December PlanAhead: Your Austin events calendar

All month long

Blue Genie Art Bazaar | Fri., Nov. 19-Fri., Dec. 24 | 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | 6100 Airport Blvd. | Free | Pick up some locally-made gifts at this classic Austin event. 🎁

Peppermint Parkway | Fri., Nov. 26-Sun., Dec. 26 | Times vary | Circuit of the Americas | $35+ | Drive through one mile of magical Christmas displays. 

57th Annual Austin Trail of Lights | Now-Fri., Dec. 31 | Times vary | Zilker Park | $30+ | Kick off the holiday season with a standard Austin tradition, with a twist: Visitors will view the show from their vehicles this year. 🎄

A Christmas Carol | Wed., Nov. 24-Sun., Jan. 2 | Times vary | ZACH Theatre | $25+ | Let a visit to see this Christmas classic help you ring in the holiday season.

Strange, But Perfect by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia | Thurs., Dec. 2-Sun., Dec. 19 | 8 p.m. | Hyde Park Theatre | $25 | This play inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic tells the story of a New York marketing assistant quarantining with his grandmother.

Pinkmas at the Museum of Ice Cream | Thurs., Dec. 2- Sun., Jan. 9 | Times vary | Museum of Ice Cream | $39+ | This interactive exhibit includes 12 rosy new installations.

Luminations | Now-Sun., Jan. 30 | 6-9 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | $10+ | Set your eyes on the thousands of luminarias that will be lit at this nighttime event. 🕯

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” | Sat., Dec.4-Thurs., Dec. 23 | Times vary | The Long Center | $35+ | It’s Ballet Austin’s 59th annual production of the Christmas classic. 🩰

Downtown Holiday Stroll | Sat., Dec. 4-Fri., Dec.24 | Any time | Downtown Austin | Free | Download a Holiday Passport containing discounts and activity guides + get it stamped at more than 30 participating local businesses — more stamps, more prizes. 🎁

Dec.1-Dec.5

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Artists: Exhibit Your Work at Greenville Center for Creative Arts | Today-Fri., Jan. 28 | Greenville Center for Creative Arts, 101 Abney St. | $30 | With over 2,000 sq ft of exhibition space, Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites artists and curators to submit proposals for its 2024 exhibition schedule ($30 per artist proposal). Ⓟ

57th Annual Austin Trail of Lights | Now-Fri., Dec. 31 | Times vary | Zilker Park | $30+ | Kick off the holiday season with a standard Austin tradition, with a twist: Visitors will view the show from their vehicles this year. 🎄

Blue Genie Art Bazaar | Now-Fri., Dec. 24 | 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | 6100 Airport Blvd. | Free | Pick up some locally-made gifts at this classic Austin event. 🎁

Peppermint Parkway | Now-Sun., Dec. 26 | Times vary | Circuit of the Americas | $35+ | Drive through one mile of magical Christmas displays. 

Driskill Grand Lobby Tree Lighting | Wed., Dec. 1 | All day | The Driskill Hotel | Free | Stop by for a drink from the hotel’s famous historic bar and gaze in awe at the 16-ft Christmas tree. 🎄

Austin Music Video Festival | Wed., Dec. 1-Sat., Dec. 4 | Times Vary | Virtual + Various Locations | Free+ | Watch music videos, panels, award ceremonies, and more at this event. 🎞

Wynonna Judd | Wed., Dec. 1-Fri., Dec. 3 | 9 p.m. | Gruene Hall | $49.50 | Bring your boots for this night of music with the award-winning country singer — doors open at 7 p.m.

Texas Longhorns Women’s Basketball vs. Jackson State Tigers | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7 p.m. | Frank Erwin Center | $10+ | Put your horns up for this night of heated basketball. 🏀

HOME Cookin’ for the Holidays | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Tune into this star-studded concert event supporting Austin musicians.

A Christmas Carol | Now-Sun., Jan. 2 | Times vary | ZACH Theatre | $25+ | Let a visit to see this Christmas classic help you ring in the holiday season.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Butler Pitch & Putt Movies on the Greens: Happy Gilmore | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6 p.m. | Butler Pitch & Putt | Free | Bring your own blanket and some cash for sandwiches, candy, and beverages. 🍫

Strange, But Perfect by Carlo Lorenzo Garcia | Thurs., Dec. 2-Sun., Dec. 19 | 8 p.m. | Hyde Park Theatre | $25 | This play inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic tells the story of a New York marketing assistant quarantining with his grandmother.

