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  • The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus

    The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus is a delightful show set in a small town sheriff's office. The characters in the show weave a little romance in along with a mystery to solve. It is a heartwarming family friendly show that will put you in the Christmas Spirit. You don't want to miss this show!
    Dec. 2-12  
    Navasota Theatre Alliance
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    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.  
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    Creek Show

    Waterloo Greenway's annual show takes over the newly renovated Waterloo Park for 10 days, with stunning light-based art installations by local designers, activities for kids and families, and live music each night from Austin's top talent of various genres. And it's free! Don't miss this one.
    Nov. 12-21  
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    Eastside Pop Up + Handcrafted Vintage Market

    Meet at the birdcage to shop local artisans, makers, and vintage collectors and grab a burg from Nom Burgers.
    Sun., Nov. 21, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    Group Therapy at Hotel ZaZa

    Looking for a Thanksgiving meal as memorable as it is delicious? Reserve yourself a feast at the smart and snazzy Hotel ZaZa right in the heart of Downtown Austin, where the talented kitchen of Group Therapy will treat you very well indeed, fête-ing: you with the likes of a surf-n-turf crostini duo, sweet corn and poblano soup, and a Texas apple salad before you even get to the mains. And those mains? Orange Butter Scallop, with cauliflower pilaf and chili-rubbed baby carrots, is just one of the choices. (They also have the classic turkey option, natch.) You can à la carte everything here, of course, but we are so tempted by that order-the-whole-menu deal.
    Thu., Nov. 25, 4-11pm. $75.  
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    "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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    A Christmas Affair

    Get a jump start on holiday shopping at the Junior League's curated market.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 18-21  
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    Albert & Gage in Concert

    Christine Albert and Chris Gage bring their unique duets to the afternoon concert.
    Sun., Nov. 21. Donations accepted.  
    Fredericksburg
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    AusPop at Pershing Hall

    A special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Armadillo World Headquarters, wherein AusPop will display a selection of the museum's vast AWHQ poster collection along with some fabulous photos, album covers, and ephemera and play music by bands who performed at the AWHQ with a slideshow. Plus, a sneak peek at the in-progress AWHQ documentary, and a reunion for past employees Sunday. Donations will be accepted and the proceeds will benefit the Austin Museum of Popular Culture.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 19-21, noon-5pm. Donations accepted.  
    Pershing Hall, 2415 E. Fifth
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    Austin Flea

    Two chances to catch the Flea on Sunday: at Radio from 10am-4pm and at Friends & Allies from noon-4pm.
    Sun., Nov. 21  
    Radio Coffee + Beer, 4204 Menchaca; Friends & Allies, 979 Springdale
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    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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    Barton Creek Farmers Market

    A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
    Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
    4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
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    Bethany United Methodist Church Thanksgiving Meals Delivery

    At least 150 families are needed to help deliver meals to one or two families receiving meals. Volunteers are also needed to help load groceries into cars on the day of the event.
    Sun., Nov. 21, 1-3pm. Free.  
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
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    Desert Door Fourth Anniversary Party

    Celebrate four years of Desert Door with drink specials and live music all weekend. RSVP to enter a drawing for a West Texas Cargo Kit, which includes a Baggu bag, field blanket, bandannas, mugs, and a li'l something to wet your whistle.
    Nov. 18-21. Free.  
    Desert Door Distillery, Driftwood
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Scarf

    As temps drop, We Are Blood has your back (or neck). Donate blood or platelets to get a limited-edition scarf while supplies last.
    Nov. 18-27, 8am-6pm. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Kids

    Drop In & Create

    Looking for a hands-on art experience for all ages? The Contemporary brings out special art activities so the whole family can dig into the art, ideas, and materials seen in the exhibits.
    Sundays, noon-2pm
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    Escape the Box

    Take a journey through time exploring the hidden clues of Austin with Escape the Box, an outdoor guided tour, scavenger hunt, and escape game all in one! It entertains groups of 2-6 at $75 per group. The box features a number of puzzles and clues that can all be found in wonderful Austin neighborhoods along with discounts to participating businesses.
    Ongoing; see website for scheduled pickup times. $75.  
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Grounded by Fareground: Free Yoga

    Free yoga with mats, towels, and water provided every Sunday, enhanced by a sound bath every other week.
    Sundays. Through Dec. 12. Free.  
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    Hypno-Energy & Sound Healing

    A Zen, joyful, and relaxing class with varying focus topics each week.
    Sundays, 6pm. $22.  
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    Japan Fall Festival

    Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, a drink sampler, Japanese arts & games, anime goods, a yukata photo booth, hands-on calligraphy and origami, and Japanese traditional and contemporary entertainment and music performances. Plus, bid on the silent auction and join the fashion photo contest.
    Sun., Nov. 21, noon-4pm. Free.  
    Luther Park, Concordia University, 11400 Concordia Univ. Dr.
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Kids

    Kids' Chess Open Play

    Learn the basics and meet other young chess fans for a few games. Ages 17 and under, all skill levels welcome.
    Sundays, 1:30pm  
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    Lightscape

    The mile-long walking trail of lights creates an enchanted garden of monumental light displays.
    Nov. 19-Jan. 2. $18-25.  
    San Antonio
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    Marquise Salon Suites Toys for Tots Drop-Off

    The salon celebrates its first anniversary by partnering with the Marines to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need.
    Through Dec. 6. Mon., 10am-3pm; Tue.-Sat., 11am-5pm  
    Marquise Salon Suites, 7010 Hwy. 71 W. #150
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Austin's fave Christmas cocktail pop-up is back with a dizzying menu of creative concoctions. Grab a Dasher Pass to skip the outside line, and to-go orders can be taken online. A portion of proceeds from to-go sales will go to Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Children's Shelter.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 28  
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    Mission Accomplished Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

    Monetary and food donations are needed to help Mission Accomplished provide meal baskets for Austinites experiencing homelessness. Volunteer opportunities are also available for basket assembly and distribution.
    Basket assembly: Fri., Nov. 19; basket distribution: Sun., Nov. 1. Free.  
    Citywide
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    Mission Possible Austin Great Thanksgiving Banquet

    This is MPA’s annual Thanksgiving meal for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed throughout various segments of the day (multiple shifts available).
    Sun., Nov. 21, 9am-2:30pm. Free.  
    I-35 & Seventh St.
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    Motiv Fitness x Austin Eastciders

    Try a free fitness class with Motiv then quench your thirst with a complimentary half-pint of cider.
    Sun., Nov. 21 & 28, 11am-noon  
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    NFL at the Cavalier

    The Cavalier is your fave non-sports bar to watch sports. There's plenty of TVs, it's dog-friendly, parking is free, and there's $5 frozens and burgs during the game.
    Thursdays & Sundays. Free.  
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    Night at the Museum Ball

    House of Lepore takes the ballroom scene to the Carver with high-art realness to close out EAST.
    Sun., Nov. 21, 6-10pm. Free.  
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Project Connect Virtual Open House

    The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
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    Pumpkins for Pigs

    Those pretty pumpkins that make such lovely fall displays can be repurposed as food for the porcine residents of Central Texas Pig Rescue. Donate your intact, undecorated gourds at various locations, and text 512/850-6825 if you have a big haul to give (30+).
    Ongoing  
    16903 Sabertooth Dr., Round Rock; Rebel Cheese, 2200 Aldrich; Zucchini Kill Bakery, 701 E. 53rd; River City Wellness; 8708 S. Congress
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    Ranch Hand Weekend

    Celebrate the city’s ranching heritage with food, storytelling, craft demonstrations, and the annual: ranch hand breakfast on Saturday morning, a rare opportunity to visit the historic King Ranch.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 19-21  
    Kingsville
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    Red Aid Benefit

    Enjoy live music and shop the thrift pop-up to raise funds for Red Aid, an org providing support to political prisoners and their families.
    Sun., Nov. 21, 6pm. Free; donations accepted.  
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    Southwestern University Men's Basketball

    Vs. Texas-Dallas. Sat., Nov. 20, 4pm. Vs. Concordia. Sun., Nov. 21, 4pm  
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    St. Edward's University Men's Basketball

    Vs. St. Francis.
    Thu., Nov. 18, 7pm; Sun., Nov. 21, 1pm  
    Recreation & Athletic Center, 3001 S. Congress
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    Stronger Austin Virtual Classes

    Stronger Austin offers a wide variety of free virtual fitness classes, from cardio to Zumba, and you're bound to find one that fits your schedule amongst their daily offerings.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Sunday Satsang Meditation

    Commune with others and sit in silence to absorb the rich words of wisdom from teachers around the world.
    Sundays, 11am. $22.  
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    Sunday Tarot

    Join Carly for a 15-minute reading with the deck of your choice.
    Sundays, 6-8pm  
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    Texas Renaissance Festival

    Look for themed weekends throughout the festival’s eight-week run as the party includes new shows and games.
    Sat. & Sun., through Nov. 28  
    Todd Mission
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    TGIVING: Emmer & Rye

