- November 27, 2014

Free Date Nights in Austin (Nov 28-30)

Friday, November 28, 2014

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 opens November 28th and lasts until Christmas Eve; hours are 10am-10pm daily. (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 Them Duqaines from 7-9pm. This “modern country” band has years of performing and touring under its belt and is known for their high energy live shows. (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress, Austin) 

Bright Friday: A Black Friday Alternative Market

Another FREE big box alternative to gift buying this season. This community event presents the opportunity for Austinites to gather and support local, fair and direct trade artisans the day after Thanksgiving. Vendors at Bright Friday share a commitment to ethical practices, environmental responsibility and hand-crafted quality products including local, handmade, direct trade and fair trade gifts. The event is 10am-6pm and benefits the Amala Foundation. (Vuka Event Space, 411 West Monroe Street, Austin)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Chuy’s Annual Parade

Since 1989, the annual Chuy’s Parade and toy drive has been a uniquely Austin tradition. The parade begins at 11am at the State Capitol on 11th and Congress and lasts approximately an hour as it winds down Congress Ave. With plenty for the young and young at heart to enjoy, the parade is a vibrant procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities and floats. Don’t forget to bring a toy to donate! (State Capitol, 11th and Congress Ave, Austin)

Scoot Inn All Lit Up – Holiday Light Party

Help Scoot Inn kick off the holiday festivites as they turn their backyard space into a winter wonderland. The event starts at 7:30pm with drink specials, wandering minstrels, and other activites as you enjoy the FREE light show and holiday fun. (Scoot Inn, 1308 East 4th, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy Show

SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java, 8pm. Headliners include performers seen on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Letterman, and more, as well as the city’s best comics on the rise, plus special out-of-town guests. 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)

Renegrade Craft Fair at Palmer Events Center

Support Small Business Saturday with 100+ indie makers at Palmer Events Center this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. Attendees can browse a mixture of holiday shopping, free workshops, and activities. Be sure to stop by Pom Pom Quarterly to make-and-take holiday baubles and embroidered cards! (Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Zilker Annual Tree Lighting

Your first chance to spin under the great tree! The 48th annual tree lighting ceremony starts at 6pm this Sunday. The Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and Barton Hills Choir will be on hand to provide the prelude music and keep everyone in the holiday spirit. There will also be local vendors nearby with food and novelties. (Zilker Park, Austin)

Living Room Live featuring Roger Sellers

A regular at festivals like SXSW and Fun Fun Fest, Roger Sellers is described as, “Simultaneously meticulous and simple, emotive and honest.” His smooth blend of folk and electro leaves audiences in awe and brings new appreciation to his multi-talented approach to music. He plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, bells, organ, piano, drums on stage and engineer, lyricist, and producer off stage. Show starts at 7pm. (Living Room Live at the W, 200 Lavaca Street, Austin)

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

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-Sunday from 1pm-6pm) through December 20. (SouthPOP, 1516-B South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

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.