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Gourd-eous weather has returned, and so have these favorite things to do this month!
Día de los Muertos, a cultural celebration of profound significance, unfolds at the Moody Amphitheater on November 1, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Originating in Mexico and now embraced worldwide, this vibrant holiday unites diverse cultures, blending centuries-old traditions with modern elements. Local Tejana florist Yliana Lara will metamorphose the Moody Amphitheater stage into a community “ofrenda,” an altar inviting visitors to adorn it with images and decorations to honor departed loved ones. Artist Ernest Ramirez crafts a special Alebrijes Altar for cherished departed pets. Revelers can immerse themselves in the festivities with free live music, captivating dance performances, calavera face painting, a Latinx artisan market, and the creative prowess of live artists and muralists. The performance lineup includes DJ Gracie Chavez, Danza Azteca Guadalupana, Ballet Folklorico MariCruz, and Mariachi Las Coronelas. Savor the flavors of the evening with delectable offerings from food and beverage vendors like Veracruz All-Natural, Eso’s Tacos, and Dorothy’s ATX.
Immerse yourself in a unique annual celebration that beautifully blends German culture with Texan charm at the picturesque headwaters of the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas! At SPRECHEN SIE FUN?, you’ll savor delicious food, dance to lively music, experience thrilling carnival rides and games, indulge in German, Texan, and domestic beer, and revel in special events, all while enjoying the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. This unforgettable extravaganza is none other than Wurstfest, the ultimate ten-day celebration in sausage history. From its humble beginnings, Wurstfest has evolved into a grand annual gathering that attracts thousands of daily visitors to the dedicated Wurstfest Festival Grounds. This incredible journey has been made possible by the dedication of visionaries, volunteers, and community leaders who have nurtured its growth.
The Austin Celtic Festival is a celebration of Celtic music, dance, history, and culture that promises an extraordinary lineup of regional and international talent. Stay tuned for a complete list of performers, as this festival offers workshops and masterclasses in Celtic arts, history, and storytelling, allowing participants to gain new techniques, insights, and experiences. Additionally, attendees can witness the Highland Games competition all day on both Saturday and Sunday. Celtic Animals, featuring various Celtic dog breeds and mini horse breeds, will be showcased. Held at the scenic Pioneer Farms in North Austin and now in its 27th year, this family-friendly event is a testament to authentic Celtic traditions, highlighting the craftsmanship and study that made places like Ireland and Scotland leaders in folk music and dance.
Amidst the breathtaking Austin skyline, guests can perfect their palate pairings with a diverse selection of spirits, wines, and brews. To elevate your culinary prowess, glean insights from Chef Demos and discover the secrets to earning your own Michelin Star in the comfort of your home kitchen. Immerse yourself in the world of distillation during Tasting Sessions, where you can sample premier global spirits, wines, and beers while learning about their intricate production processes. For a sizzling experience, head to the Fire Pit, where pitmasters and chefs wield live flames to create exceptional BBQ and other flame-kissed dishes, offering valuable tips and insights along the way.
Prepare for an evening of uproarious laughter as the current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” proudly present their new improv tour, WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?, at The Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. With doors opening at 6:00 PM and the show starting at 7:00 PM, this 90-minute extravaganza promises hilarious improvised comedy and music, all sparked by audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will have you in stitches as they craft quick-witted scenes before your very eyes, actively involving the audience in the comedic magic. While all ages are welcome, please note that the performance may include some “PG-13” language. Don’t miss this unforgettable night of spontaneous humor and entertainment.
Creek Show, an annual event hosted by Waterloo Greenway, beckons attendees to immerse themselves in nine nights of FREE illuminated art along Waller Creek, extending from 700 E 9th St to Waterloo Park. Since 2014, Waterloo Greenway has curated site-specific installations by Austin-based artists, architects, designers, and landscape architects, all chosen through a public Call for Ideas in partnership with AIA Austin. These artists delve into an array of themes related to Waller Creek, spanning from its rich history to intricate hydrology and beyond. Creek Show 2023 promises six novel light-based art installations set to captivate the senses. Beyond art, visitors can relish nightly live music, tantalizing food and beverages, and family-friendly activities at Waterloo Park, all at no cost.
In collaboration with the Buda Chamber of Commerce, the City of Buda takes great pride in commemorating and paying tribute to the esteemed veterans of Buda and Hays County through a parade scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2023, commencing at 9:00 am. This year’s parade theme revolves around the concept of “SERVICE.” The parade’s starting point is set on Main Street, precisely at China Street, and will culminate at Buda City Park, offering attendees the opportunity to relish the Chamber’s Market in the Park. The organizers are extending invitations to local veteran-owned businesses, in addition to encouraging participation from local ROTC and VFW posts.
The 17th Annual Heroes and Hot Rod’s Veterans Day Car Show, taking place in Bastrop, TX on November 11th, is a heartfelt tribute to American Veterans, featuring a captivating classic car display and a solemn Veterans ceremony at Downtown Bastrop. Organized by the Bastrop Area Cruisers, a group formed in 1999 by local car enthusiasts, this event is open to the public, and attendance is free. Visitors are encouraged to extend their stay in Bastrop and explore the variety of accommodations available. The event is not only a celebration but also a charitable endeavor, with proceeds supporting Veteran organizations, The Bastrop High School Auto Tech Scholarships, and other local charities. For more information about the Bastrop Area Cruisers and their mission, please visit bastropareacruisers.com.
