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Thank you for visiting Homeowner Herald, the official blog of AustinHomeSearch.com, providing valuable information for both home buyers and sellers. Follow us on Twitter or check in each week for new posts on topics ranging from holiday decorating to the economy to moving into your new home. This blog is maintained by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. If you’d like to suggest a blog topic, contact the ABoR Marketing Department.

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Austin events forecast: The good times never end
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2010

It may be "back to school" for some residents of Austin, but that doesn't mean the summer fun has come to an end. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

20th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival (August 29) – "Eat the heat" at one of the largest annual contests in the world. Non–perishable food or cash donations to the Capital Area Food Bank will grant you admission to this popular event, which features music, raffle prizes and more than 350 hot sauce entries.

Austin Street Magic Festival (September 2) – Head to downtown Austin for food, drinks, crafts, a hula hoop contest and performances by magicians, musicians, jugglers, clowns, ventriloquists, puppeteers and balloon twisters. Admission is free.

Austin Museum Day (September 19) – With more than 30 museums offering free exhibitions and activities, the only dilemma you'll be faced with is determining how to squeeze so much fun into one day.

Fantastic Fest (September 23 – 30) – Named "the most important film festival in North America" by Texas Monthly, Fantastic Fest features horror, fantasy, sci–fi, action and various movies from around the world at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar and the Paramount Theater.

Of course, these events are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the fun Austin has to offer. Whatever your interest, Austin's got an upcoming event just for you!

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Fourth of July fun in Austin
THURSDAY, JULY 1 2010

The Fourth of July is upon us, and in the Austin area there are plenty of celebratory events to choose from. Below are just a few hot spots Austinites can visit for Independence Day fun.

The H–E–B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks: Pack a picnic and head out to Auditorium Shores at The Long Center for the biggest Fourth of July celebration in Austin. Free to the public, festivities include patriotic music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m. and an extravagant fireworks show over Lady Bird Lake at 9:30 p.m. Early arrival is recommended for prime seating.

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic: Make your way to The Backyard for Willie Nelson's renowned Fourth of July Picnic, which has been taking place for more than 30 years. Doors to the picnic open at 10:00 a.m., with the opening ceremony beginning at 11:00 a.m. The celebration features live performances by several musicians, including Willie himself. Purchase your tickets as soon as possible to secure your place at this famous Austin-area tradition.

4th of July Celebration at Seaholm Power Plant: The Electric Company is hosting their Independence Day celebration downtown at the Seaholm Power Plant. This free, family-friendly event starts at 4:00 p.m. with food, drinks and live performances by multiple musicians. The festivities will close with a spectacular fireworks display at sunset.

Whether you celebrate at or away from your home, it is important to remember that it's illegal for citizens to use or sell fireworks within the City of Austin, as they pose several safety hazards. That said, sparklers, smoke bombs, glow worms and various noisemakers are not classified as common fireworks and are legal to use.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Summer fun in Austin
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone and the temperature continues to climb, it feels as if summer is officially upon us. But don't be intimidated by the heat — there are plenty of fun activities to do outdoors. Below are several Austin classics:

Blues on the Green - Don't miss out on this free summer music series, held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every other Wednesday night June through August. Bring a blanket or chair, put your dog on a leash and head over to Zilker Park's Rock Island (north side of Barton Springs Road) to hear from musical guests such as Alejandro Escovedo and Amy Cook. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner or support the local vendors selling food and drink. Blues on the Green 2010 kicks off on June 9.

First Thursday - Even if you don't live in South Austin, it's worth taking a trip to South Congress Avenue the first Thursday of every month to enjoy the laid-back, block-party feel of this event. During First Thursday, shops between Barton Springs Road and Elizabeth Street keep their doors open until at least 10 p.m., with some offering special discounts and free drinks. Take the whole family to enjoy live music, shopping, tasty treats and Austin's warm summer nights.

Barton Springs Pool --- You haven't had a real Austin summer until you've made it to Barton Springs Pool, located within Zilker Park. Though open year-round, the spring-feed pool water-which hovers around 70 °F-feels especially refreshing during the hot summer months. Make a splash anytime between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Friday through Wednesday.

Zilker Summer Musical - Located across from Barton Springs Pool is the "longest-running outdoor musical production with pay-what-you-wish admission in the United States today" - the Zilker Summer Musical. This event is held at dusk Thursday through Sunday during July and August, featuring family-friendly performances such as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Beauty and the Beast." The tradition continues in 2010 with performances of "Annie" beginning July 9.

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When it comes to fun, there’s no spring “break” in Austin
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010

March is upon us, and that means there are plenty of fun events to keep you busy in Austin, Texas.

Zilker Park Kite Festival (March 7, 2010) - The first Sunday in March brings one of the most anticipated outdoor family events in Austin: the Zilker Park Kite Festival. Whether you bring a kite to fly or a blanket to sit and watch the action, this event is free and open to the public.

South By Southwest (March 12 - 21, 2010) - Thousands of people flock to Austin every March for this series of music, film and interactive conferences and festivals, networking events and after parties that keep attendee's creative juices flowing well beyond the last official event. SXSW is a must-attend for those looking to discover emerging musical artists, film-making trends and/or social media tools that are shaping the future.

Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo (March 12 - 27, 2010) - Whether you're a homegrown cowboy or someone who's just along for the ride, Rodeo Austin has something for you to enjoy. Between the competitive events, fairgrounds and nightly concerts, you'll find yourself saying "Yee haw!" before you know it.

Great Urban Race Austin (March 27, 2010) - If you're looking for an outdoor adventure, this event is for you. Teams of two will discover Austin in a fresh new way while racing to solve twelve clues. Costumes are encouraged.

The list doesn't stop here. Check out the events calendar compiled by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau for a deeper look into the action-packed month ahead.

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