Austin Fashion Week | Thurs., Dec. 2-Sun., Dec. 5 | Times vary | The Domain | $50+ | Get ready to appreciate dozens of new stylish looks at this outdoor event. 👠 

Luminations | Thurs., Dec. 2-Sun., Jan. 30 | 6-9 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | $10+ | Set your eyes on the thousands of luminarias that will be lit at this nighttime event. 🕯

Bert Kreischer | Thurs., Dec. 2 | Times vary | Bass Concert Hall | $39+ | The stand-up comedian currently has two comedy specials on Netflix, “Secret Time” and “The Machine.”

BoomBox | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 9 p.m. | Antone’s Nightclub | $20+ | Jam out to the rock duo BoomBox at this downtown venue.

Gioli & Assia | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 10 p.m. | The Concourse Project | $15+ | This Italian duo are known for their skills in singing, songwriting, and producing.

Austin Spurs vs. Greensboro Swarm | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $15+ | Get ready to cheer the Spurs on at this NBA G League game — doors open at 6 p.m. 🏀

Secondhand Serenade | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7 p.m. | Come and Take It Live, 2015 E. Riverside Dr., Bldg. 4 | $20+ | This alternative band will be joined by The Dangerous Summer and SayWeCanFly.

Pinkmas at the Museum of Ice Cream | Thurs., Dec. 2- Sun., Jan. 9 | Times vary | Museum of Ice Cream | $39+ | This interactive exhibit includes 12 rosy new installations.

Starlit Austin | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 4-8 p.m. | Indeed Tower, 200 W. 6th St. | Free | Watch performances + check out pop-ups at this family-friendly event.

Winter Waterland Gala | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6:30-10 p.m. | The Driskill | Free+ | Attend a silent auction or secure a VIP ticket — all proceeds go toward Well Aware’s efforts to provide clean water.

Three Dog Night | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $39.50+ | Take a trip back in time to listen to this classic band perform old favorites — doors open at 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3

Samuel Comroe: Live in Austin | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | Big Laugh Comedy Austin | $20+ | Get a good laugh with this Los Angeles comedian who has won multiple comedy competitions and has 45,000+ Youtube subscribers. ▶️

Capital City Black Film Festival | Fri., Dec. 3-Sun., Dec. 5 | Times vary | Virtual | Free+ | Learn from experts in film and celebrate the city’s Black independent filmmakers at this festival.

Bob Saget | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $30+ | The “Full House” star will be performing stand-up comedy at this historic venue.

Kaytranada – Autumn ‘21 Tour | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m . | Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater | $39.50+ | If you can’t make it to this performance, the venue added a second night of the show on Dec. 4. 

The Guess Who | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd. | $60+ | The legendary rock band will perform hits from their last six decades of performances. 

Texas Longhorns vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley | Fri., Dec. 3 | 6 p.m. | Frank Erwin Center | $12 | Cheer on the horns as they face down the UTRGV Vaqueros at this basketball game.

Community First! Village Holiday Market | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | 4-9 p.m. | Community First! Village | Free | Shop, listen to music, and eat delicious local food at this event organized by Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Scream Hollow presents Twisted Christmas | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | 6-11 p.m. | Scream Hollow, 149c Split Rail Ln. | $6+ | Make your Christmas a little spookier at this event sure to give you a serious scare.

Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | The Long Center for Performing Arts | $29 | Watch a 10-piece band perform holiday classics in a new way..

Celebrate the Holigays | Fri., Dec.3-Sun., Dec. 5 | Times vary | St. Martin’s Church, 606 W. 15th St. | $20+ | The Austin Gay Men’s Chorus performance will include a range of songs.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Downtown Holiday Stroll | Sat., Dec. 4-Fri., Dec.24 | Any time | Downtown Austin | Free | Download a Holiday Passport containing discounts and activity guides + get it stamped at more than 30 participating local businesses — more stamps, more prizes. 🎁

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” | Sat., Dec.4-Thurs., Dec. 23 | Times vary | The Long Center for the Performing Arts | $20+ | It’s Ballet Austin’s 59th annual production of the Christmas classic. 🩰

Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour | Sat., Dec. 4 | Times vary | The Paramount Theatre | $39.75 | Attend the 7:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. performance by this stand-up comedian.

Flamingosis | Sat., Dec. 4 | 8 p.m. | Historic Scoot Inn | $20+ | This performer combines funk, electronic, and old-school soul in his music — all ages welcome

World Championship Ice Racing Series | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $10.50+ | The fastest motorcycles and quad racers on ice come to Cedar Park for one night of breathtaking stunts.

