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  • Lone Star Nursery Travelling Plant Show

    Step right up & get your garden questions answered! Lone Star Nursery is an organic grower that delivers to your door. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to shop with them in person. Dozens of prizes given away, at this eclectic plant sale. Fall annuals, perennials, medicinals, houseplants, succulents & more! Food & beverages + live entertainment for the whole family!
    Sat. Oct. 23, 12pm-4pm  
    Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.
  • Hogeye Festival

    Come out to The 34th annual Hogeye festival held in historic downtown Elgin. The event is free and there will be live music, BBQ cook-off, carnival rides, kids activities, vendors, delicious food, shopping, and so much more. Fun for everyone!
    Sat. Oct. 23  
    Downtown Elgin
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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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      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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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
      Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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      Christmas Celebration

      It’s happening at the zoo decorated with thousands of lights, an ice skating rink, ice sculptures, a live: nativity scene, and three new giraffe calves.
      Fri.-Tue., Dec. 18-23, 4-10pm. $15.  
      Abilene
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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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      Home for the "Howl"idays

      If you're ready to make the commitment and have extra love to give this season, now's the perfect time to add a new furry friend to the family. For one week, Austin Humane Society is offering discounted adoption fees: only $20.
      Dec. 17-24  
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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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      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.
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      #TsoGiving Holiday Initiative

      Tso Chinese Delivery has partnered with seven local organizations with the goal to provide $100,000 in meals to Austinites in need. Make a direct donation online, or add a donation to any food order placed at Tso Chinese Delivery. For every $1 raised, #TsoGiving can donate $3 worth of meals.
      Through Dec. 31  
      Remote
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      AISD Teacher and Staff Mental Health Support Groups

      Austin ISD's school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, offers group conversations weekly. Email for more info.
      Dec. 1-22. Tuesdays, 5-6pm  
      Online
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      All-Ages Virtual Storytime

      Featuring stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, and other extension activities. Registration required.
      Thu., Feb. 25, 6pm; Sat. & Tue., Feb. 27 & March 2, 10:30am  
      Virtual
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      APA! Holiday Store Now Open

      When you're shopping for the animal lovers in your life, you'll find the perfect gift and support the nonprofit at the Austin Pets Alive! online store. They've got a people & pets cookbook, ornaments, toys, and the must-have outerwear for winter: the "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie" hoodie.
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      Armadillo Art Concierge

      Sadly, we can't visit the Armadillo Art Bazaar in person this year. The next best thing is Armadillo Art Concierge, an online, curated shopping guide pointing visitors to collections by content, process, medium, or artist location. Follow them on social media @armadillobazaar to see spotlighted art each day.
      Ongoing  
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      Austin Creative Reuse

      ACR is such a neat place, filled to the brim with donations of reusable items, but you don't even have to be there to take advantage of their Earth-friendly stock. Shop online for gifts, holiday wrapping, craft supplies and notions, and even fun mystery packs.
      Ongoing  
      Online or in-store at 2005 Wheless
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      Austin Scavenger Hunt

      Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
      Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
      Online and at home
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      Blood Bazaar

      Blood Over Texas' online holiday market is the spot to find all kinds of evil wares for fans of goth and horror. All the vendors are local, and include many of the sellers from past Horror for the Holidays events.
      Through Dec. 24  
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      Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

      The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
      Ongoing  
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      City Encourages Safe Celebrations

      Austin Public Health would like to remind everyone to spread kindness, not COVID, this season. Keep the health of your family, friends, and neighbors in mind when planning your holiday celebrations, and consider virtual and low-risk activities. Get party ideas and COVID-19 info on the city's site, and if you do plan to go out, be aware that events are subject to cancellation.
      Dec. 21-Jan. 1  
      Citywide
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      City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

      Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
       
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      Coming of Age Online Holiday Fundraiser

      Double your holiday gifting by supporting a local nonprofit as you shop. Visit this unique online estate sale for electronics, collectibles, kitchenware, and lots more, and all proceeds benefit Travis County's Coming of Age program, which supports individuals age 50 and up. Shipping and local delivery are available.
      Ongoing  
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      December in the District

      Help support local businesses by making 2nd Street District your one-stop-shop. Enjoy seasonal sips, holiday creations, and the 10th annual Holiday Window Walk. Plus, check out their new passport activation in partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance, wherein you collect stamps and earn prizes as you explore.
      Dec. 1-30. Free.  
      Second Street downtown
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      Donate Blood, Get Free Whataburger

      All month long, when you donate with We Are Blood, get a free honey butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger. Donors between Dec. 24 and 31 also get a free sweatshirt. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
      Through Dec. 31  
      We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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      Donate Platelets, Get a Free Baseball Tee

