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Looking for something to do with out of town guests this holiday season? Grab a sitter and head out to the beautiful Texas Hill Country to enjoy a wine tasting for up to four people at Kuhlman Vineyards.

Enjoy a signature food and wine tasting at beautiful Kuhlman Cellars in the heart of the Texas wine country! Kuhlman Cellars’ knowledgeable Sommeliers will guide you through five finely crafted wines paired with delicious light bites. After your tasting, lounge on the balcony and enjoy stunning views of Kuhlman’s seven acre vineyard.

The Giveaway: Wine tasting for up to four people, valued at $120, at Kuhlman Cellars. Winner must be over 21 years of age. The prize can be claimed at the winery and will be valid until 5/15/20. The prize can not be transferred and has no cash value. Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance.

There are two ways to enter to win:

1. Complete the form below.

2. Enter via Facebook and/or Instagram.

A winner will be chosen on November 19, 2019. All entries must be received by midnight CST. The winner will be notified by email or contacted on social media. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to claim the prize.

There’s more wine where that came from! Check out the 2019 Austin Wine Guide here.

Catch Air Texas is changing its name to PlayMazing and you’re invited to the celebration. Join the fun on Friday, November 15 at either location!  The day will feature:

  • Crafts and activities
  • Hourly dance parties
  • Giveaways
  • Prizes and raffles throughout the day
  • Children’s entertainers will perform from 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.

The indoor play area has two locations in Austin and Round Rock. Each location features a three-story obstacle course/adventure fun structure, ball or lava pits, trampolines, and climbing areas, as well as areas for babies and toddlers.

What: PlayMazing Name Change Celebration


(Austin) 13450 N. Highway 183, Ste 107


(Round Rock) 1401 S. Interstate 35 Highway #130


When: Friday, November 15, 2019, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: Children ages 1-2: $7 ; 3-16: $11; two 17+ Adults:  FREE (with 1 paid child admission), additional Adults: $5

Don’t forget the socks as they are required!

The 6th Annual Waterloo Greenway Creek Show kicked off on November 7. This 11-night illuminating art installation will be on display for all to enjoy through November 17. It stretches along Waller Creek from 9th to 12th streets. The show features six dazzling installations by local artists and designers.

Enter the walk at 9th and Red River. Limited paid street and garage parking is available, but ride sharing, public transportation, or cycling to Creek Show is encouraged. Strollers and friendly leashed dogs are welcome; however, space on the walking trail is limited at times.

Each night features entertainment, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and plenty of Instagram-worthy photo ops. Creek Show will host live music every night from 8-9 p.m. at Symphony Square, 1111 Red River.

Last year, more than 50,000 attendees experienced Creek Show.

When: November 7-17, 2019

Time: 6-10 p.m.

Location: 700 E. 9th Street

Cost: FREE

For a calendar of performers and food trucks, visit

Author: Susan Cooper

This summer, introduce your kids to coding and computer science at one of Launch Code After School‘s summer camps! Launch’s classes are collaborative and creative with project-based curriculum that allows students to take ownership of their learning as they experiment with game development, drones, design and more. Concepts learned at Launch are immediately applicable and exciting. Summer camp sessions start at only $299 per week.

Types of courses offered for kids ages 7-14:

  • Coding & Programming
  • Robotics & Internet of Things
  • Mobile App Development
  • Game Development

If you’re unsure what camp to enroll your child in, see what the Best Tools and Languages for Kids Learning to Code are.

Launch offers full and half day sessions in the mornings and afternoons. Mix and match one week camps to create the perfect summer schedule. Five locations are available throughout the Austin area. See all Launch Code After School summer camp offerings and locations here.

Enter to win!

Launch Code After School is offering a giveaway for a half-day summer camp, valued at $299. Complete the form below by 9 am CST on Saturday, May, 25 2019. The giveaway is valid for 2019 summer camps only. The prize is non-transferable and holds no cash value.

Enjoy pirate adventure like you’ve never seen before! Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal is a favorite English classic with a Bollywood twist. The Sacred Cowgirls, Devi Dance Company, and Austin Scottish Rite Theater present music, dance, and action on the high seas! Yarrr!

Be sure to catch a show this weekend or next on Saturday and Sunday, at 11 am and 1 pm. This weekend only, buy one ticket, get one FREE with code TREASURE at check out.

What: Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

Cost: $10 for children ages 2-11; $15 adults ages 12 and up. Tickets available online and at the door. BOGO available for Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 only.

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Austin families: Are you ready to ROCK?! And READ?! Looking for some family-friendly live music to listen to during SXSW?

Rock + Read is an annual music and book fest that takes place on the plaza in The Domain. This year’s event is happening on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This FREE, family-friendly event features live music from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Not-Its!, RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS), and Red Yarn.

In between music sets, kids will delight in stories being read on stage by authors Kat Kronenberg, Jason Gallaher and Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs. Be sure to visit the authors after their readings in the Do512 Family Book Tent where kids can buy their very own signed copy of their favorite book and make a scratch bookmark to take home.

Recommended for kids ages 0-100!

Additional activities include:
Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids – Arboretum will be doing punk rock hairdos
– Create Bedstock branded pillow cases with MyMusicRxAdvertisement– Ride bikes in the woombikesUSA and Buddy Pegs Bicycle Playground
– Jump on a Springfree Trampoline Austin
– Decorate cookies with Baked by Amys
– Grab a bar from KIND Snacks


Thanks to Springfree Trampoline Austin for sponsoring the Rock + Read music lineup! Special thanks to our media sponsors: KUTX 98.9, Do512 Family and 365 Things Austin Family. Presented by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and LiveMom.

Looking for a spring break or summer camp in the Austin area for you child? The 2019 Camp Guide features over twenty camps, from coding to dance, overnight options to jewelry making and rock climbing!

Code Ninjas STEM Camps!

