Gear up for the holidays with a weekend of festive, funny, and fierce events in Austin. Sing along to Christmas songs at Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Holiday Shindig or watch a live art competition at Art Battle Austin. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Friday, December 15
Christmas on Congress
Music and Memories present a memorable evening of live performances for a good cause at the Paramount Theatre. This year’s talent-heavy roster includes Marc & Ted Broussard, Jackie Venson & Eve Monsées, Reed Turner, and more. Proceeds from the evening benefit Alzheimer’s Texas and Austin Sunshine Camps.
The Comedy Get Down featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and George Lopez
Four of comedy’s biggest stars bring their iconic stand up skills to the Capital City for an evening of nonstop laughter. Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hugley, and George Lopez are sure to have you leaving your seat in stitches. Watch these legendary comedians work out brand new material on the Frank Erwin Center stage. Select tickets still available.
AFS Cinema presents Best of the Fests: Dayveon
The Austin Film Society brings selections from the world's best film festivals to our backyard with Best of the Fests. This weekend only, catch a screening of Dayveon, the story of boy living in rural Arkansas who loses his brother to gang violence before the gang's recruiters turn their attention towards him. An official Sundance Film Festival selection, Dayveon was recently nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Screenings held Friday and Sunday.
Saturday, December 16
BarkHappy Austin presents Secret Doggy Santa Party
Celebrate the holidays with your four-legged family members at the BarkHappy Austin Secret Doggy Santa Party hosted by Craftsman. Party guests – canine and human alike – are welcome to socialize, participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange, enjoy free gifts and goodies from local vendors, and more. Proceeds from the hangout benefit Austin Pets Alive!
Art Battle International presents Art Battle Austin
It's a battle of the brushes as local artists compete to take home a $500 prize at Art Battle Austin. Hosted at Ironwood Hall, the live event features 16 painters will have 20 minutes to create a winning masterpiece from a blank canvas. Attendees will vote on their favorite piece and one lucky winner will walk away with cash — and hard-earned bragging rights.
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Annual Holiday Shindig
Get into the Texas Christmas spirit with the singer-songwriter duo Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison at the Paramount Theatre. This happening holiday tradition features songs from the couple’s Christmas album, Happy Holidays, classic seasonal tunes, and more. Settle in for the sounds of the season (with a Lone Star twist) for one night only.