      During its monthlong Platelet Step-Up campaign, We Are Blood is offering a branded baseball tee to donors who successfully donate platelets twice during December. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
      Dec. 1-31  
      We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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      Draft Transportation Criteria Manual Review

      The draft defines the rules, requirements, and technical guidelines for building mobility infrastructures. Feedback can be made on transit systems, bike and urban trails, and pedestrian zones, among other items in the manual.
      Online
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      Eagle Nest Webcam

      The eagle cam is back after being dark for nearly two years, and the pair of eagles are building their nest in preparation of the eggs sometime in December or January. Watch their progress from home.
      Through early spring. Free.  
      Online via JBS Wetland Center, Seagoville
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      Gibson Wonderland

      Sip a festive holiday cocktail and snap a photo at the Gibson Sleigh, then tag #gibsonwonderland and @gibsonstreetbar for a chance at a prize.
      Through Dec. 31  
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      History in Lights

      The pathway of lights illuminates Mission Espiritu Santo in a way that is suggestive of the early days of the Spanish frontier outpost.
      Through Dec. 31, 6-10pm. $4.  
      Goliad State Park
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      Holiday Lights in Georgetown’s Historic Town Square

      Enjoy the lights and local flavor throughout the holiday season.
      Through Jan. 2. Free.  
      Historic Town Square, East Seventh Street, Georgetown
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      Holiday Parties With Urban Axes

      Celebrate the holiday season at Urban Axes with add-ons like drink packages, catering from local partners, party decorations to make your celebration special, or an axe trophy for the tournament winner. You can even book the entire facility for your own private party.
      Ongoing  
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      Holiday Traveling Risk

      Traveling is a high-risk activity due to COVID-19. Austin Public Health encourages the community to safely celebrate virtually during the holiday season.
      Ongoing  
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      Judaism UnBoxed

      Brought to you by Chabad of Austin, Judaism UnBoxed is hands-on Jewish discovery and growth, Jewish culinary lessons, and quality family time all in one. Receive holiday baking kit boxes for the Jewish holidays and/or challah baking boxes every month.
      Ongoing  
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      Keep Austin Rooted

      Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
      Ongoing  
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      Letterpress PLAY Holiday Gifts

      The local letterpress studio has a unique selection of paper toys, gifts, cheeky holiday cards, and more, with free shipping for online orders.
      Ongoing  
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      Lost Pines Christmas

      There are plenty of holiday happenings in Bastrop, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Austin: Take in the sights at the River of Lights, head downtown to shop the Holiday Sidewalk Stroll, take in Elf! The Musical at Bastrop Opera House, or visit Krampus at Scream Hollow's Twisted Christmas.
      Through Jan. 1  
      Bastrop
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      Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

      The holiday season kicks off with Christmas in the Park in Natchitoches and continues through the fireworks on New Year’s Eve around eastern Louisiana.
      Through Dec. 31  
      Alexandria-Pineville, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches & Shreveport-Bossier
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      MADD Virtual Jingle Bell 5K

      Run, walk, or jog where you are to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The first 250 registrants get a swag bag, so sign up ASAP! All participants get a participant medal.
      Through Jan. 6. $35, adults; $10, kids.  
      Virtual
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      Marriott Marquis Houston's Texas Winter Lights

      An interactive walk-through or float-under light experience at the hotel’s iconic Texas-shaped lazy river, which will be surrounded by a mile worth of sparkling lights, complete with stunning views of the downtown Houston skyline.
      Through Jan. 3, 5-10pm. $5-15; hotel packages starting at $143.  
      Marriott Marquis, 1777 Walker St., Houston
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      Maywald Christmas Lights

      A park-and-walk display that's free with a donation to Make-A-Wish at the box upon entry.
      Through Jan. 3  
      10505 Twilight Vista
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      Mobility Games

      Use a bike, micro-mobility modes, or your own body to get around in December and win prizes. Register online and share trips on social media with #MobilityGames20 to be entered.
      Through Dec. 31  
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      Northern Lights Holiday Spectacular

      Presented by Toyota of Cedar Park, this drive-through light show has a special bonus of a different holiday movie screening each night.
      Through Dec. 31. Light show opens at 5pm; films screen at 7 & 10pm  
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      Open Air Resorts Christmas Activities

      Safe, fun and festive ways to celebrate the holidays with socially distant, family-friendly special events including an RV site decoration contest, s'mores and cookie decorating, and holiday movies on the lawn.
      Sun.-Sat., Dec. 20-26  
      25928 Haynie Flat Rd., Spicewood
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      Peppermint Parkway

