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    41st Annual Budafest

    A weekend packed with live music at the amphitheatre, a craft and art market, kids' activities, a "reindog" parade, snow play area, and lots more!
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 3-5. Free.  
    Buda
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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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    Austin Trail of Lights

    The drive-through format for the trail means the fam can take in the magic of the beautiful light displays while you play holiday tunes and enjoy Christmas cookies.
    Select dates through Dec. 31  
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    Backyard Makers Market

    Features handmade goods from Windsor Park and other Austin makers, from ceramics to woodworking to jewelry and more.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 11am-4pm  
    1306 Berkshire
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    Black Fret Ball

    Twenty acts in four hours will entertain with what they call a "real-life mixtape" to raise funds for music nonprofit Black Fret.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 6pm. $100.  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays returns with online ordering with pickup or shipping, in-store shopping, and virtual and personal shopping. It is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts.
    Through Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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    Body Collective Holiday Pop-Up Market

    Shop the artist market, get 10% off Body Collective gift cards, enjoy free snacks and sips, and take a free class: Nineties Music Video Fit at 10:30am or Energizing Vinyasa Flow at 2:30pm.
    Sat., Dec. 4, noon-4pm. Free.  
    Body Collective, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. C-111
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    Casa Marianella Seeks Donations

    They're open 9am-10pm daily (1-10pm Wednesdays) to receive monetary and other donations for its shelter and service center for immigrants and asylum seekers.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 1  
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    Christmas Artisan Mercado

    Find handcrafted Latino art, jewelry, clothing, and crafts for everyone on your list.
    Through Sat., Dec. 11  
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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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    Community Healing Circle

    An evening of relaxation and rejuvenation with one of Austin’s most unique alternative healing events.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 5-7pm. $25-35.  
    Flow Yoga, 4477 S. Lamar
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    Decondition Your Programming With Human Design

    This class will take you into the most essential components of your Human Design to unlock the secrets to deconditioning your programming and allowing your life purpose to unfold.
    Saturdays, Dec. 4-18, 1:30pm. $22.  
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    Donate Blood to Win Prizes

    Blood donations are especially needed around the holidays, so We Are Blood is offering a prize drawing with very special gifts for three lucky donors: a Playstation 5, an Ooni pizza oven, or an Apple Watch 7. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Drummer & Dancer Auditions

    Interested in becoming part of a West African drum and dance performance company? Join the open call. Registration required; email dance@lannaya.org.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 1:30pm. free.
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Every Dog Is Lovable

    Submit a photo of and story about your dapper doggo for a chance to have your pet featured in the book Every Dog Is Lovable. Qualifiers will get a custom session with Dog Days Photography, and proceeds go to local nonprofit Hound Rescue.
    Nov. 26-March 18. $10 donation.  
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    Food for Thought

    Psychiatry prof Hector Garcia will give a talk titled “The Evolutionary Roots of Our Political Divide.” Sponsored by the Center for Inquiry Austin.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 3pm. Free.  
    Trinity Church, 4001 Speedway
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    Georgetown Square Lights

    The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" is merry and bright for the season, lit with tens of thousands of bulbs. Shop the square for a perfect gift and warm up with some hot cocoa as you take in the sights.
    Through Jan. 1. Free.  
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    Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays

    Reynolds and an all-star tenpiece band present unique renditions of holiday classics, most of them played in a minor key.
    Fri., Dec. 3. $29.  
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    Holiday Bazaar

    Still Austin will be serving spiked eggnog, hot toddies, and more to sip while you shop the outdoor market for the perfect gifts this holiday season.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 11am-3pm  
    Wild Heart Yoga, 5604 Bee Caves Rd.
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    Holiday Block Party

    Enjoy snacks and drinks, live music from Eric Bettancourt and Erica Michelle, and enter to win prizes like a gift basket or store credit.
    Sat., Dec. 4, noon-4pm  
    Luxe Refill, 5501 N. Lamar
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    Holiday Choral Concert

    Join nonprofit Drive a Senior ATX for a special night of joyous holiday melodies by the Reverent Few, Lewis Christian Band, Brian Scartocci, Temple Beth Shalom Kids' Choir, St. Albert the Great Choir, and more. Tickets include a raffle for prizes as well.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 6pm. $10-20.  
    Virtual
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    Holiday in the Hills Light Trail

    Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country infused with sparkling lights and holiday cheer, then end your walk down the trail with a family-friendly game of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Santa's Magical Toy Shop.
    Through Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers put on an exhibit twice as large as the last one, found at Kalahari's Tom Foolerys Adventure Park & Arcade, offering tons of family fun!
    Through Jan. 1. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm  
    Kalahari Resort, 3001 Kalahari Blvd.
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    Holiday Pet Photos

