butter.

Cats

You have Broadway In Austin to thank for the return of this beloved musical, now featuring "new sound design, direction, and choreography for a new generation."

Giselle

Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, concludes its current season with this 19th-century classic, sure to haunt the majestic Long Center stage and give audiences a good case of the Wilis.

Broad Studios Textile Printing Workshop

Perfect for Mother's Day, attendees will learn methods of block printing and pattern-making. At the end of the class, guests will leave with a pair of textiles perfect for napkins, tea towels, or framed works of art.

Mama's Day Out

A moms-only afternoon featuring margaritas, a braid bar, and a facial mist station, plus a swag bag tailored just to moms. 100% of ticket sales benefit Saint Louise House, a local org providing housing to mothers who are experiencing homelessness.

High Tea For Two

This event for two people includes an owner-guided tour of Nutty Brown Flower Farm, followed by a flower-arrangement demonstration (your mom gets a bouquet for herself!) and then it's time for high tea with delicate finger sandwiches, cakes, and other sweet treats while you customize a wooden box to hold those gorgeous flowers.

Have a Happy Mother'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.

Find Your Piece of the Past in Austin's Antique Shops

by Rebecca Shahan

One of the many great things about Austin Texas is its rich history.  And the many great antiques stores located in Austin let you purchase a piece of that past. Austin is an antique collector’s dream come true.  All the antique stores and dealers are located walking distance or a short drive from each other, so you can literally spend all day perusing the treasures they contain.  You’ll not only find tons of antiques from the Austin and Texas area, but from around the world.  And it’s the perfect way to find unique items to decorate your new home in Austin or Lake Travis. Here’s a short list of some of the best antique stores in Austin to get you started on your journey through time.

The Austin Antique Mall

The ideal first stop on your antique shopping list in Austin, the Austin Antique Mall houses over 100 vendors.  For over 30 years, antique collectors have been exploring the largest selection of antiques and furniture in Austin.  You’ll also find items such as military memorabilia, crystal, toys, sports items, china, and just about anything else you can imagine.

Uncommon Objects

This quirky shop focuses on unique collectables, taxidermy, gadgets and more. With 24 vendors, it makes for a more intimate shopping experience, described as "your eccentric uncle’s attic on steroids." You’ll also find folk arts and parlor crafts from around the world.

Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques

If you prefer antiques with an international flavor, then Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques is an excellent place to find the perfect French and Italian antiques from the 18th – 20th centuries.  They specialize in fine furniture, lighting, and items perfect for  decorating your home in Austin.

Antique Marketplace

Antique Marketplace offers a unique mix of American and European Antiques, featuring art, furniture clocks, potter, and much more.

Other antique dealers in Austin include Antiques & Things, Antique Swan, and Room Service Vintage, just to name a few.

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.

Spring Brings Out the Beauty of Austin's Parks

by Rebecca Shahan

Now that spring is underway in Austin, it's time to get out and explore the many beautiful parks in Austin. Austin boasts a wide range of parks that feature an endless variety of activities and programs.  No matter what you want to do, you’ll find it in one of Austin’s many great parks, whether it be going for a swim, exploring nature, exercising, or learning about art and history. And of course, if you have kids, taking them to the park is the perfect way to wear off all that youthful energy. Here’s a few parks in Austin you might want to explore soon.

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

Runners, walkers, and cyclists alike enjoy the 10 miles of trails that border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. This scenic trail is the ideal place to relax as you enjoy the peaceful green parks and lakes.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Home to Barton Springs, the Zilker Eagle, a large playscape, and four hundred acres of sports fields and woodlands, Zilker Park is a popular weekend destination in Austin for all ages.

Zilker Botanical Garden

As the centerpiece of Austin, this spectacular park is adorned with trees, grottos, and other natural aquatic features. Zilker Park has been a fixture in Austin for 100 years.

Lake Walter E. Long / Lake Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park

If you’re in the mood for catching largemouth bass, then Lake Walter E. Long, located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is the perfect place to go.  Or you can go boating, jet skiing, swimming, enjoy a nice picnic, walking or running.

Barton Springs Pool

This enormous pool measures 3 acres and is located in Zilker Park.  This historic pool brings together people from all around the city for a unique swimming experience, attracting almost 800,000 people per year.

For more great parks in Austin, visit www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.

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.

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