- November 23, 2020

Free Fun in Austin – Events Happening November 23 Through 29, 2020

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Looking for some FREE fun happening in November? Look no further. Here are some of the best events happening in the Austin area this month. We’ll be updating this post throughout the month so check back often for more free fun!

Monday, November 23 through Sunday, November 29

Holiday Walk-Thru Photo Experience
Happening All Week | Various Locations | Domain Northside
Visit the Domain Northside for a Holiday Walk-Thru Photo Experience, sponsored by Capital One Café! Starting Friday, November 13, safely get into the holiday spirit with our new holiday decorations, located at various spots around the center. AND: when you post your photos to Instagram, you’ll be entered-to-win sweets and treats from Sprinkles and Starbucks. Masks are required for all guests at NORTHSIDE. Embrace social distancing. Happy Holidays and stay safe y’all!

Santa’s Wonderland
Happening All Week | Various Times | Bass Pro Shop
200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock & Cabela’s, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Road, Buda
By popular demand they continues the tradition in a safe and responsible way. Advance reservations are required in all locations and can go quickly. Reserving is easy and free. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free shareable video when you provide your email address. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store. During your visit, families can mail their letter to Santa and bring home free holiday craft activity kits while supplies last. Families can also enjoy the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Happening All Week | From 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. | 6100 Airport Boulevard
This year the Blue Genie Art Bazaar might look a little different but they’re still providing the same amazing products. It’s a great spot to pickup gifts for your loved ones (or yourself). This year you can shop in-store, shop online and have it shipped or pick it up, shop via personal shopper, or even book a private shopping experience.

Lakeway Trail of Lights
Happening All Week | From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Nightly

One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! They request that you please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when appropriate. Friendly reminder, please limit your groups to less than 10 people. Access the trail from the lower level of the parking lot at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) or by parking behind City Hall (1102 Lohmans Crossing at the corner of Lohmans and Sailmaster). Handicapped and stroller access is available from City Hall by following the sidewalk nearest the dumpster cage, around the building to the back. There is no charge to park or to attend. For details regarding this attraction, click here. For more information, please call 512-314-7532.

Maywald Christmas Light Display
Happening All Week | 6 to 10 p.m. Nightly | 10505 Twilight Vista

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–the Maywald Christmas Light Display! The lights turn on November 21 and run nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 3 (weather permitting). Donations received at the light show benefit Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. Last year, the Maywalds raised over $45,000 totaling over $76,000 in four years!

Pups on the Patio
Monday, November 23 | From 3 to 8 p.m. | Torchy’s Tacos Guadalupe, 2801 Guadalupe Street
Calling all dog lovers! Swing by our pup-friendly patio on Monday, November 23rd from 3pm-8pm and enjoy a day filled with Damn Good Tacos for you and treats for your pup from your local Woof Gang Bakery! Your furbabies can enjoy a dog-edible cake cutting at 5 p.m. + giveaways + 15% discount for all dog owners!!

Pfestive Pfarmers Market
Tuesday, November 24 | From 3 to 7 p.m. | City of Pflugerville, Texas – Parks and Recreation Department, 400 Immanuel Road
The Pfarmers Market is returning for our pfestive season, selling locally grown and prepared items. You can shop for your holiday dinners, gifts and more while supporting our community.This year we’ll be set up in the Recreation Center’s gym (📍 400 Immanuel Road). Traffic will be one way, with visitors entering through the gym’s outside door (at the front of the building) and exiting through the Recreation Center and out the sliding doors at the back of the building. All visitors needing a ramp may enter and exit through the sliding doors at the back of the Recreation Center. Social distancing restrictions will be enforced, all attendees must wear face coverings.

Lights! Camera! Santa!
Starting Friday, November 27 | Various Times | Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 South Capital of Texas Highway | The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace (Located next to Zumiez, near Dick’s Sporting Goods)
 | Round Rock Premium Outlets Food Court, 4401 North IH-35, Suite 275
Things to know before you go, A reservation is required. For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for our guests. Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit. Guests are required to wear masks where mandated by local health authorities and government agencies.

Soco Stroll
Starting Friday, November 27 | Various Times | Music Lane, 1011 South Congress Avenue
Music Lane and Austin’s iconic South Congress Avenue Shopping District are teaming up to bring holiday cheer to the city with The SoCo Stroll – a month-long event of holiday fun and spectacle designed to safely raise the city’s spirits with a self-guided experiential celebration of all things merry and bright. The SoCo Stroll kicks off on Black Friday, November 27 and runs through Thursday, December 31

Live Music on the Lawn
Friday, November 27 |From 5 to 7 p.m. | The Lawn at the Arboretum, 10000 Research Boulevard

Listen to live music every Friday night at The Arboretum. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and loved ones and enjoy!

Holidays in Hutto
Saturday, November 28 | Starting at 5 P.M. | Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 County Road 137

Holidays in Hutto will feature ample family friendly activities, food trucks, and live music! Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a live stream of the City of Hutto’s annual Downtown Tree Lighting, performances by Hutto ISD dance team, carolers, snow sledding, hay and train rides, photos with Santa and his other holiday friends, face painting, balloon artists, caricatures, live music performances, and more!

Aldrich Street Tower Lighting + Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28
 | From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Aldrich Street, Mueller
Due to the pandemic, they are unable to host our Tower Lighting event, but they still plan to kick off the holiday season with a festive day at Mueller on Small Business Saturday! Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 28 and head out for a day of shopping on Aldrich Street. Enjoy holiday music and festive specials at our local businesses. Each business will have limited edition tote bags with the Control Tower printed on them to give away to shoppers while supplies last. Stay until dusk and drive by to see the Tower lit for the holiday season.

Bastrop River of Lights
Starting Saturday, November 28 | Open till 10 P.M. daily | Fisherman’s Park, 1209 Linden Street
Take in the sights at the River of Lights which include numerous displays in a variety of seasonal themes lining Bastrop’s scenic June Hill Pape River Walk. 

Farmers Market at Mueller
Sunday, November 29 | From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 4209 Airport Boulevard

Join lakeside to sip, stroll, and shop local food! Voted Austin’s favorite farmers’ market via Austin Chronicle for the past six years and counting, TFM at Mueller is a family and local fave every Sunday to peruse, eat, and enjoy fresh vegetables and artisan foods from local vendors and farmers.

Vista Brewing Presents: “Live Music Under the Oaks”
Sunday, November 29 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Vista Brewing, 13551 FM 150 Driftwood
A socially-distanced, outdoor weekly concert series to help get through COVID-19 together with live music. Join outside in the beer garden every Sunday afternoon for “Live Music Under the Oaks!” Masks are required when not seated at your table or picnic area. Reservations are required to enjoy the Vista Beer Garden and live music. Visit www.vistabrewingtx.com  for the latest COVID-19 policies, to make a reservation and view our food & beverage menu. Free Admission. Weather Permitting.
Upcoming Show: 11/29 – Hot Texas Swing Band Duo

Zilker Tree Lighting (Virtual)
Sunday, November 29 | Starting at 6 P.M. | Virtual Event
There are no on-site viewing options for the 2020 lighting ceremony. Gatherings and on site viewing under the tree will not be available this year to ensure the health of our community over the holiday period. Holiday tree video footage will be available online to enjoy safely from home with music by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble.

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Featured photo courtesy of ATXlights on Instagram.