Transform your child’s love for technology and video games into an exciting learning adventure. Code Ninjas Camps offer an immersive environment for kids ages 7–14 to explore and develop new skills, gain confidence, and have fun with friends. It’s an unforgettable experience!

Our Austin-Area locations, including Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Round Rock and South Austin, offer a variety of Spring Break and Summer Camps, including week-long, half-day and full-day options. There’s a STEM Camp for every interest and every budget. As the largest kids coding school in the U.S., with over 340 locations opening nationwide, you can trust us to give the your ninja the best experience possible!

Camp topics include App Builders’ Club, Drone Coding, Electrical Engineering with Snap Circuits, Game Builders’ Club, Hack Attack, Beginning JavaScript, Minecraft Create, Roblox Create, Robotics (Beginner and Advanced) and Website Building. Act now to save big with early-bird pricing.

Topics, prices, and schedules vary based on location. Visit and find your your nearest center to learn more and register!

Dates: Spring Break Camps: March 18 – 22; Summer Camps: May 27 – August 16 (Dates vary by location.)


Cedar Park, 3621 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite 500, Cedar Park 78613
Pflugerville, 2100 Autumn Slate Dr., Suite # 100, Pflugerville 78660
Round Rock, 4500 E Palm Valley Blvd., Suite 104, Round Rock 78665
South Austin, 9911 Brodie Ln., Ste. 650, Austin 78748

Cost: $59–$459; Prices vary by camp date, length and location


Cedar Park:
Round Rock:
South Austin:


Cedar Park: 512-910-5521 and
Pflugerville: 512-537-4948 and
Round Rock: 512-710-7864 and
South Austin: 512-522-0707 and

Ages: 7–14 years

Discount: Register now to save 15% with early-bird discounts!

The Coder School

The Coder School is Silicon Valley’s #1 kids coding program brought to Austin, offering camps for ages 7–18 covering a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from Scratch and Python to robotics, AI, and web development. While we’ll do lots of on-computer learning, we’ll also take plenty of breaks, get some physical motion by heading outside (weather permitting), and even do some cool offline coding exercises! All our camps are held at our facility and leverage goodies from our year-round programs to create a uniquely collaborative environment where the kids work together, code together and have a rockin’ fun summer together!

Dates: Spring break and summer dates available

Location: 3616 Far West Blvd. #109, Austin 78731

Cost: $499 with early bird discount available


Contact: 512-593-2729

Ages: 7–18 years, varies by camp

Country Home Learning Center

Our extremely popular Summer Camp Program includes our incredible facility, Kids’ Choice Special Interest Clubs, regularly scheduled field trips to swimming, skating, bowling, and movies, as well as special field trips to a wide variety of exciting local destinations. Our highly successful, reward-based Reading Program encourages academic exercises throughout the summer, while our wonderful facility affords us the opportunity to explore various themed rooms. Each area encompasses unique opportunities and equipment for challenging “hands-on” learning and fun exploration. Our children spend fun-filled days on the move participating in activities that stimulate their creativity and spur their imagination!

Dates: Camps are weekly, Mon–Fri, beginning May 24, 2019

Locations: South Austin: 6900 Escarpment Blvd., Austin 78749; North Austin: 13120 U.S. Hwy. 183 N, Austin 78750

Cost: $214 per week, plus registration and activity/field trip fees


Contact: North Austin 512-331-1441; South Austin 512-288-8220

Ages: 5 (must have completed kindergarten) –13 years of age. We also offer our regular program for children 6 weeks to 5 years.

Creative Action Summer Camps

Winner of “Best Camp” in the Austin Chronicle’s 2017 “Best of Austin” poll, Creative Action offers fun and engaging arts-based camps for ages 5–11. Led by experienced staff, our camps are offered at three convenient locations in Austin.

For ages 5–7: With a variety of themes to choose from, our one-week camps build creativity and confidence. These camps are designed to be active, inspiring and fun!

For ages 8–11: Our two-week academies are small in size to foster the development of this specific age group. Campers work closely with professional artists and go deep to master new art skills.

Dates: June 3 – August 2

Locations: North Location: Koenig Lane Christian Church, 908 Old Koenig Ln., Austin 78756; East Location: Creative Action, 1023 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 3, Austin 78721; South Location: Eden Park Academy, 6215 Manchaca Rd., Austin 78745

Cost: $295 for one-week camps and $590 for two-week camps


Contact: 512-447-8773 or email

Ages: 5–7 and 8–11 years

Creative Side Jewelry Academy Young Metalsmiths Summer Camps

Creative Side Jewelry Academy, the top jewelry crafting and metalsmithing school in central Texas, offers Spring Break Camp and week-long Summer Camps. These camps provides a safe and creative environment where kids and teens have the opportunity to learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. The camps are led by professional artist and educator Lindsay Sanchez. Under her guidance, students will increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces. They will learn sawing, soldering, filing, hammering, drilling and much more. Students will create multiple jewelry pieces throughout the week and be encouraged to develop their own design skills.

Creative Side will host an end of the week art show where parents and family will be invited to join at the end of the day on Friday to meet the instructors and new friends, and view their child’s artwork on display.

Dates: Spring Break Camp: Making Connections, Mon–Wed, March 18–20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Summer Camps: The Torch, Mon–Fri, June 24–28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Copper Etching, Mon–Fri, July 15–19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Metal Casting, Mon–Fri, July 29 – August 2, 10 am. – 2 p.m.

Location: Creative Side Jewelry Academy, 321 W. Ben White Blvd., #204, Austin 78704

Cost: $245–$395 (payment plans available)


Contact: 512-799-0731 or

Ages: 10–15 years old

Crux Crushers Camp

Get ready for the most exciting weeks at Crux Climbing Center! Crux Crushers Camps will provide youth with a safe environment to explore their skills in rock climbing while making new friends and building confidence. On top of it all, campers will participate in yoga, crafts and fun games!

