Home Events Community

for Sun., Dec. 1
  • 11th Annual Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

    Join Humanities Texas for its 11th Annual Holiday Book Fair where twenty-three noteworthy authors will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest books, which Humanities Texas will offer for purchase at a discounted price. Available titles include works of fiction and nonfiction, with selections for both adult and youth readers (Christmas presents galore!). The event is free and open to the public, with all proceeds from book sales benefiting Texas libraries.
    Sat. Dec. 7, 10am-1pm  
    Byrne-Reed House
  • Snow Ball: Project Transitions Runway

    Join Project Transitions for Snow Ball, a holiday-inspired fashionable celebration that features runway collections by talented Project Runway Designers, curated entertainment, light bites, cash bar, thrift pop-up, and dance party! VIP - preferred seating and designer meet and greet!
    Sat. Dec. 7, 6pm-9pm  
    Hotel Van Zandt
Recommended
  • Community

    Events

    Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting

    Take part in the 53rd lighting of the iconic tree. The tree is 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs for a grand total of 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. Open to the public through New Year's Day.
    Sun., Dec. 1, 5:30pm  
    • Community

      Events

      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      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.
      Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (open 10am-6pm on Dec. 24). Free admission.  
      Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

      Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
      Nov. 30-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.  
    All Events
    • Qmmunity

      Community

      2020 HCRA Registration Launch

      Join Hill Country Ride for World AIDS Day and consider registering for the 2020 ride! If you sign up, your first beer is free!
      Sun., Dec. 1, 4-6pm  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      2020 Point in Time Count Volunteers Needed

      ECHO is looking for 800 volunteers to make its annual count of everyone experiencing homelessness in Austin and Travis County a success. The 2020 count takes place Jan. 25. Anyone 18 or older can participate; volunteers will work in teams counting folks in their assigned area. Others can collect donations for the care packages distributed during the count.
      Nov. 18-Jan. 24  
      Online
    • Community

      Events

      A Holiday Happening at the Carpenter Hotel

      Ring in the holiday season, Carpenter style, at this fam-friendly celebration featuring games, drinks, snacks, a holiday market, and tunes by DJ Honky Tonk Amnesia. Enjoy cookie decorating, a cider workshop, a cranberry sauce cookoff, and s'mores before heading over to the 53rd annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting.
      Sun., Dec. 1, 2-6pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Sports

      Acro & Ales

      Empowered Acro instructors teach techniques for beginner-friendly acroyoga poses. No experience or partner needed. Admission includes a beer token, so stick around to enjoy a brew.
      Sun., Dec. 1, 11am. $18.  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Apply for Staff the Movement

      Apply for this training course intended to raise the quality of Texas’ Democratic campaigns. Participants will learn how to run for office or effectively run a campaign.
      Application deadline: Mon., Dec. 2, 8am  
      Online
    • Community

      Sports

      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.
    • Community

      Events

      Austin Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Downtown Gems

      Gather your team and explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges.
      365 days a year, 7am-10pm. $11.  
      1100 Congress
    • Community

      Events

      Bears & Bedtime Toy Drive

      Stop by your nearest Mattress Firm to donate new, unwrapped teddy bears, stuffed animals, and other bedtime toys for foster youth in the Austin community.
      Through Dec. 16
      Austin-area Mattress Firm stores
    • Community

      Events

      Black FURiday at AAC

      Austin Animal Center will be waiving adoption fees November 29 through December 1. All animals currently living at the shelter will be eligible for waived fee adoptions.
      Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-7pm
    • Community

      Events

      Blood Drive at Barton Creek Square Mall

      Anyone who donates or attempts to donate at this blood drive hosted by We Are Blood will receive a free Alamo Drafthouse movie pass.
      Through Dec. 26 (see online for specific dates & times)  
    • Community

      Kids

      Christmas at the Farm With Santa and Live Reindeer

      Photos run on a "take a number"/first come, first served system, so get there early. Other activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a jump pad, duck races, treasure mountain, face-painting, and more.
      Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Sat.-Sun., 9am-6pm. $16; ages 2 & under, free.  
    • Community

