Greet the season with a flurry of festive events happening this weekend. Whether you’re gearing up for the holidays or in the mood for a low-key trip to the museum, our top five things to do in Austin have you covered. See an exclusive screening of the final installment of the Cabaret Crusades at the Blanton and celebrate the start of the solstice with a bonfire, a chef-prepared farm-fresh buffet, and live music at Eden East. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, December 19
JW Marriott Austin presents Snow Much Fun On Congress
Be transported to a wonderful winter wonderland at the JW Marriott Austin Edge Rooftop + Bar. Snow flurries, holiday craft cocktails, and fire-roasted s’mores are guaranteed to make spirits bright. Sing along to classic holiday tunes and take in the gorgeous views of downtown Austin while counting down to the most wonderful time of the year. Snow Much Fun on Congress is open on certain evenings through December 25. Admission is free.
Geraldine's presents The South Pole
Holiday whimsy and festive activities combine at Geraldine’s The South Pole pop-up. While visiting the installation, guests can browse and shop from a curated holiday market featuring brands such as To The Moon, Son of a Sailor, Aspen Hatter, Mana Culture, and Noah Marion. Gift wrappers from Austin Music Foundation will be onsite to help you finish your last-minute holiday shopping. Additional highlights include a snow machine, cozy igloo lounges on the pool deck, and a holiday-themed cocktail menu. Visitors can also enjoy a special performance from Tje Austin during The Return of Motown Christmas on the pop-up’s final day on December 21.
Saturday, December 21
Bullock Texas State History Museum presents "Fashion Forward" opening day
The evolution of fashion and style is at the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s newest exhibition. “Fashion Forward” highlights the role of Texan influences in the fashion industry, specifically focusing on the state’s high fashion capital of Dallas. The exhibit features items pulled from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of Texas and designed by the likes of Christian Dior, Ann Klein, Geoffery Beene, Missoni, Emilio Pucci, and others. Visitors can also participate in hands-on activations to explore patterns, trends, and color, ultimately providing a richer and deeper understanding of fashion history and Texas’ role in the ever-changing industry. The exhibition will remain on display through April 12, 2020.
Blanton Museum of Art presents Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades III: The Secrets of Karbala
The third and final installment of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky’s acclaimed series Cabaret Crusades will screen at the Blanton. Based on the 1983 book The Crusades through Arab Eyes by French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf, the film uses stylized visual language and marionette puppets to depict religious Medieval wars. Though the puppets speak in classical Arabic, the film will be screened with English subtitles.
Eden East presents Winter Solstice Festival
Welcome the Winter Solstice with local artisans, music, and seasonal surprises at Eden East. Guests will enjoy a chef-prepared, family-style buffet and dessert bar featuring seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients and indulge in complimentary cocktails available onsite. Additional festivities include a bonfire, a craft market, and live performance from retro-soul artist, Brian Scartocci. A select number of tickets to this intimate evening are still available.