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What’s 30 Minutes From Kyle, TX?

Kyle, Texas residents love living here for its small-town living and Austin’s big-city assets are just a 30-minute drive away. When you choose a neighborhood like Crosswinds community in Kyle, you’ll have many things to do inside the community. It has hike and bike trails that mingle within the community. The Windy Point Amenity Center features a large pool with a splash pad, grilling areas, a playground, and plenty of shady spots.

What’s close to Kyle? Check out these useful and fun places within 30 minutes from Kyle.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

One of the more challenging things about small-town living is the lack of a nearby airport. Even medium-sized cities don’t always have a conveniently-located airport within 30 minutes. And those airports don’t always have many destinations.

Austin-Bergstrom offers many nonstop flights in the U.S. and Canada. It has international nonstop flights to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Paris. Many preferred airlines fly out of ABIA. Best of all, it’s just 25 minutes from Kyle.

Frank Erwin Center

The multi-purpose entertainment facility in downtown Austin has all the big music acts as well as first-class theater and all the sporting events you’d want. Owned and operated by the University of Texas at Austin, Frank Erwin Center serves as the home base for Texas Longhorns basketball teams. Visit the website to see what’s coming.

Cool facts. Its first event was the UT men’s basketball game against Oklahoma University. The first concert and sold out concert was Lawrence Welk in 1978. The fastest sellout ever? It only took 47 minutes for Garth Brooks’ concert to do that in 1992. And the highest-grossing event took place in 2013 with Paul McCartney as the headliner.

South Congress aka SoCo

You’ve probably heard “Keep Austin weird.” South Congress, affectionally known as SoCo, is partly responsible for that in a good way. It’s a famous shopping district with funky shops, restaurants, and music venues. They encourage you to “come dine, shop, and rock!” On its interactive website, you can stroll SoCo and see the insides of the stores. It’s also the place to go for information about parking, specials, and events.

East Austin

Another popular district in Austin is the eclectic East Austin that’s two miles from downtown. Like SoCo, it has bars, shops, restaurants, and things to do. You’ll find old. You’ll find new. You’ll find East Austin has a rich history. If you’re into history, you might like the historic walking tour.

Broken Spoke

This Austin institution and dance hall has been voted “Best Dancehall in Texas.” Some country music’s legends Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, and Tex Ritter have played there. Even Food Network lists it as one of the top places to eat. Food Network stars Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentis have two-stepped at Broken Spoke.

Show up anytime Wednesday through Saturday from 8 to 9 pm for dance lessons. Live music plays every night. The calendar lists upcoming events. If you go, be sure to try their famous chicken fried steak.

St. Elmo Brewing Co.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, St. Elmo Brewing Co. serves all types of beer in their beer hall and beer garden. They also serve coffee, housemade mineral water, and soda. Visit their website for a virtual tour of this charming brewery. Then, check their Facebook page for upcoming events including weekly Tuesday Trivia and Grassy Thursdays. And come hungry as they have an onsite food truck serving Asian food.

CHEERS!

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Guide to the Best Holiday Movies in Kyle

One of the best things about this wonderful time of the year is the holiday movies! Whether you watch them at home or at the movie theater, there’s a holiday movie for everyone. Action, romance, family, drama, musical, and comedy. Looking for ideas? Check out these suggestions from each category.

Family

Here’s one that not many have seen unlike some of the other movies. And it’s a winner for the entire family and you can see it at EVO Entertainment in Kyle. Parents say their kids love Frozen II so much that they’ve seen it more than once. What better way to feel like the holidays than seeing a movie with lots of ice and snow?

For something to watch at home, explore this mix of older and newer classics: Home Alone, Elf, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street (1947 edition), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Story.

Action

Yippee-ki-yay! Everyone has an opinion on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Since many call it one of the best action movies ever made, be sure to watch it if you haven’t yet. The entire movie takes place on Christmas Eve when a company throws its end-of-the-year party.