      Events

      City-Wide Vintage Sale

      Formerly known as City-Wide Garage Sale, it's like a hundred garage, uh, we mean vintage sales in one.
      Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $7; ages 12 & under, free.  
    • Community

      Events

      Eberly Sunset Sessions Finale

      Feat. Kalu James (of Kalu & the Electric Joint) as the opener and a secret headliner to be announced the morning of this "Best of Austin" award-winning show. Benefits SIMS Foundation.
      Sun., Dec. 1, 6-10pm. GA $43; $100 VIP.
    • Community

      Events

      Empress Bazaar: Minx + Muse 2 Year(ish) Anniversary Celebration

      Minx + Muse is celebrating with an afternoon of mini-workshops and performances showcasing their myriad of classes (esoeroticism, striptease, pole, and more), as well as a craft bazaar featuring local artists & artisans. Ages 18+ to attend.
      Sun., Dec. 1, 3-7pm. Free.  
      Minx + Muse, 605-B W. 37th
    • Community

      Events

      Glossier Pop-Up

      Shop the cult internet makeup brand's complete product line IRL.
      Through Dec. 8 (except Thanksgiving). 11am-7pm
      Glossier Austin, 2000 S. Congress
    • Community

      Events

      H-E-B Free First Sunday

      Enjoy free exhibit admission all day.
      First Sunday of every month, 12-5pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Events

      Holiday Hemp Market

      The holidays are about to get a whole lot greener with Austin-based CBD brand Fine Healing Goods' inaugural holiday market. Shop CBD-infused goods such as custom lipstick & lip gloss, or enjoy activities like acupuncture, aura readings, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 1, 11am-4pm. Free GA; $25 VIP.  
    • Community

      Events

      Holiday Light Stroll at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

      A festive display of over 3,000 twinkling lights winds through the resort’s grounds and features a 20-foot-tall LED animated Christmas tree. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the resort’s culinary team will serve specialty hot cocoa and made-to-order mini doughnuts.
      Nov. 30-Jan. 1. Free with on-site paid parking ($8-15).
      Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Holiday Model Train Show

      The Austin Tinplate Trackers hobby club builds a Christmas village around the model train tracks in the Downtowner Gallery.
      Nov. 29-Jan. 4. Wed.-Sun.
      Round Rock
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Homestead Fair

      Join in a holiday tradition of visiting the farm to see craft demonstrations, attending sustainable living seminars, eating unique fair food, and watching a real barn raising.
      Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 1
      Waco
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Johnson City Lights Spectacular

      The county courthouse, the Pedernales Electric Co-op building, and the town are bathed in twinkling lights with parades, food courts, and special events on weekends.
      Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Free.  
      Johnson City
    • Music

    • Community

      Civic Events

      Listening Session: Cameron and Dessau Roads

      Stop by whenever to help the Austin Transportation Department better understand the safety and mobility needs for people using Cameron Road and Dessau Road (51st Street to Parmer Lane). Your input will help identify improvement projects. For those who can’t attend, see the online survey, open Nov. 21 through Dec. 22.
      In person: Thu., Nov. 21, 6-7pm. Online: Nov. 21-Dec. 22  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Liz for Sheriff Fundraiser

      A meet and greet with (and fundraiser for) Liz Donegan, who’s running for Travis County Sheriff.
      Sun., Dec. 1, 4-6pm  
      Circle C Ranch, 9329 Hopeland Dr.
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Lost Pines Christmas

      Bastrop puts on seasonally themed light displays, a nighttime holiday parade, a snow day, and more activities for the whole family throughout the month.
      Weekends through Dec. 24. Free.
      Bastrop
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

      During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
      Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm. Free.  
      2600 W. Stassney Ln.
    • Community

      Yoga

    • Community

      Civic Events

      Melanated Book Drive

      Community Advocacy & Healing Project hosts their annual POC book drive for the holidays so donate or offer your volunteer services when it comes time to distribute.: Community members are also invited to attend check-ins at the Carver Museum (1161 Angelina), on Thu., Nov. 21 and Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm.
      Drop off: Monday Friday, Oct. 17-Dec. 4, 9am-3pm  
      Mission Capital, 8303 N. Mopac Expy
    • Community

