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Attention Hello Kitty fans: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is here in Austin! The truck will be parked right by Men’s Warehouse at Barton Creek Square Mall all day today. If you are Christmas shopping, or just hankering for a sweet treat, make sure to stop by.  The yummy menu will include a three-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaron box set with a surprise Sanrio character design, a 4-pack of mini cakes, and bow-shaped bottles of water.

When: Today, December 3rd

Time: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Barton Creek Square
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, Texas 78746

Thanksgiving is over and we are heading full speed into Christmas! Kick off the holidays tonight at the Four Seasons Hotel, a place that really knows how to do Christmas. The kids will love the famous Gingerbread Village. The fairy tale is set to become reality with this year’s theme, revealing several whimsical—and completely edible— scenes from classic children’s stories and nursery rhymes. There will be hot apple cider, cookies, photos with Santa, and the opportunity to meet the talented pastry chefs behind the village.

The Holiday Open House takes place in the lobby and is complimentary for locals and visitors.

When: Today and Tomorrow, November 28th and 29th

Time: 5-6 p.m.

Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

Man, it’s going to be a beautiful day for this one—come one, come all! The 11th annual Carnival O’ Pizza is back for an afternoon of pizza-themed fun that’s bigger and better than before! Call all your pizza-obsessed friends and get down to South Congress to enjoy the perfect Austin day. Pants with an elastic waistband are highly recommended.

A celebration of Home Slice’s love for all things pizza, this free family-friendly event will have over-the-top pizza-themed activities and exciting prizes, with all proceeds to benefit Austin Bat Cave!

There will be carnival-inspired games, dancing, a photo booth,and raffles to win one of 60 prizes. One lucky raffle winner will be the only person in the world who can make a reservation at Home Slice for the next year!

When: Today, November 12th

Time: noon – 7 p.m.


Home Slice Pizza
1415 And 1421 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

Every Monday at Craft Pride is video game night—and, guess what, November is Nintendo month! Show off your Wii 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: Tonight, November 7th

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



OK, here is what you need to do today: Grab that plastic pumpkin full of mismatched Halloween candy that’s sitting on top of your fridge and take it down to Connor’s Creamery. The good people at this delicious trailer will mix it into a once-in-a-lifetime custom milkshake just for you.

When: Today, November 3rd

Time: They’re open 1-8 p.m.

Cost: $3

Connor’s Creamery
14735 Bratton Lane
Austin, Texas

Creek Show 2016 is just around the corner, and this year you’ll have 10 nights to see the amazing art and light installations downtown along Waller Creek. The show is designed to highlight Waller Creek and its future transformation into a series of urban parks. Now The Waller Creek Conservancy is previewing five new artist installations that will be illuminating the creek from November 10–19.  The free, public art exhibit begins with the opening night event on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. All designers participating in the 2016 event are Austin-based architects, landscape architects, and visual artists.

This year Creek Show 2016 will offer an expanded children’s program with kid-focused programming from partners like The Thinkery and Austin Bat Cave on a number of nights. Visitors can use their wristbands to receive all kinds of wonderful benefits from surrounding restaurants, music venues, and more.

The first night will include a DJ set along the creek and drink specials available at Easy Tiger, The Gatsby, Waller Creek Pub House, and more. Other confirmed events for Creek Show 2016 include Monster Bash, hosted by Generation Waller on November 11, and an Artist Talk on November 15 at The Palm Door on Sabine from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with the CreekShow 2016 designers discussing their work in relation to Waller Creek. The Artist Talk will be moderated by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, veteran arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. A closing party on November 19 will begin with live music along Waller Creek and continue at Barracuda with dance lessons and a local line-up of country music.

Below, check out designs of this year’s jaw-dropping installations. Downtown is about to get a lot more magical!



Project name: Nimbus Cloud

Design: Dharmesh Patel, Associate AIA | Autumn Ewalt, Artist

About: “Nimbus Cloud” resembles a rain cloud and is a reflection on the vitality of Waller Creek and the nature that surrounds it. Cumulonimbus and nimbostratus clouds produce precipitation. The creek acts as a watershed by collecting this precipitation from an area of 6 miles and meandering its way to Town Lake. “Nimbus Cloud” signifies one of the primary sources of Waller Creek today. Using programmable LEDs installed within the sculpture, abstracted imagery collected from Waller Creek and the areas surrounding the watershed will be conveyed onto the cloud. The water beneath the sculpture will mirror this ephemeral phenomena, creating a parallel that reflects the relationship between the creek and the environment.


East Side Collective + Drophouse Design

Project name: Deep Curiosity

Design: Tim Derrington, AIA & Lead AP | Wilson Hanks, AIA | Christian Klein, Owner of Drophouse

About: At this particular site, between 5th and 6th Streets along Waller Creek, stained concrete walls drop down to a soupy pool. Guardrails line the tops of retaining walls to form a viewing platform where visitors can peer into the murky waters below. There is no flora or fauna, there are no rocks to generate surface distortions, not even graffiti to mark the walls surrounding this urban trench. The experience here is a downward gaze and the viewer is left to wonder about the nature of the place. It is an unfinished space, partly natural, partly man-made. “Deep Curiosity” offers an alternative to the void—a view to the enlivened, complete Waller Creek experience that we know is imminent. A partially submerged, larger-than-life circular form finds its delicate balance in the murky water like an object from the future civilization. The scale of this inwardly glowing round form lifts the viewers’ eyes and imagination up and around. With no beginning and no end, the ring offers a glimpse of something whole and total, through which the full spatial possibility of this place is imagined. The depth of the dark abyss will be called to attention as well, as the massive ring is half submerged, allowing reality and illusion to coalesce and complete an object whose form and scale exist to encourage delight and epiphany with the use of curved steel and LED lighting. The object offers viewers a careful array of elements balanced precariously yet precisely in its place on WallerCreek, suggesting a future site where perfection is possible.

