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Sweet Berry Farm: Final Weekend to Harvest the Fall Fun

Sweet Berry Farms pumpkin patch

If you haven’t made it to Lake Travis’ favorite farm destination — Sweet Berry Farm — you have a couple of days left. Sweet Berry Farm’s ‘Harvest the Fall Fun’ season closes to the public this weekend until March 2015. There are still cute little pumpkins left, but supply is limited. However; have no fear! There’s plenty of fun things to do aside from pumpkin pickin’.

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How Well Do You Know the Lake Travis Area?

Lake Travis Sunset

I love to talk with lifelong residents who have lived in the Lake Travis area for years. They’ve seen so much change, and whether they’re of “the more the merrier” or the “I like it better the old way!” frame of mind (or somewhere in between), there’s a lot we can learn from Austin and Lake Travis area natives.

Still, no matter whether you’re a longtime resident or just relocated to the Lake Travis area, there are always new places to visit, things to discover and history to learn.

So for any readers that think they know the area well and want to test their knowledge of past and current Lake Travis history here is a short, fun quiz of random facts.

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COTA Fan Fest: Rev Your F1 Engines Oct 31 – Nov 2

Cota Fan Fest

Each year as Austin welcomes the excitement of Formula 1 to our city, we get better and better at throwing fun-filled events that embrace the excitement of hosting the most star-studded motorsport event in the world.

Beginning on Halloween, October 31, Circuit of the Americas (COTA) will host a turbo-charged festival downtown called Fan Fest. The schedule of live music at Fan Fest — a free event — is impressive to say the least. Bands include Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, De La Soul, Grupo Fantasma, Dale Watson, Fishbone, Whiskey Shivers and more. Plus, a super line-up of cover bands.

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The Daily Show Arrives in Austin for South by South Mess

Daily Show Austin

Funnyman Jon Stewart of The Daily Show is in Austin this week where he is filming his show live at ZACH Theatre. Stewart, who jokingly refers to Texas as “indicted Gov. Rick Perry’s home state,” will broadcast a week of shows here covering the midterm elections he calls “Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess.” On Saturday, Stewart’s team tweeted, “Monday! TDS in Texas! The best thing to happen to Austin since … whatever great thing they hosted last weekend.”  And so it begins …

His guests for the week include Texas State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis, Representative Joaquin Castro and musical guest Austin-based Spoon. They haven’t announced the guest for Wednesday yet, so we’re assuming it will be a Republican or Willie Nelson … ha-ha!

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Thirsty Planet Brewing Company: Saturday Tours

A sunny Saturday at Thirsty Planet

I like to visit local eateries and bars as much as the next Austinite, but what I have really been enjoying lately are all of the open taprooms and breweries that offer tours during the weekends. This past weekend was a perfect time to grab a spot at the bar and see what Thirsty Planet Brewing Company had to offer.

Already an ardent fan of their Thirsty Goat Amber Ale, when I got word of their trio of tours on Saturday, I reserved a few spots on their website and made a hearty breakfast the day of my visit. In my time in the beer world, I’ve learned a thing or two, and having a big breakfast before tour time is one of them.

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The Rolling Sculpture Car Show: This Sunday at the Hill Country Galleria

The Rolling Scuplture Car Show

The Hill Country Galleria is home to some of Lake Travis’ most entertaining events, both for the family and community. The Rolling Sculpture Car Show is one such event on the calendar to look forward to as temperatures cool. Whether you’re a classic car lover, or a fan of a more exotic breed of car — this parade of rides is one you just can’t miss. And even better yet, all of the proceeds go to the Bee Cave Public Library.

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Lake Travis Area Weekend Events: October 24 – 26

LTL Weekend Oct 24

There is so much going on in and around the Lake Travis area this weekend that you’re going to have to figure out how to be two places at once. And with Halloween just around the corner, you won’t be disappointed with this weekend’s lineup filled with all kinds of spooky events, festivals, football, live music and more!

Enjoy another hip and happening weekend in our little corner of the world.

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Texas Book Festival: This Weekend at the Texas State Capitol

Texas Book Festival 1

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

This weekend Austin hosts one of the premiere literary events in the country. The Texas Book Festival takes place in and around the State Capitol October 25 & 26th, offering events for all ages and interests. Not only does this festival appeal to literary experts and those in the field, but it also caters to casual readers, cookbook lovers, educators and even children who are just learning their ABCs. There truly is something for everyone, and best of all — it’s free.

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Lake Travis Area Neighborhood Guide: Lake Pointe on Lake Austin

Lake Pointe Views

Tucked away neatly between Bee Caves Rd. and Lake Austin is the Lake Pointe subdivision. Home to scenic streets, varying home styles and impressive views of the Hill Country and Lake Austin, this small Lake Travis area community has been a mainstay in the greater Austin area since the mid-90s. Located just 12 short miles from Austin, Lake Pointe is enjoyed by many that call this Lake Travis community home including families, working professionals and retirees.

History: Development began on Lake Pointe subdivision in 1994, and in the following years most of the lots were built out as well. There are a handful of lots still available for custom home building, which can be found closer to the Lake Austin side of the neighborhood and directly across from Steiner Ranch.

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Lake Travis Area Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patches of Lake Travis

The Lake Travis area has its fair share of pumpkins for purchase, and whether you’re in the market for the perfect piece for carving or want to get your fall-themed pictures for the Halloween season, there’s no better place to search for one.

I took an afternoon to visit the orange patches, some with rows filled with hundreds of pumpkins, some in huge stacks waiting to be bought — some even decorating vintage bath tubs in the lawn.

With only a little more than a week left until Halloween, it’s time to get out there and find your perfect pumpkin. There are still plenty of shapes at sizes to find at these local pumpkin patches in the Lake Travis area.

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