Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
Find out which local musicians will receive the coveted Black Fret grants with $500K being awarded to date. Nominees include Akina Adderley, Black Pistol Fire, Croy & the Boys, Los Coast, Whiskey Shivers, and many more. Expect performances from many of the nominees. Open to members only, so hop on that website and become one!
Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 88 artists and artisans, live music, dance performances, a photo booth, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities.
Iron Bear's (and Austin's) beloved bartender Garold Bates is battling prostate cancer and the Bear and Co. are throwing one helluva party to raise money for his treatment. Rebecca Havemeyer hosts guests from L.A. and New Orleans, plus Nakia sings and Mouthfeel DJs and Louisianna drags. Come out and raise some Benjamins for Bates.
Come watch the choo-choos in this holiday display and inspire the next generation to keep this historic hobby alive and well. You might even be allowed to sit behind the controls if you're kind enough to the tip jar.
Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 31 (except holidays), noon-5pm. Donations appreciated.
You'll come for the amazing light displays (2 million lights along the 2.1 mile stroll through Zilker Park), but stay for the food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. A tradition since 1965.
A new Austin holiday tradition. Millions of lights will illuminate the Circuit of the Americas track with a little bit of something for everyone: a skating rink, petting zoo, human snow globe, movies on the lawn, a tunnel of lights in addition to the Circuit of Lights track walk, a vendor village, and more.
Every day through Dec. 30, 6-10pm (Fridays and Saturdays, 6-11pm). $16 (children 5 and under free).
The T.C. Lindsey & Co. General Store celebrates its 170th birthday with a special greeting to everyone: who wants to do some nostalgic shopping while browsing through the museum store that Lady Bird Johnson visited as a young girl.
More than 200,000 lights choreographed to holiday music will dazzle spectators at one of the biggest Christmas light displays in Central Texas. Hit up the Advent Market for gifts made by formerly homeless craftspeople and artisans who live at the Village.
Make an edible house as a family or pay a little extra to make sure everyone has a home to ingest later. Explore the museum as your creation dries and finish with a photo of you and your dessert abode.
Monte Akers, Michael Barnes, Chris Barton, Olga Campos Benz, and Patricia Bernstein are just a few of the authors who will be autographing books for purchase at a discounted rate. Coffee and treats will be available if your blood sugar gets low from all the literary star power. Proceeds will benefit Hurricane Harvey recovery.
We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good!
Now through December 9, Luke’s Wish Toy Drive is accepting donations for new, unwrapped toys for children from infants to 18 years old to make the season brighter for the kids stuck in the hospital this winter. See drop-off details on Facebook.
Follow the evolution of the gaming industry from the Seventies to the present day with a focus on the local scene from Richard Garriott's Ultima series to John Romero's Doom to the developers making waves on today's gaming platforms.
Daily through March 18, 2018. Museum admission: $13 ($9, kids).
Santa will be at three different Frost financial institutions this morning. First explain to the kids how St. Nick can trilocate and then head down for some quality time with Mr. Claus and nosh on some cookies.
Sat., Dec. 9, 9am-noon. Free.
Lake Travis Financial Center, 12532 FM 2244; 26 Doors Financial Center, 1206 W. 38th; Tech Ridge Financial Center, 605 W. Canyon Ridge Dr.
Drive exotic cars at a state-of-the-art motoring facility that brings a European style and flair to Central Texas. The Grand Prix course has elevation changes, signature corners, extensive training facilities, and an F1 caliber track.
Charles MacInerney teaches classes all over town but also offers private instruction and hosts retreats. Once a month for 18 years, he has also hosted Full Moon Yoga – a free outdoor yoga class. Go online for location and time details.
Calling all Central Texas (queer/trans/gender diverse) high schoolers. PFLAG's essay contest returns! Write 500 to 1,000 words on: What challenges LGBTQ+ high school students face in romantic relationships. First place takes $500 cash (second = $200, third = $100).