Dates: Ages 6–9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 10–14, June 24–28, July 15–19, August 5–9; Ages 9–12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 17–21, July 8–12, July 22–26, August 12–16

Location: Crux Climbing Center in South Austin at 121 Pickle Rd., Ste. 100, Austin 78704

Cost: Ages 6–9, $225 (members) and $275 (non-members); ages 9–12 $300 (members) and $350 (non-members) because of the extra hours.


Contact: 512-931-3911 ext. 2

Ages: 6–12 years

Fantastic Magic Camp

Every day at Fantastic Magic Camp is filled with fun, adventure and discoveries. We open every weekday at 8 a.m. for the arrival of campers, and the program starts at 9 a.m. sharp. Each day includes classes in magic, juggling, puppetry, and other variety arts, as well as a live magic show by some of Austin’s best professional magicians. Our day ends at 4 p.m., and pick up time is 4–4:30 p.m., but for those who wish to stay longer, we offer an optional “Rehearsal Time,” running from 4–6 p.m., where campers can practice what they have learned that day with assistance and supervision from our counselors and staff.

Some words from parents of previous campers:

“This is the only camp that I’ve seen where my child embraced the creative process as well as social activities with confidence.”

“Weeks after the camp my 6-year-old is still trying to impress us with magic tricks. He is now using his imagination to come up with new tricks. This camp gave him a sense of control he had not previously tapped into.”

“Every year we return to Magic Camp. It’s our first pick for camps and the kids always look forward to their sessions. Positive experience all around!

AdvertisementDates: Spring Break Camp, for campers 5–12 years old: March 18–22

Summer Camp, for campers 7–12 years old: Session 1: May 27–31 (one week); Session 2: June 3–14 (two weeks); Session 3: June 17–28 (two weeks); Session:4: July 1–12 (two weeks); Session 5: July 15–26 (two weeks); Session 6: July 29 – August 9 (two weeks); Session 7: August 12–16

One-week camps: Magic Camp Jr., for campers 6 years old and under: Jr. Session 1: June 3–7; Jr. Session 2: June 10–14; Jr. Session 3: June 17–21

Location: 7500 Woodrow Ave., Austin 78757

Cost: $325 for our one-week camps, $650 for two-week camps


Contact: 512-988-3045 or

Ages: varies by camp, 5–12 years

Discount: Multiple sibling discounts and multiple session discounts to all sessions are automatically applied if if available! (Only one discount per registration.)

Girls Empowerment Network – campGEN

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Girls Empowerment Network’s summer day camp, campGEN, serves girls in entering grades 3–8. campGEN girls participate in fun, interactive workshops during two week-long sessions that are designed to ignite the power in girls and teach them skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable. In part 1, “Own My Power,” girls will be owning their power, exploring stress management, identity, self-compassion and body positivity. In part 2, “Use My Power,” girls will explore confident communication, advocacy, healthy friendships and values. Girls who join campGEN will gain new skills, new friendships and a new sense of self!

Dates: June 17–21; July 15–19

Location: 901 Trinity St., Austin 78701

Cost: $330



Ages: Entering 3rd – 8th grades

iD Tech

iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999, and 150 prestigious campus locations including St. Edward’s University, Rice, Stanford, and NYU. Students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games and Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, and more! Week-long, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future. Just 5-10 students per instructor (maximum 10) so students can enjoy personalized learning at their pace.

Dates: All summer long

Location: St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, 78704

Cost: varies by course


Contact: 888-709-8324

Ages: 7-17 years

Discount: Save $75 when you download our digital brochure.

Idea Lab Kids

With a brand new campus opening in North Austin for summer 2019 (8620 Burnet Rd.), the Idea Lab is a tremendous youth enrichment option for STEM Summer Camps. In addition, we operate out of several well-established schools and facilities, and we are continuing to grow with every year. At Idea Lab, we believe in a hands-on approach to learning. Our instructors teach through experience, and the difference is evident in the way our students excel at the academic level. Our camps are truly unique, and our weekly themes lead to a unique experience daily!

Dates: Full Summer Program (weekly camps)

Location: 8626 Burnet Rd., Austin 78757 (opening summer 2019)

Cost: $275 per week (Extended care options available from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)


Contact: 512-710-5694

Ages: 5–7 and 8–12 years

Jump! Gymnastics Camp

Imagine traveling the globe with a circus troupe, meeting friendly pirates, dining with princesses and princes, studying the great works of the Renaissance, and of course, trekking your way through the thick leaves of a tropical rain forest. Grab your passport and join Jeremiah Frog as he embarks on another adventure. Camp Jump! offers one-week half, full and extended day opportunities for children to explore their imaginations through theme-based curriculum featuring gymnastics, art exploration, interactive centers, social integration, dramatic play, yoga, music and dance. Voted Austin Family Magazine’s Most Fun Camp four times. Come find out why!

Dates: Spring Break, March 18–22; Summer Camps run weekly May 28 – August 16

Locations: 2117 West Anderson Ln., Austin 78757, and 6800 Westgate Blvd., Austin 78745

Cost: Half-day, $230/week (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.); full-day, $280/week (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.); add extended day, $100/week (3–6 p.m.); add early drop-off, $50/week (8 a.m.)


Contact: 512-593-6226,,

Ages: 3–10 years (must be potty trained)

Kidventure Summer Camp

Welcome to Kidventure Camp 2019 and the opportunity to part of a unique summer camp tradition. We’ve taken the very best of 24 years of Kidventure Summer Camps and are throwing a summer-long bash you’re invited to be a part of. Come celebrate a summer filled with old favorites, new friendships, and the opportunity to be a part of something very special.

Kidventure provides summer day camp programs at four outstanding locations around the Austin area for kids ages 3–12, including Westlake, Lakeway, Sweetwater and Steiner Ranch!

Dates: June 3 – August 9

Locations: Camp Westlake, Camp Steiner, Camp Rough Life, Camp Sweetwater and our Famous Overnight Camps

Cost: $265


Contact: 512-263-8992 or email

Ages: 3–18 years

Discount: $100 on any overnight summer camp with code “love camp” at checkout.

