Local markets, seasonal shindigs, and live performance art top the best things to do post-Turkey Day in Austin. Whether you’re hosting relatives or need a perfect primer for the holly jolly season ahead, these happenings are sure to add a little cheer to your extra long weekend. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, November 28
CultureMap Rooftop Rink at Whole Foods Market
An Austin holiday tradition atop the Whole Foods Market flagship returns for another magical year. Rooftop Rink is an iconic family-friendly event, and this year its hosted by your friends at CultureMap (hi!) and presented by Frost Bank. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance for a designated time slot and priority access to the rink. Rooftop Rink will be open through January 20, 2020.
Friday, November 29
Long Center presents Blue Man Group: Speechless
Wildly popular performance art company Blue Man Group also brings its famous show to the Long Center. Since making its debut in the late 1980s, BMG has captivated audiences worldwide with their unique, slightly absurd performances. Speechless features new and original compositions, as well as iconic BMG moments to appeal to fans both new and old. Performances are scheduled through December 1.
Saturday, November 30
Circle Brewing Co. presents Small Business Saturday Market
Circle Brewing Co. opens its doors for a full day of festivities in celebration of Small Business Saturday. Highlights include independent craft beer on tap, live music from Bruce Sinatra and The Jolly Jankin String Band, and local artisans showcasing their wares. Attendees will also receive limited glassware designed by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and Austin-based artist, Alana Louis. Participating vendors include Amy Rosalyn, Grace Chomick, Gudd Designs, and more.
Sunday, December 1
Fine Healing Goods presents Holiday Hemp Market
The inaugural Holiday Hemp Market showcases a variety of unique gifts and small-batch goods by buzzworthy brands from across the country. The day’s activities, hosted at Gather Venues, will include aura readings, acupuncture, a local life coach “coaching corner,” a "cannapreneur" panel, and more. Guests can shop exclusive holiday gifts, sample CBD products, and enjoy sips and sweets from local bakeries. Featured vendors include HUGS, Winged, Lemon Drop Children’s Shop, Elizabeth Volk Design, and TAYLOR + tess. Visit the market website for a full schedule and ticket information.
The Carpenter Hotel presents A Holiday Happening
Kickoff the merrymaking at the Carpenter Hotel. Guests to the free Holiday Happening can enjoy cookie decorating, a cider workshop, caricatures, Cranberry Sauce Cookoff, and a live set by DJ Honky Tonk Amnesia. Stop by the local vendor area onsite to get your holiday shopping done without stopping the party. Following the event, guests can move down the street for the Zilker Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm.