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  • 8th Annual Horror For The Holidays Art & Gift Bazaar

    Visit Austin's biggest dark and horror holiday shopping market and spread some holiday fear. Shop with the hordes of dark vendors. Get your pictures with Evil Santa. Watch the Krampus Parade. Walk with scary creatures provided by local haunted attractions. Raffles. Silent Auction to benefit SAFE Austin. And more. All ages. $10 for entire weekend. Kids 10 and under free.
    Sat. Nov. 26, 11am-7pm; Sun. Nov. 27, 11am-5pm  
    Palmer Events Center
  • Downtown Holiday Stroll & Sing-Along

    Join the Downtown Austin Alliance for their 28th Holiday Stroll! This year's "Y'alliday" celebration will take place on Congress from 9th to 11th streets and will feature the KUT/KUTX Sing-Along, capitol tree lighting, photos with Santa, holiday market and more. Complete details including live music lineup are available online.
    Sat. Dec. 3, 5pm-10pm  
    Downtown Austin
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  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 Watch Party

    Watch this season’s contestants battle it out for the title of America’s next drag superstar.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 7pm  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Austin Public Library: Outpost

    The Austin Public Library presents an installation by Sarah Welch: multimedia objects and imagery from the artist’s self-published comic, Holdout.
    Through Jan. 14
  • Music

    BowiElvis Festival w/ Graveltooth, Brian Scartocci, Electric Gold

    Birthday brothers, born 12 years apart, Elvis Presley and David Bowie both matured into musical royalty: Presley reigning loftily as “King of Rock ’n’ Roll,” while Bowie actually deferred a royal honorarium when he waved off an opportunity at British knighthood in 2003.: Every year around their Jan. 8 DOB, Austin music celebrates Presley and Bowie – together and separately. The annual Bowie Birthday Bash at Drinks Lounge has been preemptively canceled over surging COVID numbers (they advise “Stay home, crank your speakers to 10 and listen to Bowie all night”) and the same is true with Austin’s glorious Elvis tribute, Ted Roddy & the King Conjure Orchestra, at Continental Club. Still, Hotel Vegas is doing it up big on Saturday with a Elvis impersonator available to marry five lucky couples (must pay for marriage license in advance) plus a hoot night of artists doing Bowie covers.: The two legends who employed a lightning bolt as iconography are also being fêted the previous night, Friday, down south at the Far Out Lounge with the BowiElvis Festival featuring tribute performances from Graveltooth, Brian Scartocci, and Electric Gold plus the promise of serving each of the icon’s favorite sandwiches – ostensibly a peanut butter, banana, and bacon monstrosity and a croque monsieur, respectively – both fried!
    Fri., Jan. 7, 7pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Butridge Gallery: The Art of Peace

    Paintings and drawings by five award-winning Austin figurative artists: J.C. Amorrortu, Lawrence Jolly, Meena Matocha, Rhea Pettit, and Linda Wandt.
    Through Jan. 8  
  • Community

    Events

    Cirque Italia

    Fun for the whole family at this gorgeous, magical dream adventure under the big top with performers from all over the world.
    Jan. 6-17. $10-50.  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Duncan Trussell: Live In Austin

    The co-creator and star of Netflix's The Midnight Gospel brings his standup stuff to the ATX.
    Jan. 7-8. Fri., 7:30 & 10pm; Sat., 7 & 9:30pm. $25.  
  • Music

    Free Week w/ Hermajestie the Hung, Sine, Sex Pümp, Curse Mackey, DJ Asura Sunil

    Dance to the dark arts at Elysium for Free Week. Sëx Pümp, fronted by Fuckemos Russell Porter, pulses irreverent heavy disco with topics ranging from unruly (“Rob This Party”) to despairing (“Cry with Me”), while Sine proffers enchanted gothic synth rock behind the rhythms and vocals of drummer/vocalist Rona Rougeheart and singing, dancing drag artist Hermajestie the Hung possesses funny, seductive, and scary modes. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult affiliate Curse Mackey commands the scene with industrial-grade darkwave.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 9pm
  • Film

