We are now officially entering the holiday season and in Austin, TX and that means events galore! As we head into November and December there is a lot happening throughout town for everyone in the family from the Texas Book festival to the trail of lights we have you covered.
2017 U.S. Vintage National Championships
Circuit of The Americas
For the 5th consecutive year, old meets new in Austin when more than 400 competitors test iconic racing machines on COTA's state-of-the-art track! Come see some of the craziest, most charismatic and passionate racing to hit Circuit of The Americas this year.
New Braunfels, Texas
Here, you'll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest!
Travis County Expo Center
Now in its 26th year and the largest of its kind in Texas, this festival features American Indian dancing, singing, arts & crafts and food.
Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.
Austin Celtic Festival
This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.
Old Settler's Heritage Association
Bring the kids to the 27th annual Fossil Fest to meet scientists, dig for fossils, check out specimens from around the world and participate in family-friendly workshops
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival
City Terrace at The Long Center
Now in its fourth year, this tasty festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas' best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let The People decide who made the best goods.
Sound on Sound Festival
Austin's newest progressive music festival, Sound on Sound, takes on Sherwood Forest this November. The festival promises three days of music by local, national and international touring indie rock, hip hop, punk, and dance acts.
East Austin Studio Tour
More than 70 east-side studios open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.
A Christmas Affair
Palmer Events Center
The Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children's events, a private shopping brunch, and the season's biggest celebrity, Santa!
Chuy's Christmas Parade
This spirited holiday parade features a procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats to usher in the season of giving.
The Long Center
ThunderCloud Subs' annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. Compete with the best of Austin or bring the kids for a more relaxed holiday jog.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again for more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists - with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll
Texas State Capitol
Join hundreds caroling in front of the Capitol as the tree is lit before heading down Congress Avenue for live music, shopping, art and much more.
German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
German Free School of Austin
The German-Texan Heritage Society's annual market offers shoppers handmade, imported crafts, decorations, ornaments and more. Browse the market, visit Sankt Nikolas, listen to traditional German Christmas music and enjoy a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), gingerbread cookies and other sweet baked treats.
Art From the Streets Show & Sale
Austin Convention Center
Visit the 25th Annual AFTS Show & Sale to shop original works and help continue the efforts of AFTS to provide a safe, creative space for homeless and formerly homeless local artists. Profits go to the artists.
Ballet Austin's "The Nutcracker"
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Ballet Austin kicks off the season with the 55th annual production of "The Nutcracker." This family-frienldy show brings a fresh experience to the beloved holiday tradition.
Cherrywood Art Fair
This neighborhood fundraiser benefits the eastside arts scene. Enjoy local food artisans, live music, 80+ artists, kids crafts and a silent auction at the annual event.
12/9/17 - 12/23/17
51st Annual Trail of Lights
The Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in November, then the 5k fun run will kick off the spectacular season in early December. Plan your visit early and don't forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!
Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's "Messiah"
Hyde Park Baptist Church
This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.
Austin's New Year
This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and other festive performances.
Holidays at the Domain
Holidays at the Domain provides fun events for the whole family throughout the holiday season. Here you can take pictures with Santa, ride horse-drawn carriages, watch holiday lights shows, listen to strolling carolers and even have breakfast with Santa.
Ice Skating On The Plaza at Whole Foods
Whole Foods Lamar
Spend an afternoon on the rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends! Daily: 10 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Event listings courtesy of City of Austin