Outdoor activities in Austin, Texas are found everywhere. We are a very active city and love running, boating on our lakes and biking!
It’s December and we are officially going crazy for Christmas in Austin. Ring in the season at this free, family-friendly event that celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and the joy it brings. Enjoy live music from local favorites like Riders Against the Storm, Jane Ellen Bryant, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes, Gina Chavez, and more.
They’ll also be a ton of great activities for the kids like face painting, ornament making, carnival games, and gingerbread decorating! Plus the big guy will be there—all the way from the North Pole.
When: Today, December 2nd
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
It’s the big one! Tonight, the Christmas season officially kicks off in Austin with the lighting of our beloved Zilker Tree. Enjoy local entertainment, food, live music, and more tonight for this special occasion. The tree stands 155 feet tall and is made of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs—totaling 3,309 lights.
The tree will be on display nightly from until December 31 from 6 p.m. – midnight. Don’t forget that area roads will be closed as thousands visit the Trail of Lights. It’s totally worth the trouble, but make sure you plan ahead!
When: Today, November 26th
Time: 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Barton Springs Road
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has just announced a new holiday tradition and festival with—get this—a million lights, camel rides, and hot air balloon rides! The holidays in Austin just keep getting better and better. Winter Wonderland will run from December 1 – 30, open daily from 6 -10 p.m., and 6 – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are on sale now.
Like we said, a million lights will illuminate the Circuit’s Grand Plaza, which will also include Santa’s workshop, a petting zoo, a human snow globe, holiday movies on the lawn, a walking light trail, and the the Tunnel of Lights! Guests can also purchase tickets for additional offering like the hot air balloon float up to 100-feet high, Santa’s train ride for kids, a giant skating rink, camel rides, carnival rides for both children and adults, and souvenir photos with Santa. Families who donate a book to the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program at Winter Wonderland will receive one complimentary ride on the COTA Express. Guests can also hear their favorite stories read daily by Mrs. Claus at Reading Hour in the Grand Plaza. And the adults can enjoy a frosty beverage and friendly games in the Bud Light Friends Chalet after walking the .8 mile Circuit of Lights.
Entertainment throughout the Winter Wonderland will include performances by Austin school district ensembles and local artists. Plus there will be food trucks, hot cocoa stands, and other holiday-inspired beverages at Winter Wonderland. Last, but not least, you can do your holiday shopping at Go! Games—a giant pop-up shop featuring games, toys, and books—and the charming Bavarian Village with local vendors selling handcrafted goods in an enchanted setting.
Purchase tickets at the Grand Plaza Box Office or right here. Discounted group ticket sales, as well as options for corporate and private parties are also available. For information regarding special bookings or Winter Wonderland at the Circuit, click here.
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Last year was the start of a new Austin tradition—a spectacle for everyone to enjoy right before the holiday season officially kicks off. Waller Creek Conservancy’s Creek Show, which is free and open to the public, is returning for a second year and taking place November 10-18. Downtown Austin will be lit up like never before! We have a feeling this will become a mainstay of the holiday season in Austin—just like the Zilker Tree and the Trail of Lights. Bring the kids and walk along the Waller Creek downtown as you explore six luminescent, site-specific installations along between 5th and 8th Streets, all created by local artists.
They’ll also have hands-on, family friendly activities every night at the Sabine Tree Deck between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Thinkery will be on-site Fridays and Saturdays and you can visit the Creek Show Lounge (700 E. 6th St.) for interactive entertainment, a Creek Show photo booth, Waterloo Park model, and more.
The kids will really love this—and adults get to see their city in a whole new way.
For more details click here.
When: November 10th-18th
Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets
Vintage Market Days is an upscale, open-air vintage event that goes all over the country and now for the sixth time they are coming to Austin! “Hello, Fall” will be held at the Lakeline Mall area in Cedar Park from October 27-29. This is the perfect girls weekend or early holiday shopping trip. Let’s get way ahead of the ball, shall we?
Come out and shop original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more.
Fun fact: Vintage Market Days was named by Country Living as one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want to Miss.”
Friday – Early Buying Event – $10 with pre-purchased tickets or paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have first shot at all of the true vintage items, enjoy live music, food trucks, and have a chance at winning a custom farmhouse table and matching bench.
Saturday & Sunday – General Admission – $5 with pre-purchased tickets OR paid entry at the gate. Shoppers will have access to all of our vendors, enjoy live music (Saturday only), and food trucks.
Once admission has been paid, shoppers can return as many times as they would like. Children 12 and under are free. ATMs will be on site. The event is pet-friendly and handicap accessible. Parking is free and on asphalt. The event is rain or shine!
For more information, click here.
Via 313 has made Austin a better place by serving up the most amazing Detroit-style pizza, and now the sky has opened up and the angels are singing and they’ve announced that they are bringing us brunch pizza starting this Sunday at their Craft Pride location.
And not just that, Craft Pride has created a signature beer cocktail menu to compliment this deliciousness.
