We love events year round, but the Holiday Season might be our favorite. What Austin lacks for in wintery weather, we more than make up for in fun events and traditions.

Here’s a list of 10 of the things we’re looking forward to doing the most:


Austin Holiday Activities 2014

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10 of the best things to do in Austin this holiday season

  • Ice Skating at Whole Foods Downtown

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    In Austin, December is often a mix of cold, cool, and unseasonably warm days. Sometimes you have to participate in activities that remind you it’s the holiday season. 

  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

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    The bazaar was originally created to give local musicians a warm, dry place to play during the Christmas season. The live music combined with the market has made it immensely popular.

  • Austin Symphony Christmas Sing-A-Long

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    Caroling will begin on the grounds of the Capitol, and once the tree is lit, you can stroll down Congress, singing the night away.

  • The Nutcracker at The Long Center

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    This is one of those signature Christmas shows that I just can’t get enough of. Maybe it’s the famous ‘Russian Dance Song’ from the play that just exudes the magic of Christmas.  

  • Trail of Lights

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    Walking through this 1.25-mile trail of holiday awesomeness really gets you in the spirit. It’s basically a rite of passage to becoming an Austinite. 

  • Mozart's Holiday Light Show

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    An extravagant light display covers their building and flows throughout the patio. Each night they do an incredible light show starting on the hour beginning at 6pm. 

  • Decorating a Cedar Tree on 360

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    This tradition began over a decade ago with just one tree decorated under the cover of night by a local family. Now there are hundreds of trees decorated each year. (Don't forget to clean up after!)

  • Domain Tree Lighting

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    Each weekend through Christmas the Domain will have holiday activities including pictures with Santa, Carolers, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and more holiday fun! 

  • Zilker Holiday Tree

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    Be sure to stand in the center of the big light tree and spin in circles while looking towards the star at the top! It’s an Austin tradition. 

  • Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve at The Paramount

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    One of the most Austin-y ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Bob Schneider is back for his annual New Year’s Eve concert at The Paramount. It ultimately turns into one big party.

The Monday after a holiday weekend always hits me like a train. My body is the type of tired that I can’t explain and now I feel as if I need yet another holiday to recover from my weekend festivities.

For me, the best cure to this holiday hangover is a day out of the sun. Tonight, Alamo Drafthouse is doing a Quote-Along to the 1987 classic, Dirty Dancing. This should be a poster board for the ultimate girls night.

You know the quote-along drill. It’s a night celebrating, singing, and dancing along with the film, complete with props and endless fun.

When: today, July 7th

Time: 7:15 pm

Location:
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter
5701 W. Slaughter Lane
Austin, Texas 78749

https://drafthouse.com/movies/dirty-dancing-quote-along/austin

The end of the weekend is upon us again, and there’s no better way to spend it than with some Sunday Funday action on Rainey Street.

Banger’s is an enticing venue seven days a week, but they go a step beyond on Sundays by hosting their Big Band Brunch! They weekly event includes a special brunch menu that will make any meat eaters mouth water, and drinks that are dangerously good.

I was totally out-ordered the last time I was there. Almost everyone else ordered the Bang-A-Ranchero, and I found myself stealing bites from their trays the entire meal. So, that’s absolutely what I recommend trying for yourself (don’t make the same mistake I did)!

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Also try the ‘ManMosa’- a liter mug filled with a bottle of champagne; yes, a whole bottle, topped off with a splash of cranberry or OJ. If that’s a little too aggressive, you can check out the Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar

There’s live music from noon until 3pm, and your pup is always welcome to come join the party (they even have a special sausage just for dogs).

When: Sundays

Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://bangersaustin.com

It’s already that time again! Blues on the Green is back this week with Heartless Bastards. Last week they kicked things off with an epic crowd and great show! Can’t wait to see what tonight brings.

Blues on the Green is a classic Austin summer experience. There’s nothing quite like taking in the sunset and hearing some live music at Zilker Park with downtown as a backdrop. It’s pretty incredible.

Blues on the Green veterans know the drill, but for first time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in two factory sealed water bottles, blankets, chairs and your dog (must be on a leash at all times). The number one piece of advice I would say, is ride you bike /carpool or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker tonight can cause quite the headache.

They’ll have plenty of food vendors set up in case you’re hungry including Freebirds, How Do You Roll, Daily Juice, Southside Flying Pizza, Lambert’s FoodaPalooza, Heros Gyros, Bananarchy, Henri’s, and Amy’s Ice Cream.

If you’re new to Austin, definitely plan to go at least once this summer. It really is a rite of passage for living in this great city.

Blues on the Green lovers  — Text “Blues” to 29217 to join the Blues on the Green alert club and get access to exclusive information and contests.

JUNE 11 HEARTLESS BASTARDS with DANA FALCONBERRY
JUNE 25 SHINYRIBS with TAMECA JONES
JULY 9 GRUPO FANTASMA with GREYHOUNDS
JULY 23 ACL Fest Preview:ROBERT ELLIS with THE NIGHTOWLS
AUGUST 6 CHARLIES MARS

Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8pm

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/botg/

The Texas Rollergirls bouts are one of the most raved about “things to do” in Austin, and for good reason. This Saturday’s match up will be an event that is fun for the entire family.

Saturday is your chance to come out and see what all the fun is about. This is a very family friendly event, and fans are encouraged to come early and take pictures with the girls. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

Here is a fun video they made to get you in the rollergirl spirit!

To win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s games: share, comment or like this post & tell us who you would take. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Thursday.

