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    Austin Powwow & American Indian Heritage Festival

    A fun and family-friendly day of Native American culture and heritage, with dancers from across the country, a market, food court, and more. This year it's back in the Luedecke Arena, with plenty of seating and space to dance.
    Sat., Nov. 18, 9am-9pm. $7-10; kids, free.  
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts with oodles of Austin flair.
      Nov. 17-Dec. 24. Free entry.  
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      Cranksgiving ATX

      Ride Bikes Austin celebrates the 10th anniversary of its scavenger hunt that puts the fun back in fundraising. Bikers/rollers will work to find the most efficient routes to buy items for the Central Texas Food Bank and complete photo challenges, receiving raffle tickets for prizes. Raffle tickets are also available to purchase, with proceeds going to the food bank.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 1:15pm  
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      Ethereal Horror Fest

      It's the fourth year for the horror film festival, which has plenty of excitement for genre fans: over 50 horror shorts and features, an interview lounge hosted by Aaron Sagers (Netflix's 28 Days Haunted) and sponsored by pop culture mag Den of Geek, a VIP industry mixer and panel hosted by Women in Film & Television Austin, a haunted show & tell, live seance, burlesque dancers, guests from Bat City Scaregrounds, and more.
      Nov. 17-18. Fri., 5pm-1am; Sat., 9am-1am. $25-165.  
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      Mighty Texas Dog Walk & Expo

      The Doggiest Day in Austin features scenic walks, a "sniffari," the world's largest dog bowl, a costume contest, and tons more furry fun to benefit Service Dogs Inc. It's being called "Disneyland for Dogs," so don't let Rover miss out!
      Sat., Nov. 18, 9am-1pm
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      Texas Stars

      Vs. Grand Rapids Griffins.
      Fri.-Sat., Nov. 17-18, 7pm  
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      A Christmas Affair: Cosmic Holiday

      Kick off the holiday season with the Junior League of Austin's annual market benefiting the group's signature programs and nonprofit partners. Shop from over 200 vendors, get holiday photos, and enjoy entertainment and special children's parties.
      Nov. 15-19
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      Adult Skate Night

      Leave the rugrats at home and enjoy the roller rink with other grownups.
      Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight  
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      Civic Events

      Affordable Care Act Help

      Now's the time to sign up for Affordable Care Act health coverage! Open enrollment runs through Jan. 15, 2024, and the city has gathered a ton of helpful resources to help you sort out options. Go online to learn more or call 800/318-2596.
      Through Jan. 15, 2024  
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      Art House Party

      Celebrate the East Austin Studio Tour at 1209 Collective with artists, live music by GLITTERCULT, vfs, and AKODA, tarot readings, and free drinks.
      Sat., Nov. 18, noon
      1209 E. Cesar Chavez
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      Austin Humane Society's Rags to Wags: The Mutt Gala

      A magical night of high fashion where you can walk the catwalk in your own couture to raise much-needed funds for the animals of AHS. Enjoy a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a seated dinner, and more at this posh paw-ty.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 5:30pm. $200.  
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      Kids

      Baby Bloomers

      A special program for visitors ages 0-3 and their families, providing caregivers and early learners the chance to experience the children's museum together. Thinkery will host two storytimes and free play that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of the earliest learners.
      Saturdays, 8-10am  
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      Bee Cave on Ice

      Strap on your skates and hit the ice at the rink in Hill Country Galleria's Central Plaza.
      Nov. 10-Jan. 15. $15.  
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      Black Austin History Tours at the Oakwood Chapel

      Angela Thornton will lead tours to talk about the Historic Colored Grounds and the burials that were segregated by race and class in the 1800s. There are many individuals buried in this section that represent Black excellence and are inspirations today. Thornton can also offer history about the chapel and online resources to learn more.
      Through Dec. 16. Saturdays, 12:30pm. Free.  
      Oakwood Chapel, 1601 Navasota
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      Blue Owl Brewing Eighth Anniversary: Linen + Lace Prom

