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What’s Up in October, 2016


Fall is FINALLY here! As the temperature cools down, Austin,Texas festivities start to heat up! There are a lot of festivals, live music, and activities going on in October around town, just check out the list below. Our great city is known for such festivals like Austin City Limits Music Festival and Oktoberfest, a salute to German heritage, and don’t forget the Formula 1 Grand Prix! If you like getting scared silly, there are plenty of haunted houses to check out as well. Check out, What’s Up this October!

Austin City Limits Music Festival

9/30/16-10/2/16; 10/7/16-10/9/16
Zilker Park

Octonauts Live!

Austin City Limits Live


One World Theater

Grupo Corpo


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When someone says “Texas,” what do you imagine? Is it country singer George Strait perched atop an oil derrick in a football field, biting into a brisket sandwich while firing a gun in the air? Well, it’s that and more. Texas is an incredible place, a diverse and dynamic state that draws hundreds of thousands new residents each year. But is it right for you? Here are 53 reasons why you should live in the Lone Star State…




In Alaska, there are 365,000 miles of rivers and streams, and you’ll get hypothermia if all of them. In Texas, there are fewer rivers, but you can float down many of them in a rubber inner tube with a cooler of cold beverages at the ready. That’s living.


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 Here are some of UP Realty's favorite things to do in September. 

Tri-Rock Austin Triathlon 
Palmer Events Center 
The urban setting provides a swim start at the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, a swim course in Lady Bird Lake, a bike course over the Congress Street Bridge and a run along Auditorium Shores. This event has a triathlon scene that rocks like no other! 

Free Day of Yoga 
Various Locations 
All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level. 

Austin Music Video Festival
Various Locations
Now in its second year, the Austin Music Video Fest celebrates Austin's lonstanding museic video heritage with

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With the triple digit heat we have in the summer time here in the great state of Texas, here are some great ways to save money on your energy bills...

10 simple ways to save energy and money this summer:

  1. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – we recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re at home, and 85ºF when you’re gone. Keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects.
    Thermostat at 78 degrees

  2. Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation.
  3. Minimize indoor heat: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It's best to
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We are just about midway through August, meaning the school year is approaching. For many students, this spells the end to sleeping in, vegetating in front of the TV, and staying out late with friends.

As you and your parents' anxiety builds in anticipation, you are all probably doing internet searches related to it. Well, Bing has been data-mining its search queries to find the top 5 most searched for Back-to-School topics, which you can read below. Number 5 is particularly shocking, don't you agree?

Here are the top 5 and an explanation from Microsoft's Bing on each.

  • Meal-planning tops the list this back-to-school season. This includes developing new ideas for providing healthy lunches. Use Bing’s image search to find healthy, fun and
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Here are some of UP Realty's favorite things to do in August.   

Zilker Summer Musical
Zilker Hillside Theatre
Pack a picnic and come enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. The outdoor amphitheater will host performances of "Shrek The Musical" Thursdays through SUndays beginning around 8:15 p.m.

Blues on the Green
Zilker Park
Pack a blanket and the family and make your way to Zilker Park for this summertime tradition. Held monthly from May to August, Austin's largest free concert series will welcome groovy performances by local up-and-comers Sweet Spirit and The Suffers.

Lake Travis Hot Air Balloon Flyover 
Mansfield Dam Park, Lake Travis
Watch dozens of picturesque hot air

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Summer is still here and one of UP Realty's favorite things to do is golf!  

Here are some MUST PLAY gold courses in Texas. 

Barton Creek - Fazio Canyons (bartoncreek.com, 512-329-4653, $150-$250)
Change is coming to Golf Magazine's top-ranked public course in Texas. This Tom Fazio design, which debuted in 2000, will be closed for three months this summer for renovation work (all greens are being rebuilt). What won't be changed is the downhill par-5 18th hole, one of the state's top finishers, where water comes into play twice. The course, located a short shuttle ride from Barton Creek Resort & Spa, is open only to resort guests.

Pine Dunes (pinedunes.com, 903-876-4336, $49-$79)
Never heard of this course? You're not

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Winter is for working hard, summer is for playing hard. Here are the top 10 vacation destinations across the world.  

10. The Bahamas

resort, palm trees, teal ocean, blue sky,

While there is a risk of getting rained on during hurricane season, June generally sees mild weather, fewer crowds and significantly lower prices. While some resorts in the Out Islands close through November, New Providence and Paradise Island remain open year-round.

Best for: Families looking for a taste of laid-back island living.

9. Miami

downtown, walkway, Miami River, Florida

Also offseason in the summer, Miami continues to draw visitors, especially Europeans and South Americans escaping winter. To keep cool in the blazing heat, you need only take a dip in the Atlantic, Biscayne Bay … or an infinity pool.

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Austin has to be one of the most fun places to live!   And yes, the summers are hot, but there are lots of great ways to beat the heat. Below is a list of some of our favorite places to go - both in and out of doors :)  Enjoy!
Discover Dinosaur Tracks in Leander Check out the actual dinosaur tracks along a riverbed in Leander! A short hike off the road can bring you to some pretty clear tracks - not roped off or anything - just lying there smack in the middle of a creek bed! There is one set of fossilized dinosaur footprints on the downstream side of the bridge, and another on the opposite side of the creek.  Free.
Swim in Austin's natural springs and pools
Austin has a number of natural pools that…
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It's officially SUMMER!!

Time to pack up the kiddos and explore some of Austin's most popular events!  Here are some of UP Realty's favorites
for the month of July. Take a look...

Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up
Various Restaurants
Celebrate the cuisine of the Lone Star State. See website for a list of participating restaurants, which donate a portion of their week's proceeds to food banks across Texas.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony
Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores)
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration
Hill Country Galleria

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