Can you handle the heat? Prove it by taking one of LeRoy and Lewis’ spicy specials—a different dish each day through Sunday—for a chance to win “eternal glory” and a $25 gift card for next time.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. or sell out Thursday-Sunday | 📍LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, 121 Pickle Rd.
Enjoy the deep roots of Texas music with weekly live performances at Lone Star Court. Located at The Domain, there’s always a tune for you to tap your foot to at the retro-inspired property. Every Thursday through Saturday, locals and travelers alike can enjoy live performances and specialty cocktails at the Water Trough. This week you can catch Drew Moreland, Hourglass, and Brad Stivers and Lindsey Beaver.
7-9 p.m. Thursday, 8-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday | 📍Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.
Get the most out of summer the classic way: With a colorful pool/dance party. Catch live beats from the 2000s courtesy of DJ Psalmo while you swim or dance to your heart’s content. Pool passes, $20, are required.
7-10 p.m. Thursdays | 📍Austin Motel, 1220 S Congress Ave.
Catch singer/songwriter Scott Miller and local musician Betty Soo, who has been said to have the “most gorgeous voice in Texas,” perform live. This show is all ages but the venue features a full bar and free parking. Tickets start at $15.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday | 📍The 04 Center, 2701 S Lamar Blvd.
Grab your pup and head to the local botanical garden to help your four-legged friend get through the dog days of summer. The party will have pup pools, local dog-centric vendors, dogs for adoption and coffee to kick off a relaxing weekend. Park admission is $6.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday | 📍Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.
The world’s first Premier Rugby Sevens tour is making its final championship stop at Austin’s own Q2 Stadium, so you can support your favorite men’s or women’s PR7 team from home. Tickets start at $20.
4 p.m. Saturday | 📍Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.
Celebrate your newfound (or revitalized) love for Kate Bush’s music at a concert benefiting local nonprofit Free Lunch ATX in her honor. Local musicians like Kalu James, Primo the Alien and Nnedi Agbaroji of Golden Dawn Arkestra are just a few on the lineup. Tickets start at $20.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday | 📍3TEN at ACL Live, 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd.
Enjoy a summer-themed art exhibit while chowing down on some Black’s Original Barbecue for Art Spark Texas’ seasonal fundraiser. Patrons who bring a pie to share will receive a free T-shirt. Tickets are $10 per person.
5-8 p.m. Sunday | 📍Art Spark Texas, 1152 San Bernard St.
Join Courtney Crash of ATX Thrift and Natassia Wilde of Wilde Art Curations for a curated runway and an inside look at hot fashion and accessory vendors in Austin. Tickets start at $25, $35 at the door.
5-9 p.m. Sunday | 📍ArtUs Co, 10000 Research Blvd.
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Austin is one of the top metro areas where homebuyer income saw the greatest surge during the pandemic and it came at a cost to locals.
A new analysis by real estate services firm Redfin reports that affluent out-of-towers have contributed to surging home prices in metros like Austin. Due to this trend, Redfin notes, many local buyers with lower incomes have been priced out.
“For white-collar workers earning high salaries, remote work is a huge financial boon,” said Sheharyar Bokhari, Redfin senior economist. Jobs with that flexibility, Bokhari says, enable them to move from a tech hub like San Francisco to a more affordable part of the country where they can get more home for their money and even put some toward a rainy day fund.
“It can have the opposite effect on locals in those destinations–especially renters–who are watching from the sidelines as home prices skyrocket while their income stays mostly the same,” Bokhari said.
In Austin, the median homebuyer income surged 19% from 2019 to 2021, ultimately reaching $137,000. In that time, the median home price growth was 48%, just behind Boise, Idaho which was more than 50%.
But the housing market is starting to slow. Redfin says high mortgage rates and unsustainable price growth have driven demand down. In fact, Austin is among the 20 housing markets that have cooled the fastest in the first half of this year.
“People are still moving in from California and they still have enough money to buy nice homes in desirable neighborhoods, sometimes with all cash,” said Austin Redfin agent Gabriel Recio. “But the days of homes selling for 25% over asking price with multiple offers are over. Buyers are no longer as eager now that mortgage rates are up and there’s buzz in the air about the slowing housing market.”
As a result, Recio says, local and out-of-town buyers have an opportunity to buy a home at the asking price or even under.
Redfin carried out its analysis using data from the home mortgage disclosure act to review median household incomes for homebuyers who took out a mortgage, though it doesn’t include buyers who paid using all cash.
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School is back in session—do you know the latest TikTok trends?
With Austin ISD resuming session on Monday, school officials are keeping tabs on the newest TikTok trends that could pose classroom disruptions and property damage.
TikTok trends swept through Austin-area schools last year with the “Devious Lick” challenge, which encouraged students to steal from school property and reportedly caused $15,000 in damages at Round Round ISD; and the “slap a staff member” challenge.
On the distraction end, a substitute teacher was dismissed from Bowie High School in December after bringing in a karaoke machine to class and singing Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for the class on TikTok.
Officials told KXAN they are staying aware of the trends as they change during the 2022-2023 school year and the district will investigate perceived threats. Since TikTok trends vary in severity, they will also evaluate to see which trends could cause harm or not.
Finally, the school district said it does not tolerate violence or bullying and will focus its efforts on protecting students both physically and digitally.