      Raise a toast to eight frothy years and enjoy games and prizes during the day, followed by an evening of Eighties jams and sappy slow songs to dance along to in your finest prom attire.
      Sat., Nov. 18, noon-10pm (prom starts at 6!). Free.  
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      Caldo Festival

      A full day of live music, hilarious comedy, inspiring art, a sizzling caldo/soup cook-off contest and caldo bowl decorating contest with surprise celebrity judges. With music from NOA, the Contrabandits, Juan Diaz Mariachi, Nubia Emmon, and more, and comedians such as Kool Aid, the Comweedian, and Tina la Cochina. Participation supports nonprofit Hungry Souls in their mission to eliminate food insecurity for Austin kids.
      Sat., Nov. 18, noon-10pm. Free.
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      Chuy's Children Giving to Children Toy Drive

      Chuy's offers several ways to easily contribute to the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa: Bring new, unwrapped toys to any Chuy's location or to the Trail of Lights Fun Run at Zilker (Dec. 2), donate funds online, or select something from their Amazon wish list. Donations for children ages 11-14 are most needed.
      Through Dec. 10  
      Austin-area Chuy's restaurants and Zilker Park
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      Community Police Academy

      The Austin Police Department's Community Police Academy is a fourteen-week program designed to give class participants a working knowledge of APD, offering a unique opportunity to learn more about law enforcement while fostering relationships between police officers and the community members they serve. Classes start Feb. 6 and will meet each Tuesday.
      Deadline: Mon., Nov. 27  
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      Kids

      Dougherty Story Hour

      Dougherty staff and volunteers will read stories selected to engage young artists, with inclusive opportunities for listeners to discuss topics covered and socialize.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 11am  
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      East Austin Art, Culture & Trails Volksmarch

      Join the Colorado River Walkers for a jaunt around the Eastside with two 5K loops offering a pastoral vibe and sights including murals, mosaics, interesting homes, a sculpture garden, and the Urban Roots farm.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 8am. $3.
      Victor R. Garza Community Center, 6002 Jain Ln., Bldg. D
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      Fall Folly Festival & Fundraiser

      A free, family-friendly event featuring local artisans, craftspeople and vendors, including Nature’s Treasures of Texas.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 10am-2pm  
      Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4622 S. Lamar
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      Fill a Holiday Table

      Central Texas Food Bank always welcomes donations, but now is a great time to chip in because thanks to community partners Beaumont Foundation and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, every dollar donated through Dec. 31 is doubled (up to $400,000).
      Through Dec. 31
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      Free Vaccine Clinics

      Help limit the spread of nasty viruses as holiday travel ramps up. Find a list of free vaccine clinics and other health info on the city's site.
      Ongoing
      Various locations
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      Fresh for Less Mobile Markets

      This program from the city of Austin, run by Farmshare Austin, has opened new market locations. There are now six weekly markets around town that sell Texas-grown produce, eggs, honey, and other groceries all at reduced prices. Most major cards are accepted at these markets and if you are a SNAP customer, you can also use your Lone Star card and Double Up Food Bucks. Locations and schedules are subject to change, so check the current info online to find one near you.
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      Geeks Who Drink Trivia

      The masters of minutiae present trivia games for prizes, covering everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, science to sports, the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Find them at watering holes all over town each week.
      Ongoing
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      Sports

      Grounded Dance Cardio

      Pump up the jams and get moving with a dance fit cardio series blending freestyle, choreography, and toning grooves.
      Saturdays, 10am. Free, but RSVP.  
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      Out of Town

      Holiday Lighted Parade and Lighting Ceremony

      Welcome the holiday season with floats bathed in colorful illuminations and the flipping of the switch to the holiday lights around the courthouse lawn and along the river.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 6pm. Free.
      Kerrville
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      Ice Rodeo