OK, Jumanji and Star Wars aren’t Christmas movies, but the latest ones are out just in time for this year’s holiday season. Take it to the next level with Jumanji: The Next Level or Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Romance

As if Hallmark does not have enough romantic movies, the family may prefer something with a little less predictability. Love, Actually tells the story of eight different couples in London. Want something you may not have seen? Try The Family Stone.

Musical

Although Christmas isn’t prevalent in the story, The Sound of Music always airs around Christmastime. Most can never get enough of “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” or the breathtaking scenes. Need a little Judy Garland? “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas” by watching Meet Me in St. Louis.

How about a musical with Christmas in the title and the amazing vocal stylings from Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney? Instead of dreaming of a White Christmas, watch the movie and you’ll feel like it’s snowing on Christmas even if it’s sunny outside and it’s not December 25. Want more Bing? Check into Holiday Inn with Fred Astaire and happens to have the “White Christmas” song.

Drama

The Preacher’s Wife with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington is a remake of Cary Grant’s The Bishop’s Wife. A reverend struggles to maintain his marriage and keep his church from falling into the hands of a developer.

Sometimes you must state the obvious because no list is complete without It’s a Wonderful Life? Some people go years without ever watching it because it plays a lot during the holiday season. But really, it’s worth seeing once.

Looking for a whodunit without a holiday theme? If you like mysteries a lá Clue, Agatha Christie, or Murder By Death? Knives Out‘s is your movie and it’s playing at EVO.

Comedy

For the ultimate laughs, count on the Griswolds to come through for you on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Totally serious! And you can see it on the big screen at EVO Entertainment in Kyle.

How many versions of A Christmas Carol are there? Many, but few as good as Scrooged with Bill Murray as a modern-day Scrooge.

If you cannot get enough and want to watch hours and hours of holiday movies with a happy ending, you cannot go wrong with Hallmark’s movies. Also, check Flashback Cinema at EVO Entertainment for upcoming classic movies on the big screen.

What would you add to the list? Connect with Crosswinds on Facebook and Twitter and let us know! We wish you a happy merry everything and here’s to an amazing 2020!

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Here’s Your Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Sometimes the season gets the best of us and leaves us scrambling around Kyle and nearby cities for a last-minute holiday gift for someone. Thanks to sites like Amazon, you have a treasure trove of gift possibilities that can arrive on your doorstep within a day or two.

But it can be overwhelming to browse Amazon and other ecommerce sites when they have thousands of products from A to Z. You’re also not far from great shopping in Kyle with Kyle Marketplace, Kyle Crossing, Target, Kohl’s and Walmart. Or you can drive a short 15 minutes to the outlets in San Marcos. Whichever route you take, here’s your gift guide to help.

Gifts under $50

Board games: There’s nothing more fun than an old-fashioned game night. You can’t go wrong with Monopoly, Scrabble, or Apples to Apples.

Insulated mug: Insulated mugs come in various sizes and you can never have too many of them. They keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Make sure you get one that fits in a standard car cup holder. Most do, but not all of them.

Laptop desk: This is like a TV table tray except it has smaller and shorter legs. It’s good for other things such as eating in bed and writing. This is one of those things you wonder what you ever did without it.

Weighted or electric blanket: Some people who struggle with sleep say a weighted blanket has made a difference. Who likes getting in a cold bed? Putting an electric blanket on the bed beforehand can warm it right up.

For the Home

Candles: You have many options in colors, scents, and design. Many places carry candles and it’s one of those things you can never have too many of.

Decorative pillow: Like candles, you have many options for decorative pillows in different colors, styles, sizes, and shapes. Some contain sayings that might ring with the recipient.

Robot vacuum: This is one of those things people don’t buy for themselves but would love to have. What’s better than having a robot sweeping floors without your lifting a finger?

Sign with Inspirational saying: You can find boxes for shelves and wall hangings with inspirational sayings and thoughts. Bet you can uncover one that fits your recipient.

Smart speaker: Even if someone has an Alexa at home, you can always use another smart speaker for a different room. Give the recipient a way to ask questions and get answers without pulling out the cell phone.

Wireless and Wi-Fi garage door opener: This is garage door opener 2.0 that allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere. Can’t remember if you closed it? No problem. You don’t have to get up out of bed or drive home to check. Expecting a package but you don’t want it left on your porch? Have the person contact you when arriving and you can open and close the garage door for leaving the package.