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When: Saturday, June 14th 

Time: Opening Ceremonies: 5:45pm

First Game: 6pm

Second Game: 7:45pm

Location:
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasrollergirls.org

While Austin may not have an NBA team to cheer for they do have a hockey team that is playing for the conference champs! They currently lead the St. John Ice Caps in the series (1-0).

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Tonight is game two in the series and they need you to come out and support.  If you haven’t been to the Cedar Park Center there is not a bad seat in the house. You feel like you are right up there with the action.

When: today, June 9

Time: 7:30 pm

Location:
Cedar Park Center
2100 Avenue of the Stars
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

http://www.texasstarshockey.com

Often times catching your favorite show is better on a massive screen surrounded by other fanatics.  That’s exactly why The North Door is hosting a watching party for Game Of Thrones.

They’ll be showing tonight’s episode on their 25’ HD screen.

Admission: free

When: today, June 8th

Time: 6:30 pm – 10 pm (show starts at 8 pm)

Location:
The North Door
502 Brushy Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.ndvenue.com/event/552523-game-thrones-season-4-ep-austin/

Austinites love their pets, and Bryce Dishongh of Coat & Tails Pet Portraits commemorates them like no other: by dressing them up in Victorian outfits. Or famous people.

Portrait of Tanner and Clementine for Alex Boske of Round Rock

Portrait of Tanner and Clementine for Alex Boske of Round Rock

“I base my portraits on Victorian or Edwardian conventions because they’re usually highbrow and formal; by contrast, cats and dogs, especially those wearing clothes, are anything but. I aim for highbrow form and lowbrow content. I also want my portraits to show the pet’s personality and role in the family. Anthropomorphizing them helps tell that story in a humorous, symbolic, and conceptual way.”

Portrait of Louis, who is “absolutely obsessed with squirrels, and not in a good way!”

Portrait of Louis, who is “absolutely obsessed with squirrels, and not in a good way!”

You can choose from three different styles:

The styles are named after types of dog coats - Black Ticked, Brindle Fawn, and Blue Merle

The styles are named after types of dog coats – Black Ticked, Brindle Fawn, and Blue Merle

Bryce also helps raise money for local rescue groups. He gives 25% of the proceeds from his live portraits to them, and sometimes has fundraisers for specific causes. For example, in July of 2013, he worked with Austin Pets Alive! to help raise money for heartworm-positive dogs, and in November of 2013, he worked with Austin Dog Rescue to help raise money for adoptable dog Mary Lou and her litter.

Customized poster used in the Austin Dog Rescue fundraiser

Customized poster used in the Austin Dog Rescue fundraiser

 

Photo by Lisa Hause Photography (http://lisahause.com) / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods (www.etsy.com/shop/vonstreichergoods) / reproductions of Bryce’s drawings by Skyline Art Prints (www.skylineartprints.com)

Photo by Lisa Hause Photography (http://lisahause.com) / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods (www.etsy.com/shop/vonstreichergoods) / reproductions of Bryce’s drawings by Skyline Art Prints (www.skylineartprints.com)

Although Coat & Tails is relatively new to the scene, Bryce plans to expand his custom work to include non-custom, animal-related pieces–such as posters, themed T-shirts, and drawings–to his portfolio.

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Follow his work at the links below:

Website
Facebook
Tumblr
Instagram
Twitter

Bryce Dishongh can be contacted at bryce@coatandtails.com

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Austinites love their pets, and Bryce Dishongh of Coat & Tails Pet Portraits commemorates them like no other: by dressing them up in Victorian outfits. Or famous people.

Photo by Lisa Hause Photography (http://lisahause.com) / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods (www.etsy.com/shop/vonstreichergoods)

Photo by Lisa Hause Photography (http://lisahause.com) / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods (www.etsy.com/shop/vonstreichergoods) / reproductions of Bryce’s drawings by Skyline Art Prints (www.skylineartprints.com)

“I base my portraits on Victorian or Edwardian conventions because they’re usually highbrow and formal; by contrast, cats and dogs, especially those wearing clothes, are anything but. I aim for highbrow form and lowbrow content. I also want my portraits to show the pet’s personality and role in the family. Anthropomorphizing them helps tell that story in a humorous, symbolic, and conceptual way.”

Portrait of Louis, who is “absolutely obsessed with squirrels, and not in a good way!”

Portrait of Louis, who is “absolutely obsessed with squirrels, and not in a good way!”

You can choose from three different styles:

The styles are named after types of dog coats - Black Ticked, Brindle Fawn, and Blue Merle

The styles are named after types of dog coats – Black Ticked, Brindle Fawn, and Blue Merle

Bryce also helps raise money for local rescue groups. He gives 25% of the proceeds from his live portraits to them, and sometimes has fundraisers for specific causes. For example, in July of 2013, he worked with Austin Pets Alive! to help raise money for heartworm-positive dogs, and in November of 2013, he worked with Austin Dog Rescue to help raise money for adoptable dog Mary Lou and her litter.

Customized poster used in the Austin Dog Rescue fundraiser

Customized poster used in the Austin Dog Rescue fundraiser

 

Portrait of Tanner and Clementine for Alex Boske of Round Rock

Portrait of Tanner and Clementine for Alex Boske of Round Rock

Although Coat & Tails is relatively new to the scene, Bryce plans to expand his custom work to include non-custom, animal-related pieces–such as posters, themed T-shirts, and drawings–to his portfolio.

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Follow his work at the links below:

Website
Facebook
Tumblr
Instagram
Twitter

Bryce Dishongh can be contacted at bryce@coatandtails.com

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