Plus, Old Settler's Music Festival is postponed until 2025.
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🌎 Explore the world — digitally
A map and compass.
Don’t worry, there’s no map required. | Photo via Pexels
Whether you’re eager to learn more about different cultures across the globe without stepping foot in an airport, or you want to spend your lunch break doing something other than scrolling social media — we’ve got a pretty neat activity for you to try.

Google Arts & Culture, a digital initiative to make the world’s art and culture more accessible, has partnered with 2,000+ cultural institutions and artists to create a free online platform with high-resolution images and videos of art and artifacts.

Asheville, NC

Explore this foodie-centric mountain town through Google Arts & Culture’s 450+ historic photos and an online collection that was built in partnership with the Moogseum.

Austin, TX

There’s no place like Austin. Immerse yourself in the history of our city through 1,600 historic photos and digital collections including:
Plus, check out these museums to visit in person.

An aerial shot of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

The Washington Monument opened to the public in 1888.


Photo via Pexels

Washington, DC

As the nation’s capital, it’s no surprise that Washington, DC has a robust selection of images on Google Arts & Culture. Additionally, there are 35 digital collections, including:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fun Fact: Mexico City is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Visit it virtually through 5,500 historic photos and 25 digital collections, including Museo Frida Kahlo and the Museum of the Purpose of the Object.

London, England

There’s no shortage of new things to learn from this collection of 43,000 pictures and 37 stories. Plus, see collections from 80+ museums and organizations, including:
Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • “The Book of Mormon” | Now-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $45-$175 | This satirical comedy musical follows a pair of Mormons traveling across the world to spread their message.
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Speakeasy Wine Cave Tasting Experience | Thursday, Nov. 16-Saturday, Dec. 23 | 6-10 p.m. | Wanderlust Wine Co., 1601 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | $99 | Enjoy curated wines in a dimly lit underground speakeasy.
  • Pulitzer on the Road: Hernan Diaz & Eli Saslow | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin | Free | Hear from the writers about the craft of storytelling at this talk moderated by Pulitzer Prize administrator Marjorie Miller.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Yoga with UT FIT | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7:45-8:30 a.m. | Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin | $12 | Get your flow on at this class for all levels.
  • The National | Friday, Nov. 17 | 8 p.m. | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $61-$290 | Don’t miss this moody indie band perform alongside Hand Habits.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Austin Powwow | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9 a.m.-9 p.m. | Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lake Rd., Austin | $7 | Join in on the 30th American Indian Heritage Festival, which will include traditional dance, arts, and food.
  • Pioneer Ghost Tour | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7-10 p.m. | Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin | $45 | Learn the stories of spirits haunting the historic buildings at Pioneer Farms.
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News Notes
  • Old Settler’s Music Festival plans to sell its homestead and postpone until 2025. An announcement on the festival’s website reported that the 29-acre homestead in Dale was “much larger” than needed. The property hosted the festival for six years and was its fourth location since beginning in 1987. (Austin American-Statesman)
  • Buc-ee’s announced a partnership with Mercedes-Benz that will bring EV charging hubs to Buc-ee’s locations “along major transit corridors in the South and Southeast.” Approximately 30 hubs are expected to be operational by the end of 2024. Would you use a charging hub at Buc-ee’s? Let us know. (Ars Technica)
  • “Wicked” — Broadway’s fourth longest-running show — will return to Bass Concert Hall in March as part of the Broadway in Austin series. Bookmark this page, because single tickets go on sale this Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.
  • The annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The tree will be located on the south side of Zilker Metropolitan Park + this year’s winners of the Zilker Tree Art Contest will flip the switch.
  • The 37th annual Coats for Kids drive is accepting donations for new or gently used coats until Wednesday, Dec. 6. Donations are accepted at the KVUE office (3201 Steck Ave.) or any Jack Brown Cleaners location. Don’t have a spare coat? You can make a monetary donation online. (KVUE)
  • We hope you’ve got your dancing shoes on, because Free Week, Red River Cultural District’s free winter music festival, will take place Friday, Jan. 5 + Saturday, Jan. 6. The festival will welcome dozens of performers at music venues across town to celebrate Austin’s live music scene. Stay tuned for the lineup announcement.
  • The median price for a home in the Austin metro area dropped by 7.5% in October, according to the October 2023 Central Texas Housing Market Report. The median price is now $435,000, compared to $452,080 in September. Also according to the report, closed sales rose by ~4%.
  • Austin-based filmmaker Ben Masters partnered with H-E-B to create the free-to-stream “Our Texas, Our Future” docu-series highlighting the resiliency + diversity of our state’s wildlife. Bonus: Learn more about Masters’ other film projects, including various Texas-based nature docs. (Austin American-Statesman)
  • In Slate Magazine’s “The United Steaks of America: If Each State Could Have Only One Meat, What Would It Be?”, brisket was chosen for Texas. Naturally, we’re celebrating with a trip to one of Austin’s barbecue joints.
  • Say goodbye to fillers and weird ingredients in your dog’s food. Get 50% off your pup’s first order of Nom Nom for fresh, recognizable ingredients they’ll love.*
Art, music + more for Creek Show 2023
An illuminated sign for Creek Show in Austin, TX.
Waterloo Greenway started Creek Show in 2014. | Photo by ATXtoday
In case you missed it, Waterloo Greenway’s 2023 Creek Show is in full swing, and you have just four nights left to check it out.

This year’s event features eight dazzling installations (think: illuminated, larger-than-life designs by Austin-based architects and artists), family-friendly activities, food + drink, and nightly music performances. A couple of the remaining performances include DJ Ella Ella at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 and DJ Shani at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.

Bonus: Tonight is Pride Night, featuring LGBTQ+ small businesses and performances by Papa Siii as well as Vertarias & Friends with guests She23, Keira Nova, Tribe Mafia, and Austin Drag All-Stars. Activities kick off at 7 p.m.

Creek Show is located at 700 E. 9th St. + is free to attend (or you can skip the line with a fast pass for $10).
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Fun fact: Musical, visual, and AI artist Grimes is auctioning off 80+ personal items to raise money for the Habitat from Humanity and its affiliates — including Austin Habitat from Humanity. Check out the available items + place your bids by Friday, Nov. 17.
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