Things to do in Austin this Month

Fun activities and events happening all over town this month in Austin, TX! 

Austin visitors watch the Congress Bridge bats
 

January 2015

  • Dec 20 - Jan 4 - Annual Holiday Lights & Ice
    Skating, s'mores, games, twinkling lights and more at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. Over 4,100 square foot ice rink that is accompanied by a display of over 200,000 twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Jan 1 - First Thursday
    First Thursday is a popular monthly event that takes place along South Congress Avenue. On these nights, some stores have special sales going on or free drinks.
  • Jan 1 - Barton Springs Pool Polar Plunge
    Barton Springs Pool hosts a polar plunge to ring in the new year.
  • Jan 1 - West End Galleries First Thursday
    Spend the evening looking at the Russel Collection Fine Art and Wally Workman Gallery.
  • Jan 1 - 7 - Free Week
    Since 2003, the first week of January in Austin unites local bands, venues, and promoters celebrate the New Year and all things awesome about local music with a week of free shows.
  • Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 - Thursday Night Social Ride
    Social Cycling ATX brings Austin cyclists of all types together to share their love of riding bikes. Every Thursday of the month, people gather for a very casual cruise around town and for refreshments at hosted bars.
  • Jan 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, & 28-31 Market Days at the Boggy Creek Farm
    A Boggy Creek Farm provides year-round Organic produce that are picked daily. Guests are able to visit the gardens and Hen House on the premise.
  • Jan 6, 13, 20, & 27 - Bavarian Nights
    Every Tuesday in January, Hotel San Jose courtyard host a celebration with pretzels, specialty big German beers, spiced mulled white wine and polka music.
  • Jan 11 - Disney in Concert
    Disney in Concert is derived from some of the most famous movie scores ever like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pixar and more. The musical program explores many of Walt Disney’s stories and characters through some of the best-loved songs in movie history.
  • Jan 11 - Color Fun Fest 5K
    The Travis County Exposition Center will host a 5K run with the Holi Festival and the energy of electronic dance music. This color fun run features a post-run celebration with DJ entertainment all while covering the crowd with thousand of pounds of vibrant colored powder.
  • Jan 13 - Anchorman Pub Run Event + Screening
    The event begins with a walk/run to a nearby newsworthy destination and pint of local brew before heading back to watch the movie. Participants will also receive two tickets good for beer, soda, or popcorn once back at the theatre.
  • Jan 14 - Nerd Nite
    A combination of Q&A with three "intellectual obsessives," speed-dating, friend-matching, and curated pop-up library for the duration of the night.
  • Jan 19 - MLK Day
    A day to honor the achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Jan 20 - 25 - MAMMA MIA!
    The Bass Concert Hall will showcase a smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S," "Super Trouper," "Take a Chance on Me," and "The Winner Takes it All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
  • Jan 22 - Harlem Globetrotters
    The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Frank Erwin Center with a family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Jan 31 - Austin Gorilla Run
    Run a 5K with friends or family and benefit mountain gorillas. Gorilla suits welcome and after-party to celebrate!
 

December 2014

  • Dec 5 - Lakeway Lights On!
    Enjoy a Trail of Lights closer to your home in Lakeway. Lighting ceremony at the Lakeway City Hall on December 5th.
  • Dec 5-22 - Christmas in the Community
    Christmas in the Community is a series of twelve concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music.
  • Dec 6 - Holiday Sing-Along Downtown Stroll
    Gather your friends and family to kick off the holiday season.
  • Dec 6 - German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
    Enjoy the holidays German-Texan style at this holiday market of crafts, goods, food and more!
  • Dec 7 - 21 - Austin Trail of Lights
    An annual Austin favorite, the Trail of Lights is a journey through Zilker Park with hundreds of thousands of lights, food vendors, and activities!
  • Dec 7, 14, 21, 28- Super Soul Sunday
    Put some shorts and sandals on and head over to Icenhauer’s every Sunday for The Nightowls’ weekly residency, Southern Fried Sunday.
  • Dec 13 & 14 - Luminations at the Wildflower Center
    Thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights turn the center into a holiday wonderland during Luminations, an Austin holiday tradition.
  • Dec 14 - HITS Running Festivals
    Be there when HITS Running Festivals returns to Circuit of the Americas with its signature "a distance for everyone!"
  • Dec 16 - 24 - Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
    Another merchant gathering, the Armadillo Bazaar allows more than 160 vendors and artists to sell their gifts just in time for the holidays.
  • Dec 25 - Christmas Day!
  • Dec 31 - New Year's Eve
  • Dec 31 - 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.
 

Where to Buy Christmas Trees in Austin, TX

 

