OK the holiday party invites are piling up, we know, but you can’t miss this one because—it’s ours! Join 365 Things Austin and atxGALS for our official holiday party, an art pop-up and benefit. You can look forward to two DJ sets, plus an open bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida Tequila, Austin Eastciders, and Lone Star beer.
But the real draw is the chance to see amazing work from 15 emerging women artists. Take it all in and then bid on something fab at the silent auction, with proceeds going to Girls Empowerment Network and Austin Pets Alive! Mingle and toss back a few for some outstanding local causes.
Click here for all the detes and to get early bird tickets (with swag!).
When: Saturday, December 15th
Time: 6–11 p.m.
Meet at Relay
1023 Springdale Rd.
It’s almost impossible to believe, but Austin’s beloved Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is celebrating its 43rd year of existence! This famous fine art market and musical fest features national and local award-winning artists, at least three bands performing live each day, two full bars, and local food. The holiday atmosphere gets merrier every year.
There is no better place to pick up unique gifts for the people on your list. The event features more than 175 contemporary touring visual artists and local favorites showcasing their work while the Armadillo Bazaar stage entertains shoppers with national touring acts and Grammy nominated musicians. With lights down low, spirits high, and the music just right, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping fun.
The 2018 bazaar will also give back to local nonprofits in a big way! Feel good about throwing your money around this year—and shop for gifts that could only be found right here in Austin.
To save time and snag your tickets online, click here!
When: December 13th–24th
Time: 11 a.m.–10p.m. daily
Cost: $10 for General Admission | Free for kids 12 and under
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
The work-from-home or work-from-your-fav-coffeehouse lifestyle is especially a thing in Austin. Traditional office environments are not as hip these days, and that’s great, except around this time of year when all your buds are singing karaoke with their boss and spilling their hearts out to the IT guy. Let’s admit it to ourselves: Holiday office parties are fun—and we all need to blow off a little steam this time of year.
That’s why the geniuses who run WeWork and Bumble Bizz are throwing a festivus for the rest of us! You got no office? No coworkers? No problem! It’s the first-ever N.O.N Holiday Party (No Office Needed).
Enjoy festive holiday bites, signature cocktails from Sourced Craft Cocktails, live tunes from Christopher Crow Music, giveaways, goodies, and more!
There’s a suggested donation of $5 per ticket that includes entry to the event AND complimentary headshots. All ticket sales will be donated to SAFE to help improve the lives of those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and abuse.
Come party like your out-of-office is on! It’s a great idea for a great cause. Click here to snag your tickets.
When: Thursday, December 13th
Time: 6–9 p.m.
801 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
It’s the season for sparkle and this event has a TON. For Austin gals, what could possibly be better than an evening of cocktails, Kendra Scott jewelry, and succulents? These are a few of our favorite things after all.
Grab your girls and come to the Domain for a holiday party like no other! The seasonal drinks will be provided by Drink Slingers and Kendra’s favorite florist, The Little Posey, will teach a DIY succulent workshop to customers who spend $100 or more.
For more details and to RSVP, click here!
When: Thursday, December 13th
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Kendra Scott Domain
11506 Century Oaks Terrace #104
Austin, TX 78758
This year a whopping 280 artists (that’s a record!) submitted their applications for Austin’s famous Cherrywood Art Fair! This beloved ATX holiday event just gets bigger and better all the time.
Come shop for the most unique and meaningful gifts at Maplewood Elementary school in the Cherrywood neighborhood. The hallways and sidewalks will be lined with handmade ceramics and pottery, eclectic art, stylish apparel, one-of-a-kind jewelry, natural skincare, playful pet products, and whimsical children’s merchandise. More than just shopping the Fair offers live music and entertainment, kids crafts, and local eats.
So you can plan ahead, here are some of the participating artists:
HB Ceramics produces organically formed and textured vessels inspired by nature.
Jamie Billman McCormick paints public lands, Austin landscapes, and life outside.
Hatton Henry is a fourth generation leather maker offering classic bags and accessories.