Will Klemm: the Matter of Enchantment | Sat., Dec. 4-Thurs., Dec. 30 | All day | Wally Workman Gallery | Free | This exhibit of Klemm’s landscape paintings will be open until the end of the month.

2nd Annual Backyard Makers Market | Sat., Dec. 4-Sun., Dec. 5 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1306 Berkshire Dr. | Handmade goods for sale at this event include cutting boards, ceramics, and soaps. 

The Front Market | Sat., Dec. 4-Sun., Dec. 5 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Ani’s Day and Night, 7107 E. Riverside Dr. | Free, donations accepted | This event includes dozens of vendors, rotating brunch, and a DJ.

Yard Bar’s Annual Pugly Sweater Party | Sat., Dec. 4 | 12-3 p.m. | Yard Bar | Free | Compete in ugly sweater contests for dogs, humans, and groups at this event benefiting the Pug Rescue of Austin.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Al Franken | Sun., Dec. 5 | 7 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $35+ | The former Saturday Night Live writer and US senator is in Austin for one night only.

Young Voices of Austin | Sun., Dec. 5 | 3 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $10+ | Listen to the Choristers of Young Voices of Austin perform their winter concert in the Stateside Theatre. 🎶

for King & Country: A Drummer Boy Christmas | Sun., Dec. 5 | 7 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $23+ | The award-winning holiday duo’s winter tour includes Christmas favorites and new songs. 🎄

Rock the Red Kettle featuring Pat Green and Cory Morrow | Sun., Dec. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | ACL Live at The Moody Theater | $48 | Doors open at 6:45 for this night of country music benefitting the Salvation Army.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Hotel Granduca | Sun., Dec. 5 | 6 p.m. | Hotel Granduca | Free | Come for the tree, stay for the choir, treats, and sweets.

2nd Annual Backyard Makers Market | Sat., Dec. 4-Sun., Dec. 5 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1306 Berkshire Dr. | Handmade goods for sale at this event include cutting boards, ceramics, and soaps. 

The Front Market | Sat., Dec. 4-Sun., Dec. 5 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Ani’s Day and Night, 7107 E. Riverside Dr. | Free, donations accepted | This event includes dozens of vendors, rotating brunch, and a DJ.

Dec.6-Dec.12

Monday, Dec. 6

The Brummies | Mon., Dec. 6 | 7 p.m. | Empire Control Room | $13 | Start your week right with a performance by this alternative band from Alabama.

A John Waters Christmas | Mon. Dec. 6 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $20+ | Tune in for the comedian’s 25th Annual Xmas Tour.

Sammy Hagar & The Circle | Mon., Dec. 6 | 8 p.m. | ACL Live at The Moody Theater | $55+ | See rock-and-roll legends Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony at this epic event — doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Hamilton | Tues., Dec. 7-Sun., Dec. 19 | Times vary | Bass Concert Hall | $49+ | The hit musical about America’s founding fathers is in Austin for 16 nights.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Lindsey Buckingham | Wed., Dec. 8 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $35+ | The guitarist behind “Law and Order” and “Seeds We Sow” has also written songs for other artists, including Fleetwood Mac. 🎸

Mexico vs. Chile | Wed., Dec. 8 | 8:30 p.m. | Q2 Stadium | $67+ | The Mexican Men’s National Team plays its first match in Austin versus the two-time Copa America champions. ⚽️

Thursday, Dec. 9

The Watchmaker’s Song | Thurs., Dec. 9-Sun., Dec. 12 + Thurs., Dec. 16-Sun., Dec. 18 | Times vary | Niell-Cochran House Museum | $10+ | This interactive iteration of the classic The Nutcracker is a great event for kids and adults alike.

Neal Francis w/ Kalu & The Electric Joint | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 8 p.m. | Antone’s Nightclub | $20+ | The rock artist will be joined by bluesy group Kalu & The Electric Joint.

Suzy Bogguss | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7 p.m. | One World Theatre | $20+ | Grammy-winning Bogguss who has covered country, swing, jazz, folk, Americana, and roots music is a must-see. 🎙

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2021 | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Frank Erwin Center | $49.50+ | This epic, lit-up light show celebrates the group’s album “Christmas Even and Other Stories.” 🎻

The Milk Carton Kids | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $35+ | Enjoy a peaceful night with the indie folk duo.

