March 14th – 28th, 2020

Rodeo Austin hosts over 100 live music performances during the fifteen-day Fair and Rodeo, and is proud to bring a concert series to the Live Music Capital of the World that truly has something for everybody.  From Texas country to punk rock, Rodeo Austin boasts a tremendous lineup featuring a variety of world class concerts every fan can enjoy!

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Staying true to the official sport of Texas, Austin hosts one of America’s top ProRodeos every March. The top ranked athletes in each event compete in Rodeo Austin for the title of Champion. In an action-packed two hours, fans enjoy extreme competition, bull fighting entertainment and the fan-favorite Mutton Bustin’.

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A family-friendly event, Rodeo Austin offers something for everyone. Open March 14-28, 2020, the Fairgrounds offers Austin’s largest carnival, shopping, food and a variety of shows and special attractions.

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Exhibitors from Texas and across the nation travel to Austin each year to show their animals. Rodeo Austin hosts fifteen different livestock and horse shows during the Fair and Rodeo in the Show Barn. Fairground admission grants fairgoers access to each show. Viewers at home can also watch each show on RA TV—Rodeo Austin’s very own live stream. Can’t make a show? Fairgoers can experience a variety of livestock at the Avenue of Breeds display in the Show Barn.

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The BBQ Cook-Off hosts teams from all over Texas.  Enjoy two days of BBQ cook-off competition, fairground activities, fireworks, and Austin’s largest carnival!

BBQ Hours:  Friday, March 6th: 4:00PM – 11:00PM  and  Saturday, March 7th: 11:00 AM- 11:00PM

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Staging your home for an open house is crucial in adding appeal to buyers. However, many are unaware of the difference between full-on redecorating and simply staging a home to be presentable for showings.

Here is a breakdown of what home staging really means and how you can get your interior ready for the market.

Clean instead of buy
There are many ways to spruce up your interior space without breaking the bank. Make sure to do a thorough cleaning of every surface and room, including baseboards and those nooks and crannies that you normally skip over.

Remove any clutter
Getting rid of things you don’t need or use on an everyday basis is a crucial step. Make sure to donate or throw away items that you find get in the way of anyone seeing all your home has to offer, or box up any additional items to free up space.

Play around with placement
Don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture. A major aspect of staging involves experimenting with the location of furniture and decor. It’s all about creating the illusion that you redid your space without completely doing so.

Try to be objective
Many expert home stagers say the key is to depersonalize your space so potential buyers can see themselves living there. Try and take yourself out of the picture and ask yourself what the next homeowner would want to see.

These differences may seem subtle, but the key to staging versus redecorating is not going all-out. Rather, it’s switching things up, decluttering, doing minor touch-ups, and playing musical chairs with your furnishings and decor. All of these tips will put you one step closer to making your home a success on the market.

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14 Best Austin Area Distilleries to Visit

14 Best Austin Distilleries to Visit

Austin and the nearby Texas Hill Country are home to a spirited number of distilleries that are destinations in themselves. Stop in for a pour at an urban tasting room or set off on a Hill Country day trip. Here are 14 local craft spirits distilleries to explore:

Courtesy of Desert Door Distillery

1. DESERT DOOR DISTILLERY

Desert Door Distillery in Driftwood is the country’s only sotol distillery, crafting a distinctive Texan spirit. Unique to Texas and northern Mexico, the rugged sotol plant thrives in the desert. Do some sotol sampling in the modern Tasting Room (try the earthy Desert Door Original), then cozy up by the fireplace on a comfy couch surrounded by regional artwork. Or take an afternoon tour Friday through Sunday.

2. GARRISON BROTHERS DISTILLERY

Garrison Brothers Distillery in scenic Hye is the Lone Star State’s first and oldest whiskey distillery. Located on a small ranch, Garrison produces Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey made with its own organic winter wheat that’s grown and ground daily on site, along with plump yellow corn from the Texas Panhandle and fresh Hill Country rainwater. Take the one-hour Sit and Sip tour (Wednesday through Sunday), which includes a taste of sweet mash and high-proof “white dog” right from the stills, along with samples of Garrison’s latest limited-release whiskey.