Electronics

E-Reader: Know someone who is about to take a long trip? An e-reader will make packing so much easier as you can put hundreds of books on one lightweight device. The advantage e-readers have over tablets is that they’re made with reading in mind. It’s not always easy to get the screen just right on other devices.

Portable Bluetooth speaker: Whether you’re listening to music, while swimming or playing an audiobook, you can almost never go wrong with a Bluetooth speaker.

Portable charger: Many folks have multiple devices they need to keep charged. Portable chargers are lightweight and can fully recharge a device. You might look for one with two USB ports so you can charge more than one device.

Tablet: A tablet can do a little more than give you a way to read ebooks. They allow you to surf the Internet, watch streaming videos, check email, and hang out on social media from anywhere.

USB flash drive: Presentations, documents, movies. You can put a lot of things on a flash drive to take with you anywhere. Many devices are compatible with USB, so you won’t have to worry about whether it will work.

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Holiday Events Near Kyle, Texas

Is it December already? That means it’s time for lights, hot chocolate, and loads of fun. Check out these great holiday events near Kyle.

Brenham Trade Days Christmas Market
Washington County Fairgrounds
1305 E. Blue Bell Rd.
Brenham, Texas 77833
December 7: 12 to 6 pm
https://texastradedays.com/pages/brenham-markets

Head to Brenham’s Washington County Fairgrounds for the family-friend market. You can browse hundreds of products and gifts from local and state vendors.

11th Annual Trail of Lights
Stagecoach Park
880 Main St.
Buda, Texas 78610
December 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22: 6 to 10 pm
http://ci.buda.tx.us/525/Trail-of-Lights

This free holiday event at Historic Stagecoach Park features brightly decorated displays done by businesses and organizations. Guests walk a lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate, and meet Santa.

Santa Cruz Catholic School, Project Graduation, Boy Scout Troop 967, Olympia Hills Cheers, and Buda Lion’s Club will provide hot beverages and concessions. Also, please keep pets at home.

Winter Holiday Marketplace
1540 Satterwhite Rd.
Buda, Texas 78610
December 7 – 8: 11 am to 4 pm
https://www.docsdriveintheatre.com/tc-events/docs-winter-holiday-marketplace/

Doc’s Drive-in Theatre returns bigger and better in its second year where you can meet Santa Claus and get a photo with him. Come hungry as they will have food and drink specials. Local vendors will sell unique gift items and Human Snow Globe will entertain you. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate your own ornament while listening to holiday music.

A Dickens Christmas in Lockhart and Lighted Night Parade
Dr. Eugene Clark Library
217 S. Main St.
Lockhart, Texas 78644
December 6: 6 pm
December 7: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
http://www.lockhartchamber.com/pages/DickensChristmas

The town of Lockhart transforms itself from a small town into a page out of a Dickens’ Christmas story. The Lockhart Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Lighted Christmas Parade that kicks off the festivities.

The parade starts at 7 pm and A Dickens’ Christmas in Lockhart celebration follows. Victorian decorations, jugglers, bagpipers, choirs, and carriage rides will delight you for hours. The event ends on Saturday with the lighting of the Yule Log.

The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show
Texas State University PAC – P.C. Harrison Theatre
405 Moon St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
December 10: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
https://gochristmasshow.com/

The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a live musical variety show that performs Christmas classics and original sketch comedy at theaters across Texas. And Texas State in San Marcos is one of their stops. They sell out, so don’t wait long to get your ticket.

Caroling at the Farm with Adam and Chris Caroll
480 County Road 173
Maxwell, TX 78656
December 14: 5 to 10 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caroling-at-the-farm-with-adam-chris-caroll-tickets-80875036411

Come party on the farm with Adam and Chris Caroll while noshing on farm-to-table Texas tapas prepared by the Hemp Hill Farms Chef. Music, games, bonfire, and hot cocoa … who can ask for anything more?