    Special Screenings

    Hereditary (2018)

    Blue Starlite's forest screen should be an appropriately spooky setting for the dark horror debut from Ari Aster.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 7pm  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Jester King: Free Boosters & Beers

    The award-winning brewery has partnered with Austin Public Health to provide free COVID-19 booster shots: Moderna and Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters will be available, and there’ll be APH staff and EMTs on-site. And, along with that anti-virus jab? You get a free Jester King beer, too! (Or, instead? How about half-price on their delicious pizza?)
    Fri., Jan. 7, 2-6pm
  • Music

    Kelly Willis, Brennen Leigh & Melissa Carper

    A mighty songwriter circle embeds in the middle slot at Saxon. Kelly Willis swings solo from the string of powerhouse duet albums with husband Bruce Robison, tapping into her exceptional 2018 return with Back Being Blue. Brennen Leigh rolls back through Austin after having cemented her reputation in Nashville the past few years, releasing the stellar down home ode to her Midwest roots with 2020’s fourth solo LP, Prairie Love Letter. And Melissa Carper cut one of last year’s best local releases with the twang-intensive Daddy’s Country Gold marking her move back to town.
    Fri., Jan. 7
  • Music

    Kool & the Gang, Mélat

    Even if you weren’t born when Kool & the Gang’s biggest hits came out, you’ve grooved to iconic joints like “Celebration,” “Get Down On It,” and “Jungle Boogie” or, at the very least, as samples on tracks by artists like Diddy, Madonna, or the Beastie Boys. The Jersey City born, platinum album-bred R&B funk group have been trailblazing legends since their self-titled debut in 1969. Kool’s bass is even displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture for musical pilgrims to venerate. Austin songstress Melat – on the heels of a sparkling C-Boys residency – sets the mood.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 8pm
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Mike Cannon

    This NYC-based comedian, perhaps best known for his 2020 YouTube special "Life Begins," takes the C&C stage in Downtown Austin this weekend.
    Jan. 6-8. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9pm. $25.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Northern-Southern: Festo Fest

    Northern-Southern begins 2022 with a festival of manifestos – a 'festo fest, yes – from a plethora of local artists whose written declarations (of intent, of observation, of instruction) will deck the venue's Downtown walls. Open for two days only (and culminating in a live, off-site reading of the 'festos at JJ Seabrook Park off Pershing & MLK, east of Airport, on Sun., Jan. 9. 3pm), this is a brief but richly creative charge for jumpstarting your new year with.
    Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8, 2-6pm
  • Arts

    Dance

    Shen Yun

    This show features classical Chinese dance, along with dynamic animated backdrops and all-original orchestral works, "opening a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom." You've at least seen video clips, right? You know what a complex, engaging spectacle this is. Is this the year in which you finally get tickets and experience the show live and in-person?
    Jan. 7-9. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7pm; Sun., 1pm. $80-180.  
  • Community

    Sports

    Texas Stars

    Vs. Manitoba Moose.
    Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8, 7pm  
  • Arts

    Comedy

    Tom Papa

    With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success as an author, in film, TV, radio, podcasts, and – of course! – on the live stage.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 7pm. $29.50 and up.  
  • Community

    Sports

    Urban Legends Tournament

    A night of axe-throwing skills games followed by a double elimination tournament.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 7pm. Free, but RSVP.  
  • Community

    Events

    We Are Blood Franklin BBQ Raffle

    To celebrate National Blood Donor Month, We Are Blood partnered with Franklin BBQ to reward 20 lucky donors with a special dinner for two including Franklin's famous brisket, ribs, sides, desserts, and more. Donate by Jan. 17 to enter the raffle, which will be held Jan. 20. Make appointments online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Jan. 17  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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