Chicago Wolves vs. Texas Stars | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $18+ | This night of hockey is sure to be action-packed — doors open at 6 p.m. 🐺

Friday, Dec. 10

Blackberry Smoke: You Hear Georgia Tour | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8 p.m. | ACL Live at The Moody Theater | $39+ | This country rock band will be performing tracks from their most recent album, “You Hear Georgia.”

Pink Talking Fish | Fri., Dec. 10 | 9 p.m. | 3TEN Austin City Limits Live | $31+ | Reminisce with this tribute to Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish.

Mega64 | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8 p.m. | Stateside at the Paramount Theatre | $25 | Laugh out loud to this comedy performance inspired by video games. 👾

The Moth Mainstage | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $30+ | Settle in for a night of fabulous performances from The Moth, a nonprofit devoted to storytelling.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical | Fri., Dec. 10 | 6 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $29.95+ | Children will love this musical about the elves that serve as scouts for Santa.

Hayes Carll | Fri., Dec. 10-Sun., Dec. 12 | 8 p.m. | Antone’s Nightclub | $26.50+ | This Woodlands native is in Austin for three nights.

Community First! Village Holiday Market | Fri., Dec. 10-Sat., Dec. 11 | 4-9 p.m. | Community First! Village | Free | Shop, listen to music, and eat delicious local food at this event organized by Mobile Loaves and Fishes. 🛍

Scream Hollow presents Twisted Christmas | Fri., Dec. 10-Sat., Dec. 11 | 6-11 p.m. | Scream Hollow, 149c Split Rail Lane | $6+ | Make your Christmas a little spookier.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Santa’s Jingle Bell Run 5K & Kids K | Sat., Dec. 11 | 7:30 a.m. | San Marcos Plaza Park | $15+ | Have a holly, jolly time running to Christmas music at this event. 🎅

Todd Snider | Sat., Dec. 11 | 9 p.m. | Gruene Hall | $25 | Snider’s latest album is described as a mix of Americana, funk, and folk.

Bruce & Kelly’s Holiday Shindig | Sat., Dec. 11 | 8 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $30+ | Get in the spirit with this Christmas songwriting performance from the country duo.

Ian Moore Family Christmas | Sat., Dec. 11 | 8 p.m. | Stateside at the Paramount Theatre | $20+ | Enjoy an acoustic performance of well-known and rare Christmas songs.

Chicago Wolves vs. Texas Stars | Sat., Dec. 11 | 7 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $18+ | This night of hockey is sure to be action-packed. 🐺

Chelsea Grin | Sat., Dec. 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Come and Take It Live, 2015 E. Riverside Dr., Bldg. 4 | $18 | This deathcore band will be joined by other artists Brand of Sacrifice, Kingdom of Giants, and Filth.

Dawes | Sat., Dec. 11 | 7 p.m. | Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater | $29.50+ | Know before you go: You’ll need a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to attend this indie artist’s show.

Texas Longhorns Women’s Basketball vs. Idaho Vandals | Sat., Dec. 11 | 1 p.m. | Frank Erwin Center | $20+ | Cheer on the Longhorns at this afternoon game.

Sunday, Dec. 12 

A Charlie Brown Christmas | Sun., Dec. 12 | Times vary | Stateside at the Paramount Theatre | $22+ | It’s not such a bad little tree, after all — Listen to music from the beloved Christmas classic live at this event. 🎄

Chicago Wolves vs. Texas Stars | Sun., Dec. 12 | 5 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $18+ | This night of hockey is sure to be action-packed.

The Nightowls’ Block Party | Sun., Dec. 12 | 4 p.m. | 3TEN Austin City Limits Live | $12 | Get ready to dance at this 10-piece band’s performance.

Dec.13-Dec.19

Monday, Dec. 13

A Drag Queen Christmas | Mon., Dec. 13 | 8 p.m. | ACL Live at The Moody Theater | $57.50+ | This star-studded event features Brooke Lynn Hytes, Crystal Methyd + Shea Coulee.

101X Indie Xmas: lovelytheband | Mon., Dec. 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Emo’s Austin | $29.50+ | Jam out to pop tunes at this three-part concert + listen to special guests the Cannons and Richie Quake.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Texas Longhorns vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff | Tues., Dec. 14 | 8 p.m. | Frank Erwin Center | $10+ | Put your horns up for this basketball game versus the Golden Lions. 🏀

It’s a Wonderful Life | Tues., Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $11 | Enjoy the classic 1946 Christmas movie in the Paramount’s historic theatre — doors open at 6:30 p.m. 🎥

Pink Sweat$ | Tues., Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | Emo’s Austin | $23+ | This R&B artist will be joined by Bren Joy.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Glass, Oil, Wood | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7-10 p.m. | The Parlor | Free | Check out this exhibit of artwork that incorporates oil paintings, kiln-fired painted glass, and fine woodworking.