      Skate beneath the stars and overlooking Lady Bird Lake at an outdoor ice rink with outdoor dining cabins, pop-up lounges, immersive holiday decor, extravagant art installations, and more.
      Nov. 18-Jan. 7  
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      Inspired Minds Holiday Bazaar

      Get your holiday shopping started from a selection of uniquely local handmade gifts.
      Select dates Fri., Nov. 17-Sat., Dec. 23; get details online
      Buda
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      KMFA's Kids on Key

      KMFA Classical 89.5 has launched an initiative aimed at building access to music in Central Texas schools by providing classroom resources. Donors can earmark funds for the program, and educators can apply for their classroom or school to receive resources like instruments and repairs supplied by Austin music retailer Strait Music.
      Nov. 8-30
      Donate or apply for resources online
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      Land Development Code Updates

      The city is considering changes to the Land Development Code, which could affect how your property or properties near you may be developed or used in the future. Learn more and provide feedback online or at a City Council meeting Thu., Dec. 7, 10am.
      Ongoing
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      Sports

      Men's & Women's Pro Tennis Open

      A pro circuit event on the ITF World Tennis Tour with free admission for spectators. Men play Nov. 6-12, and women play Nov. 13-19. Tournament proceeds will benefit New Hope Animal Rescue.
      Through Nov. 19. Free.
      Texas Tennis Center, 2100 Comal
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      Kids

      Merry Grinchmas

      Kick off the holiday season with an afternoon of fun-filled Grinch activities including a bracelet bar, caricature artists, a hair tinsel studio, holiday tunes, and even meeting the Grinch himself. An official tree-lighting ceremony begins at 5:30.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 3-6pm. Free.  
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      Miracle on Fifth Street

      It began in NYC and it continues here, there, and everywhere festive. Bring your partyingest buds and babes to this long-running Christmas-themed cocktail pop-up with wall-to-wall decor, multiple bars, and plenty of spirits – right in the tinsely heart of Downtown Austin. Best bet for whiskey lovers at the nightly holiday hullabaloo: the Snowball Old Fashioned.
      Through Dec. 27  
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      Mozart's Holiday Light Show

      Savor some treats with hot cocoa or coffee and take in the gorgeous lakeside light show paired with music.
      Through Jan. 6. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day  
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      Night Golf

      A nighttime shotgun-style nine-hole round made more fun and challenging with glow-in-the-dark balls.
      Thu.-Sat., 6-9:30pm. $20.  
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      Old Gruene Market Days

      Shop the nearly 100 vendors spread out in the historic district for uniquely Texas gifts.
      Sat.-Sun., Nov. 18-19. Free.
      Gruene
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      Paper Dragon: Small Press Fair

      A seasonal marketplace for independent literary artists, with zines, crafting, and art for all.
      Sat., Nov. 18, noon-4pm  
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      Pioneer Ghost Tour

      Explore one of the most haunted sites around at the historic farm with Austin Ghost Tours. If you're a fan of history and haunts, this one's for you!
      Third Saturdays, 7pm  
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      Punk vs. Rockabilly 11

      Which scene will reign supreme? At a benefit concert for nonprofit Girls Rock Austin, Team Punk (Digger of Dirt, Prom Threat, Live Another Day) battles Team Rockabilly (Rockin' Lloyd Tripp, Jamie Bahr & the Bad Decisions, Smokin' Burnouts).
      Sat., Nov. 18, 7pm. Free.  
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      Out of Town

      Ranch Hand Breakfast

      Wander on to the King Ranch for breakfast with the cowboys as they put on a rodeo, do cooking demonstrations, and play music as part of Ranch Hand Weekend, the beginning of the Christmas season.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 7-11am. $10.
      Kingsville
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      Sherwood Forest Zine Library

      Head on over for a friendly hangout and meet the zine library cat, Twister! Membership is free and members can check out zines from a selection of over 2,500 on a variety of topics.
      Sat., Dec. 2, 2-6pm. Free.
      Sherwood Forest Zine Library, 5215-A Joe Sayers Ave.
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      Sip & Shop Holiday Vibe Market

