Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.

In Austin, there truly is a festival for everything! Here’s three days of juggling, workshops, games, vendors, and shows in the heart of the city’s So-Co district.

Celebrating its 24th year, Jugglefest features (you guessed it!) juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts. Everyone is welcome to come on down to pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, meet some crazy people, or just chill out and watch.

When: Today, February 24 – Sunday, February 26th

Time: 5-10 p.m.

Location:
Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue
*TSD has a great gym, plenty of parking spots, and it’s close to a ton of delicious restaurants.

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Today is the day—Yeti’s Flagship Store is opening! It is much more than just a store, it’s more of a brand experience. The new space has a bar, so plan on grabbing a beer and enjoying live music throughout the weekend.

Street parking is available on Congress Avenue, and YETI Flagship offers validated parking for up to two hours from the Hyatt garage, located at 208 Barton Springs Road.

When: Today, February 23rd – Sunday, February 26th

Location:
Yeti Flagship Store
220 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas

 

It’s already been a week since our 2nd Annual Sausage Kings of Austin. First and foremost we want to thank everyone who participated. Micklethwait, la Barbecue, Salt & Time, Soursop, Frank, Easy Tiger, Banger’s, LeRoy & Lewis were all fierce competitors and St. Elmo Brewing was an excellent host. 

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After a few hours of eating, drinking and about 250 votes, the results were in.

  1. la Barbecue
  2. Soursop
  3. Michlethwait

Our friend, Roger Ho of The Smoking Ho came out and got some great photos. Check out his recap here.

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A special thanks to Kandid.ly for providing photography. Kandid.ly wants to disrupt the stressful process of hiring a professional photographer and make the experience much easier for everyone, while also making better photography more accessible. The site lets you compare local photographers, ranging in style and price, and then book them at a price that works for you.

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Kandid.ly verifies their photographers’ identity, making it safe for you to connect with them. They also use a secure service to process your payment and the photographer gets paid only when you receive your photos.

To view all photos from the event click here

Name: Chad
Animal ID: A742506
Age: 3 years old
Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Sex: Neutered Male
Location: Kennel 333

Chad is such a gentle dog. He sits quietly in his kennel waiting for people to take notice. This boy walks on a loose leash, is VERY house trained, knows some basic commands and is an all-around love. He is treat motivated and likes to sit as close to you as possible – most of the time when asked to sit you’ll find his rear end right on top of your feet. This guy has been with us since the end of January – he’s already stolen a piece of every staff members heart! Chad is hoping someone will notice what a great dog he is and take him home. That doesn’t seem too much to ask!

If this is not the Pet of the Week for you try one of our previous featured pets!

So you’re thinking about moving to Austin, huh? Welcome to the land of breakfast tacos, music festivals and bridge-dwelling bats. We certainly couldn’t use any more traffic in our city, but we’re happy to have you nonetheless. If you’re new to ATX, you might have trouble navigating our various neighborhoods and finding a home that meets all of your needs. Luckily, Austin is not only home to exceptional tacos, but also exceptional real estate agents, who can help you lock down the home of your dreams. Here’s our guide to finding your perfect Austin real estate agent.

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Do the Research

More than 40 percent of homebuyers find their real estate agent through friends and family, according to the National Association of Realtors. But what do you do if you don’t know anyone in Austin? The obvious solution is to do a simple internet search to look up customer reviews and articles about agents in the area. It is also important, however, to find a real estate salesperson who specializes in the type of property you’re looking for and is knowledgeable about the area of town you want to live in. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can start reaching out to agents.

Make Sure They’re Qualified

After you’ve done some initial research and compiled a list of potential buyer agents, you’ll want to dig deeper to learn more about their qualifications. Using the Texas Real Estate Commission website, you can look up agents by name to ensure they’ve completed the required real estate continuing education courses and have no formal complaints filed against them. Throughout the homebuying process, you want to make sure that your money and your legal rights are fully protected, so choosing a trustworthy agent is of the utmost importance.

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Find Your Perfect Match

Don’t be afraid to interview agents over the phone or in-person before you work with them. Come prepared with a list of questions and expectations to ensure that the agent can meet all of your needs. Some questions you might consider asking are:

  • How many years have you been in the industry? In Austin specifically?
  • How many listings do you have? How many homes have you sold in these neighborhoods?
  • How familiar are you with the neighborhoods I’m interested in? Who lives there? What is the school district like? What is the commute time to my office? Are there any building proposals I should be aware of?
  • How often can I expect to hear from you? How reachable are you in the evenings? On the weekends?

Once you’ve found your perfect match in a real estate agent, it’s time to start looking at properties! We’re confident that with all the beautiful neighborhoods and residences here in Austin, you’ll find a home that you’ll never want to leave. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Moving to Austin content on 365ThingsAustin to learn more about neighborhoods, eateries and activities in the capital city. On behalf of all us, welcome to Austin!

