Teams from all over Texas compete with an amazing array of meatless, vegan chilis judged for prizes in two divisions. Guests will vote for the people's choice award. The event includes chili tastings, kid's activities, vegan food and beer, door prizes, cooking demos, farm stands, vendor booths, and educational exhibits. Restaurants and individuals are encouraged to compete. Entry forms and complete info are available online. noon-4pm. $10 for adults and teens, $7 for kids 6-12, college students, seniors, and veterans.
Chefs John Bates of the Noble Pig, Josh Watkins of the Carillon, Erica Beneke of Max's Wine Dive, and Tim Dornon of Uchiko join forces with Travaasa executive chef Ben Baker to prepare a farm-to-table harvest dinner benefiting the Sustainable Food Center. Drink.Well will be on hand to mix cocktails with Tito's Vodka and Hops & Grain will provide craft beer. Bar and reception begin at 5pm, dinner is served at 6pm. $95.
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
Check out all the canine resources, games, contests, and workshops. Friendly dogs with current vaccinations should be leashed before arriving. A portion of the proceeds will benefit German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas. noon-4pm. $5 (free, kids).
Join the seven wineries along the Top of the Hill Country wine trail in a patriotic salute to the country and our armed forces on from Friday through Sunday of this Veterans Day weekend. Tickets cover a souvenir wine glass, Celebrate American T-shirt, wine tastings, and a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Go online for more information and to by tickets.
Celebrate America's veterans with all the pomp and circumstance that's to be expected from such a respectable lineage. The parade starts at 9am followed by a ceremony on the Capitol steps at 11am. 9am.
Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving.
Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas