Weekend Event Guide
Here are the top 7 things to do in Austin this Thanksgiving weekend
Looking for the cure to cabin fever? Prepare for some fun following the big feast thanks to this selection of festive happenings. Make a toast to all things holly and jolly at Miracle on 5th Street or Happy’s pop-up bars. For those with family in town, a tree lighting ceremony and live music at Hill Country Galleria are on the agenda. Check out the top seven things to do in Austin this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.
Friday, November 24
Austin Shakespeare presents El Cid
The classic Spanish poem about Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, famously known as Wl Cid, is brought to life at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. Audiences can enjoy a Shakespearean account of the real-life figure’s heroism in his fight for Spanish independence. Performances are scheduled through November 26. Purchase tickets at austinshakespeare.org.
ACL Live presents Deon Cole: My New Normal
Comedian and actor Deon Cole performs live at ACL Live. Cole is best known for his role in the hit ABC sitcom, Black-Ish, and his popular Netflix specials including Charleen's Boy. For seating availability, go to axs.com.
Miracle on 5th Street
Drink and be merry at the return of Miracle on 5th Street. This year’s pop-up holiday bar and cocktail experience takes place at The Eleanor and features two levels of decked-out halls and boozy craft drinks. Guests can expect a nonstop playlist of festive tunes and food offerings to enjoy between sips. Dash passes are available for guests who prefer to skip the line and head straight to the bar. Miracle on 5th Street is open now through December 27. Get more information at miracleon5thst.com.
Happy's Holiday Pop-Up Bar at Wax Myrtle's
Enjoy a not-so-silent night of craft cocktails and cheerful vibes at one of Austin’s most luxe bars in the spirit of the season. Wax Mrytle’s brings back Happy’s, its annual holiday-themed pop-up bar complete with Santa-approved craft cocktails and merry music, now through December 24. Admission is free. For more details, go to hyattexperiences.com.
Saturday, November 25
Light Up the Plaza at Hill Country Galleria
Kick off the most wonderful time of the year with family, friends, and tons of holiday lights at the Hill Country Galleria. Highlights include live music from Gunnar Latham and Kaitlin Butts, ice skating, face painting, an appearance from Santa himself, and the annual tree lighting ceremony. Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, check out hillcountrygalleria.com.
ACL Live presents Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra in concert
Singer-songwriter Bob Schneider takes the stage at ACL Live for one night only. He is joined by The Moonlight Orchestra. Schneider is one of the most loved Austin musicians and is the former frontman of The Scabs and The Ugly Americans. For ticket availability, check out axs.com.
Sunday, November 26
Otoko x Watertrade present Dram Sessions 2023
Treat your palate to an evening of Japanese spirit tasting and distilling insider knowledge at Otoko’s cocktail bar, Watertrade. This two-hour elevated dining experience features a drams tasting and two accompanying dishes for a moment worth savoring. Splurge on your reservations on Tock.