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Seeing a show during Free Week should be part of the ‘becoming an Austin resident’ initiation process. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Free Week  has been a celebration of music in Austin since 2003.

Legend has it that Emo’s was one of the first venues to start the tradition, but it’s now spread through most of the music venues down Red River and other select venues throughout the city.

Here are a few places offering Free Week shows through Saturday:

The Mohawk

Holy Mountain


Spider House

Empire Control Room

When: Today through Saturday, Jan. 10th

Cost: FREE

Today is First Thursday on South Congress but Jo’s has a special night lined up for you. They’re doing a Holiday Pop Up Shop to get you in the Christmas spirit.

They’ll have vendors and live music and fun happening from 5 – 10 pm. I think the really treat of the evening is the opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa in front of the ‘I Love You So Much’ mural, that’s happening between 5 – 7.

Speaking of the holidays, if you’re looking for some Austin Christmas Gift Ideas, here’s a list we put together and here’s another list of Holiday Activities Happening Around Town.

today, December 4th

Jo’s South Congress
1300 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704


Tonight is the night, the famous Zilker Tree will be lit for the first time of the season..

I am so excited about the Tree Lighting this year as it is also a reminder that the Trail of Lights will be back this year as well. The Trail Of Lights will run December 7th – 21st.

This 155-foot tall “tree” is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs totaling 3,309 lights. It’s really something to be seen and an absolute icon as you go past the park in December.

The Zilker Tree lighting dates back to December 10th, 1967.

The Zilker Tree will be lit every night from now – December 31st, 6 p.m. – midnight.

Here is a list of some of our other favorite Holiday events happening this year!

When: today, November 30th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I used to think we waited until after Thanksgiving for welcoming Santa but I guess why not start the holiday fun today!

Today The Hill Country Galleria is having their 8th Annual Tree Lighting & Welcoming of Santa. They have an evening jam packed with fun. They’ll have everything from holiday carolers, face painters to fireworks and a free concert.

6:00p-7:00p – Holiday carolers & free face painting
7:00p-7:30p – Santa’s arrival in a parade down Main Street
7:30p – FREE firework show*
7:30p-9p – Holiday concert featuring The Vintage 15

If you are getting excited for the holiday check out our list of Top Holiday Picks for December!

When: today, November 20th

Time: 6 -9 pm

Hill Country Galleria
12700 Hill Country Galleria Blvd.
Bee Cave, Texas 78738

Music and art collide for a great cause this Sunday.

The show will feature art from local and international artists, live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 4-8 p.m. Originally priced at $75, tickets are now down to a suggested donation of $20, also available their new EVENT PAGE.

As Gallery 702 owner and renowned local artist, Kathryn Goodnite, explained, “We are pleased to offer a special pricing for this event, thanks to our generous sponsors. Hopefully, more of you will be able to attend this wonderful event for the Outreach Program at One World Theatre.”

The artist and host is thrilled to host the event at the venue for such a deeply rooted non-profit organization, as is One World Theatre. Some of the evening’s highlights will include the breathtaking works of Gil Bruvel and the popular works of Elisabetta Fantone, among many others. More musical guests have joined the lineup, as guitar virtuoso Luis Banuelos and songstress Courtney Sanchez will now join Sherah Sleeper, acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter. The yummy food and drinks for guests and VIPs will be graciously provided by The Goodnight. There will be drawings, luxurious silent auctions and many more surprises. It will surely be an unforgettable evening!

Tickets will be available for purchase online through Eventbrite or at the door. Proceeds will go directly to the charity and their various musical programs.

About One World Theatre: One World Theatre’s mission is to educate and inspire youth and adults of all backgrounds with innovative cultural arts performances & workshops. They also provide a highly recognized forum for world- class performers and local professionals to share their artistry, while building a community by embracing the diversity of art forms, traditions & cultures from around the world.

About Gallery 702: Gallery 702 is Austin’s haven for nationally renowned artists, featuring single and multiple artist exhibits. Primarily representing national and international artists, Gallery 702 will also feature new and emerging Texas talent. Located on the top floor of a historic building in the city’s downtown area, the space provides a refined and unique experience to its visitors. With its focus on quality, taste, and sophistication, Gallery 702 is a new and innovative destination for quality and collective contemporary and 20th century art.

Owner and curator, Kathryn Goodnite, created Gallery 702 with business partner, M. Deason, to provide a home for renowned artists whose work is now represented in Austin. On November 23rd the gallery will be home to anyone who supports the One World Theatre movement, to educate and inspire children and adults with innovative and exciting multicultural arts and entertainment programs.

