Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top October 2018 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle |
Top 10 October Events


 

House of Torment

2632 Ridgepoint Drive
October 4th – November 10th 

House of Torment is the premier haunted attraction in Austin, Texas featuring elaborate Hollywood-quality sets, iconic characters portrayed by talented actors, towering animatronic monsters and terrifying scenarios like Blackthorn Penitentiary, Darkest Dreams, and Trick or Treat. With other attractions such as mini escape rooms there is so much to experience! House of Torment has been featured on Buzzfeed, Travel Channel, Huff Post and Discovery Channel.

 

 


 

Austin City Limits Music Festival

2632 Ridgepoint Drive
October 5th – October 7th | 
October 12th – October 14th

One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin’s most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends. This year’s headliners include Paul McCartney, Odesza, Metallica, Travis Scott, Justice, and Arctic Monkeys.

 

 

 


 

UT vs Oklahoma Sooners

Cotton Bowl Stadium | Dallas, Tx
October 6th | 11:00 am 

More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair.

Game tickets are purchased through each university’s athletic office. A ticket to the 2018 Red River Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, October 6, 2018.

 

 


 

Banger’s Oktoberfest

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer
October 18th – October 20th 

Enjoy German influenced food, beer, and live music followed by Banger’s Big Brass Band Brunch on Sunday, October 21st. They will be serving bierwurst, spaetzle, schnitzel, weisswurst, and German potato cakes. Banger’s version of Oktoberfest games take place daily, open to the public on a first come first-serve basis. Winners of each game will receive a “trophy”, t-shirt, and “Skip the Line” brunch voucher.

This is one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town, spanning three days (and nights). Eat, drink, dance and play to your heart’s desire at this all-out party on Rainey Street.

 

 


 

FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix

Circuit of the Americas
October 19th – October 21st

The pinnacle of motorsports is returning to Texas for a three-day celebration of speed and sound! In the midst of a competitive and unpredictable season, the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI 2018 United States Grand Prix arrives at COTA this October with major championship implications. International drivers will be in Austin this October to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more – including headlining performances by Bruno Mars and Britney Spears for ticket holders.

 

 


 

LIVESTRONG Challenge

Palmer Events Center
October 21st | 12pm – 8 pm 

Join riders from around the country for the 2018 LIVESTRONG Challenge on October 21st ,2018! Chose from our 20, 45, 65, or 100-mile bike routes through beautiful Texas hill country. We are also proud to offer a 1-mile fun run for participants and supporters of all abilities. After the ride or run, participants and spectators are invited to the post-event party in the Challenge Village where you will find delicious local food and beer, music, vendors and a fun time for all ages.

 

 


 

Austin Margarita Festival

Austin American- Statesman 
October 20th | 12pm – 8pm  

This one-day event is a reflection of Austin’s plethora of eclectic styles and artistry, only this diversity shows through in the 20+ Margarita Flavors. Served frozen or on the rocks, the endless choice of mouthwatering margaritas can be enjoyed against the backdrop of Austin’s beautiful skyline. Adding to the cool vibe of this Margarita Mecca, you can sip to the sounds of live bands and DJs, and to the complement of great food!

 

 


                       

Austin Film Festival 

Paramount Theatre & Various Locations 
October 25th – November 1st  

Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. The full lineup for the 25th annual Austin Film Festival has been revealed, and it includes Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn’s action thriller, Widows, and Peter Farrelly’s dramedy, Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. 

 

 

 

 


 

Viva La Vida Festival & Parade 

Downtown Austin
October 27th, 2018

Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features 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.

 

 

 


 

BARKITECTURE Austin

1100 E 5th St. 
October 28th | 12pm – 4pm 

Barkitecture Austin is back, featuring ZilkerBark for what’s sure to be our best year ever, benefitting Emancipet Greater Austin, Bastrop Animal Rescue, and Meals on Wheels Central Texas PALS Program! Barkitecture Austin is 100% LOCAL & VOLUNTEER-RUN with 100% of OUR PROCEEDS GOING TOWARDS OUR CAREFULLY-SELECTED BENEFICIARIES! We raised $80K over the last two years and this year we want to break $50K!

 

 

Downtown Development Digest | Waller Park Place

Rejuvenate Rainey

 

At the corner of Cesar Chavez and Red River keep an eye out for the largest private development project Downtown Austin has seen. The site will be the home to Waller Park Place a three tower development. Tower “A” will be an office building, Tower “B” will become a Multifamily apartment, and Tower “C”, will be a hotel condominium. Mixed-use development is the poster child for pedestrian friendly environments, and Waller Park Place has landed the jackpot for walkability. With so many things to do around the area such as jogging, eating, shopping, or just enjoying the Austin lifestyle, this has it all!