Winter Family Fun Day at Spring Lake
201 San Marcos Springs Dr.
San Marcos, Texas 78666
December 14: 11 am to 3 pm
http://FamilyFun.MeadowsWater.org

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment invites everyone to get in the spirit of the holiday season with nature-themed crafts and activities. Come connect with nature.

Austin Holiday Wonderland
Chaparral Ice
2525 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757
December 20: 7 to 9:30 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2537708536349253/

Catch the annual holiday ice show. When you buy a ticket, it automatically enters your name into a drawing for a four-pack of tickets to see Frozen 2! Winner announced at intermission. Now that’s a cool deal.

Happy Holidays from a Kyle Community

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and hope you go to at least one of these fantastic events near Kyle. If you want to stay current on what’s happening in Kyle events, please connect with the Crosswinds team on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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What Can I Do on Thanksgiving in Kyle?

Looking for something to do to enjoy Thanksgiving in Kyle? Check out these great Thanksgiving events.

Kyle Thanksgiving Events

You have a couple of options for Turkey Trots. Cities all around Texas hold 5K fun run and walk to celebrate a special day that benefits a nonprofit. Join a long-standing tradition of starting your Thanksgiving morning with a little run or walk. It’s an opportunity to have fun with your family, make room for your delicious meal, give back to the community, and get in a good workout.

Buda Turkey Trot

Benefitting the Hays County Food Bank, the Buda Turkey Trot takes you through the heart of Buda, Texas. The race occurs on Thanksgiving at 8 am in the parking lot behind the Buda location of Cabella’s. They’ll have prizes for different age groups as well as individual and group costume awards. For more information and to register, visit Buda Turkey Trot.

San Marcos Turkey Trot

The Race4Relief Turkey Trot in San Marcos takes place at the Intramural Fields, 4 Aquarena Springs Drive, on November 23. It runs from 7:30 am to 1 pm. Race4Relief benefits many organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Caritas of Austin. Some of the proceeds go to Hays County Good Bank and the remainder toward other Enactus projects. The race will feature bands, games, and prizes for the whole family.

Texas State Men’s Choir

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Babcock, the TXST Treble Chamber Choir and Men’s Choir will perform on Sunday, November 24 from 4 to 5 pm at Texas State University’s Evans Auditorium, 601 University Drive – Evans Auditorium, San Marcos, Texas 78666. The choir’s repertoire consists of many styles and covers a variety of choral music from small octavos to larger works.

Annual Wimberley Community Thanksgiving Dinner

For more than 30 years, the Wimberley Community Thanksgiving has served more than 500 neighbors. It takes place in the Wimberley Community Center (14068 Ranch Rd. 12, Wimberley, Texas 78676) on Thursday, November 28 from 11 am to 2 pm. The meal includes smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, gravy, and a dinner roll. Dessert is a choice of pecan cobbler and pumpkin pie.

They accept donations at the door or year-round at Ozona Bank. If you can’t join the festivities, you can contact them and they’ll see that you get a meal. They welcome volunteers. Visit the Wimberley Community Thanksgiving Dinner Facebook page for contact information.

How I Met Your Mother Slapsgiving

“Because later we’re going to eat turkey, and then I’m going to slap you in your face.” — Marshall on How I Met Your Mother.

Fans of the comedy who know exactly what happened will not want to miss this fun night. Here’s your chance to show off your knowledge of the show in five challenging rounds at the Growler USA Austin (609 W. 29th St., Austin, TX 78705) on Monday, November 25 from 7 to 9 pm. The best way to reserve your seat is to select a team captain who takes care of tickets for the entire team.

Santa’s Ranch

The best way to get in the holiday spirit is to visit one of the greatest light displays in all of Texas at Santa’s Ranch. You’re just a 30-minute drive to New Braunfels (9561 I-35 North, New Braunfels, TX 78130) where you’ll delight in seeing 1.5 million custom-made lights. The display runs from now until January 4, 2020. They welcome cars (no trailers, buses, limos, or RVs please) Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 pm; and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 pm. Hot cocoa, homemade kettle corn, and souvenirs await you!

Thank You from Crosswinds Kyle Community

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What Should I Do on Veterans Day Near Kyle, Texas?