Attendees can experience the Michelada Festival in Austin’s Land Area on Saturday, situated at The Railhouse in Kyle, TX, where a Pop Up Michie Fest will run from 3 pm until midnight. DJs will be spinning a mix of everything from old school to new school Latin and English music, promising entertainment and fun for individuals of all ages. Live performances include Cumbia, Tejano Bands, and more. For the younger crowd, there’s a fantastic Kids Zone featuring a bounce house, face painting, a kids’ dance party with surprise special friends, and much more! Attendees can discover a wide range of Michelada varieties from local vendors across Texas, and if Michies aren’t their thing, a full bar is available with something for everyone.
The Junior League of Austin (JLA) joyfully commemorates 90 years of dedicated service, while their beloved A Christmas Affair celebrates 48 years of festive magic. The cosmic celebration begins with the Cosmic Ball Preview Party on Wednesday, November 15th, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, requiring tickets at $125 per guest with a black-tie dress code. This magical night launches Austin’s iconic holiday tradition, A Christmas Affair, benefiting JLA’s signature programs and community partners. A Christmas Affair, featuring over 200 vendors and drawing more than 25,000 patrons annually, has evolved from its humble beginnings in 1976 into the largest League event of its kind nationwide. The event empowers women and serves the community, supporting local organizations and providing essential resources to children in need, including Coats for Kids, KICS – Kids In Cool Shoes, and FIT – Food In Tummies.
November 17 – December 24
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar, renowned for its vibrant and heartwarming atmosphere, offers a unique platform for artists and artisans to showcase and sell their extraordinary creations during the holiday season. Applicants, including previous participants, undergo an annual jury review after responding to our Call for Submissions, which also provides the chance for inclusion in our year-round online shop. The Bazaar prides itself on curating a diverse selection of artists, embracing their handmade, high-quality works spanning various mediums.
The Mighty Texas Dog Walk is a heartwarming and impactful event that supports the vital mission of Service Dogs, Inc., a revered nonprofit with a 35-year legacy of rescuing shelter dogs and transforming them into dedicated Service Dogs, serving clients across Texas. Your unwavering support enables us to provide these extraordinary dogs to those in need, free of charge, making a profound impact on countless lives. Join us in this inspiring journey by visiting www.servicedogs.org and also indulge in exclusive experiences like the VIP tent, Doggie Expo, the world’s largest dog bowl, Sniffari adventures, thrilling agility displays, and the ever-adorable Costume Contest, all part of the festivities that celebrate our cherished bond with canine companions.
The Austin Powwow is a vibrant celebration of Native American heritage, bringing together a rich tapestry of traditions, dance, music, art, and cuisine. This event features mesmerizing dance performances, showcasing traditional regalia and storytelling through movement. Attendees can explore a marketplace filled with authentic Native American arts and crafts, sample indigenous cuisine, and engage in educational workshops and presentations that delve into the history and contemporary issues of Native American communities. The Powwow serves as a bridge of cultural understanding and appreciation, offering a platform for both Native Americans and the wider community to come together, learn, and revel in the beauty of indigenous cultures.
The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, a beloved Thanksgiving tradition, offers both live and virtual participation options. For the live event, participants can register at The Long Center on Thanksgiving morning, with a schedule of events including a Kids K run, wheelchair start, timed and untimed 5-mile races, a 1-mile walk/run, and trophy pickup. The virtual event allows participants to run or walk at their own pace and location, recording their times for the 5-Mile and 1-Mile Walk/Run, although no awards are given for virtual participation. Registration proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, the event’s sole beneficiary since its inception in 1991, with over $4.4 million donated to date. Caritas of Austin’s mission is to provide stable housing, access to groceries, living-wage jobs, and educational opportunities, contributing to a stronger Austin community. The event also features a raffle for a brand-new Honda Accord from First Texas Honda, with all ticket sales proceeds donated to Caritas of Austin. Additionally, the Stepping Stone School Kids K includes warm-up activities and a walk/run for young participants.
The iconic Zilker Holiday Tree in Austin, towering at 155 feet, is adorned with 3,309 multicolored bulbs hanging from 39 streamers, all converted to LED in 2019. A magnificent 10-foot double star with 150 frosted bulbs crowns this holiday marvel, known for its unique spiral light pattern crafted by City of Austin electricians. The tree’s vast display spans 380 feet in circumference, with a 120-foot diameter, and rests on a base of 19 utility poles forming a circle around the historic Moontower. The tradition of lighting this grand tree began in 1967, with Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Emma Long doing the honors, and continues with young winners of a city-wide tree art contest. Don’t miss your chance to visit this marvel from November 27 to January 1, with drive-up visitation nights offering free surface lot parking on select dates. The tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, November 26, 2023, features pre-event music and local entertainment, making it a must-see event.
As originally published in Realty Austin.