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    Cherrywood Art Fair

    Presented by Cherrywood Art Fair and CHULA League

    December 10 - December 11, 2016

    Chula League’s Cherrywood Art Fair celebrates 15 years of this beloved free Austin holiday shopping tradition. Peruse a carefully curated selection of goods ranging from whimsical toys for kids and pets to functional ceramics to handcrafted jewelry and organic skincare products from 88 Texas artists. Give your loved ones gifts to feel good about! Listen to ...more


    The Nutcracker

    Presented by TexARTS

    December 10 - December 11, 2016

    TexARTS Youth Ballet Theatre presents its ninth annual production of The Nutcracker! Bring the whole family to this kid-friendly ballet! You’ll be swept off your feet as...more

    Family Day

    Presented by Mexic-Arte Museum at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin

    December 11, 2016

    In conjunction with Mexic-Arte's holiday Nacimientos exhibit in the annex gallery, the Education Department will host a holiday-themed Family Day on Sunday, December 11th. Projects are appropriate...more

    Groundwork Music Orchestra plays Cherrywood Coffeehouse

    Presented by Groundwork Music Project and City of Austin Cultural Arts Division at Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Austin

    December 11, 2016

    Free family concert for kids and adults featuring Groundwork Music Project teachers with ocassional performances by students


    Texas Early Music Project presents

    Presented by Texas Early Music Project at First English Lutheran Church, Austin

    December 9 - December 11, 2016

    Texas Early Music Project

    Daniel Johnson, Artistic Director

    presents

    An Early Christmas

     

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    8pm, First English Lutheran...more

    The 6th Annual Day of Tango Festival

    Presented by Academy of Tango - Texas at The Ben Hur Shrine Auditorium, Austin

    December 9 - December 11, 2016

    Don't miss world-class Tango performances, workshops, Milongas, Live Music and more – at the 6th Annual Day of Tango in Austin, Texas!


    The event includes tango workshops, live...more

    VSA Texas Benefit Night hosted by Ten Thousand Villages

    Presented by VSA Texas and Ten Thousand Villages Austin

    December 14, 2016

    Tis the season to support VSA Texas, a not for profit organization whose mission is to challenge perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of...more

    Conspirare, Holiday Big Sing

    Presented by Conspirare at Blanton Museum of Art, Austin

    December 15, 2016

    A DOUBLE BILL!  A performance by Austin’s Panoramic Voices (previously Texas Choral Consort) will follow the Big Sing.

    This Big Sing is a collaboration with local percussion...more

    What's the Story Steve

    Presented by Move Your Tale and Coldtowne Theater at ColdTowne Theater, Austin

    September 24 - December 17, 2016

    What’s the Story Steve is ColdTowne Theater’s weekly show for kids and their adults. Each week we create original, fully improvised journeys through a story of the audience’s...more

    A Prairie Christmas Carol

    Presented by Pioneer Farms at Pioneer Farms, Austin

    December 9 - December 17, 2016

    Set in the last half of the 19th Century in a small community in rural Central Texas, this interactive adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic tale, “A Christmas Carol” is sure to become a...more

    Community Marimba Party

    Presented by Rattletree School of Marimba

    December 17, 2016

    Discover the joys of high-energy African marimba music in a fun, laid back and friendly atmosphere. Dance to tunes by Kupira Marimba and Mafaro Marimba. You'll even get a chance to jump up on...more

    Snow Queen 2: Riddle of Eternity

    Presented by Austin Scottish Rite Theater at Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Austin

    December 3 - December 17, 2016

    Snow Queen 2: Riddle of Eternity

    Austin composer/musician Laura Freeman returns with an all new musical for young audiences just in time for the holidays. This modern-day take on the...more

    Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus by Jamie Gorski

    Presented by Gaslight Baker Theatre at Gaslight-Baker Theatre, Lockhart

    December 2 - December 17, 2016

    Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City,...more

    Conspirare Youth Choirs, Believe

    Presented by Conspirare Youth Choirs and Conspirare at University Presbyterian Church, Austin

    December 16 - December 17, 2016

    This season Conspirare Youth Choirs perform their much-anticipated December concerts at University Presbyterian Church, a larger venue with room for all.

    Our young artists, under the...more

    A Christmas Carol

    Presented by EmilyAnn Theatre

    November 26 - December 18, 2016

    The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens presents

    A Christmas Carol

    Dates: November 26- December 18, 2016 (Saturdays- 10:00AM, Sundays- 2:00PM)

     

    Join us for the...more

    All Ages Comedy Night

    Presented by Move Your Tale and Coldtowne Theater at ColdTowne Theater, Austin

    November 20 - December 18, 2016

    Youth Improvisers and stand ups are joined by local adult Improv troupes for an hour of solid comedy with a PG rating. Improv jam to follow.