Veterans Day gives Americans everywhere the opportunity to show their appreciation for everyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces. People in Crosswinds Kyle have several great options to honor those who served.

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Check out the San Marcos Veterans Day Parade

This year’s San Marcos Veterans Day Parade theme is “Honoring All Who Served” with the City of San Marcos sponsoring. They’ve invited everyone to participate including veterans’ groups, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, youth teams, and even classic vehicles.

The parade begins at 10 am and travels through historic downtown San Marcos. Come to the parade hungry. You can get your fill at the free biscuit and gravy breakfast served on the County Courthouse lawn at 8:30 am. Breakfast or not, come early because there will be entertainment before the parade starts.

Everyone ages five and older can show their support by joining the Kiwanis Club Kids Bicycle Brigade. Kids decorate their bikes, bring their helmets, and ride it at the Courthouse lawn. The event takes place before the parade from 9 to 10 am. Kids can spruce their bikes with flags, signs, and streamers. Training wheels and scooters also welcome.

Head to Austin Veterans Day Parade

Running for more than 17 years, the Austin Veterans Day Parade Foundation is an all-volunteer event that honors military veterans. This year’s Austin Veterans Day Parade theme is “Service” because a veteran’s service is never-ending. They also plan to highlight the great services they provide to Travis County veterans.

The parade yields about 20,000 attendees every year and consists of more than 100 floats and organizations. The parade starts at 9:30 am at the Ann Richards / Congress Avenue Bridge and travels towards Texas State Capitol. Spectators can view the parade along Congress Ave. At 11 am, a ceremony takes place on the south steps of the Capitol.

More Things to Do in Kyle

These are some of the wonderful things about living in Kyle. You have many options for things to do as Austin and San Marcos are a short drive away. Looking for a new home? Check out these new homes in Kyle.

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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

The best part about living in Kyle, Texas is that you’re close to some of the best BBQ in the country. And not only that, but you’re just 30 minutes away from two days of some of the best BBQ in one place! There will be — count ’em — 30 BBQ joints from across Texas at the fest!

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What Is Texas Monthly BBQ Fest?

The tenth annual BBQ fest occurs on Nov. 2 and 3 in Austin. Texas Monthly invites the top 50 BBQ joints in Texas to the event. So, you will have the opportunity to try the best of the best BBQ without traveling all over the place!

A ticket gets you free samples of BBQ, sides, and desserts from all participating joints. Check out the BBQ fest lineup to see what BBQ you can sample. Be warned that it’s while supplies last – you may want to head there early for a chance to try it all.

What’s BBQ without cold drinks, desserts, and music? All that will be on hand. The Suffers and Austin’s own Al Dressen’s BBQ Playboys will provide the entertainment. Enjoy the sounds of western swing from Al Dressen’s BBQ Playboys. The band has been around since 1982 and will remind you of the Texas Playboys. The band will have you swingin’ in no time.

The Suffers are an award-winning eight-piece ensemble from Houston that specializes in Gulf Coast Soul. They’ve played more than 300 shows around North America and their first TV appearance was on Late Show With David Letterman. Since then, they’ve performed at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Before You Go to Austin for the BBQ Fest

The first thing you want to know is that daylight saving time begins the night before the BBQ. Be sure to set your alarm back one hour to ensure you arrive on time. VIP doors open at noon and general admission at 1 pm. The event, held at the Long Center for Performing Arts (701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704), runs until 4 pm.

Beware that all bags are subject to search. Coolers, storage containers, and guns are not allowed on the property. Any food not purchased at the event cannot enter the building. You can park in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage (900 Barton Springs Rd.). It’s open on a first-come, first-serve basis and costs $8 per vehicle. You’ll pay at the booth as you enter the garage.

Other parking spaces include One Texas Center Garage (505 Barton Springs Rd.) and Austin City Hall Parking Garage (301 W. 2nd St.). Accessible parking is available at the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage.

If it rains, the show will go on! Kids are welcome, but there are no kid-friendly activities. The only animals permitted are service animals.

