Happy Thanksgiving! I love to start the holiday with a joke, Q. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? A. Pilgrims.
So many people are looking for ways to give back this year. Here is a way for you to give back while getting a little pre turkcy workout in. The Turkey Trot has raised more than $2 million, donating the proceeds to Caritas of Austin. Caritas is a nonprofit organization that helps increase stability and self-sufficiency for those suffering from poverty or homelessness
The Turkey Trot is not a 5K, its 5 miles! So by the time you finish you’ll be sure to have earned your turkey!
Yesterday was the official lighting of the Great Tree at the Domain and now the holidays are officially in full swing up there. They have plenty of holiday fun happening now through December.
Here is a run-down of some of the festive fun you can enjoy:
Holiday Light Shows (now – December 31st) – Hourly between 5PM & 9PM Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights show in Domain II. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 15 minutes of each hour.
Santa Photo Experience (now – December 24th) Domain II, across from iPic Theaters, next to Bath & Body Works Enjoy holiday crafts and lounge seating while you wait to see the big guy! Or make an appointment online at www.Simon.NoerrSanta.com.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (Fridays & Saturday, 5PM-9PM) Enjoy complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides each Friday and Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pick-up locations near Santa’s Workshop and at the Macy’s north entrance by California Pizza Kitchen.
Holiday Entertainment Century Oaks Park (Domain I, near Starbucks) Domain II events lawn Enjoy live music each weekend, with feature performances on the lawn in Domain II each Saturday afternoon. Fridays, 6PM-9PM Saturdays, 2PM-5PM & 6PM-9PM Sundays, 2PM-5PM
Strolling Carolers (Saturdays, 6PM-8PM) The sounds of the season will drift through Domain I each Saturday night as strolling carolers’ roam the sidewalks!
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, Texas 78758
The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort by locals to fight hunger, and with Thanksgiving being next week, it seems like a perfect way to help out.
They have hundreds of hand-painted bowls in countless shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Once you pick your bowl you can fill it will soups and breads donated by local restaurants and bakeries. They’ll have live music while you enjoy your lunch.
It’s a combination of so much that I love about Austin and a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
Admission: $20 donation goes to Capital Area Food Bank Kids Café (this includes your bowl and its fillings!)
The Capital Area Food Bank serves more than 31,000 meals to more than 2,950 kids per month.
When: today, November 23rd
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Marchesa Hall and Theatre
6406 N. IH 35 #3100
Austin, Texas 78752
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
Local ice cream favorite, Amy’s Ice Cream is celebrating their 30 birthday today!
To celebrate they’re giving away FREE ice cream this afternoon. They’ll be serving up tinies or smalls with one crush’n. Everyone has their own Amy’s preference but I’m a sucker for the Mexican Vanilla every single time.
‘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!
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.
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.
Its Formula One Race Day! Even if you don’t have plans to go out the racetrack, there’s still plenty of FREE fun right downtown.
True to our ‘Live Music Capital Of the World’ title, the Fan Fest is has a solid schedule of bands including Dale Watson, Hearless Bastards and more.
The Fan Fest has much more than just music planned. There will be an interactive maze, driver appearances, trivia games, cooking demos, a go-cart challenge, race simulators, a zip line, an inflatable rock wall and much more.
If you want to immerse yourself in Formula One themed activities you can, but there will be plenty of other stuff happening to entertain you even if you don’t care about the race!
The Fan Fest is great for families and people of all ages.
It’s pumpkin patch time! Get your camera, because this is your fall photo opportunity. I can tell you from experience that pumpkin patches are fun for all ages. Halloween is tomorrow so we are running out of time to carve pumpkins.
The Travis Heights pumpkin patch is an Austin tradition, and one of the best places in town for photos and pumpkin buying. The pumpkins come in all shapes, colors and sizes. All of them have so much character. This will get you in the fall and Halloween mood like no other!
Let the pumpkin carving begin!
Time: noon – 7 pm
Grace United Methodist Church Austin
205 East Monroe Street
Austin, Texas 78704