Nestled in the Bremond Block Historic District in the heart of Austin, Gallery 702 uniquely juxtaposes its historical setting with the modern art that adorns its walls. The gallery itself is a work of architectural art, once known as Bellevue Villa, a Victorian-style house that was constructed during the late 1800s. Today it stands as an innovative gallery of contemporary and 20th century art and provides a refined and unique experiences to its visitors.

About the Artists:

Location: 702 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Tickets: Eventbrite

‘Tis the season for tree lightings, and the Domain is having a full day of fun and festivities at the annual Great Tree Lighting next Saturday.

Head up to the Domain to get into the holiday spirit and for a head start on this year’s shopping. They’ll have holiday activities including face painting, balloon twisting, caricature drawings, holiday crafts, and of course, photos with Santa. You’re never too old to sit on Santa’s lap in my opinion.

Once the sun goes down, the lighting ceremony will get underway. They’ll have recording artist Sunny Sweeny along with a youth choir singing songs of the season. There will also be a firework show after the lighting of the massive 40 foot tree!

The Domain Tree with Fireworks-1

All these festivities will surely have you caroling all the way home!

We’re giving away a VIP experience for a family of four. Family VIP access includes seating for the show, a gift for the kids, beer/wine/juice and light bites. Seating opens at 5pm.

To be entered to win, SHARE this post and tell us who you’d bring.

While you’re shopping, stop by Macy’s and write a letter to Santa and they’ll donate $1.00 for every letter received through Christmas Eve!

When: Saturday, November 22nd

Time: noon – 10:00 p.m.

The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, Texas 78759

Austin Symphonic Band, the group that brings us the free Mother’s Day Concert at the Capitol and the Father’s Day concert at the park is doing their first formal concert of the season later this month.


They’ll showcase Dreamland, a wonderful and imaginative new work for wind band by the award-winning composer Michael Markowski. Also on the program will be a performance of Claude Smith’s stunning Fantasia for Alto Saxophone featuring the talented, local performing artist Elizabeth Rosinbum. Additionally, UT Masters Program student Alex Avila, Euphonium, will perform Philip Sparke’s Harlequin with band accompaniment.

We’re giving away free tickets to the concert. To enter follow them on Facebook, and tag who you’d bring with you as a guest.

It’s going to be a great night of live music!

Admission: Adults $10 / Student/Senior $6

To purchase tickets, click here.

When: Saturday, November 22nd

Time: 8 – 10 pm

McCallum Arts Center
5600 Sunshine Drive
Austin, Texas


Sunday Funday has never been so fun. I recently found myself at Super Soul Sunday at icenhauer’s and it’s now become my Sunday staple.

The Nightowls take the stage from 3 – 6 pm and put on a Motown show like no other. It essentially turns into one huge dance party with everyone jamming out to their favorite tunes.

Also, mark your calendar for November 23rd when they’ll be doing Friendsgiving. You’ll get a free mimosa with a canned or dry food donation to the Capital Area Food Bank.

When: Sundays

Time: 3 pm – 6 pm

83 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Photo: The Nightowls Facebook Page

Yesterday I went out for Soul Sunday at Icenhauer’s and had an absolute BLAST! The Nightowls are a band that does all that Motown stuff that you can’t help but move to and it’s just so fun.

Aside from doing that show on Sundays they’re also part of Motown Monday at The Highball. If you haven’t been out to the new Highball, this is an excellent excuse to come check out the new digs and hear great music. I am a huge fan of The Matchmaker Band as well so dancing around to both of them in one night has my name all over it!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next Sunday at Icenhauer’s. The Nightowls play from 4 – 7 pm.

When: Mondays

Time:       Matchmaker Band 9pm

The Nightowls 11:15 pm


The Highball
1120 South  Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

Photo Credit: The Nightowls Facebook Page

Today we celebrate John Lennon, a one of kind sing and songwriter. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate and pay tribute to him than tonight’s show at The Saxon Pub with Ray Willie Hubbard, Bruce Robinson, Fastball, Kelly McWee, Ben Kweller, Lucas Nelson and more.

If you’re looking for other John Lennon fun around town, Threadgill’s south is also having a tribute tonight.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lennon, we’ll sing our favorite Beatles song a little louder today.

Admission: $20

When: today, October 9th

Time: 8pm

The Saxon Pub
1320 Lamar Square Drive
Austin, Texas 78704