All this talk of BBQ is making us hungry. What are your favorite BBQ joints near Dripping Springs? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

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Best Halloween Events in and Near Kyle

Are you ready for a fun Halloween around Kyle, Texas? You and your family will have a witchy good time this Halloween when you attend any of these spooky and family-friendly events.

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Center Street Trick-or-Treat
Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park, 101 S. Burleson Rd., Kyle, TX 78640
www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/center-street-trick-or-treat
Saturday, October 26, 2019
1 to 4 pm

Businesses and organizations from the City of Kyle will set up tents at City “Scare” Park for safe and enjoyable trick-or-treating. Ghosts, goblins, and creatures of all kinds and ages welcome! The event will have a costume and pumpkin decorating contest.

Contestants will get a pumpkin and paint to perform a little magic on their pumpkins. After picking up all those treats, head over to Boo-da Halloween for more Halloween hijinks!

Boo-da Halloween
Downtown Buda
www.ci.buda.tx.us/580/Boo-Da-Halloween
Saturday, October 26, 2019
4:30 to 7 pm

Celebrate with the City of Buda at their 17th Annual Boo-Da Halloween event. Dress up in your Halloween best for a chance to win the costume contest in one of three categories: adult, youth, and group costumes. Challenge yourself in the brand-new haunted maze followed by collecting monstrous amounts of candy. Best of all, just show up as there is no registration required.

Spooktacular Autism Halloween Bash
4221 Benner Road, Bldg. 2, Ste. 250 Kyle, Texas 78640
Behavioral Innovations
Friday, October 25, 2019
5:30 to 7 pm

Here’s a great option for those who seek a sensory-friendly Halloween bash with a spooooky bouncy house, pumpkin painting, storytime, and trick-or-treating. Come in costume!

San Marcos Downtown Trick or Treat
Downtown San Marcos, TX 78666
San Marcos
Sunday, October 27, 2019
12 to 3 pm

Want to do more trick-or-treating? Head downtown to San Marcos just 15 miles away from Crosswinds in Kyle. Keep those costumes on, play games, and float through Spooky Alley at this family-friendly event.

Sudbury Schoolhouse Costume Party
208 W Center St., Kyle, TX 78640
Calendar Event
Thursday, October 31, 2019
1 pm

Sudbury Schoolhouse is hosting a costume party and invites kids from Kyle, Buda, and San Marcos to attend. Dress up in your Halloween costume and get ready for music, games, prizes, and of course, trick-or-treating. It’s a free event for Sudbury House students and only $5 for everyone else.

Terror in Transylvania Murder Mystery (18+)
Railroad Train Depot, 100 N. Front Street Kyle, TX 78640
Register
Friday, October 25, 2019
7 pm

Here’s one for the adults. Pick your character from this page. Come with your thinking cap and be ready to solve a murder mystery that will have you spellbound.

Want to find more things to do in Kyle before or after Halloween? Check these out!

Kyle is an awesome place to be for Halloween. You can have it all in your backyard when you explore the new homes at Crosswinds in Kyle.

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Experience the Railhouse in Kyle, Texas

Country music fans in Kyle, Texas, get the best of country music right in their backyard at The Railhouse. They listen to live music, play games, and relish a cold brew all in one cool place. At least four nights a week, the Kyle music venue provides live music and DJs with bartenders serving your favorites in one of their five bars.

All that dancing and fun will build up an appetite. No problem. They serve breakfast, barbeque, and Tex Mex.

It’s a Playground Paradise

The Railhouse is family-friendly until 9 pm. Family members can enjoy Texas-sized checkers, sand volleyball courts, and cornhole and washers. The music venue has private party areas available.

Adults can play beer pong like nothing they’ve ever seen before because it’s Texas-sized! The venue has both an indoor and outdoor event stage.

They have theme nights. Here are some of the upcoming themes:

  • Monday Night Football with chicken fried steak and chicken
  • Texas Tuesday Drink specials and BBQ sampler
  • Karaoke and Whiskey Wednesdays are steak night
  • Thursday Night Football with half-price nachos
  • French Dip Friday
  • Half-price wings during UT game
  • Sunday brunch and Sunday Funday with DJ and friends

What makes The Railhouse special is that like experiencing multiple venues under one big roof. During the daytime, it’s family-friendly and has a coffee shop serving brunch. At night time, it’s an adult’s nirvana. The staff is friendly just like you expect of Texans and the food gets raves.