Launch Code After School

At Launch Code After School, we make coding fun for kids ages 7–14. Our students learn basic to advanced coding and technology skills, giving them 21st century tools for creative expression. Our in-person classes and camps provide a collaborative and inclusive environment to launch your child ahead with the skills and habits of mind needed in the age of technology. Courses offered include: Coding & Programming, Robotics & Internet of Things, Mobile App Development, Game Development, Graphic & Web Design.
Dates: Multiple dates/weeks starting in June; AM and PM camps available
  • West Lake Hills: 3801 North Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. D, Ste. #130, Austin 78701
  • Round Rock: Upward Bound Montessori School, 101 Fannin Ave., Round Rock 78664
  • Downtown: Headwaters School, 807 Rio Grande St., Austin 78701
  • Pflugerville: Concordia High School, 1500 Royston Ln., Round Rock 78664
  • St. Andrews Episcopal School (Central) 1112 West 31st St, Austin 78705
Cost: Starts at $299; payment plans available
Contact: (512) 337-6624
Ages: 7–14 years

Neuron Garage

When your children can think creatively, work collaboratively and respond resiliently, they can do anything. At the Neuron Garage, kids discover their potential through open-ended, hands-on building projects. Our campers repurpose everyday materials to solve fun, weekly construction challenges. Our carefully selected, thoughtfully trained staff empower them to find solutions in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Join in the building fun this summer at the Neuron Garage, and build foundational skills for a vibrant and expansive future! We offer weekly camps for campers ages 5–12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the option to extend the day until 6 p.m. Campers are divided into groups based on age and activities are tailored appropriately. Some campers come for just one week, while others experience the benefits of our program all summer long.

We have locations in South Austin, Hyde Park, North Shoal Creek, Cedar Park and Round Rock.

Neuron Garage (formerly Summer Spark) was founded by Kaylie Reed, a Montessori teacher, and Sam Reed, a serial entrepreneur. The husband-and-wife team has created a safe, supportive environment for hands-on learning, enhanced with best-practices Kaylie gleaned from studying neuroscience and education at Dartmouth and over a decade in the classroom.

Dates: June 3 – August 9; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. with extended hours until 6 p.m.

Locations: South Austin (S. First & Oltorf), Hyde Park (45th & Red River), North Shoal Creek (Mopac & W. Anderson Ln.), Cedar Park (Anderson Mill Rd. & 620), Round Rock (Round Rock Ave. & N. Mays St.)

Cost: $390/week



Ages: 5–12 years

Orpheus Academy of Music Summer Camp

Join us for musical summer fun at Orpheus Academy of Music! Our camps provide an enriching experience for children of all ages and abilities. With experienced, degreed teachers, new activities every 30 minutes, and a variety of camp choices, you’ll have the most rewarding adventure of the whole summer!

Music Through Movement (ages 4 and up): Develop your inner artist in this camp that utilizes teaching techniques from music conservatories around the world! Engage with music through improvised movement, singing and group collaboration to grow musically and socially!

World Music (ages 4 and up): Learn the songs, instruments and customs of different countries! Learn vocal techniques, rhythm, listening skills, pitch and harmony by making and listening to music from different cultures!

Broadway Musicals (ages 6 and up): Learn to sing, dance and act using the best scenes from American Broadway. Practice auditioning techniques, perform in small groups, and show off everything you learned at the end-of-week performance!

Intro to Piano (ages 6–9): Spark your passion for piano by discovering basic techniques and learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! For students who think they might be interested in piano lessons, this camp will help you decide!

Intro to Guitar (ages 6–9): Spark your passion for guitar by learning to play a few short pieces in just five days! Guitars will be provided during the camp so students can try out the instrument without any upfront investment. For students who think they might be interested in guitar lessons, this camp will help you decide!

Piano Orchestra (ages 8–18): Be a part of this one-of-a-kind ensemble experience made entirely of electric pianos! Classes in improv, group rehearsals and mini private lessons make up this unique camp.

Guitar Orchestra (ages 8–18): Experience the joy of playing guitar surrounded by other passionate guitarists. Fast-moving classes every half-hour keep you engaged and learning to maximize your fun!

Composition & Improvisation (ages 8–18, at least two years of experience required): Learn through creating our own music! Explore your full potential as a creative musician by working with outstanding composers and jazz improvisors. Bring your compositions to share or let us help you get started with something new!

Movie Music Ensembles (ages 7–18, at least two years of experience required): Learn some of the most memorable and moving music ever written from your favorite films! Make music with your friends and build vital musicianship skills in this popular camp. Great for students looking for their first experience in chamber music!  Sign up early to help choose the movie themes!

Composing for Short Film (ages 7–18, at least two years of experience required): Learn how to bring the drama on screen to life through creating your own music! Students will choose from several short films to inspire their musical expression while outstanding composers from the Austin community guide them to create memorable melodies and harmonies!

Choir and Instruments (ages 6 and up): Learn vocal techniques, breathing, movement, and rhythm in this unique choral experience that will include music from famous composers like Mozart and Tchaikovsky! Students will also have the opportunity to play instruments along with the choir, and all students will learn the fundamentals of choral singing!