Jelly’s 9th Annual Christmas Jam | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7 p.m. | 3TEN Austin City Limits Live | $25+ | Enjoy and evening featuring sets from local bands The Mammoths, The Watters, Jelly Ellington, and Otis Wilkins — funds will benefit the SIMS Foundation.

Squid Games Trivia Night | Wed., Dec. 15 | 6:30 p.m. | The Volstead | Free | From red light, green light to carving out figures in a honeycomb, test your knowledge on this popular Netflix show.

Love Actually | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre | $11 | We feel it in our fingers, we feel it in our toes — it’s the time to watch “Love Actually” again. You might as well watch it in the historic downtown theater.

Stars On Ice | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park | $39+ | US + World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be joined with other legendary skaters for this event. ⛸

Thursday, Dec. 16

Pop Spot ATX Christmas Shopping Party | Thurs., Dec. 16-Sun., Dec. 18 | Times vary | Hilton Austin | $10+ | Get ready to do some serious shopping at this party, which includes a full bar + music.

Cupid’s Happy Hour | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Flores Mexican Restaurant – Four Points | Free | Don’t be shy, enjoy this happy hour hosted by Cupid’s Undie Run participants — appetizers included.

Aubrey Logan – The Carol of the Bells Tour | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 8 p.m. | Parker Jazz Club | $35 | Come out and enjoy this musical Christmas show featuring Aubrey Logan + two special guests. 

the Brewery Comedy Tour | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7-8:30 | Gourdough’s, 1503 S. 1st St. | Free | Treat yourself to laughter + brews at this event featuring various comedians.

AYREP December 2021 Ugly Sweater Party | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Oskar Blues Brewery Taproom | Free+ | Join local real estate professionals to network at this holiday-themed event.

Jonathan Van Ness | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. | ACL Live at The Moody Theater | $65.75+ | You won’t want to miss this “Queer Eye” star, children’s book writer, haircare guru, and Emmy nominee. 🤸

Tejano Christmas Toy Drive | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 8:30 p.m. | 3TEN Austin City Limits Live | $15+ | This concert features J.R. Gomez y Los Conjunto Bandits benefits Travis County Sheriff’s Brown Santa program.

Friday, Dec.17

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar | Fri., Dec. 17-Sun., Dec. 19 | 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Palmer Events Center | $10 | Kids under 12 have free entry to this shopping and live music event.

Full Moon Drum Circle | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7 p.m. | Texas Music Ranch | Free | Gather around the during the full moon with good intention — drums, flutes and acoustic instruments, costumes, smudge, and water are welcome. 🌕

Annual BBQ Banquet | Fri., Dec. 17 | 5 p.m. | Central Texas Archery | Free | Bring your appetite for this potluck style BBQ banquet — membership meeting to follow after dinner. 🍗

3rd Annual Holiday Jam·Bo·Ree | Fri., Dec. 17 | 8 p.m. | 3TEN Austin City Limits Live | $30 | This holiday event will feature performances by musical acts including A-Town GetDown, Flyjack, and Graveltooth.

Saturday., Dec. 18

Open House | Sat., Dec. 18 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Downtowner Gallery | Free | Join in on the fun during this day of shopping + meet members of the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Art.

10 Year Anniversary Toy Drive | Sat. Dec. 18 | 9 a.m. | Zilker Park Disc Golf Course | Come out for a good cause at this toy drive — toys will be donated to the SAFE organization. 🎄

Twas the Rave Before Christmas 2: 8O8 Love | Sat., Dec. 18 | 10 p.m.-6 a.m. | ArtBrut Lounge | $15+ | Grab a friend and get your tickets to this local holiday rave. 

Glass Soldier HQ – Grand Opening | Sat., Dec. 18 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 3445 Executive Center Dr. | $40 | Celebrate with brunch at the grand opening for the Glass Soldier HQ/Dr. Diandra Poe Impact Center.

Krampus Krawl | Sat., Dec. 18 | 5-10 p.m. | Various locations | $10 | Get in the spirit of the season at this twisted holiday bar crawl — Krampus costumes are welcome. 

