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.
Local artists have designed little wooden cars to race a 100-foot long track littered with deadly obstacles. Which car will make it to the finish line to claim the trophy? 7pm. Free.
Help raise money for the Junior League of Austin by perusing the more than 200 vendors. Wed.-Sun., Nov. 20-24. $15.
Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.
New fish store alert! 10am-8pm. Free.
6500 N. Lamar, 512/381-0158
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.
Pics with Santa, entertainment, concessions, and gifts for holiday giving. 9am-3pm. Free.
Country star Phil Vassar will likely drown out some of the wandering carolers as you celebrate the season. Family fun starts at noon, but the real party starts with the tree lighting at 6pm. Free.
The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, 713/224-9115
It's socially responsible shopping for the holidays. Both you and your giftee will feel good about it. 11am-6pm. Free.
Main Street Plaza Downtown, Round Rock
Meet Wendy Davis while drumming up support for her gubernatorial campaign. noon-4pm. Free.
Support economic self-sufficiency and cultural integrity in Central America. 7-10pm. Free.
211 W. Live Oak
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)
Meet at the south lawn for a picnic and a discussion about changing Texas drug laws. noon-3pm. Free.
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.
Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400
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.
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.
Women affected by globalization share stories and sell handmade goods. 10am-6pm. Free.
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your
neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org
to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.