    The award-winning Emmer & Rye team led by Kevin Fink offers dinner meal kits that include a six-course meal and featuring a combination of fully prepared dishes and dishes that require minimal cooking. For instance, the kit for two people comes with a choice of protein (whole roasted heritage chicken or smoked lions mane mushroom) and all of the following sides & desserts: mixed green salad with hibiscus vinaigrette, sourdough stuffing, Deer Creek cheddar green bean casserole, roasted Kennebec potatoes; chicken gravy, Parker House rolls with cultured butter & pear jam, persimmon cobbler & rouge de Bourdeaux ice cream, and lavender cookies. Note: All orders must be picked up on Wed., Nov. 24.
    $150 (for two).  
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    TGIVING: Fleming's Steakhouse

    Ah, the elegance of Fleming's. (We noted the restaurant's appeal in this review. This year, enjoy a three-courser featuring the traditional herb-roasted turkey, or adventure deliciously beefward and choose a classic filet mignon or prime bone-in ribeye instead. (Pro tip: You'll want to opt for the lobster bisque as a starter; it's smooth and creamy heaven in a bowl.) Note: Dining in is such a treat at this place, and both the Domain and Downtown locations will be open, but you can also pre-order for picking up.
    Thu., Nov. 25, 11am-8pm  
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    TGIVING: Foxy's Proper Pub

    Where will you eat on Thanksgiving day, citizen? How about at this classic Irish pub Downtown – locally owned and operated, no less – where they'll be celebrating the holiday with $10 traditional turkey plates and $3 Wild Turkey bourbon gravy boats (while supplies last). Just like at home, the meal will be buffet-style for dine-in only. Bonus: Guests are encouraged to help decorate for Christmas afterward. Now, that's some community fun right there, tell you what.
    Thu., Nov. 25, noon-12mid  
    201 Brazos
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    TGIVING: Launderette

    This Eastside culinary gem among culinary gems is offering holiday dishes from gruyère scalloped potatoes to a chocolate pecan tart, with all manner of yum in between. Their roasted bone-in turkey feast (which will satisfy four to six hungry citizens) comes with turkey gravy, herbed sourdough stuffing (mmmm, fennel sausage, leeks, and apple), ginger cranberry sauce, and honey butter pull-apart rolls. They've also got a beef tenderloin option, and sides a-plenty, but we just keep thinking about that incredible homemade rosemary ice cream ($15 a pint). Note: Pre-order by Mon., Nov. 22.
    $190 (turkey), $230 (beef).  
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    TGIVING: Sala & Betty

    This epicenter of elevated downhome noms on Airport brings the turkey, turkey, turkey exuberance to full culinary force and accompanies the roasted bird with sides like wagyu excellente chorizo, garlic green beans, wild rice, Waldorf salad, and more. Note: Order by Nov. 22 for pickup on Wed., Nov. 24, 11am-5pm.
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    TGIVING: Simi Estiatoria: Baklava

    How many layers of memory in a lifetime of Thanksgivings? Easier to gauge: How many layers of sweet and delicate filo dough in Simi Estiatorio’s crowd-favorite baklava? The highly sought Mediterranean dessert will be available by pre-order for picking up at the restaurant, fresh and just in time for turkey day. Note: Order the delectably large pastries Nov. 17-23, noon-10pm, for pick-up on Wed. Nov., 24, 5-10pm.
    $50 (5 pieces), $100 (10 pieces).  
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    The Front Market Holiday Series

    An outdoor market with a new lineup of 30+ vendors each weekend, with rotating brunch menus and DJ sets to boot. Weekend one's theme is Art Date, with a lovely lineup of women and queer artists. Weekend two is Sustain Local in honor of National Small Business Weekend. The third will be Cozy Season, including a tamale pop-up and holiday vendors. The final installment is Santa, Baby, and will feature decadent brunch and two days of drag.
    Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 12. By donation.  
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    The Trains at NorthPark

    Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the longstanding tradition features the most elaborate miniature toy train exhibit in Texas, with trains rolling along 1,300 feet of track on a journey across America.
    Nov. 13-Jan. 2. $5-10.  
    NorthPark Center, Dallas
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    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Thanksgiving Dining

    Trace at the W

    This acclaimed venue of fine dining in the W Hotel is offering a three-course prix fixe, with tantalizing befores and afters surrounding the main dish of cider-glazed turkey or smoked prime rib or grilled pastrami-spiced salmon.
    Thu., Nov. 25, seatings at noon, 3pm, 6pm. $72.  
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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Virtual APL Book Clubs

    Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs covering all ages and interests, like a mother/daughter club, tween fantasy, true crime, classics, and more. Check out their website or Eventbrite for details and crack those books!
    Ongoing  
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    Virtual Livestreamed Workouts

    Check the schedule for a huge selection of livestreamed workouts and ballet classes taught by Ballet Austin instructors.
    Ongoing. Up to $12.50 per class.  
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