The proposed development by The Sutton Company incorporates the natural curves of the creek and enhances the area with terraces for people to enjoy the scenery. The 3 acre site is said to have 300,000 sq ft of office and residential space, 150 room hotel, 498 residential units, and 600,000 sq ft of retail space. The IBI Group is heading up the architectural design and aims to create a dramatic and sensory experience for all visitors.

This development is going to boost the overall worth of the Rainey Street area so get ahead of the curve and find your way into one of these new towers. Not only is this development going to help the economy and growth of Rainey, but it is also said to be in compliance with Austin Great Streets Program!

Get the best of both worlds with the new oasis being developed in Downtown Austin.

 

Photos and information from https://austin.towers.net/condos/waller-park-place/ and https://austin.curbed.com/maps/tower-highrise-construction-map-austin

 

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle | Top September 2018 Events

Live the Lifestyle, Love the Lifestyle
Top 10 September Events


 

Zilker Relays
Zilker Park
September 7th, 2018 | 6:30 PM

The Zilker Relays is a 10-mile race with teams comprised of 4 runners, with a festival after the race. Each runner gets to experience Austin’s unique atmosphere 2.5 miles at a time. Enjoy live music and great food while running with your favorite family and friends. You don’t have to train like a marathoner for this one. All you have to do is be willing to run/jog/walk/stroll 2.5 miles, enjoy live music and great food and get 3 of your siblings/kids/buddies/colleagues to come join you for this one of a kind running experience.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Waterloo Music Festival
Carson Creek Ranch
September 7th – 9th , 2018

Waterloo is an independent festival that celebrates the roots of Austin music culture, and will feature three full days of nationally renowned jam bands performing alongside the city’s finest musical acts during a weekend of camping. The event will be held at Carson Creek Ranch, a venue just ten minutes from downtown Austin with over 60 acres of Pecan-tree-lined campgrounds and scenic views overlooking the Colorado River.

 

 

 

 


 

UT vs USC
Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
September 15th, 2018

The biggest game of the season is upon us! Last season’s double overtime thriller ending with a USC win has the Horns ready for a fight. With the game being in Austin tailgating is a must and the bars will be packed. Cheer on the Texas Longhorns as they play the teams most important game of the 2018 season as they take on the USC Trojans.

 

 

 

 


 


CASA Superhero Run
IBM Client Innovation Center at Broadmoor Campus
September 16th, 2018 | 7:00 am

Run, walk or fly to the 2017 CASA Superhero Run 5K and Kids 1K. Dress up in your favorite superhero costume and join the fun run. The race is fun for all ages and supports CASA. CASA speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected.The CASA Superhero Run helps more than 2,500 children through the CASA programs serving Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe & Hays Counties. Do good while having fun!

 

 

 

 


 

Whiskies of the World Expo
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
September 20th, 2018 

Whiskies of the World brings together distillers from all around the world the share their finest spirits. The Expo will provide whisky tastings, whisky and food pairings, whisky and cigar pairings, and the chance to interact with outstanding whisky brands as well as fellow whisky enthusiasts. Discover the Art of Whisky in the company of connoisseurs and whisky celebrities.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fall Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street Austin
September 22nd & 23rd 2018 |Sat. 11am – 10 pm | Sun 11 am – 8 pm 

The Pecan Street Festival takes place in the Sixth Street Historic District between Brazos Street and Interstate 35. The Pecan Street Festival is a free, bi-annual juried music, arts and crafts festival. The show proudly features over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PBR – Professional Bull Riding
Frank Erwin Center 

September 28th & 29th, 2018 

The PBR’s 2017 Built Ford Tough Series will make its first-ever stop in Austin for the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic, presented by Frontier Communications. As the world’s top cowboys go ride for ride against the rankest bulls around. Buying a Friday ticket to the PBR performance gets you in to see Aaron Watson who will perform a concert before the rides begin on Friday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

 


 

                                                                 

FIA World Rallycross
Circuit of the Americas
August 25th, 2018 

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy features head-to-head short, sharp racing on dirt and asphalt, a MEGA jump and all the action you can take. Witness high profile drivers such as Ken Block, Scott Speed and Tanner Foust equipped with 600bhp World RX beasts with the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than two seconds – faster than an F1 car – as the series heads to Circuit of The Americas for the first time!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Austin Oktoberfest 
Scholz Garten
September 29th, 2018