Dates: Movie Music Ensemble: (June 3–7, 9 a.m. – noon OR June 10–14, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Piano Orchestra: (June 10–12, 9 a.m. – noon); Guitar Orchestra: (June 10–14, 9 a.m. – noon); Composing for Short Film: (June 3–7, 12:30–3:30 p.m. OR July 8–12, 9 a.m. – noon); World Music: (June 17–21, 9 a.m. – noon OR July 15–19, 9 a.m. – noon); Broadway Musical: (June 24–28, 9 a.m. – noon OR July 22–26, 9 a.m. – noon); Music Through Movement: (June 17–21, 12:30–3:30 p.m. OR August 5–9, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Composition and Improvisation: (July 8–12, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Choir and Instruments: (July 22–26, 12:30–3:30 p.m.); Intro to Guitar: (July 29 – August 2, 9 a.m. – noon OR August 5–9, 9 a.m. – noon); Intro to Piano: (July 29 – August 2, 9 a.m. – noon OR August 5–9, 9 a.m. – noon)

Location: Orpheus Academy of Music, 3918-C Far West Blvd., Austin 78731

Cost: $336 (+$25 registration fee)


Contact: 512-231-8999

Ages: 4–18 years, see above

Round Rock Express Baseball Camps


The Round Rock Express baseball camps offer big league quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game of baseball and softball. Express baseball and softball camps range in ages and offer opportunities for all skill levels. We pride ourselves on providing high-level baseball and softball instruction from knowledgeable and experienced coaches. Express camps aim to develop the complete ballplayer by not only focusing on the physical skill sets, but leadership and mental skills as well.

Dates: Various camps available all summer long

Location: Dell Diamond in Round Rock

Cost: $175 and up



Age: 6–14 years

Discount: 5% off via code (5LiveMom2019)

Sherwood Forest Summer Camp


How many of us wonder if we could have been really great at some type of craft or skill, given an earlier start? Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Maybe your child is a natural with a bow? Or perhaps they are made for the stage, but never had a chance to be in a play before. It is amazing what a child can learn without the distractions of the modern world.

Campers may choose to sleep in Sherwood Castle (yes, it’s a real castle) or in one of the Merry Folks’ Pavilions (with nightly bedtime stories). We offer a healthy, kid-friendly menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Our catering is performed by Brou HaHa, who has a solid history of serving patrons at Sherwood Forest Faire since its inception. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies and a simpler way of life, while learning skills essential to daily living in the medieval era. No modern entertainment devices will be available.

Sherwood Forest Family Summer Camp is a chance for your family to spend some quality time together, in the midst of the beautiful Nottingham Village. You’ll be exposed to numerous skills and trades of the Medieval era, which means you will be making things with your hands—and that doesn’t mean drawing a picture on your screen with your finger!

Location: Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy. 20, McDade 78650

Dates: Grownup camp, June 21–23; Family Camp, July 2–6; Youth Camp, Session I, July 7–13, Session II, July 14–20, Session III, July 21–27

Cost: $895



Ages: 7–16 years old

Discount: $25 discount for each of the following: *Paying tuition in full and completing all preliminary paperwork by March 31; each sibling after the first, if attending together; each week after the first, if a camper attends consecutive weeks; each new camper a prior attendee traps … err, gathers into the fold. Discounts are cumulative, so you can qualify for more than one of the above discounts. More details available on our website.


Camps are so much fun with Sportball, where children can develop the skills and confidence to get in the game of basketball , soccer , baseball , volleyball , football , hockey , tennis , and golf ! Our highly trained coaches play one a day and break down skills into kid-sized bites of fun that promote the fundamentals and encourage teamwork . Older ages work towards playing real game scrimmages! Spring Break and Summer Camps!

Dates: Spring Break and Summer Camps (May-August)

Location: All of Austin, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Round Rock, North/South/Central Austin

Cost: $150-$250


Contact: 512-407-8814 or

Ages: 3-10 years

Synergy Dance Camp

Synergy Dance Studio offers preschool and school-age camps as well as dance intensives for the more experienced dancer. Themed summer dance camps are limited in size and are grouped by age and ability. An Austin dance studio that offers summer camps to ages 3 and up, Synergy Dance Studio strives to provide children with solid technical training as well as an enjoyable and creative dance experience. We offer all levels of training, beginning through pre-professional. Our focus is promoting self-discipline, self-respect and most importantly self-confidence. Space is limited and camps will fill up, so reserve your space today.


Preschool Camps (ages 3–5)
Elsa and Friends: May 28–30 (Tue–Fri)
Moana: June 24–28
Paw Patrol: July 15–19
Mary Poppins: July 29 – August 2

Day Camps (ages 4.5–10)
Greatest Showman: June 3–7
Pop Star Party: June 17–21
Mary Poppins: July 8–12
Kids Bop: July 15–29
JoJo Siwa: July 22–26
Aladdin: July 29 – August 2

Beginner to Intermediate Dance Intensives (ages 8–14)
Triple Threat: Beg/Int, June 10–14 (ages 8–14)
All Level Boot Camp/Technique: June 10–14 (ages 11–18)
Jazz/ Hip Hop Intensive: Beg/Int August 5–9 (ages 8–14)

Intermediate to Advanced Dance Intensives (ages 8–18)
All Level Boot Camp/Stretch: June 10-14 (ages 11–18)
Jazz/Hip Hop Intensive: Int/Adv, June 24-28 (ages 10–18)
Ballet/Modern Intensive: Beg, Int and Adv, July 15-19 (ages 8–18)
Drill Team Intensive: Int/Adv, July 29- August 2 Level (ages 11–18)

Extended hours available upon request.

Location: 3425 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. C1, Austin 78746

Cost: $200–$460


Contact: 512-327-4130

Ages: 3–18, varies by camp

TexARTS Theatre & Academy Summer Camps

Half-day, full-day, mini camps & intensives in Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing, Visual Arts, Dance and more! Weekly sessions and every week has a different theme ! Looking for more? Star in our Summer Musical Production of Disney’s Frozen, Jr. June 3–16 at TexARTS in Lakeway—the Lake Travis nonprofit for the visual and performing arts!

Dates: Spring Break: March 18–22; Summer Camps: Weekly June 3 – August 16

Location: TexARTS, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Ste. 160, Austin 78734

Cost: $115 per week, $900 for summer production


Contact: 512-852-9079 x104

Ages: Mini Camps (ages 2–4); Musical Theatre/Visual Arts/Acting Camps (ages 5–14); Summer Musical & Intensives (ages 7–18)

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes

Experience Overnight and Day Camp in the heart of Hill Country just minutes from Austin. Camp Twin Lakes is THE popular camp in Cedar Park. Situated on 55 acres of parkland featuring two lakes, the Wet Willie Water Slide, canoeing, kayaking, swim beach, Aqua Park, pools, archery range, paintball field, sports complex, covered pavilions and three indoor lodges. Our themed camps have the power to change the course of a summer and help kids develop in positive ways. We provide a safe, supportive and fun environment filled with new activities every day—all in the great outdoors.

