Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.
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Mozart’s Annual Light Show
Tuesday, November 20, through Monday, November 26 (except for Thanksgiving Day) | from 6 to 11 p.m. | Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
The 9th Annual Joyous Mozart’s Christmas Light Show is here and better than ever! This year is an on-going experience with over one million LED lights, a giant coffee mug, and more. New this year is the Cobalt Blue Piano that will be played by pianist all season long. They also have a German Market in the parking lot serving warm treats as you walk in. Whether you’ve been before or not, this is the year to add the Mozart’s Light Show to your calendar!
White Christmas Gingerbread Village
Tuesday, November 20, through Monday, November 26 | open 24 hours | Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Featuring 11 traditional meets modern houses named after some of Austin’s historic neighborhoods, the 2018 gingerbread village will boast a “White Christmas” theme. The 100 percent edible village will be centered around a house that resembles the architecture of City Hall. Scheduled to debut on Tuesday, November 20, the free holiday activity will be open 24 hours a day through December 25.
Tuesday, November 20
Pfestive Pfarmers Market (Pflugerville)
Tuesday, November 20 | from 3 to 7 p.m. | Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd., Pflugerville
Visit the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market for extra shopping for your holiday meals and gifts. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. Vendors sell a variety of produce, artisan baked goods, free-range meats, jarred salsas, crafts and more. Remember, when you shop at the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses.
Wednesday, November 21
Austin: Night Before Family Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 21 | from 2 to 8 p.m. | Infinite Monkey Theorem, 121 Pickle Rd. #110
To celebrate the season of giving, The Infinite Monkey Theorem has partnered with some of Austin’s top award-winning restaurants for a “Night Before Thanksgiving” event. An assortment of sides will be available for purchase with 100% of sales benefitting SAFE. Additionally, The Infinite Monkey Theorem will be paying it forward with 20% of sales from its suggested wine pairings and 10% of all on-site sales donated to SAFE as well. This event is family-friendly as the evening will include hand turkey crafts for kids and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” screening.
Texas Radio Live – Cale & The 45’s and Torino Black
Wednesday, November 21 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Guero’s, 1412 S. Congress Ave.
Texas Radio Live at Guero’s Taco Bar for live Texas music in the Guero’s Oak Garden! Musical guests Cale and the 45’s and Torino Black. Suggested $10 donation to the Sun Radio Foundation at the gate when you enter.
Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, November 21 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. at the Browning Hangar
Make Mueller on Wednesdays your fave hang spot with friends or the fam. Perfect for an after work or after school wind down, TFM Mueller on Wed features 50 local food artisans, sustainable farmers and ranchers and craft beverages. Pack a blanket and picnic lakeside! Sip and stroll along Mueller Lake park under the shady trees beside the historic Browning Hangar. Take the kiddos for independent play in our play area, pony rides and other great family fun.
Thursday, November 22
Thanksgiving Day Yoga Asana and Relaxation
Thursday, November 22 | from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Yoga Meditation Group, 13740 Research Blvd., Bldg. T, Unit 3
Enjoy a relaxing Yoga Asana class on Thanksgiving Day. Gentle, effective exercises suitable for all levels, including breathing, alignment, balance, strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and meditation. Bring a mat; a towel/blanket/rug; and some water. RSVP ahead by email, text, or phone: [email protected] or (512) 774-4964.
Vegetarian Thanksgiving and Potluck
Thursday, November 22 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Yoga Meditation Group, 13740 Research Blvd., Bldg. T, Unit 3
Join or the annual Vegetarian Potluck Dinner & Meditation. No need to harm animals to feed ourselves and enjoy each other’s company! The dinner starts at 6pm, and you can bring a vegetarian dish if you like (no meat, fish, eggs, gelatin, or lard; milk products are fine). Please also bring your own eating utensils and dishes if you can, just to save on paper and plastic, but no problem if you can’t. Then relax with our Deep Peace Meditation class at 7pm. Families with children are welcome! RSVP ahead by email, text, or phone: [email protected] or (512) 774-4964.
Craftsman Thanksgiving Marshmallow Roast
Thursday, November 22 | at 8 p.m. | Craftsman, 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St.
After eating all the turkey and stuffing you’ve been waiting for all year, top it off with a light and fluffy roasted marshmallow paired with a digestif cocktail. Craftsman invites guests to gather round the fire pit for a sweet treat and specialty drink to cap off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Bring your friends and family along to hang out and keep warm by the fire. Admission is free.
Friday, November 23
Annual Lighting of the Square (Georgetown)
Friday, November 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Georgetown Square, 710 S. Main Street, Georgetown
Experience the magic as they kick-off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving! Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes! Join Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross as we help Santa countdown and flip on the holiday lights on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas! The downtown shops will be open late, so plan to get in some unique holiday shopping. This is a free event. Also, stop by The Williamson Museum and let the children make a free craft! You can have your photo taken with Santa inside the courthouse from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (photo fee proceeds benefit Brown Santa Program).
Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 23 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Join Hill Country Galleria for the annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival event on Black Friday, November 23. For Black Friday, the Galleria will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guests may shop for Black Friday specials at various retailers throughout the day and then join for the special event. Camp Gladiator will be hosting a free post-Thanksgiving workout in the Central Plaza at 9 a.m. for patrons that would like to get to the Galleria early. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the outdoor Central Plaza where families can see Santa, help light the holiday tree and enjoy live music by Echosmith starting at 7 p.m.
Winter Wonderland at the Circuit
Friday, November 23 | from 6 to 11 p.m. | Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin
Admission: $16 (children 5 and under FREE). The 2nd annual Winter Wonderland will transport guests of all ages to a world of wonder, offering a completely new, immersive and captivating experience that includes the Chinese Lantern Festival. The world-renowned Chinese Lantern Festival will brighten up guests’ holiday season by allowing them to experience the wonders of illumination and travel through a extraordinary cultural experience. Traditionally held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, this colorful and lively Chinese celebration includes interactive entertainment, immersing guests with the culture, music, arts and life of authentic China.
Saturday, November 24
Lost Pines Christmas (Bastrop)
Saturday, November 24 | at dusk | Downtown Bastrop
Celebrate the holiday season in Historic Downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to a dazzling night-time holiday parade, food and wine events, and activities for the entire family, you’ll love how Bastrop shares the season during this month-long holiday event. Downtown merchants offer extended shopping hours throughout the holiday season. Kick off the holiday season at a Lighting Party on Nov. 24. Come out to Fisherman’s Park at dusk to visit Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and enjoy the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on the outdoor big screen. For a full schedule of events visit www.lostpineschristmas.com
30th Annual Chuy’s “Children Giving to Children” Parade
Saturday, November 24 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | 1100 Congress Ave.
This special Austin event will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., traveling down Congress from the Texas State Capitol to Cesar Chavez and featuring giant inflatable balloons, festive floats, famous children’s characters, marching bands, classic cars, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Santa and 30 Elvis impersonators in honor of the parade’s 30 years. Being a parade that celebrates the joy of giving, all spectators are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate during the parade procession—helping Chuy’s reach its goal of collecting 30,000 toys for Austin kids in need this holiday season. Operation Blue Santa will then provide toys and holiday meals to local children and their families who might not otherwise have them.
Sunday, November 25
Sunday, November 25 | from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Fair Market, 1100 E 5th St.
Renegade Craft returns to East Austin’s Fair Market with a weekend of contemporary handmade featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design ✌︎ Warm up with a cocktail and groove to Waterloo DJ sets while shopping small from 100 emerging and established Makers. As always, Renegade is free to attend and all are welcome.
Zilker Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Following lighting the tree will be on display nightly from 6 p.m. Midnight until December 31. Free!
Monday, November 26
Ice Skating on the Whole Foods Plaza ($10)
Monday, November 26 (open daily through January 15 – some closures) | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (call to confirm) | Whole Foods, Plaza Rooftop, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
$10, includes skates. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are always open to the public, but please check the website or call Lamar Guest Services at (512) 476-1206 during the week to confirm public skating hours on weekdays.
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