Dust off those Lederhosen & Dirndls!!! On Saturday, September 29th the Austin Saengerrunde will be celebrating its 6th Annual AustOberfest with Foodways Texas! Celebrating Central Texas German heritage with ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT sausage, bier tastings, contest stage, bowling & live music from the Austin Polka Band and the Chainlink Band! AustOberfest was named the 2017 Food & Wine Magazine “Best Oktoberfest in America”!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Texas Craft Brewers Festival
Fiesta Gardens 
September 30th, 2018 

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is the state’s largest craft beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer. The festival features 70+ Texas craft Breweries and approximately 200 handcrafted beers available for sampling. Don’t wait until the last day to get your ticket, this festival is a hit and normally sells out!

 

 

 

 

In the News | Bird Rides Launch in Austin

Bird Rides, a venture-backed rental app based in Santa Monica, launched its electric scooters throughout Austin in early April.

Austin, being a known leader in forward thinking, is an ideal location for Bird to launch their new, modern mobility solution. This modernized approach of dockless and electric vehicle sharing offers communities an easy, eco-friendly way to get around issues of time constraints and traffic congestion. Talk about an innovative form of transportation!

Users of this ride-sharing service are charged $1 to start the scooter and 15 cents per minute that its used, must be over 18 and must consent to a safety agreement. Bird Rides uses their app to unlock the rental scooters and to provide their users with step-by-step instructions, as well as parking and safety reminders.

Bird Rides, striving to work closely with cities, has a mission to make transportation better, more accessible and more environmentally friendly. The dockless scooter and bike company has already partnered with cities throughout California, as well as with Washington D.C..

Since the Austin launch, controversy has hit the city and Austin officials have already impounded over 50 Bird scooters that were left in violation of city code. The City Council originally planned a pilot program for dockless bike and scooters to begin this summer. However – with Bird Rides and LimeBike launching their ride share services earlier than expected – the city has been thrown into a state of playing catch-up, as they continue to determine if any special laws and regulations apply to the companies.

The current situation of vehicle sharing deems to be similar to the Uber and Lyft controversy experienced in 2016. The city is merely aiming to take precautions in regard to the scooter’ safety concerns and the issue of unused scooters being left in highly-trafficked areas, such as side walks.

In response, Bird has promptly directed its users to comply with each city’s specific parking instructions for the vehicles, and is proactively planning efforts to relieve any other issues that may arise with their services. The company has a stern policy regarding those who violate Bird’s terms of service attain the consequence of being removed from the platform.

If you wish to support this innovative and eco-friendly transportation solution staying in the City of Austin, please click here to sign the petition!

Downtown Development Digest | Project Catalyst

Along with the natural expansion of downtown Austin, a plan for a ‘Domain-style’ development has begun to emerge on East Riverside: Project Catalyst.

The project that has been germinating over the past few years will rezone a 97-acre site in Southeast Austin, adjacent to Oracle’s new campus. The site plans are composed of over 5 million square feet of space for thousands of apartments, hundreds of hotel rooms, dozens of shops and restaurants, and plenty of offices.

Due to the rezoning process of the project site not being scheduled for completion until sometime this year or within the next year, construction is not envisioned to begin before 2020. However, once approved by the Austin City Council, the development plans to be built in five phases over a 25-year period.

Nimes Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm, is the developer proposing the mixed-used development that will continue to transform Southeast Austin. Their initial goal surrounding the project is to build an “urban village.”

Given the current circumstances of congestion that are overwhelming the downtown districts, East Riverside Drive is the most logical and ideal location to expand into. Preliminary renderings of Project Catalyst show buildings, reaching 16 stories, that would be the tallest to occupy this portion of Southeast Austin. This “urban village” ultimately envisions to be a “third downtown – North Austin’s Domain and Domain Northside duo have already claimed the name of Austin’s “second downtown.”

Currently, the site consists of The Ballpark East apartment complex, comprising of 1,308 units for college students and working-class residents. Throughout the course of a few years, Nimes Capital has bought the apartment complex along with its adjacent land.

If the mixed-use development project proceeds as intended, it will neighbor Oracle’s new 40-acre corporate campus and an exponentially growing amount of nearby apartment complexes, retail establishments and office spaces.

Downtown Austin’s booming market is sure to continue to flourish in East Riverside, especially with Project Catalyst’s proposed plans for expansion.