Sunday, Dec. 19

Eric Roberson Live in Concert | Sun., Dec. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Speakeasy | $35+ | Enjoy the sounds of this Grammy-nominated rhythm and blues artist live in concert as he celebrates his new album “Lessons.” 🎶

The 8th Annual DJs Who Stole Christmas Food Drive | Sun., Dec. 19 | 1-11 p.m. | 15630 Vision Dr., Pflugerville | Free | Turn your Sunday Funday into a day of giving — including DJs playing music to raise donations + money for The Central Texas Food Bank.

Gospel Brunch | Sun., Dec. 19 | 11:30 a.m. | EL Mercado Restaurant South | Donations accepted | Fill + pass the tip jar during this Sunday brunch, which will include music and food with community members.

Frida Friday ATX | Sun., Dec. 19 | 12-5 p.m. | Lustre Pearl South | Free | Enjoy the sounds of various DJs at this community event. ​​ 

Dec.20-Dec.26

Monday, Dec. 20 

Ladies’ Nite | Mon., Dec. 20 | 7 p.m.-2 a.m. | Giddy Ups | Free | Get your boots and join the ladies during this Honky Tonk Monday session. 

Metal Monday | Mon., Dec. 20 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | The Jackalope South Shore | Free | Get ready for a metal blastin’, horror movies playin’, booze flowin’ good time at this neighborhood bar. 🎸

TubaChristmas | Mon., Dec. 20 | 9:30 a.m. | Texas State Capitol | $10 registration | Local Tubists, Euphomonists, and baritone horn players are invited to rehearse on the south steps of the Capitol — the main concert starts at noon. 

Tuesday, Dec. 21

APS Performance & Writing Workshop Series | Tues., Dec. 21 | 8 p.m. | Native Hostel and Bar & Cafe | Free | Take some time out to write poetry with local poets.

Breck’s Open Blues Jam – Tuesday’s Just As Bad | Tues., Dec. 21 | 7:45 p.m. | Giddy Ups | Free | Hang out and enjoy the sounds of this blues jams in South Austin. 

Tuesday Hike – Mary Moore Searight Park | Tues., Dec. 21 | 8 a.m. | Mary Moore Searight Trail, 907 W Slaughter Ln. | Free | Grab your hiking shoes and join this 2.1-mile hike — leashed dogs are welcomed. 

Holiday Gift Wrap Fundraiser | Tues., Dec. 21-Fri., Dec. 24 | Times vary | Barton Creek Square | Free | Volunteers are needed for this gift-wrapping holiday event benefiting rescued maltese dogs. 🎄

Cari Hutson & Good Co. live | Tues., Dec. 21 | 8-9:30 p.m. | The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. | $10 |  This Tuesday night jam will feature a brand new Christmas song to party to at the pub. 

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Salsa Wednesday with Tumbao Orquesta | Wed., Dec. 22 | 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. | ONE-2-ONE BAR | $10 | Get ready to salsa the night away to live music — doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Jim & Hilary Play Jester King | Wed., Dec. 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Jester King Brewery | Free | Vibe out to the music at the brewery and sip on brews + pizza. 🍕

Assertive Communication Skills Training Workshop | Wed., Dec. 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | River Place Country Club | $625 | Participants will learn to understand individual behavioral style + implement useful problem solving skills.

Drop-In Fossil Identifications | Wed., Dec. 22 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Texas Memorial Museum | Included with admission | Meet a paleontologist + learn how to care for your fossil and get information about its estimated age and paleobiology.

AGSDR’s 14th Annual Holiday Gift Wrap | Wed., Dec. 22 | 4-8 p.m. | Nordstrom Barton Creek Square | Free | Join the Austin German Shepherd Rescue for this holiday gift wrap fundraising event. 🎁

Thursday, Dec. 23

Oh Antonio and His Imaginary Friends Holiday Hap | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7-9 p.m. | Meanwhile Brewing Company | Free | Gather your friends and join in on this holiday concert on the Meanwhile outdoor stage.

Paul Klemperer’s Festivus Celebration | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7-10 p.m. | The Far Out Lounge and Stage | Donation based | This will be an evening of 
music, dance, and humor + is a fundraiser for Austin Children’s Shelter/SAFE Alliance.

