The countdown is on! We’ve officially entered the final month of the decade and if that’s not enough of a reason to get out and get social this weekend, we give up. Our top five things to do in Austin is filled with holiday fanfare, pop stars, and even a furry fundraiser. Shop the Cherrywood Art Fair for unique, locally made gifts or experience a sneak peek of this year’s Austin Trail of Lights at the exclusive Night Lights Preview Party. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, December 5
Loro and Tito’s Handmade Vodka presents Austin Pets Alive! Pop-Up Adoption Event
Loro opens its patio to two-legged and four-legged guests for an afternoon of outdoor fun and finding forever homes. Beloved local nonprofit Austin Pets Alive! will have adoptable dogs and adoption kits onsite so you can celebrate the holidays with a new member of the family. Guests can sip a variety of specialty and batch cocktails, snack on Loro’s eats, and stock up on exclusive dog accessories by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Admission is free.
Friday, December 6
Trail of Lights Foundation presents Austin Trail of Lights "Night Lights" Preview Party
Trail of Lights celebrates another year with this exclusive kickoff event at Zilker Park. Guests can experience the iconic holiday showcase featuring millions of twinkling lights and displays before the masses while enjoying live music by local performers. Complimentary Ferris Wheel and carousel rides, bites from local restaurants, and cocktail tastings guarantee an evening that’s merry and very, very bright. Visit the preview party website for tickets.
Saturday, December 7
Cherrywood Art Fair
One of the best holiday markets in Austin returns to Maplewood Elementary School. The 2019 Cherrywood Art Fair is a two-day event showcasing (and selling) the work of local artists, and suitable for almost any budget. In addition to a lineup of unique shoppable booths, festivities include kids activities, a silent auction, live music, performance art, and face painting. Local food trucks and onsite crafts are available for those who have already completed their holiday shopping. Admission is free. See a full schedule and artist lineup on the Cherrywood Art Festival website.
Downtown Austin Alliance presents Downtown Holiday Stroll
Celebrate the start of the holiday season in the heart of the downtown. Running along Congress Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets, the Downtown Holiday Stroll features a holiday market, photos with Santa, food trucks, special anniversary photo-ops, live music, and much more. This year’s event will feature performances by Max Frost, Mobley, Alesia Lani, and lLove & Chaos. Guests are invited to gather at Capitol steps for the annual KUT & KUTX Holiday Sing-Along and the countdown to the lighting of the iconic downtown tree to cement another year of an Austin tradition.
Jonas Brothers in concert
Pop music sibling trio Jonas Brothers bring their chart-topping sound to the Frank Erwin Center. Fans can experience songs from their new album, Happiness Begins live along with other all-time hits. Jonas Brothers will be joined by special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.