Courtesy of Treaty Oak Distilling

3. TREATY OAK DISTILLING

Located in Dripping Springs, Treaty Oak Distilling is named for the 500-year-old live oak tree in Austin that was the site where Stephen F. Austin (known as the “Father of Texas”) signed a border agreement in the 1830s. Treaty Oak produces a number of spirits, including gin and bourbon, on its 28-acre, state-of-the-art distillery/ranch. Head out on the weekend to enjoy Saturday afternoon tours, live music, yard games, tastings at the Cocktail Lab and a gourmet bite from the on-site Alice’s Restaurant.

4. DRIPPING SPRINGS VODKA AND GIN

Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin, also found in Dripping Springs, produces its spirits in handmade copper pot stills. Brothers Gary and Kevin Kelleher founded the San Luis Spirits distillery, where they produce small 50-gallon batches of Dripping Springs vodka and gin using pure Hill Country artesian spring water. Tours are held Thursday through Saturday afternoons, and include a distillery tour, tastings and a souvenir shot glass.

Still Austin Whiskey Co. Credit Danielle Chloe Potts.

5. STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO.

Still Austin Whiskey Co., located at The Yard, holds the distinction of being the first whiskey distillery located within Austin city limits since Prohibition. A true grain-to-glass distillery, everything is done in-house, from mashing to barreling and bottling. Take a 30-minute tour to see how Still Austin’s whiskey is made, then enjoy it straight up or in a cocktail best sipped in the whiskey garden.

6. FROG POND DISTILLERY

Located just east of Dripping Springs, Frog Pond Distillery is known for its small batch gin and vodka crafted in a Texas Hill Country setting. Stop in for a cocktail on the back porch and try the newest products, available only at the distillery. Listen to live music and sip a craft cocktail at the distillery every Saturday and Sunday.

Courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka

7. DEEP EDDY VODKA

Deep Eddy Vodka is a Dripping Springs favorite. Its sprawling 30,000-square-foot distillery includes a fun, retro-feel tasting room where you can sip specialty cocktails or sample flights Thursday through Sunday. Vodka varieties are flavored with fruit that includes cranberry, peach and ruby red grapefruit. Both kids and dogs are welcome to come sit a spell on the patio and take in the panoramic view of the surrounding Texas Hill Country.

8. REVOLUTION SPIRITS

Revolution Spirits is an experimental craft distillery that produces small batches of gin and liqueurs in Austin. Revolution’s signature is the contemporary, American-style Austin Reserve Gin, made with juniper, lemongrass and Texas grapefruit. It also produces liqueurs that include the Cafecito, blended with cuvee coffee. Tastings and cocktails are offered in the tasting room Thursday through Sunday, with tours of the production area available by request.

Courtesy of Kooper Family Whiskey

9. KOOPER FAMILY WHISKEY CO.

Located just a quick drive from Austin in Ledbetter is Kooper Family Whiskey Co., a true mom-and-pop distillery known for its rye whiskies that are blended with pure limestone-filtered Travis County spring water and slowly matured in bourbon barrels. Try a flight of three rye whiskies in the tasting room, open Friday and Saturday.

10. BANNER DISTILLING CO.

Located on 12 acres of farmland on the outskirts of East Austin, Banner Distilling Co. is a small batch distillery built from the ground up by two craft beer and spirits enthusiasts looking to carve out a Texas distilling legacy with its smooth vodka and original whiskies. Join the 45-minute distillery tour and tasting experience, where you’ll get to try the award-winning Banner Natural Vodka and Texas Wheat Whiskey, available for sale in limited quantities.

Real Spirits Distilling Co. Whiskey. Credit to Davin Topel

11. REAL ALE BREWING CO

Producing craft beer since the mid-1990s, Real Ale Brewing Co launched Real Spirits Distilling out of its Blanco tap room in 2017. Stop by for a tour and tasting of its Texas Hill Country Signature Whiskey, Grain to Glass Gin, and the very limited first batch of its Single Barrel Whiskey. The tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday, with free afternoon tours offered Friday and Saturday afternoons.

12. GENIUS GIN

Genius Gin focuses on making this solitary spirit in two versions: Standard Strength (a homage to the classic London Dry variety) and Navy Strength (a sip-worthy version inspired by the historical proof carried on British Royal Navy fleets). Tours are offered by appointment only, with knowledgeable distillers who explain the history of gin and offer tastings.

