- December 18, 2014

Free Date Nights in Austin (December 18-21)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Austin Symphony has created a brand new program to ensure all Austinites have a chance to enjoy their FREE holiday concerts. Instead of a one-night Christmas Sing-Along, each ensemble will perform across the city at various locations and times. Today, the String Quartet ensemble will be playing at the Asian American Resource Center at 1pm. (Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin)

Southwest Key’s Latino Arts Preservation Program 6th Annual Posada

Enjoy an evening performance of Ballet Folklorico, Teatro, and Mariachi, all for FREE! Festivities are from 6-8pm and include arts and crafts, piñatas, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa as well as a special holiday procession with children carolling through the Govalle and Johnston Terrace neighborhood. (El Centro De Familia, 6002 Jain Lane, Austin)

Benold’s “Shop Like a Wise Man” Event

Benold’s Jewelers, one of Austin’s oldest independent jewelers, will host a special “Shop Like a Wise Man” event including hors d’oeuvres and a martini bar with Austin’s Tito’s Vodka. The event has been created for men, but is open to all (just in case you want to drop hints in person!) In addtion to the refreshments, everything in the store will be 25% off with the exception of loose diamonds and engagement rings, and you will have the chance to win a pair of .50-carat diamond stud earrings. The event is 4-7:30pm. (Benold’s Jewelers, 2900 W. Anderson Lane, Austin)

Soul Thursdays at The Blackheart with Mrs. Glass

Mrs. Glass is still rocking their residency at the Blackheart every Thursday by serving up lots of booty-shaking and feel good soul. This week’s special guest will be The Lochness Mobsters. These acts are high energy and never disappoint. Show starts at 9:30pm. FREE! (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey, Austin)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sour Bridges at the Buzz Mill

In case you missed their performance at UtopiaFest, here’s your second chance to hear their version of “browngrass.” What’s browngrass you ask? According to Sour Bridges, it’s “like bluegrass, but dirtier.” Enough said. Catch them at 8pm for a FREE show. (The Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour

Don’t let your ugly sweater collect dust in your closet; it could be earning you a FREEflatbread at Blackfinn Ameripub from 3-7pm. This festive happy hour will be filled with holiday music, good cheer, and food/drink specials. They are also collecting new unwrapped toys for the Brown Santa program and your donation earns you a drink for just one penny! (Blackfinn Ameripub, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin)

The Austin Symphony has created a brand new program to ensure all Austinites have a chance to enjoy their FREE holiday concerts. Instead of a one-night Christmas Sing-Along, each ensemble will perform across the city at various locations and times. Today, the String Quartet ensemble will be playing at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center at 10:30am and the Woodwond Quintet will be playing at Macy’s in Lakeline Mall at 1pm. (Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 East Rundberg Lane, Austin)(Macy’s, Lakeline Mall, 11250 Lake Stop Blvd, Austin)

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Celebrating its 14th year, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar art show features one-of-a-kind artwork and handi-crafts from over 200 local and regional artists. The show and parking are FREE and sales benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas. The show is open daily until Christmas Eve; hours are 10am-10pm. (The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin)

Head for the Hill’s FREE Music Fridays

FREE Music Fridays are back at Hill’s Cafe. This week features Moonlight Social from 7-9pm. This country duo has been raking in the accolades since being founded in 2011. They were named one of the Best New Bands in Austin in 2013, and were also featured as a rising artist on Nashville-produced TV show, “Welcome To Indie Country.” (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress, Austin) 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Perfect for last-minute holiday shopping with a uniquely Austin flare, the East Austin Handmade Arts Market is this Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm. There will be over 25 artists with live music and DJ Baron Mind spinning Christmas tunes both days. The event is FREE, pets are welcome, and there’s plenty of parking. Show up early on Sunday (11:00am) if you’d like to take part in a Yule Solstice Ritual (or if you just want to know what it is!). (The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road, Austin)

Austin Graffiti Art: Celebrating Austin’s Street Art by SouthPOP

LAST DAY! SouthPOP’s exhibition, Austin Graffiti Art: Celebrating Austin’s Street Art and Featuring the “Hope” Gallery on Lamar Boulevard, showcases the photography of Bob Simmons. The goal of SouthPop is to present some of the most visually interesting street art works as pop culture art rather than a public nuisance. Admission to the museum is FREE during regular hours (Thursday-Saturday from 1pm-6pm) through December 20. (SouthPOP, 1516-B South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy Show

SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java, 8pm.This week Mike MacRae (Letterman, Comedy Central, SXSW, Moontower) headlines with Kerri Lendo, Sam Harter, Martha Kelly visiting from LA and Milwaukee’s Ryan Holman. Hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. These events have been filling up quickly so be sure to get there early! Doors open at 7:30pm. FREE! (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Austin Jazz Workshop: Jazz Talent of Today & Tomorrow

Love Jazz? Head to Threadgill’s North at 11am for a unique jam session which features young up and comers alongside members of Austin’s Jazz Workshop. This impromptu jam is a great introduction to local jazz musicians worth checking out in 2015. (Threadgill’s North, 6416 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin)

Winter Solstice Lantern Parade with Minor Mishap Marching Band

Minor Mishap Marching Band invites you to join them under the dark Solstice sky in a PARADE OF LIGHT! Along with the band, attendees will be the main source of beauty and creativity for this event. Due to the drought, there is a burn ban in effect, so make beautiful diffusers for flashlights! Yes, you can come without a lantern, but it won’t be as fun! To join in, head to Zilker Park on S. Lakeshore Blvd. and the parade begins at the Eastern-most part of the new Boardwalk. This event is FREE and all the details can be found here. (Park on S. Lakeshore Blvd. and begin at the eastern-most part of the new Boardwalk, as indicated on this map)

Heather Schuck is the CEO of the children’s lifestyle brand, Glamajama. When she’s not scheming “glama” world domination or mentoring young designers, you can find her in her front yard chasing her three children with a garden hose. Connect with her at glamaLIFE or on Facebook.