November 2014

  • Nov 1 - Dia de los Muertos
  • Nov 1 - UT Longhorns vs. Texas Tech
  • Nov 1 & 2 - Formula 1 US Grand Prix
    People from all around the world come to Austin to enjoy races of all kinds at the Circuit of the Americas track near the Austin-Bergstrom airport.
  • Nov 2 - End Daylight Saving Time
  • Nov 4 - Election Day
  • Nov 6 - First Thursday
    Every First Thursday of the Month on South Congress, there is plenty to see, buy and eat for all ages. Many stores have special sales and snacks for their customers, and it's a great event for families!
  • Nov 6 - West End First Thursday
    Make the first Thursday of every month a night to spend at a gallery in the West End.
  • Nov 7-9 - Fun Fun Fun Fest
    A coexistence of all things punk, hardcore, indie, hip-hop and comedy all in one place for one weekend.
  • Nov 7-16 - Wurstfest
    The annual "Ten Day Salute to Sausage" (and beer) is a unique event celebrating German culture.
  • Nov 8 - UT Longhorns vs. West Virginia
  • Nov 8 - Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival
    Experience a day of American Indian dancing, singing, foor, and arts & crafts at the largest festival of its kind in Texas.
  • Nov 11 - Veterans Day
  • Nov 12 - Nerd Nite
    Gather at a 6th Street bar with your fellow nerds for drinks, conversation and fun.
  • Nov 13 - Movies In The Park
    Every year between May and November you can enjoy FREE films in Republic Square Park brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation and Alamo Drafthouse! Bring chairs, blankets, pets and picnics and catch some classics!
  • Nov 15 - UT Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State
  • Nov 15-16 & 22-23 - East Austin Studio Tour
    For two weekends in November, Austin's most creative minds take over Austin's East Side to raise awareness about local art.
  • Nov TBD - Austin Chocolate Festival
    Did you have big dreams as a kid of becoming a chocolatier? Live out your chocolate fantasies and head over to the Norris Conference Center this year for the 7th Annual Chocolate Festival.
  • Nov 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower
  • Nov 19-23 - A Christmas Affair
    Every year the Austin Junior League invites more than 200 merchants to participate in the four-day holiday market. Get an early start on your holiday shopping while benefiting a few good causes.
  • Nov 23 - Empty Bowl Project
    In its 17th year, the Austin Empty Bowl Project provides a family-fun event the Sunday before Thanksgiving for you to pick a custom cermic bowl to fill with gourmet soups and breads to enjoy while listening to live music.
  • Nov 27 - Thanksgiving
  • Nov 27 - UT Longhorns vs. TCU
  • Nov 27 - Operation Turkey
    Operation Turkey and teams of local volunteers help to feed almost half of Austin's homeless and less fortunate every Thanksgiving
  • Nov 27 - Turkey Trot
    Hosted by Austin local business Thundercloud Subs, this annual Thanksgiving Day race has become a tradition to take part in for many families of Austin.
  • Nov 28 - East End Fourth Friday
    Enjoy a night of jazz and arts in the East End on the fourth Friday of every month.
  • Nov 28-December 24 - Blue Genie Art Bazaar
    Free admission to this event at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre at Lincoln Village! You can find just about anything amidst all of the cool and unusual things for sale.
  • Nov 29 - Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade
    Donate a toy or two and enjoy the Downtown parade filled with giant bablloons, floats, music and more.
 

October 2014

  • Oct 1 - Yoga in the Park
    Free yoga classes every Wednesday of October at Republic Square Park at noon!
  • October 1 - Yoga in the Park
    Free yoga classes every Wednesday of October at Republic Square Park at noon!
  • Oct 2 - First Thursday
    Every First Thursday of the Month on South Congress, there is plenty to see, buy and eat for all ages. Many stores have special sales and snacks for their customers, and it's a great event for families!
  • Oct 2 - West End First Thursday
    Make the first Thursday of every month a night to spend at a gallery in the West End.
  • Oct 3-5 - Austin City Limits Music Festival
    Festivalgoers enjoy 8 stages days of music, food, and art set against the dazzling downtown skyline. ACL Festival brings together over 130 musical acts of all genres from country to electronic to rock.
  • Oct 3-5 - Fredericksburg Oktoberfest
    It's that time of the year again. A time when dancing, eating and drinking as much as possible is a cultural must!
  • Oct 4 - UT Longhorns vs. Baylor
  • Oct 7 - National Night Out
    National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. Neighbors are invited to attend their event, meet other neighbors and commit to helping law enforcement reduce crime in their community.
  • Oct 8 - Nerd Nite
    Gather at a 6th Street bar with your fellow nerds for drinks, conversation and fun.
  • Oct 10-12 - Austin City Limits Music Festival
    Missed your chance to go to ACL the previous weekend? There's still time to check out one of the coolest music festivals in the country!
  • Oct 11 - UT Longhorns vs. Oklahoma
  • Oct 11-12 - Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival
    Enjoy a day of searching through hundreds of types of plants and seeds at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. Children's activities, walks and tours will be available as well.
  • Oct 13 - Columbus Day
  • Oct 18 - UT Longhorns vs. Iowa State
  • Oct 18 - Dia de los Muertos Viva la Vida Fest
    Enjoy music and a free party outside of the Mexic-Arte Museum following the Dia de los Muertos parade.
  • Oct 18 - German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest
    Music, food, kids activities and more at the German Free School to celebrate Oktoberfest.
  • Oct 22 - Film & Food Party
    Austinites love a good pairing of film and food! Both can be enjoyed at this event hosted by Austin Film Festival.
  • Oct 22-30 - Austin Film Festival
    Every October, the Austin Film Festival and Conference brings producers, agents and screenwriters together to showcase the best film talent in the nation.
  • Oct 24 - East End Fourth Friday
    Enjoy a night of jazz and arts in the East End on the fourth Friday of every month.
  • Oct 24-27 - Art Outside
    Head on out to Apache Pass in Rockdale, TX to experience this annual outdoor art show with whimsical art and musical treats.
  • Oct 25 - UT Longhorns vs. Kansas State
  • Oct 25-26 - Texas Book Festival
    Former first lady Laura Bush chairs this major book event at the state Capitol building. A wide variety of authors and speakers will be in attendance.
  • Oct 26 - UT Longhorns vs. TCU
  • Oct 27 - Goblins in the Garden
    Bring the kids to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to enjoy a Halloween party amidst the fall foliage.
  • Oct 29 - Movies in the Park
    Every year between May and November you can enjoy FREE films in Republic Square Park brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation and Alamo Drafthouse! Bring chairs, blankets, pets and picnics and catch some classics!
  • Oct 31 - Halloween
  • Oct 31-Nov 2 - Formula One Austin Fan Fest
    Onnce the checkered flag is waved and the track is cleared, head downtown to continue the celebration of the finest racing technology, culture and entertainment.

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