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  • 40th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

    Oktoberfest, the family-oriented German fest, gearing up its big 40th year in the Polka Capital of Texas. Enjoy five stages of Oompah at its Best!, artisans, family lederhosen and dirndl contest, 42 tournament contest, waltz contest, Bratwurst, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, the popular Chicken Dance(s), and more!
    Oct. 1-3  
    Fredericksburg
  • Online Lecture: "Using Photography for Social Change" with LaToya Ruby Frazier

    Don't miss photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier's online lecture with the San Antonio Museum of Art. Motivated by social justice, Frazier's practice documents personal and communal histories to address subjects including industrial pollution, healthcare inequalities, and racism.
    Tues. Sept. 28, 6pm-7pm  
    San Antonio Museum of Art
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    Luminations at LBJ Wildflower Center

    In a year that could use some sparkle, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing back a beloved winter tradition. It's a strollable Hill Country experience where thousands of luminarias light the way. For the first time ever, Luminations will wind through the Texas Arboretum among glowing oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia, a collection of forts custom-designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists.
    Through Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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    Dance

    Tapestry Dance Company: Looking Forward/Looking Back – New Perspectives

    This series is a video tribute to Tapestry’s history, legacy and future, in which alumni dancers returned to the company as choreographers and created new works for Tapestry’s current company – dance artists from Australia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Mexico, and Texas. It's "an exciting and thought-provoking tap dance series that premieres works of some of the company’s brightest stars: the tap headliners who started their professional career with Tapestry!" Note: Each episode will be livestreamed on Sunday evenings.
    Through Jan. 3. Sundays, 7:30pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Winter Wanderland

    Snow close, yet snow far out! Austin Motel is decked out for the holidays with a neon rainbow, and they're serving up hot chocolate (with optional peppermint schnapps), a Sugar Plum cocktail, and La Colombe coffee. Snacks include Reindeer Chow and hot pretzels.
    Through Jan. 3. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Classical Music

    ACMC: A Charlie Brown Christmas

    The Austin Chamber Music Center presents its ninth annual celebration of A Charlie Brown Christmas this year as a special virtual event, featuring Vince Guaraldi's classic music performed by Michelle Haché, vocals; Ephraim Owens, trumpet; Utah Hamrick, bass; Michelle Schumann, piano; and Scott Laningham, drums.
    Fri., Dec. 11, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 13, 4pm. Free, but RSVP.  
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    ACR Outdoor Market

    Shop for Earth-friendly artwork and goods sourced with reused materials from Austin Creative Reuse staff and volunteers as well as Reuse Gallery artists.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 12-13, noon-5pm  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Austin's 56th annual holiday tradition returns to Zilker Park as a drive-through event this year and runs two additional weeks. As you drive through the trail illuminated by more than 2 million lights, tune in via your car radio for holiday music, highlights, and history. This year guests can choose a ticket type based on their preferred date and time, with prices ranging from $25-35 per vehicle for GA or a $60 per vehicle "Dash Pass" which includes early entry and festive refreshments.
    Through Jan. 3 (except New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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    Visual Arts

    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Promised Land

    Musician John Doe and visual artist Michael Mogavero have been friends for almost 50 years, witnessing and enjoying each other’s work as it progressed and evolved. Recently, Mogavero sent Doe a group of new images, some of which Doe paired with poems. During the process, titles were changed and unexpected stories were added within the images. This collaboration at Bale Creek Allen Gallery is a celebration of melding poetry with visual images and a testament to the artists' friendship, and our Robert Faires tells you more about it right here.
    Through Jan. 4
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    Dance

    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    Local luminaries enliven the stage with holiday splendor and wintery exuberance in this Nutcracker digital film, featuring Ballet Austin’s 2019 stage production by Stephen Mills, now streaming on-demand and including a plethora of bonus material, cast and crew interviews, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Note: You can get access with a tax-deductible donation to Ballet Austin and view the kinetic wonderment until the new year dawns.
    Through Jan. 1  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    This year, the hallmark event is more than just one evening; it's a month of free activities and holiday happenings. Visit the 45-foot-tall holiday tree by the Capitol, catch a movie at Paramount or the new Blue Starlite, and download or pick up a holiday passport to guide your way and collect stamps as you experience all that Downtown Austin has to offer.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Theatre

    Frank Wo/Men Collective: K ! :D D: Ö

    Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox Festival present that gang of kinetic provocateurs whose work “is underpinned with intersectional thinking, queerness, Freudian curiosities, body positivity, and absurdist exploration." Yes, it's the Frank Wo/Men Collective, bringing their latest (after 2019's brilliant Rub a Duck) to Austin via the internets, in a live-action, warped childhood-playscape experiment that engages the audience with a User Interface, allowing us to modify environments, play games with the characters, "and even taste control." Ah, is that what that flavor is? Yummmmmmmy!
    Dec. 12-13. Sat.-Sun., slots available at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Free Holiday Pawtraits

    You and your pet are welcome to dress in your holiday best and have a holiday "pawtrait" done. Photos are complimentary with the donation of at least one nonperishable food item to the Central Texas Food Bank, courtesy of Bumble. Yard Bar will also offer holiday drink specials all day.
    Sun., Dec. 13, noon-4pm. Free with donation.  
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    Holibabes Market