This is one of those rare occasions when you can live on the edge for a good cause. Make-A-Wish has taken it to a new level for thrill seeking. Participants that raise $2,000 will get to rappel down the W hotel! I participated the past three years and it truly is a once in a lifetime experience! There are no words to describe the true adrenaline rush as you scale down the side of the side of a building. In the past it has been held at the One America Center but this year they’re going even higher and moving to The W. Below is a my sister going Over The Edge for the first time!

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Simply register online and create your own fundraising page for safe and secure online donations and communication to your potential supporters.  The fundraising minimum of $2,000 can be raised through any combination of online or collected donations.

When: June 10th & 11th

Location:
The W
3rd & Lavaca
Austin, Texas 78701

www.austinovertheedge.com

Don’t have Happy Hour plans after work? Change that because it’s National Margarita Day! If there’s one things Austinites know it’s were to drink margaritas.

Check out our list of Best Places To Get A Margarita In Austin to see our favorite places to grab a cocktail.

But we didn’t stop there, here are more places around Austin to celebrate!

    1. Maudie’s
    2. Trudy’s
    3. TNT – Tacos & Tequila
    4. Hula Hut
    5. Nuevo Leon
    6. Polvos
    7. La Condesa
    8. Fonda San Miguel
    9. Pelons
    10. South Congress Cafe
    11. Guero’s Taco Bar
    12. El Chile Cafe y Cantina
    13. Vivo
    14. Curra’s Grill 
    15. Baby Acapulco
    16. Chuy’s
    17. The Cedar Door
    18. Jorge’s
    19. Ranch 616
    20. Z Tejas
    21. Matt’s El Rancho
    22. Texas Chili Parlor
    23. Jack Allen’s Kitchen
    24. Rio Rita Cafe y Cantina
    25. Key Bar
    26. The Oasis
    27. Abel’s On the Lake
    28. Little Woodrow’s
    29. Santa Rita Cantina
    30. Red’s Porch
    31. Sazon
    32. El Arroyo
    33. Threadgill’s
    34. Takoba
    35. El Alma
    36. Ski Shores
    37. Pelon’s
    38. Uncle Julio’s 
    39. The Goodnight
    40. Launderette
    41. Benji’s
    42. Jacoby’s
    43. Fixe
    44. Seasucker
    45. Corner Bar at The JW Marriott
    46. Icenhauer’s
    47. South Congress Hotel
    48. Gloria’s
    49. Juliet
    50. Freedman’s

There is nothing better than ending your Monday with a whiskey flight—unless, of course, it’s a Pappy flight! Tonight Easy Tiger is offering a taste of the good stuff: the 10 year, 12 year, 13 year Rye, and 20 year. If that’s not exciting enough, tomorrow they are serving the 10 year, 12 year, 13 year Rye, and 20 year. They will only sell 30 flights per night, so if you’re a Pappy person, make sure you get there right at 5 p.m. This one is going to sell out fast!

◆ Monday, Feb. 20: 10 yr, 12 yr, 13 yr Rye + 20 yr
◆ Tuesday, Feb. 21: 10 yr, 12 yr, 15 yr + 20 yr

Time: 5pm

Location:
Easy Tiger
703 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/1348067111925209/

Stop by and have some bites, but this one’s really all about the beer. Be one of the first to see what to expect at The Brewer’s Table.

The complimentary bites at the event include:

Beer Nuts
candied chickpeas, puffed grains and seeds, chile and black lime

Smoked Fish and Cauliflower Dip
meyer lemon, salt and vinegar beer chips

Rye Cured Chicken Rillette
root vegetable escabeche, sourdough rye bread

Beer Grain Falafel
farmer’s cheese, hop leaf harissa

When: today, February 19th

Time: 1pm-4pm

Location:
Austin Beerworks
3001 Industrial Terrace
Austin, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/events/1360012917404654/

It’s here! Dust off your broomsticks, spell books and prepare your favorite wands! The Blue Starlite is bringing back last year’s smash hit event series!

This year again they bring every Harry Potter movie to the Blue in nightly double features, They have Potter Passes so you can come back multiple nights to see EVERY MOVIE, and all our popular Potter World Concessions like butter beer, chocolate frogs, and other Potter World Treats!

They’ll also have trivia, prizes and games all sticking to the Harry Potter theme. For Harry Potter fans there is no better time to check out the drive-in as it’s morphed to Hogwarts for the festival.

When: today, February 18th-27th

Location:
Blue Starlite Urban Drive In
1901 East 51st Street
Austin, Texas

http://www.bluestarlitedrivein.com