Rebekah Vinyard Jewelry designs and produces wearable art in geometric shapes.
MC Shave Gear crafts distinctive wooden razors, brushes, and luxurious shave products.
Las Ofrendas showcases handmade flower crowns, headdresses, and multimedia art.
Nailivic Studios designs colorful folk art inspired lasercut engravings, etched into wood.
Floating Forest Studio creates whimsical pins, greeting cards, and stickers.
Lucy & Lester represents globally inspired edgy children’s clothing.
Tisa’s Creations sells modern and playful stationary and paper goods.
This is always one of our favorite events in December, because it strengthens local businesses, connects families, and supports aspiring young artists. The proceeds from Cherrywood Art Fair benefit Maplewood Elementary School and Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST program, a free 10-week mentoring program pairing professional artists with East Austin 5th and 6th graders to turn ideas into art and art into business.
Skip the megastores, and go hyper-local with this Austin tradition. There’s really nothing else like it.
When: December 8th and 9th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
3808 Maplewood Ave
Austin, TX 78722
Welcome to the new iPic® Austin. Enjoy your experience in ultimate style like never before in the comfort of iPic®’s Premium Plus fully reclining leather seating pods, where you’ll receive courtesy pillow and blanket and complimentary popcorn throughout your film. Designed to provide an intimate experience, this visionary new seating features state-of-the-art design innovation and revolutionary acoustic technology for superior sound. Featuring two plush leather seats encapsulated by an elegant curved wood privacy enclosure with built-in cup holders, each pod is equipped with a personal swivel table and convenient cubby in the corner to tuck away small items.
Bringing Your Experience Full Service
At the touch of a button, summon iPic®’s Ninja servers to deliver signature Dine in the Dark menu items and curated farm to glass cocktails for a full-service experience at every seat, all the time. These culinary offerings by Sherry Yard, an acclaimed three-time James Beard Award Winning Chef, are complemented by a monthly rotating Special Guest Chef Feature which can be previewed on-screen before the start of each film. Sit back, relax and enjoy signature dishes sans-cutlery – every item on the Dine in the Dark menu was created to be eaten in theater without causing any sound or aromatic disruptions.
Watch More Than Movies
In addition to featuring the latest Hollywood blockbusters, iPic® delivers premium live entertainment and performances for you to view from the comfort of their plush theater seating. Enjoy live magic, mentalism and comedy shows, plus gaming competitions and other exclusive ticketed events.
Book Your Holiday at iPic®
When it comes to events, iPic® presents a variety of inspired locales and a team of hospitality professionals to bring any vision to life. Host an in-theater meeting and impress colleagues with a big-screen affair, or plan a celebration with family and friends in the luxurious ground-floor lounge. Enhance any event with a menu of signature culinary items by Chef Yard, or indulge in a custom curation designed specifically for you and your guests. Contact an event sales manager for more information.
Membership Has Its Rewards
Become an Access member and unlock new perks with every visit to iPic® Theaters and Tuck Hospitality Group restaurants nationwide. Customize and build your experience via three levels of Access: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Receive special members-only ticket pricing along with enhanced perks such as the ability to earn and redeem points on qualifying purchases, exclusive access to iPic® member events and 10% off all food and beverage purchases. Join Access iPic Membership Rewards® today at www.iPic.com.
Plan your experience at iPic® Austin located at The Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin, Tex. 78758. For more information visit www.iPic.com or call 512-568-3400.
For the 8th year in a row, the team at Netspend decided to forgo the traditional office holiday party and give back to the local community. The holiday season at this Austin-based company is not about long lunches, over-the-top celebrations or loud music—it’s about the amazing reward, and personal satisfaction, of helping your neighbor and the community. This day of giving they call “Netspend Community Connect” was held yesterday, Thursday, November 15th.