Austin Real Estate Market 2018

With Austin’s growth projected to more than double in the next 40 years, 2018 is expected to be another record-breaking year for the city’s real estate market.

Austin’s current population sits at the 31st largest in the U.S. and is predicted to surpass San Antonio’s by the late 2020’s. The city has been experiencing an average net increase of 150 people per day who are needing places to live. This surplus of people is resulting in the city’s housing housing not meeting its demand and prices being driven higher and higher.

Despite home prices increasing by 5.4% in 2017, the Austin real estate market hit an all-time high in home sales that reached a double-digit increase in March 2018. This much growth being endured early on in the year indicates a strong summer selling season ahead.

Historically, it has been common for homes to remain on the market for 50 days or more – even in housing markets experiencing a high demand. However, within Austin and its local areas, homes have been spending a fraction of that time on the market. The city’s limited housing inventory has ultimately created a competitive market when it comes to purchasing a home in or around Austin.

At Austin’s current growth rate, the population is projected to continue outpacing infrastructure. This deficit will generate a higher demand for more schools, retail and office spaces, transportation accommodations and other utilities to be developed. Fortunately, with job growth increasing at a slower pace, the city will be allocated time to focus on solving these overgrowth challenges.

While home prices continue to rise, they are rising at a slower pace which indicates a stable market trend.

If you’re considering a move, now is the time to enter the market and take advantage of the low mortgage rates and appreciation. Click here to meet the Urbanspace residential team.

Downtown Development Digest | Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social has recently announced its expansion into downtown Austin, and is expecting to open its doors February 2019.

Punch Bowl Social has recently announced its expansion into downtown Austin, and is expecting to open its doors around February 2019.

This will be Austin’s second Punch Bowl Social location, with the first being at The Domain. The Denver-based, entertainment restaurant chain has made a name for itself across the country. With their overloaded restaurants also being home to vintage arcade games, karaoke rooms, bowling alleys, virtual reality experiences, table games and bars, these eatery’s are practically a grown-up’s ideal playground!

Punch Bowl Social has taken a stance on being a place for people to come and be themselves. The restaurant chain believes in the “dirty modern mash up of chandeliers, food for foodies, PBR tallboys and craft beverages,” as well as “brunch turning into a bowling party and bowling parties turning into all-you-can-sing karaoke.” You can expect the general atmosphere of these locations to offer a full-range experience of unequalled music, food, games, beverages and exploration. Their mission is to provide an environment tailored for each person’s desired “going out” experience.

In 2012 The Punch Bowl Social originally opened in Denver, and since then has expanded to 12 locations across the country with several more coming soon. Austin’s new establishment will be located within the Scarbrough Building at 522 Congress Avenue and 6th Street. Robert Thompson, founder and CEO, revealed his reasoning behind choosing this building: its historical value, Chicago-style architecture, Art Deco details and, not to mention, the building’s prime location in the heart of Austin.

One of the up-and-coming downtown location’s most differentiating features is a “more Texas- and Tex-Mex menu,” according to Hugh Acheson, a James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, Top Chef judge and Punch Bowl Social’s culinary partner. The approach to creating this menu has been based on the anticipation of engulfing the nation’s culinary landscape in its entirety.

Although February 2019 may seem a ways away, we’re always looking forward to experiencing downtown Austin’s newest additions!

Downtown Development Digest | The LAAN

 

Discover an approachable South Austin aesthetic in an enchanting Dutch farmhouse-inspired residence. Hidden in the rapidly growing South Lamar neighborhood, the LAAN is a community of 53 modern homes centered around a long private drive. Each residence offers highly optimized floor plans and personal outdoor space, as well as access to communal amenities such as a pool, grilling space, and lounge.

The residences are comprised of two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet on a 3-acre site. Austinites will be able to retreat to a tranquil and peaceful environment just around the corner from the bustling city sights. The location offers convenient access to hundreds of restaurants, entertainment and retail locations, including The Broken Spoke, Soup Peddler, and Kerbey Lane Café.

The architecture, designed by Davies Collaborative, is composed of clean lines and modern finishes while being environmentally sensitive. Austin’s natural beauty is preserved outdoors with a sprawling southern live oak tree at the center of the exterior amenities. The whimsical interior spaces maximize natural light and invite elegance that speaks to the nature of home. With four interior palettes created by Urbanspace Interiors, The LAAN offers something for everyone; from industrial chic to modern, you will find your hideaway here.

 

 

Check out a virtual tour of the model unit here! 

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