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Join Austin Park Foundation to kick off their 25th Anniversary season with an all 1992 series of Movies in the Park!

Take your friends and family to a whole new world with their screening of Aladdin at Patterson Park. Movies starts at 7 p.m., but come early to grab a spot!

When: tonight, March 9th

Time: 7 p.m.

Patterson Park
4200 Brookview Road
Austin, Texas 78722

The full 2017 schedule for Movies in the Park is as follows:

  • Aladdin @ Patterson Park — March 9, 7 p.m.
  • Batman Returns @ Pease Park — April 6, 8 p.m.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest @ Palm Park — April 20, 8:30 p.m.
  •  A League of Their Own @ Northwest District Park — May 4, 8:30 p.m.
  • Aladdin (Spanish dub) @ Dove Springs District Park — May 18, 8:45 p.m.
  • Sister Act @ Rosewood Park — June 1, 8:45 p.m.
  • The Mighty Ducks @ Dick Nichols Park — June 13, 9 p.m.
  • Wayne’s World @ Pease Park — September 14, 8 p.m.
  • Death Becomes Her @ Pan Am Park — October 19, 7:15 p.m.
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol @ Ramsey Park — November 9, 6:30 p.m.

This holiday can be polarizing. You love it when you’re in love, and you hate it when you’re not. But here’s a way to spend your night that will guarantee you the warm fuzzies. All you singles out there in Austin: Come meet unattached people who love animals as much as you do! And if you don’t meet someone special, they’ve got plenty of cats and dogs who would love to be your soulmate.

You could really meet the love of your life—two-legged or four—at Austin Animal Center. And you’ll be telling the story for the rest of your life! XOXO

When: Today, February 14th

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop
Austin, Texas 78702

Jo’s Coffee Downtown is debuting Monday Movie Night. They have a lot of great movies lined up over the next two months. Check out the schedule!


February Movie Schedule
February 13: Say Anything
February 20: 10 Things I Hate About You
February 27: When Harry Met Sally
Listen Up. March Movie Schedule

March 6: Searching for Sugarman
March 13: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt me
March 20: Miss Sharon Jones!
March 27: Don’t Look Back

Time: 7pm

Jo’s Coffee Downtown
242 W. 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Monday Movie Night at Jo’s Coffee


Every Monday at Craft Pride is video game night! Show off your  skills and win gift cards, brewery swag, and gaming accessories. This is your chance to get all the glory and have a ton of fun while you’re at it.

When: Mondays

Time: Free play starts at 8:00 p.m. | Tournaments start at 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter; 21+ only

Craft Pride
61 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Did you know REI offers a variety of community classes and activities? It is a great opportunity for you to learn something new.

They also offer an array of classes that are paid.

Many of the classes require you to sign up in advance (and fill up fast)! So if getting outdoors more is on your agenda this year, browse their schedule sign up in advance for what interests you.

Here are a few of the free courses offered:

  • Gourmet Camp Cooking
  • Backpacking basics
  • Find Your Park: Big Bend National Park
  • Camping Basics…

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. Now, it’s not only one week but TWO weeks.

Here are a few places offering Free Week:

The Mohawk


The Blackheart

Cheer Up Charlies

Spider House

Empire Control Room

When: Today through Sunday, January 15th

Cost: FREE

Tonight is the night! If you don’t have plans for NYE and you aren’t in the mood for total debauchery, the city’s giant celebration at Auditorium Shores is a great bet. Bring in the New Year with a free, fun, and family friendly celebration.

Austin’s New Year will have have three stages, 15 local and regional bands, food trucks, kid’s activities, and multiple art installations.

Check out the full music schedule here.

Capping off the festive evening, the traditional fireworks finale will start at 10 p.m.!

When: Today, December 31st

Time: 3:00-10:30 p.m.

Auditorium Shores
900 W Riverside Dr,
Austin, TX 78704

Mozart’s is one of the best coffee shops in Austin, mostly because they have a phenomenal location on Lake Austin and a great outdoor deck. It’s one of the best places in town to see some spectacular holiday lights.

Each year they take Christmas lights to the extreme with an extravagant display. They have a light show at the top of each hour starting at 6 p.m. One of the songs is Wizards in Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. I love it and of course, the Texas Fight song!

Time: Top of every hour, starting at 6 p.m.

When: now – New Years

Mozart’s Coffee
3826 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

Photo: Mozart’s Coffee

One of my favorite things to do each December is decorate/enjoy the decorated trees along 360. While hundreds of people like to participate in the act of decorating a tree, many people forget to go back and clean up their tree once the season has passed eventually causing litter and this fun tradition ends up taking a toll on our city.

This is a reminder that you should make some time today or this week to go remove all the decorations if you decorated a tree.

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