Ben Milam Whiskey. Credit Brooke Taelor Photography

13. BEN MILAM WHISKEY

Ben Milam Whiskey is named for a larger-than-life Texas freedom fighter who was born in Kentucky, the birthplace of bourbon whiskey. Stop in at the distillery tasting room (Tuesday through Saturday), located in the picturesque small town of Blanco that’s known for the spring-fed Blanco River that runs through the center of the community. Sample Ben Milam’s hallmark Single Barrel Bourbon that’s just made for sipping, and was a Double Gold winner at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

14. TEXAS SAKÉ COMPANY

Texas Saké Company, which uses centuries-old techniques to brew its saké, is a hidden little gem in Central Austin. The saké is produced in small batches, taking care to find the right balance of bold and crisp flavors. Tours are held during taproom hours, Wednesday through Saturday, when you can try saké by the glass or mixed in a cocktail at the Japanese-style bar, and chat with the resident Toji (master brewer).

Austin Area Dining Guide

In Central Texas, our hospitality and palates are a source of local pride. From the Texas barbecue tradition, to staples like TexMex, breakfast tacos and burgers, our appetites and demand for great food are as big as the state of Texas itself. This is a only a taste of the many favorite spots to find the favorite local flavors of the Central Texas area.

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If you’re looking to sell, you need to know how to stage your home. These simple and inexpensive tips can help!

Staging your home for the sell is one of the most important elements in making your space inviting and attractive to potential buyers, but in the midst of a move, who has the time (or money) for a complete renovation? Save time, money, and energy—without sacrificing quality—with these tips.

  • Remove excess by ridding cluttered rooms of furniture or decorative pieces that are taking up too much space. Minimal seating, wall hangings, and rugs offer a cleaner, more appealing look.
  • Increase the size of a space visually by pulling furniture away from walls, maintaining a similar color scheme between rooms, and incorporating lighter-colored fabrics.
  • Avoid personalized items such as children’s toys, books, or DVD collections, which might be off-putting to potential buyers.
  • Keep it clean by making sure to scrub down baseboards and floors, and dust around countertops and chairs. Less dirt and grime not only makes a home more appealing, but can make it feel larger, too.
  • Replace dim lighting with brighter bulbs or modern fixtures. Lighting is one of the most important elements of a space that can also be one of the cheapest fixes.
  • Clear out closets or swap out differently colored hangers for uniform ones. An organized closet can make a bedroom look more polished.
  • Fresh flowers and plants, when used minimally and strategically, can instantly add a touch of charm and freshen up your home.
  • Get organized and save time by boxing up as much as you can before potential buyers see your home. Less clutter means a more attractive home, and you’ll be glad you got a jump start on packing.

If you want to make the most of your open house without breaking your budget, be mindful to follow these tips—potential buyers will surely be impressed.

Small Changes That Can Make for a Happier Home

As the saying goes, it’s the little things. When it comes to making your home a home, sometimes it’s the small efforts that go a long way. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to create a happy space for yourself, it can be as simple as making these small changes.

Add plants or flowers

Plants breathe life into any given room, and flowers can do the same. They help filter the air of toxins, as well as brightening up the space with color and life. I know whenever I have a vase of flowers in the corner of my bedroom, it instantly adds a smile to my face after a long day.

Clear out and organize your closet

Is your closet bursting at the seams? Do you find yourself unable to find an outfit to wear in the morning within a reasonable amount of time? It may be high time to organize your closet space. You could take it one step further and Marie Kondo your wardrobe, or you could keep it simple.

Put up art

No, this doesn’t have to be a one-of-a-kind painting worthy of hanging in The Louvre—maybe just keep your eyes peeled next time you head to the flea market or even as your perusing through Target. A piece of art (or a few) can add a sense of personality to your space.

Consider essential oils

An essential oil diffuser was something I didn’t know I needed until I received one as a gift for Christmas, and honestly, I finally understood the hype. I’ve only ever used a lavender essential oil, but there are many to choose from depending on what benefits you want to see.

Make your bed every morning

This requires no money and very little effort on your end. Coming home to a freshly made bed every night can do wonders for your mental health, so don’t skimp out on this morning task.

These are just a few small changes that can improve your home, and in turn, improve your well-being.

 

CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. 

Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills.

It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. 

No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.