Founded in 1999, Netspend offers prepaid debit cards and innovative payment solutions to consumers who have historically been “underbanked” or choose to be self-banked to deal with their financial needs. This unique holiday tradition gives employees a chance step away from their daily routines and take a “walk in the shoes” of Netspend customers. Community Connect is designed to highlight the everyday hurdles that so many people face—especially in an expensive city like Austin.
On Thursday, about 650 participants, broken into 72 teams, took to the streets of Austin and gave away more than $30,000. A little kindness goes a long way, and this year’s participants paid it forward to unsuspecting Austinites by paying for their groceries, gas, bills and much more.
On top of this Community Connect event, Netspend and its partners, have also raised $400,000 to fund the Netspend Scholarship Foundation’s awards for 2019 which will include 120+ deserving recipients from across the US.
“Community Connect is a proud Netspend tradition, and every year around the holidays, we’re humbled to continue the initiative alongside our partners, and to give back to our beloved city of Austin,” said Netspend President Kelley Knutson. “If other organizations embrace this concept, and participate in days of giving back to their communities (over and above their normal charity giving), we’ve helped evolve our mission to a greater collective good. This event is a personally moving, and motivating, experience and we are thrilled to have raised the most money to date for our Community Connect day, and we look forward to continuing our deep-rooted tradition for years to come.”
Austin is famous for a lot of things. Live music, world-class barbecue, and hippies notwithstanding, the city is now a brewery mecca. In the past five years, the craft beer industry is booming in the Capital City, thanks to a dozen or so very dedicated brewers cropping up in the area. None of them are run-of-the-mill, boring taprooms, and all are worth visiting (because, at the very least … beer). Here are a bunch of our local favorites:
“East on Sixth Street,” reads the Hops & Grain website, “when it ends you’re there.” Open seven days a week, sample some award winning drafts from this sustainable brewery. Constantly evolving, beers like the Green House IPA are made with different hops every month, so that you’re not always drinking the same beer. The taproom is humans-only, but the patio outside is a perfect place for a pour and a pup, and make sure to grab a bag of Brew Biscuits to go, made from malted grains left over from the brewing process. Take the tour, where you might get to try something not yet available even in the taproom.
Recommended beer to try: The One They Call Zoe, an American pale lager.
For a truly unique brewery experience, check out the other taproom on East Sixth, Zilker Brewing Co. Every aspect of the brewing process is on display for visitors to Zilker, as they sit at a custom, handcrafted bar in the center of the room. Zilker became an East Side hotspot almost as soon as it opened, its beautiful can art is now iconic. You’ll recognize the look of the Marco IPA right away. There’s great people watching here if you sit out on the patio in front of the store.
Recommended beer to try: Coffee Milk Stout, a coffee milk stout.
The canned beer revolution in Austin seems to have started at Austin Beerworks. Now, it seems like every local beer comes canned-only, but in May of 2011, these curious white, blue, brown, and green cans starting cropping up all over Central Texas. Take a trip to the tap room, where you can sample from ABW’s “core four,” though I recommend tasting something from their “exclusives” list, which is where the brewery gets really experimental. Right now, ABW is pouring an IPA made with blood oranges, for example. There’s also a rotating schedule of offerings from some of Austin’s tastiest food trucks, like Evil Weiner and Texas Chili Queens.
Recommended beer to try: Heavy Machinery, a double IPA.
If you’re willing to go for a bit of a drive, it’s imperative you make it out to Jester King Brewery, a farmhouse brewery on a huge plot that is family (and dog!) friendly. Featuring some truly unique sour beers, farmhouse ales, and imperial stouts, Jester King is a different experience than the others on this list, but no less important. Also of note: you can purchase to-go bottles of Jester King’s own suds, or from a remarkable list of beers that the brewery distributes. As a bonus, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is located on the property, featuring delicious pizza and pints of some of the best non-Jester King beers available in Texas, like Lone Pint’s incomparable Yellow Rose IPA.
Recommended beer to try: Atrial Rubicite, a barrel-aged sour.
