It's Father's Day, which means it's time to show the dads out there how much we appreciate them. If you're looking for a way to make the fathers in your life feel special outside the traditional gifts and cards, Austin businesses are here to give everyone a day to remember.
Here are some of the Father's Day events going on today.
Father’s Day Weekend at Pioneer Farms
Take a trip back in time with dad at Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, which is offering two special blacksmithing classes in time for Father's Day. From 9 a.m.-noon, dads will learn how to smith their own fork and spoon on Sunday, just like the pioneers did. Sunday's class will be followed by a chuckwagon-style lunch in Pioneer Farms' Town Square at 1 p.m. Classes cost $75 per person and dads get their first beer free!
Father’s Day Axes & Ales at Urban Axes
After a tough year, maybe you or the dad in your life is trying to let off some steam. What better way to let loose than a beer tasting and axe-throwing outing? Urban Axes, 812 Airport Blvd., is celebrating fathers in its "Fathers Day Axes & Ales" event. For $35 each, groups of either two-to-three or four-to-six can throw for an hour, enjoy a cold one and bond with dad. Participants must be 21 or older.
Father’s Day at K1 Speed
If the father in your life is someone who likes to go fast, give him the gift of adrenaline at K1 speed. For Father's Day only, K1 Speed is offering buy two get one free races around the track. He'll feel like a Formula 1 driver in one of the all-electric go-karts that reach top speeds of 45 mph just inches off the ground. Anyone 4'10" or taller can join in on the race and two races will run $39.95, remember to get the third one for free!
Fathers eat free at Il Brutto
Il Brutto, 1601 E. 6th Street, is taking care of dads this Sunday. The Italian restaurant is offering one free entrée to dads all day on Sunday, no matter what his favorite fare is, "because dammit, dads deserve love too." Grab your foodie father and nosh on some wood-fired pizza, housemade pasta, succulent beef tenderloin or anything the restaurant has to offer. As for the rest of the family, you're still going to have to pony up.
Father’s Day market with Veracruz Tacos
Veracruz All Natural, 1704 East Cesar Chavez Street, and Plaza Las Rosas are coming together to celebrate the dads out there with a wide array of tacos (try the chicken mole), 20 vendors from all over town and live music. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, enjoy a day in the heat while treating dad to an agua fresca or an artisan gift made by local creatives. The market is free to attend, so you're welcome to stay all day!
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
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So you want to buy a house?
To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.
Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.
Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.
So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.
Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.
Holland says that while the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is often mentioned in the media, the most popular loan that he's seeing now is a 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage, which has a fixed rate for 7 years and then adjusts every year based on market rates, with a limit on how much it can increase each year. The interest is amortized over a 30-year period. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) offer lower rates than fixed rate loans.
Here are the numbers, which are examples. In practice, exact numbers vary with a buyer's credit rating and overall financial situation, and with the rate, which can move up or down at any time.
- $650,000 home purchase price
- 7/1 ARM at 5.875%
- 5% down payment, equals $32,500
- 95% financed, equals $617,500
- $4,990 payment, including principle and interest (P&I), insurance, and property tax
- Typically, a borrower's debt to income ratio needs to be at or below 45%. So for this mortgage, a borrower, or borrowers, would need income of roughly $11,100/month, or $133,200/year. That number could be higher, depending on the buyer's outstanding credit balances on things like credit cards and car loans.
Holland says he's had a lot of clients approved for loans who were house hunting but have put that on hold, hoping prices come down.
Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!
Fall promises to be a one-of-a-kind camping experience. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 24, weekends will be packed with fall-themed activities, including special Halloween weekends in October. Campers can enjoy activities like fall crafts, campground trick-or-treating, costume contests, site decorating, outdoor movie nights, and more!
Packages and Ways to Stay
Camp Fimfo Waco
Located just 5 miles from McLane Stadium, Camp Fimfo Waco is the perfect place to stay during home game weekends. Skip the stuffy hotel room and embrace the great outdoors before cheering on the Baylor Bears! Campers can purchase a Baylor Tailgating Package that includes a pre-game meal from Executive Chef Sean Kelley and transportation to and from the game! Chef Kelley will also be cooking up delicious, elevated tailgating meals near the stadium so make sure to check out The Plaid Plate food truck before the game.
Stay in style and comfort, no matter your camping preference! At Camp Fimfo Waco, there are multiple ways to stay. Red Carpet RV sites come with a concrete pad and patio, full hook-ups, cable hook-up, a charcoal grill, fire ring and fire pit. Back-in or pull-thru options are available, as well as coveted spots tucked along the Bosque River!
Don’t have an RV? Not a problem, Camp Fimfo Waco has cabins too! Book a Riverview Firewheel Cabin if you’re looking for an air-conditioned oasis for the whole family. Complete with a kitchen and private bathroom, this cabin can fit up to 10 people. Elevate your stay by adding on a golf cart or snag a private cabana by the pool for guaranteed shade. With wifi available throughout the park, you can stay connected during your stay!
Amenities and Activities
Camp Fimfo Waco
Camp Fimfo Waco features lots of amenities to fill your days with fun, whether you’re a kid or kid at heart. After challenging your friends to a game of pickleball, basketball, or mini golf, go for a dip in the resort-style, heated pool - open daily through October! Stay on the weekends through October to enjoy the interactive splash playground. With plenty of ways to burn off energy, like the jumping pillow or playground, you can be sure to end the day with a peaceful night around the campfire!
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