      Join Pepper and Mint on their journey down COTA’s Tunnel Road with this drive-through holiday experience. They are on a mission: to deliver letters to Santa for gifts under the tree! On their way they will meet dancing elves and strolling entertainers as they are transported from Candy Cane Lane to an Enchanted Forest. Additional activities include COTA Karting, Peppermint Plaza with amusements and games, and COTA Zipline.
      Various dates through Jan. 3. $35-90.  
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      Project Connect Virtual Open House

      The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
      Online
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      Request for Proposals: TEMPO 2021

      Art in Public Places' TEMPO program seeks proposals from practicing visual artists or artist teams for short-term, outdoor art installations.
      Deadline: Tue., Jan. 26, 2021, 5pm  
      Online
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      Reuse Gift Wrapping Challenge

      According to Austin Creative Reuse, if every family chose reused materials to wrap three gifts, the paper saved would cover 45,000 football fields. So they're calling on the community to think outside the box and choose reuse this year. Submit photos of your wrapping ideas to the contest via email, and they'll be judged on creativity, workmanship, and use of reused materials. Get ideas and materials from ACR or use what you have on hand.
      Dec. 11-31  
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      Santa's Sleigh Selfies

      Visit anytime after dark to see the tree lit with thousands of twinkly lights and take photos with Santa's sleigh.
      Through Jan. 3  
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      Santa's Wonderland

      Visit Santa in a colorful candy wonderland and get a photo taken near him (he's touchless this year). Appointments are recommended, and only one family will be inside at a time. Be sure to bring a letter for Santa's mailbox!
      Select dates through Dec. 24  
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      Soul Studio Holiday Pop-Up

      Soul Studio, a natural dye house and sustainable fashion label specializing in plant-dyed silks, is making shopping easier this season by featuring local, handcrafted, and ethical gifts meant to inspire and delight. Shop fashion, accessories, art and home goods in this one-stop, experiential market where you'll find something for every femme on your list.
      Through Dec. 23. Tue.-Sun., noon-7pm  
      Soul Studio, 2511-A E. Sixth
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      Suffrage Now: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

      Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
      Aug. 6-Jan. 31  
      Online
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      Sun Radio's 12 Days of Christmas

      Support the Sun Radio Foundation by donating or bidding on an item in their virtual auction, which includes exclusive, unique, and local items like signed guitars from Lyle Lovett and Jade Bird, staycation retreats, jewelry, and more.
      Through Dec. 22  
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      Tomlinson's Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive Presented by KXAN

      Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Central Texas’ largest pet food drive in support of 30+ local animal rescues and shelters. When you gift a bag of food in-store or online, your donation will be doubled (pound for pound) by healthy pet food makers. In 2019, the drive raised 163,584 pounds of high-quality, donated pet food, and this year's goal is to raise 175,000.
      Through Dec. 24  
      Online or at any Tomlinson's Feed location
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      Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

      Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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      Travis County Commissioners Court Voting Session

      See agenda for details.
      Tue., Dec. 22, 9am  
      Online
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      Walkway of Lights

      The 30-year tradition continues with thousands of lights and more than 350 sculptures illuminating Lakeside Park.
      Through Jan. 2, 6-10pm. free.  
      Marble Falls
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      We Are Blood Holiday Drive

      Blood donors are especially needed during the holiday season. Make an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
      Dec. 22-23 & 29-30, 9am-3pm  
      The Arboretum, 10000 Research #103 (between Gap & Zoe’s Kitchen)
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      We Are Blood Mall Drives

      Blood donations are especially needed right now, and it's easy to donate while you shop for the holidays. Look for the bus parked in the Cheesecake Factory parking lot at Barton Creek or the Macy's lot at Lakeline.
      Dec. 19-Jan. 3 (except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)  
      Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S; Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.
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      Wild Texas Film Tour

      In ordinary times, filmmaker and conservationist Ben Masters would be traveling the state sharing wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories, but this year the film festival has gone online. The short and feature films showcase the Scottish Highlands, the Texas ocelot, Buffalo Bayou, paddlefish, swift fox, and several other topics that will appeal to a wide variety of audiences.
      Through Dec. 31. Free, but donations appreciated.  
      Online via www.wildfilmtour.com
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      Winter Holiday Mystic Market

      An event that partners local, women-owned health and wellness shops with local cosmic practitioners, hosted by Rituals Rising and Joy Organics.
      Through Jan. 15. Mon.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm  
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      YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

      A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
      English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. Free.  
      Online
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      Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

      Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
      Ongoing. $50.  

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