Listen to Popular Country Music in Kyle, Texas

The Railhouse offers indoor and outdoor areas included a few fire pits. One reviewer says to skip the drive to Lockhart because they serve scrumptious BBQ. It’s a place where you can bring a big group and not feel like it’s crowded.

One customer calls the place a gem and what makes it awesome is that there’s a train that goes by. Many bands like Suede with a big following play at the Railhouse. Check out their upcoming events to see who will play there soon.

When you live in the Crosswinds community in Kyle, you’re only a hop, skip, and a jump away from this big-city-like entertainment venue.

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What You Need to Know About Kyle, Texas and Austin

People looking to live in a place with small-town Texas charm that’s a short drive to Austin will want to explore the Kyle, Texas, community. It’s the fifth fastest-growing city in the state of Texas. Residents have many reasons to love living in Kyle and one of the biggies is its location.

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Where Is Kyle, Texas?

Kyle is only 15 miles south of Austin and 63 miles northeast of San Antonio. Known as a gateway to the Hill Country, the town sits right on the I-35 corridor for easy access to retail, entrainment, dining, educational hubs, and business centers.

It’s only 15 miles from shopper’s paradise in San Marcos with its giant outlets. In fewer than 20 minutes, you can be in New Braunfels to float on the Comal River, visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and travel back in history at Gruene Historic District.

As of 2018, Kyle has 47,000 residents with many more to come. The City of Kyle is officially the Pie Capital of Texas. Yes, it’s trademarked by the U.S. Patent of Trademark Office. You have plenty to explore at Kyle historical sites give you a first-hand glimpse into its past.

Its location puts you near some of the best of Austin. Here are some of the Kyle residents’ favorites.

Barton Creek Habitat Preserve

The average high temperature in Kyle for July is 96 degrees. During the summer, residents head up to Barton Creek, which flows 40 miles east through Austin. Then, it remerges in Barton Springs, a spring-fed pool in Austin’s 358-acre Zilker Park. The pool contains four underground springs to maintain its average temperature of a cool 69 degrees, a perfect way to savor summertime.

The Barton Creek Habitat Preserve contains more than 4,000 acres in the Austin suburbs. It protects endangered species like the Barton Springs salamander. The preserve also preserves the water quality of Barton Creek and Barton Springs.

Zilker Park

If you visit Barton Springs, you’ll also want to take advantage of Zilker Park. It happens to be the home of the annual ACL Music Festival. Occurring over two weekends in October, more than 200,000 fans attend the festival to catch their favorites as the lineup contains more than 100 performers.

It’s also where you’ll find Lady Bird Lake, one of the best places to kayak. Surrounding the lake is a hike and bike trail. Every year, radio station KGSR hosts a summer concert series in the park. You can rent boats, browse the botanical garden, explore the nature and science center, or take in a show at Zilker Hillside Theater.

East Austin’s Hip Eateries

Austin has no shortage of restaurants as people rave about the eats there, especially on the east side of town. You’ll find something for everyone with options such as interior Mexican food, artisanal butcher shops, amazing sushi, several breweries, taco trailers, steaks, spun ice cream, several bars and breweries, and of course, barbecue.

People love the walkability of East Austin, and hop from spot to spot enjoying drinks at one place, a meal at another, and dessert at yet another. Just do a search for “east Austin eateries” or check out Eater Austin, and you’ll find a wealth of fabulous suggestions.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA)

Whether you go on vacation or a business trip, you have an easy drive to Austin’s airport. Finding the right flight is a breeze with many airlines offering nonstop flights from Austin to many U.S. airports and even Canada, Germany, and London.

Residents love Kyle because it provides a little slice of heaven and a wonderful location with easy access to all the resources they want and need. You can find endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and connect with your neighbors in the Crosswinds community in Kyle.