Birds Barbershop isn't just resting on its laurels, it's throwing a party on them. They celebrate their many Best of Austin wins with prizes, a photo booth, free ice cream and beer, music, and a cookie eating contest. Come out and celebrate winning. 4-8pm.
Every fourth Saturday, the AAUE offers a workshop covering home-purchasing, mortgage-securing, and money management. Classes fill up quickly, so call to get on the waiting list. Personalized sessions are available. 10am-4pm.
Austin Area Urban League, 8011-A Cameron #100, 478-7176
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime on the 12 acres surrounded by the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Jan. 4, 6-10pm. $28 per car ($56 for a season pass).
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
Learn to turn your garbage and recyclables into holiday treasures. Including plastic bottle flowers, plarn (plastic bag yarn) jewelry, egg carton dreidels, and more. They will have some supplies, but bring your own if you have 'em. 1-5pm. Free.
Stan Lee, John Cena, William Shatner, and Scott Bakula are just a few of the stars lighting this epic nerd-out. Expect so much comic, toy, gaming, TV, collectible, and pop culture insanity you just might explode. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 22-24. $40-500.
Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 212/209-3879
Tan Cerca de la Frontera brings women from around the world to sell their creations and tell their stories of overcoming adversity and what it means to buy fair trade goods. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 23-24, 10am-6pm. Free.