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If you live for the smokey stuff, as most of us do in Texas, don’t miss this chance to see and taste some of the best in the state. At BBQ Austin cities from all over Texas send their Champion BBQ Teams to compete in the Invitational Division for the title of “State of Texas BBQ Grand Champion.” Additionally, all teams compete for the title and purse of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion.”

 

Of course the best part is that while competing in several contests, all teams provide BBQ to the public for sampling. Many teams will also be setting up elaborate spaces to welcome folks to join in on the fun. The whole family will enjoy the competition along with live music and carnival rides.

 

Schedule:

Friday, March 3

11:00 a.m. – Gates open

4:00 p.m. – BBQ tasting and carnival opens

6:00 p.m. – Concert by Koe Wetzel

8:20 p.m. – Fireworks

8:30 p.m. – Concert by Charlie Robison

Saturday, March 4

11:00 a.m. – Gates open for BBQ tasting and carnival rides

2:00 p.m. – Concert bt Electric Inferno

4:00 p.m. – Concert by Stephen Dae & the Repeat Offenders

6:00 p.m. – Concert by TBA

8:30 p.m. – Concert by Kyle Park

 

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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!

If you love oysters, or even if you’re on-the-fence about oysters, this is the event for you. We guarantee you’ll have a new found appreciation for them after this. The Austin Oyster Festival, which is all about that delectable, slimy little morsel of the sea, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.

In addition to raw oysters and creative dishes where oysters are the star, they’ll also have drinks and fabulous entertainment—and all for a great cause. The fest is presented by is presented by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Farmers Market, and benefits Central Texas Food Bank.

Guests can look forward to a feast highlighting Jeri’s Seafood’s Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable by noted Eddie V’s executive chef Chris Bauer, combined with specialty cocktail offerings from Deep Eddy Vodka, a Bloody Mary Bar, beer from Blue Point Brewing Company, live local music, and raffle prizes.

To purchase tickets in advance, click here, but you can also grab them at the door on the day of the event. And like any good Austin festival, there is a cushy VIP option.

When: Saturday, Feb. 25th

Time: noon to 6 p.m.

Location:
The French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St.
Austin, TX 78702

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The Hot Science Cool Talks series from UT-Austin’s Environmental Science Institute brings leading research to the public with accessible and engaging lectures. And this month we can all ponder the future of our planet with thought-provoking (and slightly terrifying) questions like: What risks does climate change pose to Texas? Is a safe and sustainable future possible, given our energy and economic interests, and widespread political rejection of these risks? And why are evangelicals so opposed to accepting the science of climate change?

Guests will enjoy a lively discussion with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe who is a climate scientist and an award-winning communicator. There will also be a musical appearance by Dana Falconberry, and you’ll hear from a panel of distinguished climate scientists: Kevin Kloessel, Director, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, John Nielsen-Gammon, State Climatologist of Texas, and Camille Parmesan, lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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When: Friday, February 3rd

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets $15 – $25, & $10 Student Price (with ID), VIP Tickets: $55 each, includes prime seating, pre-show reception at 5:45-7 p.m. with complimentary drinks and meet and greet with Katharine Hayhoe

Location:
Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

 

Yes, you have scanned this headline and photo correctly, and yes this is, in fact, an event where people run around town in their underwear. If you are brave enough—or even if you aren’t—it’s time to get decked out in your finest skivvies and run like the wind for an incredible cause. It’s the Cupid’s Undie Run!

Last year, the run raised over $3.5 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation nationwide ($97,000 in Austin!) and this year they are aiming for the $4 million mark ($105,000 in Austin)! That’s a whole lot of dough. So this may sound ridiculous, but this event is very serious about making an impact to #EndNF.

Most importantly, you and your friends are guaranteed to have an amazing time in Austin—with a hilarious story you can tell for the rest of your life. It’s the best Valentine’s-themed activity we can think of. The run is short (approximately one mile) so everyone can get in on the fun.

Click here to register for the Austin run on Feb. 11th.

And please note: RSVPing does not get you entry into the event. You must register through the official website.

A note about the charity: The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF). NF affects one in every 3,000 people, and is more common than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease COMBINED. For more information, please click here

The Gorilla Run is coming up this weekend, and the weather looks like it’s going to be nothing short of spectacular. Perfect for dressing up in a gorilla or banana suit and running for a cause.

Everyone who takes part wears a full gorilla or banana suit (included with entry fee….yours to keep)! All participants are helping to raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, the international charity working to save the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas.

When: January 24th

Time: 8:30am Most Creative Costume Contest | 9am Race Start at Camp Mabry

Location:
Camp Mabry

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Float Fest is quickly becoming one of our favorite summer festivals.

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This one of a kind festival combines a trifecta of summer activities- live music, floating the river and camping.

