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  • Texas Hemp Harvest Festival

    Presented by Sweet Sensi, The Texas Hemp Harvest Festival will feature Ky-Mani Marley, Gary P. Nunn, Cas Haley, The Mau Mau Chaplins, The Supervillians, Big Mon, Bo Porter, Armadillo Road, Soulfiya with Wi'Deya, Pure Luck - FT. JK Pinkus, Doug Moreland, and The Derailers. The event is produced by farmers, processors, manufacturers, and retailers to celebrate their harvest with Texas!
    Sat. Oct. 23, 10am-11pm  
    Carson Creek Ranch
  • 30th Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival

    The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest celebrates its 30th event this year! Twenty-two Texas wineries will be pouring their wines, Texas craft beer including Altstadt, Real Ale and Shiner, a variety of Texas-made products, Grape Expectations Cooking featuring four chefs, Gargantuan grape toss, fabulous music, food concessionaires and more!
    Sat. Oct. 23, 12pm-7pm  
    Fredericksburg
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    Luminations at LBJ Wildflower Center

    In a year that could use some sparkle, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing back a beloved winter tradition. It's a strollable Hill Country experience where thousands of luminarias light the way. For the first time ever, Luminations will wind through the Texas Arboretum among glowing oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia, a collection of forts custom-designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists.
    Through Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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    Winter Wanderland

    Snow close, yet snow far out! Austin Motel is decked out for the holidays with a neon rainbow, and they're serving up hot chocolate (with optional peppermint schnapps), a Sugar Plum cocktail, and La Colombe coffee. Snacks include Reindeer Chow and hot pretzels.
    Through Jan. 3. Free, but RSVP.  
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    New Year's Guide

    2020 Uncaged New Year's Bash

    New Year’s Eve at the HighBall has evolved for the times. The Alamo virtual team has re-created the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, the Highball, karaoke rooms, and theatres into a virtual 8-bit experience. On NYE, you'll be transformed into an 8-bit avatar, enter the virtual party space, and explore rooms full of entertainment and surprises. The party is also a tribute to all-time fave cinematic hero Nicolas Cage and includes a screening of Mandy, and the interactive quest, photo booths, and video installations will all pay tribute to the king. There's so much more in store: magicians, game rooms, tarot, even personalized poems from Typewriter Rodeo.
    Thu., Dec. 31, 8pm. $25 and up.  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Austin's 56th annual holiday tradition returns to Zilker Park as a drive-through event this year and runs two additional weeks. As you drive through the trail illuminated by more than 2 million lights, tune in via your car radio for holiday music, highlights, and history. This year guests can choose a ticket type based on their preferred date and time, with prices ranging from $25-35 per vehicle for GA or a $60 per vehicle "Dash Pass" which includes early entry and festive refreshments.
    Through Jan. 3 (except New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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    Austin's New Year

    The city of Austin’s official New Year’s Eve celebration will be virtual in 2020. Presented by the Austin Convention Center, the special will feature prerecorded performances from eight local bands recorded at iconic local venues across the city including Saxon Pub, the Continental Club, Cheer Up Charlies, Antone's, and Mohawk.
    Thu., Dec. 31  
    Virtual
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    Local luminaries enliven the stage with holiday splendor and wintery exuberance in this Nutcracker digital film, featuring Ballet Austin’s 2019 stage production by Stephen Mills, now streaming on-demand and including a plethora of bonus material, cast and crew interviews, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Note: You can get access with a tax-deductible donation to Ballet Austin and view the kinetic wonderment until the new year dawns.
    Through Jan. 1  
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    Beerthoven Goggles

    Wait, what? Yes, Daniel Swayze and his Beerthoven cabal are plunging into the world of virtual reality! That is, they've made 360-degree films of more than an hour of music from two Beerthoven programs – Sacred and Profane, featuring a brass quintet performance, and those goldenthroated Tinsel Singers sharing favorite songs for the holidays, and both shows captured on the steps of the historic Neill-Cochran House – and now they're presenting this seasonal extravaganza to you with a VR headset (Pico G2 4K) delivered direct to your home for complete immersion. Bonus: Scenes from the Austin Trail of Lights. See website for details.
    Through Jan. 10. $30.  
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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    This year, the hallmark event is more than just one evening; it's a month of free activities and holiday happenings. Visit the 45-foot-tall holiday tree by the Capitol, catch a movie at Paramount or the new Blue Starlite, and download or pick up a holiday passport to guide your way and collect stamps as you experience all that Downtown Austin has to offer.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Fat Bottom Cabaret: Brown South

    Kick off the new year with this thoroughly queer and “curvrageous” evening celebrating BIPOC drag and burlesque performers, hosted by Nikki DaVaughn. Performances by Lady Lola LeStrange and Chola Magnolia, plus special guests Tulla Moore, Jeez Loueez, and more.
    Thu., Dec. 31, 7-8:30pm. $5-20.  
    Online
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    Special Screenings

    Mandy (2018)

    For the 2020 Uncaged New Year's Eve Bash, a screening of Mandy is just part of the virtual adventure presented by Alamo Drafthouse and Legion M. The South Lamar Drafthouse will become an 8-bit experience, and your avatar will explore karaoke rooms, photo booths, and more, with Nicolas Cage being somewhat of a motif. Cheddar Goblin will even be on hand, and VIP tickets include a box of CG mac & cheese.
    Thu., Dec. 31, 8pm. $25 and up.  
    Online: shop.legionm.com/pages/2020-uncaged-nye
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Baton

    This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
    Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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    New Year's Guide

    NYE Fireworks at Doc's

    One of the best socially distanced options to ring in 2021 is a drive-in movie, and Doc's is offering a fireworks show after every screening. Choose from Sing, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Goonies, or The Great Gatsby. They've also got $2 Champagne plus brisket chili, Frito pie, burgers, vegan wings, and more.
    Thu., Dec. 31, 6pm, 9:20pm, 9:30pm  
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    Ruido/Noise: Alquimia Rítmica/Rhythmic Alchemy

    Yes, it is sound art, not visual art, but it does seem to fit better here than among the Classical Music listings, n'est-ce pas? But never mind the pigeonholes, citizen: This is the gallery's final online exhibition of 2020, curated by local artist Vladimir Mejia, who invites you to "take a joyride with a mixtape of sound art" online.
    Thu., Dec. 31  
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    Winter Well-Being Toolkit

    The stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic could make this winter and holiday season tougher than usual. Integral Care recently launched a Winter Well-Being Toolkit, a compilation of ideas to boost mental health, fight the winter blues, stay safely connected and celebrate the season in new ways. Topics include ideas to make gatherings special, tips for fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder, steps for improving happiness, ways to get moving and elevate your mood, and mindfulness activities. Plus, check out their YouTube channel for a winter mental health forum video.
    Ongoing  
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