    16th Annual Austin Children's Nutcracker

    Presented by Austin City Ballet at Dougherty Arts Center, Austin

    December 9 - December 18, 2016


    The 16th annual Austin Children's Nutcracker is an original adaptation of a Christmas classic.
    Guest artists include Ryan Lutu as the Nutcracker Cavalier, Madeleine D’Avila as The...more

    Spoonful of Sugar

    Presented by The Hideout Theatre at The Hideout Theatre, Austin

    November 27 - December 18, 2016

    Sundays at 2pm in November and December, The Hideout’s Flying Theater Machine presents a delightful, family-friendly improv show: A Spoonful of Sugar!

    The Sugars’ new nanny takes us on...more

    Bah Humbug! A one-man Christmas Carol (in Austin)

    Presented by The Company Theatre at Dougherty Arts Center, Austin

    December 19, 2016

    Now in its 14th amazing year of touring Texas!  It's Charles Dickens  "A Christmas Carol" with an amazing twist...one actor plays all the roles in this powerful tale of hope &...more

    VSA Texas 8th Annual Holiday Art & Gift Show

    Presented by VSA Texas

    November 14 - December 23, 2016

    VSA Texas presents its 8th annual Holiday Art and Gift Show. Entrance to the show is located on 3707 Home Street, back of AGE Building (off 38th & Guadalupe), Room 101, Austin, TX,...more

    2016 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    Presented by Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center, Austin

    December 14 - December 24, 2016

    The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11-day shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere. This annual...more

    Tot Gingerbread Workshops at Thinkery

    Presented by Thinkery at Thinkery, Austin

    December 3 - December 24, 2016

    Tot Gingerbread Workshops are designed for families with children ages 5 and under. These hour-long workshops provide everything needed to construct and decorate an...more

    Tech Gingerbread Workshops at Thinkery

    Presented by Thinkery at Thinkery, Austin

    December 3 - December 24, 2016

    Ages 8 & up. Join us in Space 8 for a 2.5-hour workshop that combines the science of circuitry with the art of making gingerbread houses. This twist on a classic...more

    Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Workshops at Thinkery

    Presented by Thinkery at Thinkery, Austin

    December 3 - December 24, 2016

    Ages 7 & up. Join us in Kitchen Lab for a 2.5-hour workshop as we make Gingerbread House decorating even sweeter!  Learn to make and use spun sugar, moldable...more

    Harlem Globetrotters World Tour

    Presented by Frank Erwin Center at Frank Erwin Center, Austin

    December 28, 2016

    Get ready for some amazing basketball fun when the Harlem Globetrotters return to Austin on December 28! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball...more

    Broadway by Request ™ feat. Austin Symphony Orchestra

    Presented by Austin Symphony Orchestra at Palmer Events Center, Austin

    December 29 - December 30, 2016

    Broadway by Request™ lets YOU choose which songs you’d like the ASO to perform— from Wicked to Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Chicagoand...more

    A Christmas Carol

    Presented by ZACH Theatre at Topfer Theater at ZACH Theater, Austin

    November 23 - December 31, 2016

    Austin’s newest and most rockin’ holiday tradition! Each year, ZACH's A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone...more

    GIVING VOICE

    Presented by VSA Texas and AIGA | the professional association for design at Laura Bush Memorial Library, Austin

    September 25, 2016 - January 6, 2017

    This summer, Austin design leaders mentored local teen artists with disabilities. AIGA Austin and VSA Texas would love to share the results of their multi-week workshop through...more

    Valerie Fowler: Nature and Other Stories

    Presented by Dougherty Arts Center and Julia C. Butridge Gallery at Dougherty Arts Center, Austin

    November 30, 2016 - January 7, 2017

    VALERIE FOWLER: Nature and Other Stories
    November 30, 2016 - January 7, 2017
    Julia C. Butridge Gallery, Dougherty Arts Center
    1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin,Texas 78704...more

    State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

    Presented by Bullock Texas State History Museum at Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin

    September 17, 2016 - January 8, 2017

    Explore Nazi propaganda and its impact abroad and at home, through rare artifacts from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, artifacts from Texas lenders, historic film...more

    “Symphonic Follies”

    Presented by Austin Symphony Orchestra at The Long Center: Michael and Susan Dell Hall, Austin

    January 13 - January 14, 2017

    Enjoy a night of fun lighthearted “classical” music with your Austin Symphony. Music Director, Peter Bay, has arranged an evening filled with fantastic and even funny music by some of the best...more

    Second Saturdays Are for Families: Hoop Around

    Presented by The Contemporary Austin

    January 14, 2017

    You’ll be wowed by the wild patterns you can create using an ancient fabric-dyeing technique! This inky workshop, inspired by Concentric, the watery work of art by Danae Stratou, will also...more

    Long Center Presents: Odd Squad LIVE!

