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for Wed., Dec. 22
  • Soundwaves Art Gallery Grand Opening

    Join the Soundwaves Art Foundation for their gallery opening, featuring musician-signed artworks created by Tim Wakefield. Proceeds will benefit global charities.
    Sat. Dec. 11  
    Soundwaves Art Gallery
  • Dart 'em Up's 5th Birthday Celebration

    Dart 'em Up is celebrating their 5th Birthday with big savings and even bigger rewards! Owner Richard McVay invites the public to join them in the celebration with birthday giveaways, week-long special promos and a local charity partnership!
    Dec. 10-12  
    Dart 'em Up
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  • Arts

    Dance

    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    We've heard tell that Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker is this city’s favorite holiday tradition – and we're not fixing to argue. Here's a perfectly calibrated spectacle of delight, in which hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s score – with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra.
    Through Dec. 19: Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Also: Tue.-Thu., Dec. 21-23, 2pm. $20 and up.  
  • Food

    Food Events

    Cru Food & Wine Bar: Christmas Eve

    CRU's festive Christmas Eve menu lets you enjoy a night out with loved ones (Downtown or in the Domain) for a brief respite of stress-free wining and dining before the big day. Choose from a set menu for a fabulous three-course meal (or, sure, go a la carte instead). Appetizers include lobster bisque and tortelloni fonduta with black truffle butter; the entrée brings choices among jumbo shrimp scampi, NY strip steak, Alaskan halibut, braised short ribs; and you can opt for any of three different desserts (but we're totes focused on that chocolate mousse cake, omg). Note: Kids 12 and younger eat for half off.
    $55 dine-in, $125 for two to-go.
    Downtown at 238 W. Second #13; in the Domain at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace #104
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    Visual Arts

    Davis Gallery: Together Again

    Here's an extensive – and highly recommended – group exhibition that showcases the depth of work by 34 Texas-based Davis Gallery artists, celebrating the present and the historical feel of our everchanging state. Randall Reid. Denise M. Fulton. Dana Younger. Jan Heaton. Faustinus Deraet. Caprice Pierucci. Steve Brudniak. Lisa Beaman. B. Shawn Cox. And however many more, too, which a little math will reveal – but not as gloriously as seeing the art in person.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 4-7pm
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    Events

    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    Enjoy free and family-friendly events all month, and with your Downtown Passport, collecting stamps at participating businesses can get you entered in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a Hotel ZaZa staycation package, and others include gift cards and even a ukulele!
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Visual Arts

    Flatbed Press: Gatherings

    Here's a group exhibition celebrating Flatbed's 2021 publications, featuring the work of Miguel Aragon, Adrian Armstrong, David Everett, Annalise Gratovich, Mike Hart, Kim Kei, Lance Letscher, Melissa Miller, and Ben Muñoz.
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 11, 2-6pm
  • Arts

    Theatre

    Greetings from Shrewd Mountain Lodge

    Ready to solve a mystery, you clever sleuths? Here's a multimedia holiday whodunit – created by Jenny Connell Davis, Shannon Grounds, Trey Deason, and Raul Garza – in which things go awry among the cast and crew of the Winter Festival Play assembled at Shrewd Mountain Lodge. As strange events and sinister accidents continue to pile up, it becomes clear that someone or something is trying to sabotage the production. Note: Subscribers will hear from all six main characters via video messages, holiday cards, and letters in the actual mail over the course of six weeks – along with artifacts, souvenirs, and clues to help solve the mystery. Bonus: Discover the culprit by the end of Week 5, and you'll get an additional, special prize.
    The experience begins Dec. 12. $40-60.  
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Mexic-Arte Museum: Mix 'n' Mash: Las Flores – La Vida

    This new group exhibition displays flower-themed art from more than 200 local and regional artists, created on panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply, welcomed with a reception featuring tasty noms and beverages, a DJ set by P1nkstar, and more.
    Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 10, 6-9pm. $10 (for opening reception).
  • Community

