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Austin’s Local Guide — January 2022
With everything going on in this city, it’s hard to decide what to do and what to pass on. We’ve put together a list of our favorites happening in Austin this New Year for January 2022, and we’re sure you’ll find one (or more) that you’ll attend!!
Here’s a list of things to do in Austin in January:
The first week of January is the best time for a music fan in Austin. Why? Hundreds of local bands participate in this annual event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin!
Join over 7,500 runners for one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. Enjoy a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s famous landmarks and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol.
Participate in the Austin-area MLK Day celebrations with The Austin Area Heritage Council. There will be a rally and walk starting from the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the University of Texas campus.
Origin Studio House is hosting an MLK Day kickback for the people. Part coffee shop, part gallery, Origin Studio House is a place for Austin’s Black community to gather and preserve local history over a cup of coffee or some great food.
Head to the Paramount Theatre to see what began as Aesop’s fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare” now continued 10 years down the road, with children of their own. The Next Gen is a glow-in-the-dark adventure that uses a blend of puppetry, technology, and dance to shed new light on a classic tale.
Award-winning astrophysicist and author, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, will delve into the delusions of space enthusiasts. In this illustrated talk, he’ll explore the perennial mismatch between the collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and the realities that limit it.
The highly anticipated, semi-annual event is back, and it’s what retail dreams are made of. The two-day shopping event will feature 100+ boutiques, brands, and designers bringing wardrobe staples, eye-catching accessories, children’s apparel, menswear, home decor pieces, art, and more!
January 28 – March 27
Everyone’s favorite mischievous cat is coming to Austin! In this production of the Dr. Seuss classic, the Cat brings friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who make messes and problems for Sally and her brother while their mother is out.
Enjoy the cultural phenomenon of Pink Floyd’s music and the laser spectacular that takes fans on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge laser, lighting, and video effects!
December 18-January 2
Grab tickets for the 11th annual Mutt-Cracker show at The VORTEX to see performances by five rescue dogs and their newest puppy addition named Dragonfly. Darren Peterson juggles, unicycles, and more alongside them.
Watch a screening of the film, “Dear Dancer” and an interview with famous choreographer Deborah Hay. The Harry Ransom Center has acquired some of Hay’s archives, and many of the questions will center around Austin.
Celebrate the shared birthday of two of the biggest names in music history at this event that features local musicians and a blend of both of their greatest hits. There will also be face painting, burlesque acts, and themed concessions.
One of the top horror and oddities podcast is coming to Austin for the Last Podcast on the Left: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Tour. Join comedians Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski as they approach the abyss with a sense of humor.
Homeowners and gardening enthusiasts can once again enjoy the annual Austin Home and Garden Show. Here, you can shop for home products and services as well as be inspired by industry professionals.
Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 can enjoy a live show on their Time Bubble Tour at the Paramount Theater. The film will be “Making Contact” from 1985, and attendees can enjoy this world-famous comedy commentary.
As originally published in Austin Local.