What’s doing, Austin?

It’s a happenin’ scene

Festivals, parties, charity events and other fun happenings are sort of a staple in Austin.  With (mostly) great weather and plenty of awesome venues we tend to be a hub for all manner of fun goings on — it’s part of what makes Austin such a great place to live!

Here’s a sampling of just some of what’s on the books for 2019:

South by Southwest (SXSW)
March 8 – 17 at the Austin Convention Center
Music, film, and interactive panels with big stars

Rodeo Austin
March 16 – 30 at the Travis County Expo Center
Livestock, games, food, sawdust & noisy fun

ABC Kite Fest
March 31 at Zilker Park
Kite flying and kite flying contests – fun for all!

Austin Food & Wine Festival
April 26 – 28 at Auditorium Shores
The name says it all!

Eeyore’s Birthday Party
April 27 at Pease Park
Keepin’ Austin weird…and  tipsy…

Pecan Street Festival
May 4 – 5 and September 21 – 22 on 6th Street downtown
Keeping Austin weird with food, crafts, art & people watching

Blanco Lavender Festival
June 7 – 9 on Pecan Street in Blanco
Lavender scented food, beverages, arts & crafts, and family fun

ROT (Republic of Texas) Biker Rally
June 12 – 16 at the Travis County Expo Center
4 noisy and fun days of bikes & bikers, with music and food

Austin Symphony Independence Day Concert & Fireworks
July 4th at Auditorium Shores
Bright lights, loud booms, pretty brass and strings

Float Fest
July 20 – 21 in Gonzales
Music, partying, and floating down the river

Austin Pride Week
August 2019 at Fiesta Gardens
Parade, fun, fashion, and fabulous-ness!

Bat Fest
August 24 at the South Congress Bridge
It’s bats, man! Plus live music and family activities

Fantastic Fest
September 19 – 26 at the South Lamar Alama Drafthouse
A sci-fi, action, fantasy, and horror film-lovers’ delight!

Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival
October 4 – 6 and 11 – 13 at Zilker Park
Two weekends, 8 stages, and a HUGE roster of artists

Austin Film Festival
October 24 – 31 at various venues around town
Film screenings, writer panels, and parties

Texas Book Festival
October 26 – 27 at the State Capitol
Discussions,panels,and book-signings with over 250 authors

Formula 1, US Grand Prix
November 1 – 3 at Circuit of the Americas
America’s only Formula 1 race

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 13 – 24 at the Palmer Events Center
Unique artists, cool crafts, tasty eats, and Christmas shopping

Trail of Lights
December at Zilker Park
Holiday lights, food, and fun for the whole family

There is always something going on in our fair city — so check some of these out, get out there and get into it!

And please do keep Austin weird! 😉

Race for the Cure

Think pink!

Our team, the Goodwin Gladiators made a great showing at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k run today.  There were about 5,000 runners and walkers, and we won an award for having the second largest team (I think we ended up with something like 82 team members).  The weather was mostly cooperative, with really high humidity but good cloud cover and a gentle breeze to cool things off.  Energy was high and everyone seemed to be in a celebratory mood!  We had an absolute blast, and were able to do some good for a seriously good cause: raising awareness about breast cancer and getting the dollars to fight it.  Plus there was a live band, music, dancing, and more than one pink doggie!

Some of our team members
The starting line, and a little of the leftover morning fog
I ran (almost all of it) with my soul sister and our team captain, Indu
Dancing in the streets
Who doesn’t love a pink pug?
This seems like a weird spot for group photos, but at least SOMEBODY was into it!

It really was a joyous and fun event, and I look forward to doing this again next year!

Goodwin Gladiators

It’s Bats, Man!

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na…

This has been an incredible last few days for witnessing awe-inspiring natural phenomena for your friendly neighborhood Realtor here.  Although Monday’s solar eclipse was both far bigger and way more rare an occurrence, Tuesday night I finally got to experience firsthand one of our local marvels — the emergence of Austin’s bat colony for their evening feeding!

Bats emerging from under the South Congress Bridge – August 22, 2017

For those unaware, Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America.  While we actually have several colonies around the Austin area, the most famous is the one living under the South Congress Bridge, and the best views are to be had on a bat cruise, which is how I got to experience it. (Shout outs to Premier Nationwide Lending and Capital Cruises for providing us a wonderful evening of tasty eats, adult beverages and amazing bat watching!)

Click here if you’d like to read a little more about our local bats and where and when to best see them; otherwise, I’ll just let the video below speak for itself.  (Note, you don’t really need sound for the video.  You’ll mostly hear a lot of Realtors and lenders exclaiming in awe — surprisingly, the bats themselves are pretty much silent!)

Amazing, no?  If you’re looking for a cool experience to share with visitors, or if you’re a local like me who has never done it before (WHY did I wait SO LONG?!) I can’t recommend an Austin bat boat tour highly enough!  It really is incredible.