The Overnight Campers will enjoy three nutritious meals a day, cabins with restrooms, shower and A/C plus a fantastic covered porch. Overnight camp sessions begin on Sunday afternoon and end on Saturday morning. Multiple weeks? Use our weekend stayovers! Campers can disconnect from the virtual world and connect with friends while exploring the nature trails, doing new activities, and pushing their limits all while under the safe and supportive care of our trained counselors.

Dates: Spring Break Day Camp, March 18–22 (7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.); Summer Day Camp, Mon–Fri, May 28 – August 14 (7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.); Summer Overnight Camp, June 9 – July 27 (Sun–Sat); Summer Mini Overnight Camp, June 5–7, June 30 – July 2, July 5–6 (Day Camp completes the week); Summer Family Camp Weekend August 9–11

Location: 204 E. Little Elm Trl., Cedar Park 78613

Cost: Day Camp, $198–$230; Overnight Camp, $674–$749; Mini Overnight Camp, $384–$408


Contact: or 512-250-9622 option 6

Ages: Day Camp ages 5–15 / Overnight Camp ages 7–16 / Mini Overnight Camp ages 6–13

Discount: Save $25 on Overnight Camp: Use code FAIRO

To list your spring break or summer camp in the 2019 Camp Guide, please contact

Rap Unzel: an original musical adaption of the classic tale of Rapunzel, collaboratively written by Jeremy Rashad Brown and Deanna Belardinelli with music by SaulPaul. Don’t miss this story for all ages about #BlackBoyJoy and Rap’s journey of self-care and hair. Rap Unzel runs from February 9 – March 3, 2019 at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater.

SaulPaul has entertained and inspired audiences at events and venues across the world: TED Talks, Google HQ, the last five Super Bowls, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, SaulPaul founded ReRoute Outreach, a non-profit organization which helps at-risk and underprivileged youth discover and develop their artistic and entrepreneurial skill sets. In part because of his art and in part because of his heart, June 12th was deemed SaulPaul Day by the Mayor of Austin, TX, the Live Music Capitol of the World.

Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, AustinAdvertisement


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Tickets: Available online and at the door. $15 adults, $10 children; 2 and under free

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Giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Rap Unzel at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do fill out the form below by 9:00 a.m. CST on Friday, February 8, 2019.

Thanks to The Domain for sponsoring this year’s 2018 Holiday Event Guide. There are so many special things to do and see in the Austin area over the holidays, and it helps to have a handy list of all that is happening in one spot. Be sure to stop in at The Domain this holiday season to enjoy shopping, carolers, carriage rides, a visit with Santa and more!

Holiday Fun at The Domain

When: Daily through January 1, 2019, various times

Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin

Shopping has never been more fun & festive during the holidays than it is this year at The Domain!  Celebrate National Cookie Day at The Domain on Tuesday, December 4, from 3-6pm. Come share the holiday spirit and satisfy your sweet tooth! Look for the cookies near the Beneath the Tree Santa Photo location.

  • Holiday Light Shows – Stand in awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in snychronization to holiday music! Lights shows available between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s at 6, 7 and 8 pm. Shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Santa Photo Experience – Visit the Beneath the Tree Santa Photo Experience, where children sit inside a 10-foot tall drum situated under a 34-foot tall tree. Share your wishlist and capture a picture to save the memory. Click here for complete hours and to make an appointment.
  • Complimentary Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under the holiday lights each Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Pick-up locations near California Pizza Kitchen and The Brass Tap.
  • Strolling Carolers – The sounds of the season come alive with performances by Austin Carolers in between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s each Saturday night through December 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Ice Skating on the Plaza

When: Daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. through January 21, 2019

Where: Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Ice Skating on the Plaza at our Flagship store (located in Downtown) has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season! Cost is $10 per person and includes use of skates. Be sure to check the calendar for closures due to private events!

Winter Wonderland at Circuit of the Americas

When: Through December 30, various dates and times available

Where: Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin

The 2nd annual Winter Wonderland will transport guests of all ages to a world of wonder, offering a completely new, immersive and captivating experience that includes the Chinese Lantern Festival. The world-renowned Chinese Lantern Festival will brighten up guests’ holiday season by allowing them to experience the wonders of illumination and travel through a extraordinary cultural experience. Traditionally held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, this colorful and lively Chinese celebration includes interactive entertainment, immersing guests with the culture, music, arts and life of authentic China.In addition to the Chinese Lantern Festival, guests will get to experience the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Texas as well as festive favorites like the H-E-B Tunnel of Lights, Singing Trees, Dell Children’s Santa’s Haus, and the Petting Zoo. Families can continue enjoying the festival with additional holiday happenings including the Vendor Village, Pizza Hut Express Train Rides, Santa Portraits, Camel Rides, and much more!  Kids 5 and under receive complimentary entry courtesy of Dell Childrens’. Complimentary parking available in Lot A with shuttle service to the Winter Wonderland entrance.

Holiday Model Trains at ArtSpace in Round Rock

When: Friday, November 23 until Saturday, December 29, Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: ArtSpace, 231 E. Main St, Round Rock

All aboard! Model trains are coming to ArtSpace this holiday season and we welcome you to stop by and see the miniature landscapes and cityscapes come to life.  FREE!

Penfold Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast

When: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays through December 29, various times available

Where: Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock

The players of the fictional KPNF radio station put their signature spin on Charles Dickens’ masterpiece about Ebenezer Scrooge and his unforgettable tale of redemption one miraculous Christmas Eve night. Tickets are $15-$25. The show is most recommended for ages five and up. It runs about 1:30 with one intermission.