    Events

    Nautical Light Show

    A boat tour is a lovely way to view the spectacular light show at Mozart's, made even sweeter with their treats and cocoa.
    Through Jan. 6  
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    Events

    Peppermint Parkway

    The holiday tradition at COTA is back and bigger than ever, with tons of fun for the family to be enjoyed from the car or at Peppermint Plaza. There's a mile of immersive displays, millions of lights, dancing elves, and race fans will enjoy taking a lap around the F1 track.
    Nov. 26-Dec. 26  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)

    The irrepressible Darren Peterson and Circus Chickendog return to the Vortex with their family-friendly circus extravaganza, featuring all manner of delightful antics with talented rescue dogs and a talking scarlet macaw. Written and directed by Melissa Vogt, with Tyler Mabry’s live original score including bits of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.
    Dec. 18-23: Sat.-Sun., Wed.-Thu., 4:30 & 6:30pm;. $15-35.
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    Events

    Winter Wanderland

    "Snow Close, Yet Snow Far Out" is the theme for this festive series of holiday happenings. Enjoy the neon rainbow decor, seasonal bevvies and treats, and fun activities: film screenings Thursday, photos with Santa Friday, and carols with Mrs. Claus Saturday.
    Through Dec. 26. Donations for Council on At-Risk Youth suggested.  
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    Out of Town

    "Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer"

    Known for her paintings and married to a famous photographer, this is the first exhibition that explores: O’Keeffe’s connection to photography.
    Sun., Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022  
    Museum Fine Arts, Houston
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    Arts & Culture

    Dragula Watch Party: Harry’s Dark Bar

    Catch the newest season of the Boulet Brothers’ horror-drag reality competition series with Dragula Season 3 alum Evah Destruction.
    Through Dec. 22. Wednesdays, 7-9pm  
  • Arts

    Theatre

    A Christmas Carol

    This Dickens classic is returning to the Topfer stage at ZACH for the seventh year, with exciting new songs and new cast members in addition to returning favorites under the direction of director Dave Steakley. (Most importantly, Marc Pouhé is back as Scrooge!) Musical direction by Allen Robertson puts some rockin' wheels under this holiday vehicle and the whole joyous spectacle brings the sin-and-redemption, the ghosts and the glories, the tiny and the Tim, until the much-awaited new year gets here.
    Through Jan. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $25 and up.  
  • Music

  • Music

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    Visual Arts

    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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  • Music

  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Artworks Gallery: Holiday Miniature Art Show

    Here's a group exhibition of "small, original artwork priced for the giving season," featuring many small pieces including paintings, pastels, and collage from Enid Wood, Ann Flemings, Lucy MacQueen, and Nate Fuss.
    Through Dec. 23
  • Community

    Sports

    Austin FC Holiday Merch

    Find the perfect gifts for soccer fans and celebrate Austin's MLS team's first season with ornaments, stockings, apparel, pet supplies, and pretty much anything else you can think of with the Verde logo in green & black.
    Ongoing  
    Online or at Verde Store: 506 Congress or 10414 McKalla Place
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    Events

    Austin Pets Alive! Store

    Austin Pets Alive! has some adorable items in the online shop and proceeds benefit animals in need. Find ornaments, toys, collars, cards, and more for any animal-lover on your list.
    Ongoing  
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    Events

    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Events

    Austin Trail of Lights

    The drive-through format for the trail means the fam can take in the magic of the beautiful light displays while you play holiday tunes and enjoy Christmas cookies.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 31, select dates  
  • Arts

    Dance

    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Events

    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays returns with online ordering with pickup or shipping, in-store shopping, and virtual and personal shopping. It is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
  • Arts

    Books

    Books, Books, Books in the ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores – in-person or online. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
  • Music

    Bruce Smith

    Wednesdays, 8pm
  • Arts

    Visual Arts

    Butridge Gallery: The Art of Peace

    Paintings and drawings by five award-winning Austin figurative artists: J.C. Amorrortu, Lawrence Jolly, Meena Matocha, Rhea Pettit, and Linda Wandt.
    Through Jan. 8  

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