Friday, Dec. 24

AGSDR’s 14th Annual Holiday Gift Wrap| Fri., Dec. 24 | 12.-5 p.m. | Nordstrom Barton Creek Square | Free | This is the last day for this gift wrapping event — volunteers are needed. 🎁

Christmas Eve Service with Special Guest Jordan Smith | Fri.., Dec. 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | LifeAustin Southwest | Free | LifeFamily will host special musical guest Jordan Smith for this Christmas Eve service — another service will take place at 4 p.m.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | Fri., Dec. 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Dreamer’s Church | Free | This special Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will include classic carols, along with a special message from the pastor. 🎄

Saturday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

Santiago Jimenez Jr.’s Blue Christmas | Sat., Dec. 25 | 8 p.m. | Antone’s Nightclub | $12+ |  Top off the night at this show also featuring Conjunto Los Pinkys + Manolo Black — doors open at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 26

Gospel Brunch | Sun., Dec. 26 | 11:30 a.m. | EL Mercado Restaurant South | Donations accepted | Pass the tip jar during this Sunday brunch, which will include music + food with community members.

Rams at Vikings 15th Reg | Sun., Dec. 26 | 12-3 p.m. | The Warehouse Billiard Bar | Free | Get your sports gear and come on down to watch the game with other fans. 

Dec.27-Dec.31

Monday, Dec. 27

Do You Feel It? Run Club | Mon., Dec. 27 | 6:30 p.m. | The Loop Running Supply |  Reservations required | Grab your sneakers and meet on The Loop front porch to go for a 3-mile run along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

​​David Touchton & Friends | Mon., Dec. 27 | 8:30-11:30 p.m. | Giddy Ups | Free | Come out and listen to the “thunderous bass voice, coming from a bluesy countryside.” 🎸

Tuesday, Dec, 28

APS LAST OPEN SLAM of the YEAR | Tues., Dec. 28 | 8 p.m. | Native Hostel | $10+ | Come out to listen to or perform poetry amongst local poets. 

The Jungle Show | Tues., Dec. 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Antone’s Nightclub | $75 | This show will feature Billy F Gibbons, Mike “The Drifter” Flanigin, Chris Layton, Sue Foley, and special guest Jimmie Vaughan.

Breck’s Open Blues Jam – Tuesday’s Just As Bad | Tues., Dec. 28 | 7:45 p.m. | Giddy Ups | Free | Get ready to vibe out to this Blues Jam — come early for happy hour from 4-7 p.m.

Tuesday Hike – Mary Moore Searight Park | Tues., Dec. 28 | 8 a.m. | Mary Moore Searight Trail, 907 W Slaughter Ln. | Free | Grab your hiking shoes and join this 2.1-mile hike — leashed dogs are welcomed. 🥾

Wednesday, Dec. 29

The Capital City Takeover – Hosted by Gary Owen | Wed., Dec. 29 | 8 p.m. | Bass Concert Hall | $49.99+ | Get ready to laugh at this comedy show hosted by comedian Gary Owen, with special performances by Lavell Crawford and Kountry Wayne.

Two-Step Lessons | Wed., Dec. 29 | 7-8 p.m. | Sagebrush Austin | $5+ donations suggested | Join in on this lesson and learn the “Austin Honky-Tonk Two-Step.” 🤠

CoCo Tastings | Wed., Dec. 29 | 1-4 p.m. | Total Wine & More, 10001 Research Blvd., Ste. 300, | Free | Get a taste of CoCo Vodka, rum, pineapple, and lime — made with REAL coconut water, true distilled Spirits, and real juices.

Paul Simon Songbook, Austin Symphony | Wed., Dec. 29-Thurs., Dec. 30 | 8-10:30 p.m. | Palmer Events Center | $35+ | Journey through Paul Simon’s music as a songwriter from his time with Simon and Garfunkel, through his solo albums Graceland + Rhythm of the Saints.

Salsa Wednesday with Tumbao Orquesta | Wed., Dec. 29 | 8:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m. | ONE-2-ONE BAR | $10 | Get ready to salsa the night away to live music — band starts playing at 10 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 30 

New Year’s Eve Pre-party with Cory Henry | Thurs., Dec. 30 | Antone’s Night Club | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | $35+ | This show will also include RC & The Gritz, a soul, R&B, and hip-hop band.

New Year’s Retreat | Thurs., Dec. 30-Sun., Jan. 2 | Samadhi Yoga Retreat | $849+ | Rediscover yourself as you bring in the new year at this wellness retreat. 🧘

THE BATTLE OF ATX: Rage Against the Machine Tribute | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7 p.m. | Come and Take It Live| $10 | Get ready to enjoy this Rage Against the Machine Tribute — doors open at 7 p.m. 