A Christmas Carol

When: November 21 – December 30, various times

Where: ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness. Ages 6 and up.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Holiday Lights Display

When: Daily through January 1 (closed on Christmas day), 6-11 p.m.

Where: Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin

Mozart’s annual light display featured over 1 million LED lights and takes place every hour on the hour until 11 p.m. The show lasts fifteen minutes, but Mozart’s does get crowded, so plan to get there in advance, and consider dropping guests off since the parking lot fills up quickly (there is additional parking across the street). It’s also a lovely, centrally-located spot to enjoy the lakeside view and look for ducks.

38th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll

When: Friday, November 30th, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Downtown Georgetown

The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights, old fashioned lamp poles, Santa, over 150 vendors for holiday shopping, and entertainment for kids of all ages. It’s the place to journey back in time as you wander through Bethlehem Village. The parade takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. FREE!

Santa on the Terrace

When: Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m.

Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Santa is coming to town a little early this year—don’t miss your chance to see him! Join us on the H-E-B Terrace with friends and family to celebrate the season, and get a FREE picture with Santa in front of the best downtown view in Austin. Enjoy holiday treats and activities the whole family as we welcome our bearded friend from the North Pole.

Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade (Pflugerville)

When: Saturday, December 1, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Railroad Avenue to Main Street, downtown Pflugerville

Don’t miss this annual parade with lighted floats, live music, the lighting of the tree, a visit from Santa and more. FREE!

Austin Symphony Presents: Christmas in the Community

When: December 1-20, various times

Where: Various locations; check schedule

The Austin Symphony is once again bringing FREE music to all Austinites this holiday season. “Christmas in the Community” is a series of concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. The program kicks off on December 1st at the Macy’s at Barton Creek Mall and concludes December 20th with big band music by members of the orchestra at Central Public Library. All dates, times, and locations are listed below.

A Prairie Family Christmas

When: Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin

Step back in time to the 1800’s and celebrate a Victorian Christmas in the Lone Star State! The farm’s houses will be decorated just like they would have been in the 1800’s, and there will be music, shows, dancing and caroling hayrides, just like in 1800s Texas. Visitors can  shop for unique holiday gifts in their General Store.

Nature Creations: Festive Winter Treasures

When: Saturday, December 1, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin

Explore the beauty of nature while making tree-inspired seasonal ornaments using acorns and ball moss, craft greeting cards out of found materials, and celebrate nature together.  Free with regular admission.

Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll

When: Saturday, December 1, 5-10 p.m.

Where: Downtown Austin at the Texas State Capitol, Congress Avenue and 11th

Kickstart your holiday season at the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 1 along Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets. Join us from 5:00 to 10:00 pm for a night of holiday cheer in downtown Austin, including the annual KUT 90.5 KUTX 98.9 Holiday Sing-Along and the lighting of the downtown tree. A free, family-friendly event, Holiday Stroll has something for everyone including photos with Santa, a petting zoo, live ice sculpture, holiday arts & crafts, a live mural painting, local food trucks, artisan vendors, and more. Plus, enjoy a full night of live music with performances by the Austin Children’s ChoirDJ GirlfriendShy Beast, and The Polyphonic Spree!

German Christmas Market

When: Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: German-Texan Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th Street, Austin

The German-Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made, imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments in a festive atmosphere. Shoppers will enjoy traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by the traditional German Sankt Nikolas, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), with additional food and beverages available for purchase.

Pippi Longstocking’s After Christmas Party

When: Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-15, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

You’re invited! It’s Pippi’s after-Christmas party, where kids eat their fill of sweets, and no grumpy grown-ups are allowed! Just in time for the holidays, this show offers live music and lots of playful action! All ages welcome.

Gingerbread House Workshops at the Thinkery

When: December 1-24, various times and dates available

Where: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin

From tots to teens and all ages in-between, you’ll find a workshop that’s right for your family!  Each Gingerbread House Kit includes all the supplies you’ll need—fresh gingerbread from La Mexicana Bakery, an assortment of candies and plenty of icing. After the workshop, participants are welcome to explore Thinkery while their house dries in the Gingerbread Village. Each attendee must reserve a seat in the workshop and we recommend purchasing one Gingerbread House Kit for every 2-3 people. Cost: $5 Member Adult or Child Seat | $12 Non-Member Adult or Child Seat | $20 per Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house).

HEB First Sunday at The Bullock Museum

When: Sunday, December 2, 12-5 p.m.

Where: The Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin

Celebrate the season by giving back to others! Create, sing, and enjoy activities that focus on the joy of giving and receiving. Museum admission is FREE all day long!

13th Annual Mueller Tower Lighting

When: Tuesday, December 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: John Gaines Park, 2708 Sorin St, Austin, Texas 78723

Join the Mueller community for the 13th Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony! The Reagan High School Drumline will provide entertainment for the entire family. Free coffee and snacks will be available while supplies last! Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase during the event. FREE!

Handel’s “Messiah”

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, December 4 & 5, 8 p.m.

Where: Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, Austin & Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church and a new location, Emmaus Catholic Church. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!


When: Thursday through Sunday, December 6-9, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Blvd, Austin

Luminations, our naturally magical winter event, is back! We’re lighting up the gardens with thousands of luminarias and bringing plentiful performances, music and festive fun to make this a tradition to remember. This year’s Luminations will feature unique performances from Austin aerial dance group Blue Lapis Light. This enchanting site work, “Oneness of Being,” has been choreographed specifically for the Wildflower Center. Come experience illuminated dancers diving and dangling above the naturally beautiful setting of the Savanna Meadow. There will be two performances each evening. $15 per person, ages 4 and under free. $10 for members.

Cedar Park’s Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

When: Friday, December 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Pkwy, Cedar Park

The Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop will feature live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Admission is FREE!

