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  • Hit the Road: Film Screening + After Party

    Join Indie Meme for the Texas Premiere of Hit the Road. Half ordinary road-trip and half surreal mystery, Hit the Road is a bold exploration of home, family, and the modern experience of displacement. In Persian w/ English subtitles. $15 tickets. Private After-Party for Members.
    Sun. Dec. 12, 6pm  
    AFS Cinema
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    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  
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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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    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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    Georgetown Square Lights

    The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" is merry and bright for the season, lit with tens of thousands of bulbs. Shop the square for a perfect gift and warm up with some hot cocoa as you take in the sights.
    Through Jan. 1. Free.  
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    Kelly Kline’s Pink Santa Toy Drive

    Help make holiday wishes come true for local children in need and donate new, unwrapped, and gender-neutral toys and gifts as part of Austin Pride’s 17th annual toy drive. See website for drop-off locations.
    Multiple locations
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    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  
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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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    AISD Repurposing Update

    Learn about what’s next for AISD’s schools that were closed last year, and how you can share your thoughts about how to best use those and other facilities.
    Wed., Dec. 8, 6-7pm  
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    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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    Austin MiniFEST

    An evening of live music, visual art, and community with Bridging the Music.
    Wed., Dec. 8, 5:45pm. $20.  
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    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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    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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    Casa Marianella Seeks Donations

    They're open 9am-10pm daily (1-10pm Wednesdays) to receive monetary and other donations for its shelter and service center for immigrants and asylum seekers.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 1  
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    Cenote Open Mic

    Got a song or two, a story to tell, or a joke you want to try on someone other than your S.O.? Cenote's Black Lodge is the perfect place to hop on the mic, and you might just discover the next big thing. Call ahead to confirm it's still on before heading out.
    Wednesdays, 6-8:45pm; sign up starts at 5:45  
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    Christmas Artisan Mercado

    Find handcrafted Latino art, jewelry, clothing, and crafts for everyone on your list.
    Through Sat., Dec. 11  
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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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    Donate Blood to Win Prizes

    Blood donations are especially needed around the holidays, so We Are Blood is offering a prize drawing with very special gifts for three lucky donors: a Playstation 5, an Ooni pizza oven, or an Apple Watch 7. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    East Side Beer Runners

    A community merging the two passions of pounding pavement and pounding pints. Run. Beer. Repeat.
    Wednesdays, 6:30pm  
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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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    Every Dog Is Lovable

    Submit a photo of and story about your dapper doggo for a chance to have your pet featured in the book Every Dog Is Lovable. Qualifiers will get a custom session with Dog Days Photography, and proceeds go to local nonprofit Hound Rescue.
    Nov. 26-March 18. $10 donation.  
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    Holiday in the Hills Light Trail

    Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country infused with sparkling lights and holiday cheer, then end your walk down the trail with a family-friendly game of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Santa's Magical Toy Shop.
    Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers put on an exhibit twice as large as the last one, found at Kalahari's Tom Foolery Adventure Park & Arcade, offering tons of family fun!
    Through Jan. 1. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm  
    Kalahari Resort, 3001 Kalahari Blvd.
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    Imagine Austin Speaker Series

    Deputy City Clerk Myrna Rios will discuss how to apply to be appointed to one of Austin’s 70 boards and commissions.
    Wed., Dec. 8, 5-6pm. Free.  
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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  
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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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    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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    Musical Advent Calendar

    Alex Coke (flutes, saxophone) and Elaine Barber (harp) offer you a musical calendar to mark the days of Advent, with a new song via mp3 each day covering various styles.
    Dec. 1-24. $25.  
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    No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology

    Ben McReynolds has donated his extensive and unique collection to the museum. It will be on view for a year along with the permanent collection that includes artifacts from La Belle, the French ship discovered in Matagorda Bay; the story of ranching on the coast; and more than 13,000 years of Texas history.
    April 23, 2021-April 30, 2022. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm  
    Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria
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    Over Parked and Under Performing

    Join Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas chapter and UCLA Research Professor Donald Shoup for a conversation on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment.
    Wed., Dec. 8, noon-5pm. Members, free; nonmembers, $30.  
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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.
    Online
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    Pub Quiz at Baker Street

    Triviaficionados are welcome to join this COVID-cautious quiz to compete for prizes.
    Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    Reiki Meditation

    Reiki is a modality that channels life force energy through you to bring optimal health to your mind, body and spirit.
    Wednesdays, 3:30pm. $22.  
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    Santa's Workshop

    Get a supply list and hop online to learn how to craft ornaments, puppets, and more with Cedar Park Parks & Rec.
    Through Dec. 10  
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    SIN Night at the Collaboratory

    Austin Eastciders rewards service industry professionals for their hard work with half-price pints and select sixers for only $5.
    Wednesdays, 3-10pm  
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    Starry Starry Nights

    Take an evening stroll among the glittering lighting displays in Badu Park. Come back on Sat., Dec. 11,: to play in the snow.
    Nov. 26-Dec. 31  
    Llano
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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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    Texas Makers Market

    Crafters and artisans from all over Texas sell their wares, chef Justin Huffman of Justine's offers sandwiches and eclairs at the Wild Card pop-up, and Ali Holder does tarot readings. RSVP to be entered in a prize pack drawing.
    Wed., Dec. 8, 5-8pm  
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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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    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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    Washers & Whiskey Wednesdays

    Dreamland hosts a free washer tournament with prizes. Come early to enjoy whiskey specials.
    Wednesdays, 7-8pm. Free.  
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    Yappy Hour

    What's better than a crisp cider after a long day? Knowing $1 from each pint goes to the animals of Austin Pets Alive!
    Wednesdays, 5-7pm  
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    YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

    A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
    English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. Free.  
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    Yoga Nidra

    An ancient meditation practice that can deeply restore the body and mind.
    Wednesdays, 7pm. $22.  
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