    Features the work of 34 local female makers, artists and woman-owned creative small businesses. Visitors are also invited to check out an installation by local artist Aimee Everett while shopping for the perfect locally made gifts. Plus, thanks to Bumble, the first 50 attendees get a free gift bag filled with Bumble-branded goodies.
    Sat., Dec. 12, 10am-7pm; Sun., Dec. 13, noon-6pm  
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    Dance

    Metamorphosis Dance: The Nutcracker

    The Metamorphosis Dance company presents this annual and unique telling of the beloved holiday classic – coming to you virtually this year, via video of the ballet's performance at the Carver Museum.
    Through Dec. 24. $10-50.  
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Special Screenings

    Paramount Holiday Film Series

    The series comes to a close this weekend with White Christmas, Love Actually, and It's a Wonderful Life. Get your tickets soon because the theatre is operating at very limited capacity.
    Dec. 6-20  
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    Teatro Vivo: Cuento Navideño

    It's "Bah, Humbug!" in the barrio, as Teatro Vivo presents this festive family comedy that infuses Latino culture, Spanish language, and holiday traditions into one theatrical celebration. Written and directed by Rupert Reyes, streaming online as 2020 draws to a close.
    Through 20. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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    The Eleanor: Miracle on Fifth Street

    Yes, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar returns to The Eleanor for another year of spirited celebration. Joann Spiegel, the mastermind behind the brand’s cocktail repertoire, has created a roster of delightful, holiday-inspired libations, featuring cocktails that play on classic holiday flavors. New this year: Jolly Koala (gin, vermouth, and pine-cardamom-sage cordial), On Dasher (bourbon, mezcal, sweet vermouth, spiced hibiscus, bitters, and lemon), and a Fruitcake Flip (brandy, Jamaican overproof rum, Amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters, and a whole egg). (Our personal fave, the Bad Santa, is likewise among the heady lineup.) Also, the full cocktail menu will be available at the main downstairs and mezzanine bars. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go – and a portion of all to-go sales will benefit the Austin Children’s Shelter and Austin Pets Alive. God bless us, everyone!
    Daily, through Dec. 27  
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    Winter Well-Being Toolkit

    The stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic could make this winter and holiday season tougher than usual. Integral Care recently launched a Winter Well-Being Toolkit, a compilation of ideas to boost mental health, fight the winter blues, stay safely connected and celebrate the season in new ways. Topics include ideas to make gatherings special, tips for fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder, steps for improving happiness, ways to get moving and elevate your mood, and mindfulness activities. Plus, check out their YouTube channel for a winter mental health forum video.
    Ongoing  
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    ZACH's Rockin' Holiday Concert: CANCELED

    Thanks, 'ronas, you stupid, confounding pathogens.: We're at Stage 5, people. Stay safe, stay home, and stream something.
    Through Jan. 3. Thu.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm
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    #TsoGiving Holiday Initiative

    Tso Chinese Delivery has partnered with seven local organizations with the goal to provide $100,000 in meals to Austinites in need. Make a direct donation online, or add a donation to any food order placed at Tso Chinese Delivery. For every $1 raised, #TsoGiving can donate $3 worth of meals.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Remote
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    3 Chord Rodeo

    Sun., Dec. 13, 3pm
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    AAYHF Annual Toy Drive

    African American Youth Harvest Foundation is seeking donations of toys for youth 3 months to 17 years of age. Gift cards are also welcome.
    Through Dec. 18  
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    Special Screenings

    AFS Holiday Gift Memberships

    This holiday season, when you buy an Austin Film Society membership, you get two bonus months and a free gift of a ballcap or a T-shirt designed by local illustrator Alana Louise.
    Ongoing  
    Online via www.austinfilm.org
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    Visual Arts

    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    AO5 Gallery: Disruption

    Hey, you! Globally aware art connoisseur! Don't miss this show of bold visuals from some of the most famous European street artists – like Banksy, Striker, Zero, and Cee Pil – now sharing wall space with works by Austin's own Jason Eatherly, Dave Lowell, and that Impossible Winterbourne.
    Through Dec. 31
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    APA! Holiday Store Now Open

    When you're shopping for the animal lovers in your life, you'll find the perfect gift and support the nonprofit at the Austin Pets Alive! online store. They've got a people & pets cookbook, ornaments, toys, and the must-have outerwear for winter: the "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie" hoodie.
    Ongoing  
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    Armadillo Art Concierge

    Sadly, we can't visit the Armadillo Art Bazaar in person this year. The next best thing is Armadillo Art Concierge, an online, curated shopping guide pointing visitors to collections by content, process, medium, or artist location. Follow them on social media @armadillobazaar to see spotlighted art each day.
    Ongoing  
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    Armadillo World Headquarters 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    AusPop presents a celebration of the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, offering an impressive array of posters, photos, and newspaper clippings with which to immerse yourself in the venue's well-documented history. (No one may know exactly where we're going, these days, but this is – vividly – where we've been.) You can schedule a time in advance to visit the gallery (any Saturday or Sunday) and you've gotta wear a mask, citizen, because this long strange trip is something we're still in the confounding middle of, y'dig?
    Through Dec. 13
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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."

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