Float Fest has hosted many national and regional acts including Grouplove, Portugal The Man, Phantogram, Ghostland Observatory, Local Natives, Dr Dog, Bun B, Devin the Dude, Wild Cub, MuteMath, Robert Delong, and more. So we are anxiously awaiting this drop of this year’s  line-up.
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Donʼt like to tube? No problem, come join them for the music! Float Fest offers delicious food, art, activities, a huge inflatable slip n slide, camping, bars, and more. Tubing is open from 10am-5pm each day and the concert gates open at 2pm. Patrons will arrive at the ranch, park, and hop on a shuttle that takes them up river to the drop in area. The float takes about 2-3 hours and once you end the float you have arrived back at Cool River Ranch where you can enjoy the music and festival.

Early bird tickets are on sale now! Get tickets before prices go up. 

When: July 22nd & July 23rd

Location:
Cool River Ranch
601 Dupuy Ranch Road
Martindale, TX  78655

With twenty live bands spanning a ten mile course and a headliner concert at the finish, the Austin 10/20 celebrates what Austin is all about – live music and an active lifestyle. The run/walk will take place on April 9, 2017 in North Austin at The Domain. Now in its 6th year, the Austin 10/20 is expected to have 5,000 runners and walkers participate from all over Texas as well as the country.

Athletes come from all over because there’s no other race in the country that offer’s more music per mile than the Austin 10/20. Hundreds of bands apply every year to be a part of the race but only twenty of the best are selected. These rock ‘n’ roll bands are stationed every half mile along the course and provide entertainment as well as motivation to the participants.

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Many first time runners enjoy the race because they can use the bands as markers, motivators and milestones to get them to the finish. There is also plenty of course support including six water stations, two cold towel stations, 20+ port o potty locations and numerous cheerleader groups.

Still not convinced you can cover the ten mile distance? The Austin 10/20 offers a free “10 Weeks to 10 Miles” Training Plan for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners. The first day of the plan starts January 30 and will have you ready by race day: Sunday, April 9. With finishing times ranging from 47:55 (2016 Champion Kenneth Rotich) to just over 3 hours, all abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Waiting for you at the finish line, is a post race party that includes free beer (thanks to sponsor’s Brown Distributing Co. and Michelob Ultra) as well as a Headliner Concert. Past headliner bands have included Everclear, Candlebox, Puddle of Mudd, Black Pistol Fire and Fastball. The 2017 Headliner band along with all of the course bands will be announced at the end of January.

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No other race offers more for you than the Austin 10/20. Perks for participants include a dazzling medal given to all finishers, comfortable tech t, customizable race bibs, age group awards, prize money for elite and local athletes, personalized finisher’s certificates and goodie bags with real goodies.

The 2017 Featured Local Charity is the Central Texas Food Bank. To learn more about the Austin 10/20 or to register online, visit Austin1020.com.

The coupon code 365AUSTIN is good for $10 off registration and expires on 1/20/17.

When: April 9th

Location:
The Domain

Surf’s Up, Austin!

Fitness meets surfing is the name of the game at this S. Lamar boutique studio. Owner’s Joy and Andrew Heller are “stoked to bring the City Surf concept to Austin. City Surf is a group fitness concept utilizing Surfset Surfboards as seen on Shark Tank. Essentially, you have a surfboard on three stability balls that challenges the activator and stability muscles that are not found in traditional work out methods.”

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Hard Work Pays Off 

The 50 minute workouts will not only test your strength and endurance, but also your balance and stability. Each class was designed and created by the original City Surf family, and I’ll be honest, the classes are no joke.

They currently offer several class classes; CITY SURF and BUDDHA BOARD, PIPELINE, a unique take on the traditional Barre class and CITY SURF CIRCUITS, a rad interpretation of HIIT (high intensity interval training), RIP CORE and BEACH BODY BOOT CAMP so there is something for everyone.

The signature CITY SURF class focuses on cardio, balance, and strength training, incorporating classic surf moves like duck dives, surf push-ups, pop-ups, and carving with traditional power moves like squats, lunges, core work, and cardio.

During the BUDDHA BOARD class you’ll be challenged to fuse traditional vinyasa/power yoga with the classic CITY SURF moves listed above. If you think yoga is challenging on the mat, try it on a surfboard!

Full schedule can be found at mindbodyonline

Inside the Studio

The front of the studio, where you’ll check in, is adorned with beautiful artwork, bright colored workout gear, and friendly faces.

As one of the instructors of City Surf Austin, I can honestly tell you that we are incredibly dedicated to making City Surf the kind of studio that our clients are excited to walk into to everyday; a gym intimate not so colossal that we don’t know your first name, and a place where you make new friends and create lasting impressions. We understand that having an active lifestyle is important, and we want you to have fun while you’re doing it. We’ve created a beautiful and clean environment that strives to build a true sense of Austin community.