St. Elmo was founded by two guys who espouse the belief that, “every style of beer has its special place in life.” They drive this home again and again and it’s the philosophy behind this brewery that opened in 2016 and is named after the street it sits on in East Austin. Seriously, they like ALL THE BEER. This bar, beer hall, and beer garden is open six days a week and has a super delish resident food truck called Soursop that serves up Asian drinking food.
Recommended beer to try: Wendy, a summer ale.
Adelbert’s Brewery has been around since 2011 and in addition to a bunch of awards, they can boast about using non-GMO Bohemian floor malted barley, Noble hops, and fresh yeast propagated right on the premises. In short, they take beer very very seriously and their taproom offers tastings and tours to help you get up to speed on the latest and greatest in microbrew-ology. This one is located up north, on Rutland Dr., right off of Burnet Road. Bring your dogs and kids to the picnic tables outside and waste away a solid afternoon.
Recommended beer to try: Black Rhino, an earthy ale with hints of coffee and cocoa.
Pinthouse Pizza (and craft brewpub!) has two locations in Austin, one on Lamar and one on Burnet. They’ve got a long list of mainstay and seasonal options you need to drink. The operation focuses on quality ingredients and sustainable business practices, which makes them an ideal fit for this city. And it doesn’t hurt that the beer chases down the cheesy goodness of their artisan-style pizza menu beautifully. Order a “Cannonball” pie and you’ll be so happy. Their website even has a live feed of the tap menu at both locations so you don’t have to get off the couch until your beer is calling.
Recommended beer to try: Old Beluga, an amber ale.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the ABGB (which stands for Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., but no one calls it that). This place has become a fixture of good times and good atmosphere on Oltorf down south. We’re so glad this brewery/restaurant/temple of fun was brought into the world five years ago. It’s been an awesome local addition. The owners believe, “beer has the power to make everything better” and we heartily agree. It’s kind of why we went to the trouble of putting this list together! In addition to great beer, they have a full menu with great pizzas and lots of live music.
Recommended beer to try: Rocket 100, a pre-prohibition-style pilsner.
Alright, so this company isn’t actually a brewery, you got us there, but they are far and away the best way to see the local breweries. ATXcursions offers all-inclusive brewery tours every weekend that allow you to visit three Austin breweries and sample delicious beer to your heart’s content. If you give them a few hours of your time, they’ll make your whole day!
Not only do they provide a sober ride to and from each stop, but they also send you with a knowledgable beer guide who can answer your questions and make beer recommendations. From the critical connoisseur to the care-free consumer, their services will make any beer drinker feel #blessed. Click here to book a brewery tour with ATXcursions.
ATXcursions – (866) 759-7375
It’s a very special Championship Celebration for our own 2018 NBA G League Champions—the Austin Spurs! Come cheer on the Spurs as they play their first game of the season against the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) at home in Cedar Park.
Opening night will be a big event, with the unveiling of the Championship Banner and a Championship Ring Ceremony. Plus, anyone who buys a ticket gets their very own commemorative 2018 Championship ring when they arrive at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Everyone wins!
Purchase your opening night tickets right here. And you can get single game tickets here.
When: Saturday, November 3rd
Time: 7 p.m.
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
2100 Ave of the Stars
Cedar Park, TX 78613
It’s actually chilly in Austin and that can only mean one thing—Christmas is right around the corner! And nothing says Christmas in ATX more than our favorite holiday tradition, the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. For its 54th year of merriment, the trail will run from December 10 – 23, with the first look for those doing the Trail of Lights Fun Run on December 1. You gotta Instagram yourself under the giant rainbow tunnel of lights or it didn’t happen.
Since it began in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights has grown into one of the city’s largest events, attracting an average of 400,000 people per year. There are over two million lights, 65 displays, 30 food trucks, three entertainment stages, 50 private holiday parties, and interactive experiences throughout the park. Calendars for ticket availability, special programming, and online ticket purchases are here. We highly recommend the ZIP pass, which lets you cut the line and go through the trail an hour before the masses. Worth every penny!
There are a bunch of special nights to keep in mind. Click here for the complete rundown.
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