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  • The Amazing Acro-Cats: Keep It Weird in Austin!

    The Acro-Cats tour supports Rock Cats Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Rock Cats Rescue is focused on saving cats "One Click at a Time" through cat welfare, rescue, and adoption. The Acro-Cats show promotes the importance of bonding and training cats with positive reinforcement, while also finding homes for rescued cats.
    Apr. 24-May 5  
    Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • BookSpring Fest: A Read Aloud Celebration

    Join BookSpring for an enchanting celebration of reading at BookSpring Fest: A Read Aloud Celebration! Enjoy inspiring stories read aloud from pillars of the community, carnival games, a petting zoo, face painters, balloon makers, books, and refreshments (ALL FREE).
    Sat. May 4, 12pm-6pm  
    BookSpring
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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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      Maywald Family Lights Display

      See a stunning light display and bring a donation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for which the Maywalds raised over $80,000 last year. New this year: a gift shop offering hot chocolate, mugs, shirts, Christmas ornaments, and more.
      Nov. 23-Dec. 28, 6-10pm. Donations for Make-a-Wish encouraged.  
      10505 Twilight Vista
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      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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      Barton Creek Farmers Market

      A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
      Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
      4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
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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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      Christmas Eve at Riverbend Church and Centre

      Services include caroling while it snows indoors, inspirational music, and a candlelight rendition of "Silent Night."
      Sun., Dec. 24, 10:30am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm. Free.
      Riverbend Church and Centre, 4214 Capital of TX Hwy. N.
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      Cistern Illuminated

      Experience this limited-edition, site-specific art piece of light and sound in the former underground water reservoir.
      Sat., Nov. 25-Sun., Jan. 7
      Houston
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      City Council Calls for Central Health Board of Managers Applications

      Austin City Council seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on the nine-member board of Travis County's health care district, Central Health, for an unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2025. Get more details and apply at the city's Boards & Commissions page.
      Applications open until positions filled  
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      Community Hours at Thinkery

      Thinkery provides admission by donation as part of its Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore STEAM concepts and develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
      Sundays, 3-5pm; Tuesdays, 3-7pm  
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      Donate Blood, See a Movie

      We Are Blood and Alamo Drafthouse team up to reward blood donors with passes for a free movie.
      Dec. 15-24  
      We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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      Dungeons & Dragons Night

      Pinballz offers themed rooms, tavern music, an interactive drink menu, and more to help immerse you in the campaign experience.
      Sundays, 6pm-close  
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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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      GoldenGaia Vendor Market + Holistic Fair

      Explore a diverse selection of vendors, including artisans, psychic readers, and holistic practitioners who can help heal mind, body, and spirit.
      Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.
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      Guided Breathwork & Journaling

      Weekly guided breathwork sessions incorporate lunar and solar cycles, card readings, Kundalini, journaling, and more, and are led by Margaret, who has studied around the world and is a trained midwife, birth & postpartum doula, Reiki master, registered yoga teacher, and kinesiologist.
      Sundays, 7:30pm. Donations appreciated.  
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      Holiday Lights on the River Walk

      The famous River Walk is bathed in colorful lights from the top of the trees to shimmering waves left by the river barges.
      Through Jan. 7. Free.
      San Antonio
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      Holiday Model Train Exhibit

      Austin Tinplate Trackers will have tons of cool model trains set up at the new library, and future engineers young and old are welcome to run them.
      Dec. 13-30. Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm. Free.  
      Round Rock Public Library, 200 E. Liberty Ave.
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      Holiday Puppuccinos at Alfred Coffee

      Alfred Coffee at the Line hotel has partnered with Oakland-based sustainable dog nutrition company Petaluma to raise money for the Beagle Freedom Project this holiday season. Treat your pup to a dairy-free whipped cream puppuccino topped with a Petaluma sweet potato jerky garnish, and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit. Plus, while supplies last, your doggo will get a limited-edition bandanna.
      Dec. 1-31. Free.  
      Alfred Coffee, 111 E. Cesar Chavez
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      Holiday Service With Buddhist Prayers For World Peace

      A short service with prayers to Arya Tara and a teaching on peace, with special dedications for world peace.
      Sun., Dec. 24. Donations appreciated.  
      Kadampa Meditation Center Austin, 1918 Bissel
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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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      KMFA's 12 Days of Giveaways

      The classical radio station partners with a host of local arts organizations to give lucky listeners tickets to upcoming shows, including Austin Opera's Carmen, Texas Performing Arts and Broadway in Austin's Wicked, and lots more.
      Dec. 13-24  
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      Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style

      The holiday lights around the old courthouse are truly spectacular, but don’t miss the forest of lights at the PEC headquarters at 201 S. Avenue F.
      Through Jan. 7. Free.
      Johnson City
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      Longhorn Lights

      UT-Austin introduces a new tradition by illuminating 24 heritage oak trees with burnt orange and white lights coordinated with tunes from the Longhorn Band.
      Nov. 29-Jan. 1, 5-10pm. Free.
      The Drag (Guadalupe Street between 21st & 24th streets)
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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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      Peppermint Parkway

      A drive-thru holiday spectacular with a mile of holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing characters, and a plaza with food, rides, activities, and more.
      Through Dec. 30
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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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      Snow Much Fun at Edge Rooftop

      Sip festive cocktails, roast s'mores, and listen to live music while surrounded by twinkling lights and enjoying snowfall on the hour, every hour.
      Through Dec. 25. Free.  
      Edge Rooftop Bar at JW Marriott, 110 E. Second
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      The Blanton: Weird Winter

      Artist and musician Steve Parker brings a new installation to the Blanton that’ll make even the grinchiest grin, complete with brass instruments, musical snowglobes, marionette-animated trees, and carols like you’ve never heard them before.
      Through Jan. 7. $20.  
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      Upstairs at Caroline's Naughty or Nice

      A holiday-themed pop-up activation with festive decor and seasonal drinks.
      Dec. 1-31. Free.  
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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

      Walkway of Lights

      In its 33rd year of bringing Christmas cheer, the more than 350 lighted displays fill Lakeside Park and lead to the ice skating rink.
      Through Dec. 31. Free.
      Marble Falls
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      Yule at Azul

      Take in the scenery from the highest rooftop bar in town and enjoy festive drinks and decor. Daily holiday happy hours (3-5pm) include $5 holiday frozens, $5 house wines, and $5 drafts.
      Nov. 24-Dec. 31. Free.  
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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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