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Check it Out 

City Surf is offering 20% off any package when you use the code: ‘cs365’ at checkout.

PURCHASE HERE

1500 S. Lamar Blvd. 78704

Directly under the Post Apartment Building

Article and Photographs by Zuzu Perkal

Vimeo video directed by Mills and produced by Slice Media

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The best way to spend NYE is surrounded by friends and with the lowest possible expectations  … know that before jumping into this list! The lines for downtown venues are long, the covers are high, and there are thousands of people roaming the streets who apparently do not consume alcohol the other 364 days of the year.

That being said, it can be the pinnacle party of the holiday season with the right people, and the right venue. To help you with the latter, we’ve put together a list with ten options that will help you create a memorable farewell to 2016.

10. Speakeasy’s Legendary NYE Bash

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Speakeasy is great for ringing in the New Year due to the sheer size of the place. It’s basically three venues in one, which makes staying at the same bar for roughly four hours a lot more enjoyable.

Speakeasy will have a band in the main bar, and DJs in the Kaberet Room and on Terrace59 (the rooftop). Tickets start at $49, but I’d recommend spending a bit more to ensure access to the rooftop, which has a great view, and might even allow you to catch the fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.

Tickets/info: Here

9. City of Austin NYE Event at Auditorium Shores

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This year’s festivities on Auditorium Shores include live performances from Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, and almost two-dozen other artists. There will also be food trucks on-site, activities for the kids, and the grand-finale fireworks show at 10 p.m.

This is a great event for families and couples that are looking to avoid the downtown madness, but still want to get out and do something memorable on New Year’s Eve. For an added bonus, admission is free!

More info: Here

8. Star69ties NYE Bash at Parlor & Yard

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Wanna party like it’s 1999? Maybe more like ’92—the years of Hammer pants and Hypercolor? This West 6th venue is offering a champagne toast at midnight, and light appetizers for the $35 price tag.

Tickets/info: Here

 

7. Blackfinn’s Rio Carnival Party

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Blackfinn is throwing a Carnival inspired party this year with a DJ, face painting, a photo booth, and much more.

Tickets start at $25 and include entrance to the event, two cocktails, a champagne toast at midnight, and party favors.

Tickets/info: Here

6. Banger’s New Year’s Eve Smoke Out

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If you want to enjoy the mild winter weather in Austin underneath the oaks, look no further than Banger’s. This year they’re smoking Prime Rib, and hosting live music, and a complimentary toast at midnight of Miller High Life (the Champagne of Beers).

No cover to get in, and the party starts at 6 p.m.

More info: Here

5. The Nightowls at Stubb’s

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Austin’s favorite soul band, The Nightowls, will rock the indoor stage at Stubb’s with an opening performance from Derrick Davis Band. The $60 ticket includes a champagne toast and a complimentary buffet!

Tickets/info: Here

4. Jason and Deb’s Casino Night at The Goodnight

The tagline for this party is “don’t go downtown,” and Jason and Deb of 101x are giving you plenty of reasons to avoid the area completely. In addition to the standard amenities at The Goodnight (bowling, karaoke, ping pong, pool, and more), this party is also all-inclusive!

That means the $100 ticket gives you access to free games, a full bar, $5000 in casino game chips, and free appetizers.

Tickets/info: Here

3. 80’s NYE Bash at Austin Roller Rink

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Tag this one in the ‘memorable NYE’ category. In addition to roller skating, the 4th annual bash also includes costume contests based on 80’s attire, a balloon drop at midnight, and it’s BYOB! Tickets start at $45.

Tickets/info: Here

2. Ghostland Observatory at Emo’s (SOLD OUT)

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Unfortunately, this show has already sold out at press time. We’ll do our best to snag a pair for a giveaway, so stay tuned to our Instagram account.

1. NEON GOLD by W Austin

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You know those NYE parties you see in the movies? While not for everyone, that’s what the two-party experience (one called Neon, the other Gold) at The W Austin provides.

If you’re looking to dress to the nines, pop bottles, and you don’t mind dropping some cash— there’s nothing else in Austin quite as glittery as this celebration.

GA tickets start at $50 for Neon, and $150 for Gold.

Pro-tip: Grab some friends (up to 15) and split the cost of a table ($2,000). Tables come with two bottles and will save you money assuming you trust your friends to cover their part of the bill!

***Bonus points if you can sneak into the sold-out Willie show happening next-door at ACL Live.

Tickets/info: Here

Happy New Year’s from 365 Things Austin! Please party responsibly and consider ride-share, public transportation (Cap Metro is offering FREE rides, see below), or taxi this holiday season.

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