Step into a world of timeless mystique as Ensemble ATX invites you to an evening of “Musical Mixology.” Experience the alluring ambiance reminiscent of the secret gatherings of the Lost Generation, transporting you back to the speakeasies where romance and decadence collided. Don’t miss the chance to sip and revel in the fusion of mixology and extraordinary music!
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has New Year's Day hikes scheduled all over the state, including self-guided or group hikes and activities like kayaking, birding, and polar plunges. Check out the extensive list online and make a plan to connect with some gorgeous Texas nature.
My first encounter with Big Wy’s Brass Band came at a grimy co-op show, where I witnessed a truly once-in-a-lifetime sight: college kids moshing to a full jazz band. Graduating from West Campus royalty to citywide favorites, the Big Easy-influenced group brings the party to both local and international stages with their swaggering six-piece horn ensemble and high-rolling rhythm section. Namesake Wyatt Corder works as a musical man about town, contributing trumpet virtuosity to sought-after Austin acts including Sir Woman, BLK ODYSSY, and Abhi the Nomad, but especially shines when surrounded by his Brass Band-mates.
For city of Austin curbside customers, recycling a holiday tree is as easy as setting it at the curb by 5:30am on the regularly scheduled compost collection day. Trees that are 6 feet or taller must be cut in half. Everyone is welcome to drop off their trees at Zilker on one of three collection days: Sat., Dec. 31; Sat., Jan. 7; or Sun., Jan. 8, 10am-2pm. Volunteers are also needed for those days, if you're still in the giving spirit! Trees collected at Zilker will be turned into mulch and available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 12, 9am. Get more deets online.
Dec. 26-Jan. 8
Curbside or at Zilker Park Polo Fields, 2225 Andrew Zilker Rd.
This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Can't visit in person? It's available to explore online.
Taking an icy plunge into Barton Springs on New Year's Day is a holiday tradition. The pool will be open all day, and Save Our Springs Alliance will be near the front gate from 8:30am to 3pm with hot coffee, donuts, and Polar Bear Plunge T-shirts designed by local cartoonist Sam Hurt.
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.
Calling all mini Monets! Registration is now open for afterschool and weekend art classes with professional artist and educator Amanda Jones, teaching students ages 8-18. Professional illustrator Carly Dennis also offers a special weekly class for younger artists.