It's the last weekend before Christmas, so before you hunker down with your fuzzy socks and spiked hot cocoa, get out of the house and enjoy some of these festive affairs around town.
The Buzz Mill Winter Jamboree
Get in the holiday mood this Friday with cozy fires, infused liquors, music from Sour Bridges and an ornament decorating contest at The Buzz Mill's Winter Jamboree. This isn't just any run of the mill holiday party. This evening also marks the officially unveiling of the new Golden Spike Rail Cart vegan food truck on the patio, now offering brunch and Southern twists like "chicken" pot pie egg rolls.
Holiday Craft (Beer) Night at Stouthaus Coffee Pub
The recently opened Stouthaus Coffee Pub on South Lamar is hosting a special craft night on Friday — but, please, leave your scissors and scrapbooking kits at home. This is a craft beer night featuring five favorites: Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain Brewery, Live Oak Brewery, Left Hand Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing Co. Representatives will be on site to talk about the brews and dish out some glassware. Admission is free, just pay for the beers as you go.
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Eden East
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian celebration that features a variety of seafood dishes on Christmas Eve. Chef Sonya Coté is bringing her family's tradition to the tables of Eden East this weekend (Friday and Saturday nights) as a special prix-fixe menu with crab cakes, mussels and more for $70 a person. Don't forget that dining at Eden East is by reservation only, so get on the list now if you want to join the feast.
AndrewFest! is a special benefit show for Andrew Collins, a local musician who was involved in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. To help with medical expenses, Collins' friends and fellow artists have organized a weekend of shows from the likes of The Rise, Wild Child, Eagle Claw, PACK OF WOLVES, Think No Think, Harvest Thieves, BLXPLTN and many more. Support Collins' recovery and enjoy some of the best the local music scene has to offer this Friday and Saturday at Red 7.
Holiday Heroes at ZACH Theatre
In need of a kid-oriented activity this weekend? Take the little ones to see Holiday Heroes, a hilarious sing-along where stars Ernie and Rufus have to scramble to get ready for the "Big Holiday Show." The last showing for this year is on Saturday at 10 am. Admission for adults is $20 while kids' tickets are only $15.
TOMS Holiday Market
Stop by the TOMS South Congress shop on Saturday afternoon for a free holiday market collaboration with Maker Co-op. You can sip on "poptails" courtesy of Dripping Springs Vodka and Good Pop while you peruse locally made gifts, listen to some live music and get your picture taken with a Texan Santa.
Sundayfundaymas at The ABGB
The ABGB is bringing "Sunday Funday" to an entirely new level with a day's worth of live music, holiday shows and more. Admission is free, just bring some socks or a hoodie to donate to Front Steps. The ABGB crew also invites you to wear an ugly sweater. In their own words: "It will get you lots of hugs, for sure. And maybe a super cool prize from us. You'll see."