      Shop fine handmade goods by dozens of local artisans as you enjoy live music and delish food and drinks. Kid- and dog-friendly.
      Sat., Nov. 18, noon-5pm. Free.  
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      Small Business Division Webinars

      Do you own a small business or have entrepreneurial dreams? The city's Small Business Division is here to help! Find resources and a selection of instructional webinars on the city's site, with many free classes and some with a small fee.
      Ongoing  
      Virtual
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      Texas Farmers' Market Fall Silent Auction Fundraiser

      The market's annual auction is back with an incredible list of items to bid on, from gift cards to beloved local restaurants and Austin gems to cooking classes and camps for kids. Proceeds support the org, its Ag Producer Support Fund, and BIPOC Farmer Scholarship.
      Through Nov. 19  
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      Out of Town

      Texas Furniture Makers Show

      The annual statewide competition features the functional art of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas.
      Nov. 2-Dec. 15
      Kerrville
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      Texas Renaissance Festival

      From the cannon blast to announce the opening of the gates to the evening fireworks, the kingdom offers a day of merriment, shopping, and dining on the finest food in the realm.
      Weekends, Oct. 7-Nov. 26, plus Fri., Nov. 24
      Todd Mission
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      Texas State Parks Photo Contest

      Capture your adventures at Texas State Parks. Explore a new trail, discover a cool critter, or catch an awesome sunset, then submit your pics or tag them on social media (#TexasStateParks and #TexasParks100) to win parks passes or H-E-B gift cards.
      Deadline: Nov. 27  
      Submit online
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      Thanksgiving Feast Drive-Through

      The city offers free Thanksgiving items (while supplies last) as well as flu vaccines.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 9am  
      Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center, 2800 Webberville Rd.
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      Nightlife & Parties

      The Front Market

      The Front Market hosts their three-weekend market featuring over 170 Texas-based women & LGBTQ makers, DJ sets by local talents, and workshops like the Austin Studio Tour/FFTX/Ani's Art Gallery show Homecoming, live embroidery with Soul Studio, Drag 'n' Drag with Brigitte Bandit, Skechers Club, and Queer Figure Drawing Club, and much more.
      Sat. & Sun., Nov. 18-19, 11am-5pm
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      Virtual & In-Person Zumba

      Join It's Time Texas for a dynamic and exciting dance workout set to Latin and international music.
      Saturdays, 10-11am (no class Nov. 25). Free, but RSVP.
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      Volunteer Builders Welcome at Habitat for Humanity

      Austin Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers age 18 and up in their construction program to assist in building six new homes in Northeast Austin, with shifts Saturdays and weekdays through December.
      Ongoing
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      Volunteer With CTFB

      Central Texas Food Bank runs on volunteers and donations, and it's fairly easy to sign up for a shift. Virtual food drives are also a great way to help out.
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      Volunteer With Meals on Wheels Central Texas

      The season of giving is a great time to get involved with Meals on Wheels, which makes a huge difference to the homebound older adults served by the org. Volunteers deliver more than a meal; they also bring warm smiles and much-needed safety checks. Apply online and get signed up for a Zoom training to get started.
      Ongoing  
      Apply online
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      Out of Town

      Welcome to Anhalt Hall

      The historic German dance hall outside of New Braunfels welcomes Landon Dodd for its “almost monthly” dance.
      Sat., Nov. 18, 8-11:30pm. $15.
      Spring Branch
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      Yoga at Republic Square Park

      Welcome the weekend with a balancing and renewing yoga class surrounded by the beautiful views of Downtown. Come early or stay late to explore the SFC market.
      Saturdays, 11am. Free.  
    Ongoing
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      WIC Mobile Unit

      Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.
      Check online for current schedule. Free.  
      Various locations

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