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-23; shows at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Austin’s favorite holiday tradition returns for its 56th year with all of the colorful characters, pomp and pageantry you adore. Journey with young Clara Silberhaus from her family’s holiday party to the confection-filled Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where sweets of all kinds come to life. Ballet Austin’s annual production of the world’s best-known ballet features hundreds of dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s magical score. It’s the perfect way for family and friends to celebrate the season together!

The Candlelight Trail

When: Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8, 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street, Austin

Families can take part in fun family walk around the trails of thousands of luminaries on and around Hancock. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday activities, and more. FREE!

Second Saturdays are for Families: Gingerbread Villas

When: Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St, Austin

The kids will have the opportunity to build a Gingerbread Villa at this event! Be the art-chitect of your very own candy home!  They are whipping up edible houses like you’ve never seen before, inspired by the architecture of the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria. FREE with registration.

Hutto’s Downtown Christmas Fair

When: Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Hutto, 401 W. Front St, Hutto

This festive event features over 125 artisan and craft vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and SNOW! Downtown Hutto Stores & Restaurants will be open and have Christmas Fair specials throughout the day. The Children’s Area wristband will be $5 pre-sale or $10 at the gate and includes all activities; snow, snow slide, bouncy houses, train, and ferris wheel. There will also be photos with Santa. FREE Parking is available at Hutto High School with shuttle pick-up & drop off right to the event.

Holiday Ornament Making at Blanton Museum of Art

When: Saturdays, December 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Blanton Museum of Art, Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin

Get creative and construct a simple yarn ornament, inspired by our community collaboration project, Mindful Weaving, taking place in our Meredith Lounge located on the second floor of our museum. This event is included in the price of admission. Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the museum.

Cherrywood Art Fair

When: December 8 & 9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where: Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood, Austin

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s live music, an art corner for the kids, food and drinks and more! FREE!

Austin Trail of Lights

When: December 10-23, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin

Walk through a festive display of over 2 million lights on 40 displays while enjoying Austin’s favorite food trucks, nightly entertainment and holiday activities sure to create treasured memories. After you walk the trail, head over for the required spin under the Zilker Tree! $3 Entry fee except on select Free Admission nights. Check the calendar for event information.

Christmas Towne (Round Rock)

When: Thursday, December 13 – Sunday, December 23, various times

Where: Old Settlers Association and the Dell Diamond Parking lot, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

Christmas Towne features amazing light displays including a walking tunnel of lights, full-scale carnival rides, holiday refreshments and more.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

When: December 13-24, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 12 day fine art, shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere.

Cookies for Caring

When: Sunday, December 16, 1-3 p.m.

Where: The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St, Austin

Join The Driskill in celebrating the season by giving back. In collaboration with the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring, The Driskill is hosting its Fourth annual holiday cookie swap as a nod to its history of hotel-saving bake sales! Join us and curate your holiday cookie collection from the best bakers in Austin. Pre-order your cookie tin, then join us to peruse the baked goods and fill your festive tin while sipping on celebratory bubbles and delighting in the seasonal sounds of The Austin Carolers. Cost: $50 per tin.

Wassail 2018: A Solstice Christmas Celebration

When: Sunday, December 16, 2:30 p.m. (a short version for children), 5:30 p.m. (children and families)

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

Each December in Austin a wonderful community of artists come together to create the magic of Wassail: a Solstice Christmas Family Celebration. Each year’s Wassail features a different culture, and this year we are celebrating Spain! It’s a family-friendly variety show of clowns, magic, music, puppets and plays!

Paramount Holiday Films Presents The Muppet Christmas

When: Wednesday, December 19, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave., Austin

Sure, there are many great cinematic adaptations of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, but only one of them features Kermit and Miss Piggy as the Cratchits, Fozzie Bear as the festive “Fozziwig” and The Great Gonzo as Dickens himself. As you might imagine, Michael Caine’s Scrooge isn’t happy about being surrounded by all these Muppets, at least until he gets a heavy dose of the holiday spirit. A seasonal classic for the whole family! $12 per ticket.

Rockin Holiday Extravaganza

When: Thursday, December 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Blanton Museum of Art, Congress Ave & Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin

Don’t miss our annual one-of-a-kind Holiday Extravaganza with special guests Nakia and The Invincible Czars for what has become a “must see” for Austin music lovers. This concert features some expected favorites while also reaching out to those for whom the holidays are difficult, offering hope in the form of poignant anthems and seasonal sing-a-longs. Museum admission is always free on Thursdays.

Winter Solstice Lantern Parade

When: Wednesday, December 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin

Minor Mishap’s Winter Solstice Lantern Parade has become an annual celebration of light, community, music, creativity and booty shakin’. Each year, we gather together on the longest night of the year, with lanterns in hand. Together, we make a collective art-piece, a swirl of beauty: of all our lanterns together in one place, under the night sky. Minor Mishap Marching Band – a 25-piece brass band – will provide the soundtrack. FREE! RSVP is required: The beauty of this event depends on YOU! Make lanterns! It’s easy and fun! Please, flashlight and flameless lanterns only. No flames allowed, ok?

Tuba Christmas

When: Friday, December 21, noon

Where: Texas State Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin

2018 is the 45th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events, which are presented throughout the world. Watch a special tuba concert on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol Building. FREE!

Celebrate the holiday season at Hat Creek Burger in Round Rock on Friday, November 30th as they host their first-ever holiday party!

Bring the whole family and invite friends out to the Hat Creek Round Rock location for a holiday lighting party. The event will kick off at 5pm, so come hungry! Hot chocolate will be available to sip on while the countdown to the official lighting of Hat Creek’s holiday lights begins.

Additional activities includes face painters ready to paint snowmen, candy canes, Rudolf and more! At 7 p.m., Hat Creek will turn on their holiday light display transforming the restaurant into a festive winter wonderland. Come dressed decked out for the holidays!

What: Hat Creek Holiday Party

When: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Where: Hat Creek, 3700 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock

Cost: FREE

Additional information and to RSVP: