Austin Besties

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.

Birds Barbershop, 1902 S. Congress, 512/445-0500

Blue Genie Danger Derby

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.

Blue Genie Art Industries, 916 Springdale, 512/444-6655

Christmas Affair Market

Help raise money for the Junior League of Austin by perusing the more than 200 vendors. Wed.-Sun., Nov. 20-24. $15.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

Fish Gallery Grand Opening

New fish store alert! 10am-8pm. Free.

6500 N. Lamar, 512/381-0158

Free Homebuyer Education Workshop

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

Holiday Bazaar

Pics with Santa, entertainment, concessions, and gifts for holiday giving. 9am-3pm. Free.

Connally High School, 13212 N. Lamar

Holiday Tree Lighting

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

Market of Hope

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

Phone Bank with Wendy

Meet Wendy Davis while drumming up support for her gubernatorial campaign. noon-4pm. Free.


Plenty International Benefit

Support economic self-sufficiency and cultural integrity in Central America. 7-10pm. Free.

211 W. Live Oak,

Santa's Ranch

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)

Texas NORML And The NORML Women's Alliance Family Picnic And Tour Of The Capitol Building

Meet at the south lawn for a picnic and a discussion about changing Texas drug laws. noon-3pm. Free.

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 512/305-8400

Upcycle This! Holiday Edition

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

Wizard World Comic Con

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

Women & Fair Trade Festival

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.

The Old School, 1604 E. 11th, 512/474-2399

Women and Fair Trade Festival

Women affected by globalization share stories and sell handmade goods. 10am-6pm. Free.

The Old School, 1604 E. 11th, 512/474-2399,


Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.


Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


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