E 8th Street Bridge over Waller Creek

E 8th Street Bridge over Waller Creek

Jules Buck Jones

Project name: Invisible and Absolute

Design: Jules Buck Jones, Artist

About: “Invisible and Absolute” is a sculpture of an extinct sea lizard called a mosasaur, commissioned specifically for Waller Creek Conservancy’s 2016 Creek Show. Mosasaurs swam through the shallow sea that covered Central Texas 100 –65 million years ago. In 1935, an almost complete skeleton was found in Onion Creek by UT geology students and is now on exhibit at the Texas Memorial Museum on the UT campus. When asked to create a piece for Creek Show, Jules Buck Jones immediately thought of this extinct animal swimming in the form of a skeleton, offering a little bit of history and the façade of fantasy. Extinct creatures like the mosasaur are simultaneously very real and very not, only present today in the form of fossilized bone. “Invisible and Absolute” asks the question: What is scarier? A 40’ monster or extinction itself?



Project name: The Creek Zipper

Design: Kory Bieg, AIA

About: “The Creek Zipper” is a series of interconnected units that form zipper-like strands. Each unit varies depending on the width of the strand creating a dynamic overall geometry that ebbs and flows much like the water level of the creek itself. Though the water level will stabilize once the Tunnel Project is complete, the level will still rise and drop within manageable limits. Each unit will be raised on adjustable pedestal so the flat bottom of the unit will coincide with the average water level. When the water level is below average, the water will pass below the strands and be only minimally affected by the legs that support the units. When the water level rises above average, the water will interact with the folded geometry of each unit causing a turbulent flow. The distortion of water as it rises reflects the devastation that used to occur during floods. “The Creek Zipper” is an array of arrays. The project consists of a number of a strands that extend the length of the creek between the 6th Street Bridge and the 3 concrete steps that span the river between 6th and 7th Street. The strands are free-flowing and occasionally intersect and join one another to form larger strands. Each strand varies from the others, differing in length and width. The strands are made up of an array of CNC-milled aluminum units that connect to form the overall zipper. The units and strands are part of an assemblage that favors neither whole or part. The entire project, each strand, and each unit can be read as whole in and of itself, calling to question the hierarchical part/whole relationship that has traditionally dominated art and architecture for much of their histories. Though the strands and units are similar to each other and have the same generic properties, the specific geometry of each one is unique as a result of its association with the overall assemblage, its location on the site, and how it joins with neighboring units.



West Shop | Cook Shop

Project name: Phantom Diversion

Design: Alisa West, Landscape Designer | Travis Cook, Designer

About: Their vision for Creek Show 2016 (Phantom Diversion) is an analysis and interpretation of a particular intersection between the natural and built environment. Currently, there are a series of exposed, above-grade diversion pipes that will later be functionally supplanted by the intake station at 4th Street, at which time they will be removed.  These paired diversion pipes are approximately 18” in diameter and are held in place by a series of caliche packed mounds that anchor and direct the pipe within the natural creek bed.  Our design seeks to bring to attention these temporal, infrastructural elements, and to reveal their mundane beauty through a linear series of glowing circular elements. The arrangement of these elements will undulate, swell, and distort based on site-specific data. Formally, the piece will serve as a visual linking agent between the additional Creek Show exhibits and the overall Creek Show site.


We herby declare that Halloween week officially starts today! Grab your friends and your best costume and join Parlor & Yard for their 3rd Annual Smushtacular Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza! The spooky fun is all happening on the patio—they’ll have door prizes,  a silent auction, and a costume contest. Don’t miss this howling good time!

When: Today, October 23rd

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Cost: A $5 donation is requested.

Parlor & Yard
601 W 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Come out to watch a ’90s thriller classic that still holds up today. Austin Parks Foundation will screen Jurassic Park, with their friends from Waller Creek Conservancy. Don’t miss this dino-mite evening!

Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass, and styrofoam are not permitted in the park.

When: Tonight, October 20th

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Palm Park
601 E 3rd St.
Austin, Texas 78701



Put on your best pair of lederhosen, because it’s Oktoberfest in Austin! Banger’s three-day festival continues today with live music, German-inspired food, games, and some of the best fall beers around..

They”ll have your regular favorites on the menu, plus: Spaetzle, Schnitzel, Weisswurst, and German Potato Cakes!

When: Today, October 14th – Sunday, October 18

Time: noon-midnight

Check out the full schedule here.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St.
Austin, Texas 78701

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Live Oak Brewing Company are proud to present you with outdoor movies at The Live Oak Brewery! It doesn’t get much more classic and wholesome than E.T. Relive your childhood with one of Steven Spielberg’s best movies ever.

Bring your fold-out chairs and blankets for a fun night of entertainment. Beer and food will be available for purchase.

When: Tonight, October 13th

Time: Doors @ 6:30 p.m. | Movie @ Twilight (7:30 p.m.-ish)

Live Oak Brewing Company
1615 Crozier Lane
Austin, TX 78617