    Presented by Long Center for the Performing Arts at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin

    January 15, 2017

    This time, the squad needs your help! Miss O has just delivered a very special mission to Ollie and Otto, and they need your help to crack the case in this live, interactive spy adventure based on...more

    American Flags

    Presented by Bullock Texas State History Museum at Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin

    September 30, 2016 - January 16, 2017

    Displaying early and rare examples of textiles that have the power to stir the soul, special exhibition American Flags includes flags, original artwork, and related memorabilia from one of the...more

    Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico

    Presented by Mexic-Arte Museum at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin

    December 9, 2016 - January 29, 2017

    Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico presents the tradition of Nacimientos that survives in present-day Mexico as a visual amalgam of indigenous pre-Colombian and Spanish Colonial...more

    Second Saturdays are for Families: A-MAZE-ing Paper

    Presented by The Contemporary Austin

    February 11, 2017

    Get lost in an immersive paper world inspired by Monika Sosnowska: Habitat! Be amazed by what paper can do as you create a three-dimensional work of art with this extraordinary material....more

    Black Composers Concert

    Presented by Austin Chamber Music Center

    February 11, 2017

    Celebrating the musical contributions of African American Composers!


    Black Composers Concert

    Presented by Austin Chamber Music Center

    February 12, 2017

    Celebrating the contributions of African American composers!


    Monika Sosnowska: Habitat

    Presented by The Contemporary Austin

    November 22, 2016 - February 26, 2017

    For Habitat at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Sosnowska’s largest monographic exhibition to date at a U.S. museum, the artist has created an immersive, two-floor...more

    Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music”

    Presented by Frank Erwin Center at Frank Erwin Center, Austin

    March 24 - March 26, 2017

    When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can...more

    Monster Jam

    Presented by Frank Erwin Center at Frank Erwin Center, Austin

    April 22 - April 23, 2017

    Monster Jam, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet is returning to the Frank Erwin Center! Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam...more

    LOVESTREAM

    Presented by special events live at Pan Am Recreation Center, Austin

    June 16 - June 17, 2017

    LOVESTREAM is a global art celebration and we merged with Solstice Fest—TWO festivals for the price of one! Several Chakras around the world connected via live streaming to Austin. Austin will...more

    Not a Sad Tale performance

    Presented by Camiba Art

    September 10, 2016 - September 10, 2017

    Not a Sad Tale

    2016
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Performance and animation by Yuliya Lanina
    Original music by Vladimir Rannev. 

    Not A Sad Tale is a story of...more

    Threadgill's JATA Brunch

    Presented by Austin Jazz Workshop

    October 2, 2016 - September 17, 2017

    JATA (JAzz TAlent of Today and Tomorrow) is an opportunity for middle and high school jazz students to sit in with professional musicians from the Austin Jazz Workshop.  Join us to enjoy some...more

    JATA @ Central Market Westgate

    Presented by Austin Jazz Workshop at Central Market Cafe - Westgate, Austin

    October 23, 2016 - September 24, 2017

    JATA (JAzz TAlent of Today and Tomorrow) is an opportunity for middle and high school jazz students to sit in with professional musicians from the Austin Jazz Workshop.   Every fourth Sunday,...more

    The Threefer

    Presented by The Hideout Theatre at The Hideout Theatre, Austin

    Ongoing

    The Threefer is absolutely the best way to get a sample of what Austin improv has to offer. Troupes from every improv theater in town converge to perform here every Thursday, for only three...more

    East 12th Street, Return and Discover

    Presented by East 12th Street Business Corridor

    Ongoing

    The East 12th Street Business Corridor is hosting a district festival featuring food, family and fun. Come for historic talks, music, arts and crafts and more from 11am to 5pm on Saturday,...more

    POLKAPOCALYPSE!

    Presented by Elisabet Ney Museum and Texas Folklife at Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin

    Ongoing

    The Third First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! is upon us! Four awesome Polka bands--including two Grammy (TM) winners--will rock the boots off your lederhosen with a crazy mix of Tejano, Czech, German,...more

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