Here’s the list of cocktail/pizza pairings so you can ready your appetite for the big day:
Martin House Brewing Company True Love is the base for this mulled brew. Flavors of fall spice combine with a Raspberry sour ale to produce a sweet and sour treat. Dressed with a cranberry rim and garnished with an edible hibiscus leaf.
Pairs excellently with B.B.E: A Detroit Style French Toast Pizza
Cherry Lime Sour
Independence Brewing Co. Redbud Berliner-Weisse gives life to a cherry limeade made just for adults. Packed with real cherry and a bright lime flavor reminiscent of the drive-in treat. Garnished with a dried cherry wrapped in a fresh petite mint leaf
Pairs excellently with The Austinite: Cheese and Over-Medium Eggs are layered on a Hashbrown crust and crowned with a Salsa Verde.
A drink inspired by the Mexican Cerveza Preparada tradition. Our take is spicy, savory, and just a little sweet. Made with Dallas Blonde from Deep Ellum Brewing Company and garnished with chile lime dusted salami and a Spanish olive.
Pairs excellently with Pepper Adams: Calabrese and Over-Medium Eggs on every slice and topped with Fresh Arugula and Shaved Parmesan.
When: Sundays starting October 2nd
Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.
61 Rainey St
Austin, Texas 78701
Present Company’s 4th annual Shakespeare at the Market, Romeo & Juliet, runs October 13th – 29th on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market. Promoting the philosophy of accessible art, Shakespeare at the Park is free! A suggested $20 donation supports the artists and event. RSVPs are encouraged.
When: Today, October 13th
Time: Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show
Whole Foods Downtown
524 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
A few things to remember!
- Picnics and blankets or chairs encouraged
- BYOB or purchase from Whole Foods
- FREE & PLENTIFUL parking in the Whole Foods garage
- Parents encouraged to research the plot and have any necessary conversations with children under the age of 10.
If you’ve discovered the weirdly addicting fun of Topgolf (you really don’t have to be a golfer to love it) then get excited, because the company is taking their experience to Circuit of the Americas for the Topgolf Crush Grand Prix. Come enjoy food, drinks, and music while you crush golf balls on top of the legendary Turn 1 hill at COTA at giant targets on the field.
Players will aim for seven targets ranging from 50-150 yards away from one of 23 bays. Topgolf’s Toptracer Range technology, which is not yet available at TopgolfAustin, tracks the flight path of the golf balls and instantly scores every shot! That’s fancy. There will also be other games to play while you wait for your tee time. And of course a live DJ will spin every day throughout the weekend.
When: October 18-22 (Private corporate events can be booked for Oct. 18-19, and the event will be open to the public from Oct. 20-22.)
Time: Daily from 9 a.m. – midnight
Cost: Tickets start at $65 for standard 55 minute tee times and VIP passes are $250. Buy yours here.
201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, TX 78617
Before we get into the holiday swing and start thinking about buying new things, and eating all the things, let’s do something good for our bodies and souls! Wanderlust is bringing Wanderlust 108, billed as the world’s only “mindful triathlon,” to Austin on November 11!
What is a mindful triathlon, you might be asking? It’s a 5K run (or walk) through The Travis County Expo Center, followed by a DJ-powered outdoor yoga class, with a guided meditation for the finale. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy music, artisanal vendors, local foods, and many surprises throughout the day.
In addition to the main events, participants can add a scheduled bonus class such as aerial yoga, acro-yoga, hooping, walking meditation, photography or essential oils workshops, or a community yoga experience from favorite local teachers. At all Wanderlust 108 events, the Kula Marketplace will showcase local craft vendors, including clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site, as well as a retail store and juice bar collaboration between Wanderlust and adidas housed in a 60-foot geodesic dome.
In 2017, Wanderlust events will take place in over 60 cities in more than 17 countries on 5 continents. Their mission is to help you find your true north—to cultivate your best self! Sign us up!
For more information about the event, and to get your tickets.
Photo by Diana Gerstacker.
For the few of us who aren’t going to ACL this weekend, we present the most awesome alternative plan: The Cross Plants and Produce Pumpkin Patch opens today!
This is a year round farm market and local plant nursery and in the fall, it’s transformed into a sea of orange! Expect to find local treasures in the shop such as kettle corn, fall cookies and treats as well as the best milk, eggs, honey, meats and produce you’ve ever tasted.
Outside, you can stretch your legs and get some use out of those cute Halloween costumes at our many cute photo spots. Paint a pumpkin for $5 and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve. There’s a hay pyramid to climb, a tunnel to crawl through, a tractor to explore, play house for imaginations to run wild, tree swing to fly like a bird, and lots of room to run and play.
Bring a picnic and stay a while and hang with their mini horse and mini donkey, Shorty and Spot! It’s the perfect fall family day.
When: Today, October 7th
Time: 10 a.m.
Cross Plants and Produce
705 N Old Highway 81, Kyle, Texas 78640
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