    Get that purr-fect pic of your pet and check out the swag station to raise funds for Austin Pets Alive! Reserve a time slot online.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 10am-4pm. $40.  
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    Holiday Pop-Up Market

    A couple dozen vendors, along with DJs, live music, food, and Christmas cocktails.
    Sat., Dec. 4, noon-7pm. Free.  
    Hotel Vegas & the Volstead, 1500 E. Sixth
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    Holiday Sale at the Contemporary

    Find design-forward gifts crafted by local makers and creative designers from around the world.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 4-5. Free.  
    Jones Center, 700 Congress; Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th
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    Holistically Healing Black Maternal Health

    A daylong event to increase the sense of urgency around the Black maternal health crisis, re-envision a holistic maternal health care system, and improve connectivity within the maternal health care sphere.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 9am-5pm. Free.  
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    Ice Ball 2021: BBBS 50th Anniversary Special

    Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for a night of elegance, inspiration, and revelry that makes a lifetime of difference for children in our community. With cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and more, it’s an exciting evening for a good cause, and you can choose to attend in person or from home, and have the party brought to you.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 6-11pm. By donation.  
    Fairmont Austin Hotel
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    Ice Skating at Dreamland

    Don't miss your chance to skate! The rink will close soon.
    Through Jan. 4  
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    Journey Through Breath & FreeFlow Breath Breathwork

    Breathwork reduces stress, improves physical states in the body, and provides emotional release and trauma integration.
    Saturdays, 5pm. $22.  
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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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    Luminations

    Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the beautiful Texas Arboretum. Featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia.
    Select dates through Jan. 30  
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    Marquise Salon Suites Toys for Tots Drop-Off

    The salon celebrates its first anniversary by partnering with the Marines to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need.
    Through Dec. 6. Mon., 10am-3pm; Tue.-Sat., 11am-5pm  
    Marquise Salon Suites, 7010 Hwy. 71 W. #150
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Austin's fave Christmas cocktail pop-up is back with a dizzying menu of creative concoctions. Grab a Dasher Pass to skip the outside line, and to-go orders can be taken online. A portion of proceeds from to-go sales will go to Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Children's Shelter.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 28  
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    Morning Kundalini

    Classes incorporate powerful breathwork practices, movement, mantra chanting, and a closing 7-11 minute meditation. Beginners are always welcome.
    Saturdays, 10am. $22.  
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    Mostlygreen Launch Giveaway

    Sustainability veterans Mason Arnold and Jessica Kezar have launched a platform for the community of people trying to do right by the planet, with a website, a YouTube channel, and a podcast about sustainability. Celebrate the launch by visiting the site to learn more and enter to win prizes like a trip to Belize, a clean eating bundle, and more.
    Through Dec. 6  
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    Musical Advent Calendar

    Alex Coke (flutes, saxophone) and Elaine Barber (harp) offer you a musical calendar to mark the days of Advent, with a new song via mp3 each day covering various styles.
    Dec. 1-24. $25.  
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Sammy's House Winter Festival

    Activities include photos with Santa, train rides, games, a bounce house, ornament decorating, and more! Admission is $5 per child; free for Sammy's House families.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 11am-3pm  
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    SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market

    Because you like it local, because you like it good.
    Saturdays, 11am-5pm
    1511 S. Congress
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    St. Elmo Brewing's Fifth Anniversary Party

    Cheers five years of great beers with live bluegrass, special releases, anniversary shirts, and a promo involving a very cool prize when you find a golden lid in your six-pack of Carl.
    Sat., Dec. 4, noon-10pm. Free.  
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    The Front Market Holiday Series

    An outdoor market with a new lineup of 30+ vendors each weekend, with rotating brunch menus and DJ sets to boot. Weekend one's theme is Art Date, with a lovely lineup of women and queer artists. Weekend two is Sustain Local in honor of National Small Business Weekend. The third will be Cozy Season, including a tamale pop-up and holiday vendors. The final installment is Santa, Baby, and will feature decadent brunch and two days of drag.
    Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 12. By donation.  
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    The Mad Hatter's Ovation

    Join the Asian Chamber for a Mad Hatter-themed celebration of Asian Pacific American heritage, recognizing businesses, organizations, and individuals who've contributed to the community's success.
    Sat., Dec. 4, 6pm. $270.  
    Austin Marriott Downtown, 304 E. Cesar Chavez
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    The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa Claus

    A delightful holiday comedy play set in a small-town sheriff's office.
    Dec. 2-5 & 9-12. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 2pm  
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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Workday at Blunn Creek

    The Blunn Creek Partnership is working on ecological restoration of the 38-acre Blunn Creek Nature Preserve. Volunteers are welcome to join Keep Austin Beautiful to help with the project; wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt, and bring a water bottle and gloves. Parking near 1200 St. Edwards Dr. and meet promptly at 8:30am as it is a short hike to the working location.
    First Saturdays, 8:30am-noon  

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