SAD SONGS ONLY | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 8 p.m. | Drinks Lounge | Come out to this neighborhood bar and get into your feelings as you listen to only sad songs. 🎶

Abuelita’s Christmas Carol | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center | Free | This Tex-Mex holiday classic is a fun play written about a special grandma.

Friday, Dec. 31

Grupo Fantasma with Henry Invisible | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | The Sunset Room | $30+ | Get ready for music and fun at this New Year’s Eve show — general admission includes a complimentary champagne toast. 🥂

The Roosevelt Room’s Roaring 20s NYE Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m.-2 a.m. | The Roosevelt Room | $75+ | Get your Roaring ‘20s outfits ready for this party including classic cocktails and upbeat Electro-swing music. 

The Hive New Year’s Eve Celebration | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m. | The Hive | $25+ | Enjoy the sounds of bands Kim and Her Bad Habits and Choctaw Wildfire  — VIP tables also available. 

Legendary New Year’s Eve Bash | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | Speakeasy| $49+ | Bring in the New Year while you dance the night away with live music from Suede. 🍾

IKKICON 16 TEXAS ANIME CONVENTION | Fri., Dec. 31-Jan. 2 | 5 p.m. | Austin Marriott Downtown | $59+ | Calling all anime fans, get into character and join this three-day weekend anime convention.

The Capitol Countdown | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | The Belmont | $50 | This party will include top DJs spinning three different genres of music, two balloon drops, and special dance performances. 

New Year’s Eve with Cory Henry | Fri, Dec. 31 | Antone’s Nightclub | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | $50+ | This show will also include RC & The Gritz, a soul, R&B, and hip-hop band.

Mediterranean New Year’s Eve Celebration 2022 | Fri., Dec. 31 | Radisson Hotel Austin | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | $65+ | This celebration includes a three-course dinner, live music, and champagne toast.

Madam Radar and Reverent Few | Fri., Dec. 31 | ONE-2-ONE BAR | 10:00 p.m. | $25 | Party into 2022 as you listen to these bands play songs from the year 1971. 

Whiskey & Whimsy| Fri., Dec. 31 | Fierce Whiskers Distillery | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | $160 | The night will feature music, whimsical performances, and spectacular cocktails. 🥃

2022 Austin New Year’s Eve Party – Gatsby’s House | Fri., Dec. 31 | Hilton Austin | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | $119+ | Ring in 2022 by celebrating at this party, which will include an open bar, private dance floors, casino games with prizes, and DJs. 🍾

Era NYE | Fri., Dec. 31 | The Concourse Project | 8 p.m. | $40+ | Electronic duo Bob Moses will be playing a club set at this party also featuring Walker & Royce and Cassian.

ATX NYE 2022 Celebration | Fri., Dec. 31 | Historic Victory Grill | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | $15+ | Come dressed to impress at this event where you’ll experience good music, dancing, food, and drinks. 🥂

New Year’s Eve Silent Disco at The Domain | Fri., Dec. 31 | The Brass Tap – Austin | 9:45 p.m.-1:45 a.m. | $20+ | Put your headphones + glow-in-the-dark gear on and prepare to vibe out to three live DJs.

The 6th Annual Goblin King’s New Years Eve Ball | Fri., Dec. 31 | Elysium | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | $23+ | Let the goblins “take you away” at this ball complete with white flowing walls, feathers, pearls, and twinkling lights. 🍾

Rock in the New Year with Ruby Dee! | Fri., Dec. 31 | The Driskill | 10 p.m. | Free | Prepare yourself to jam out with Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers at this New Year’s Eve event. 

Ghostland Observatory NYE in Austin | Fri., Dec. 31 | Emo’s Austin | 8:30 p.m. | $69 | This New Year’s Eve special show will feature electro music duo Ghostland Observatory. 

Golden Dawn Arkestra’s COSMIC DISCO NEW YEAR’S EVE | Fri., Dec. 31 | The Far Out Lounge & Stage | 8 p.m. | $30+ | This show will feature musical acts Golden Dawn Arkestra, Superfónicos,  and Viben & the Submersibles. 

Noon Year’s Eve! | Fri., Dec. 31 | Toybrary Austin | 10:30 a.m. | Free | Bring the little ones out to celebrate the new year in this space dedicated to children’s entertainment. 🥂

Hike – Walnut Creek Metro Park | Fri., Dec. 31 | Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park | 4-5:30 p.m.  | Free | Meet some new local hiking buddies as you journey through the park’s seven trails.