      Events

      Mozart's Light Show

      Check out the holiday lights and get you a freshly baked German treat while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
      Nov. 21-Jan. 5, 6pm-12mid, except Christmas Eve (closes 10pm); closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Free.  
    • Community

      Events

      Poketo Holiday Pop-up Shop

      Shop the L.A.-based lifestyle brand's signature stationery, apparel, and accessories collections.
      Through Dec. 15. 10am-6pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Events

      Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive

      Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Austin’s largest pet food drive in support of local animal rescues and shelters. It's easy to give: Every bag of pet food donated through Christmas Eve will be doubled by pet food suppliers, pound for pound. (Their goal this year is 160,000 pounds of pet food.) More of an internet shopper? Just donate online.
      Through Dec. 24  
      Austin-area Tomlinson's Feed stores
    • Community

      Events

      Renegade Craft

      Renegade Craft returns on Small Business Saturday (and Sunday!) with a weekend of contemporary handmade goods featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Shop vendors and have a cocktail to tunes curated by Waterloo DJs.
      Sat.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 11am-5pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Sports

      Run to Mt. Bonnell

      Join Rise and Run South Austin for a 9-mile run to and back from Mt. Bonnell. Park at Austin High School (1715 W. Cesar Chavez) and meet up under the MoPac bridge.
      First Sundays, 5:30am. Free.  
    • Community

      Events

      Small Business Saturday Scavenger Hunt

      Get started at Lick Mueller or Lamar Union to pick up a free clue card, then follow the instructions to find all the stops at participating neighborhood small businesses for a chance to win a big basket full of goodies.
      Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Free.  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Social Justice Activist Meditation

      A community-centered meditation for empathic change makers with Amira Glickman, Chanelle Glover, Alec Brownridge, Chris Isom, and Jacob Fischer. Email to reserve a spot.
      First & third Sundays, 10-11:45am.. $15 suggested donation.  
    • Community

      Kids

      StartUp Kid's Club Market

      Support Austin’s young entrepreneurs as kids from across the city debut their businesses. Live music and food available on-site.
      Sun., Dec. 1, 1-4pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Events

      Sunday Tarot

      Join Carly for a Sunday evening 15-minute reading.
      Sundays, 6-8pm. $15.  
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Texas Renaissance Festival & Campgrounds

      200 acres, 400 merchants, 3,000 performers, and all the turkey legs you can stomach.
      Weekends in Oct. & Nov.. $24+.  
      21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission
    • Community

      Sports

      Texas Stars

      Vs. Iowa Wild: Sat., Nov. 30, 7pm. Vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Sun., Dec. 1, 5pm; Tue., Dec. 3, 7pm.. $14+.  
    • Community

      Events

      The Austin Flea at Jester King Craft Brewery

      Shop local handmade items and vintage wares, including jewelry, bath & body products, artwork, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 1, noon-5pm. Free.  
    • Community

      Civic Events

      Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference During Tax Season

      United Way of Williamson County is looking for volunteers to help with free tax prep services in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Taylor. Work includes tax prep, translating, and greeting. No prior experience necessary, as a free training is provided, complete with IRS certification.: The sites will be open from Jan. 28 through April 15. Bilingual folks are sorely needed. Email, call, or visit the website for more info.
      Nov. 22-Jan. 23  
      Apply online
    • Community

      Out of Town

      Walkway of Lights

      Get a jump on the holiday season with a stroll through 2 million sparkling lights in the park along the lake.
      Nov. 22-Jan. 1, 2020. Nightly, 6-10pm. Free.  
      Marble Falls
    • Community

      Events

      Wrung What You Brung

      Get down with some fresh beets as KOOP Radio takes over the stage at HOPE Farmers Market to play your records.
      First Sundays, 11am-3pm. Free.
      Hope Farmers Market, 412 Comal
    Ongoing
    • Community

      Yoga

      Full Moon Yoga

      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.

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle