KGSR's Weekend Guide
Friday, Dec. 8th
Love Street Live: Grizfolk, The Unlikely Candidates, Walker Lukens
7:30PM - 9PM | Empire Control Room & Garage
Alt-rock quintet Grizfolk are making their way back to Austin this Friday night for a gig at Empire Control Room with The Unlikely Candidates from Forth Worth, and local singer-songwriter Walker Lukens. It's gonna be a great show and for a great cause: the Love Street Live three-day Texas tour benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Tickets are still available for the $8 advance price or for $15 at the door!
Night Lights Preview Party
7PM - 10PM | Zilker Park
Come get a sneak peak of the Trail of Lights before the grand opening Saturday at the glitzy Night Lights Preview Party! You'll also get to enjoy a curated maker's market, live performances from the Mother Falcon String Trio, Whiskey Shivers, and DJ Mel, and tastings from Sway, Wu Chow, Mattie's, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, and many more. Tickets are $75 a person with proceeds benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation's STARS at the Trail program.
Saturday, Dec. 9th
Cherrywood Art Fair
10AM - 5PM | Maplewood Elementary
Come on down to the 16th annual Cherrywood Art Fair presented by the Chula League where you'll find a varied showcase of Texas artists, the best in Austin live music, and your favorite local food trucks all in one spot! This year's lineup includes performances from Taylor Wallace, Sour Bridges, Elizabeth McQueen, Flamencura, and more, with plenty of activities scheduled all day for the little ones, including an arts and crafts corner, face painting, hair brading, a tintype photobooth, and a dog cuddling station from Austin Pets Alive. Entry is totally free!
2PM - 6PM | Rainey Street
Ever wanted to hang out and run around town with hundreds of people dressed up like Santa? Well here's your chance: SantaCon is returing to Austin this weekend to take over Rainey Street with fun and games and tons of drink specials at all participating bars including the Lustre Pearl, Bungalow, Container Bar, Clive, and more. All you gotta do is grab a santa costume and a ticket (and be over the age of 21) to get in on the fun. Tickets are $20 each and benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.
Hotel San José: Holiday Pop Up Market
12PM - 5PM | Hotel San José
Hotel San José's holiday market hosts a carefully curated list of local creatives and vendors in their courtyard every year with a special themed bar menu of course, featuring Hot Tropics (warm mango spiced cider with sake), Coconut Vanilla Frosties (coconut vanilla milkshake with sake), Snowflakes (sparkling wine, mint, and lime) and Matcha Cactus Cookies. Yum! Some of this year's participating vendors include: Manready Mercantile, YALLA, Hey Moon Ceramincs, Art by Kelly Colchin, Fortune Goods, and many more. The event is free, all ages, and open to the public!
Sunday, Dec. 10th
Garden Party at the Sekrit Theater
2PM - 5PM | Sekrit Theater
Spend your afternoon in one of Austin's best hidden little treasures for some shopping, sipping, listening, and even tarot reading at the Sekrit Theater. This magical garden party will include pop up shops from Fortress, Mother of God Ceramics, Charm School Vintage and more, with drinks from Gem + Bolt, and local astrologists, tarot card readers, hand poked tattoo artists, and polaroid portraits offering their services as well. For Garden Party members the celebration will begin at 1PM, but doors will open to the public for $12 a person after 2PM.
Drag Brunch & Toy Drive
12PM - 3PM | BT2 Austin
Come experience the holiday extravaganza at BT2 Austin's Drag Brunch and Toy Drive! The always glamorous Vegas Van Cartier is the host of the show which will feature performances from local drag artists while you enjoy your breakfast with bloody marys and mimosas to wash it down with. Don't forget to bring your unwrapped toys to donate too!
Live Reindeer & Pictures with Santa
8AM - 5PM | Sweet Eats Fruit Farm
Santa and his reindeer are making a rare live appearance this Sunday at the Sweet Eats Fruit Farm! Bring the kiddos and get some great photos before Santa and his crew have to head back to the North Pole to get back to work. Admission is $10 per adult and $12 for kids (children under 2 are free) and will include your professional portraits, and entertainment from local magicians, balloon artists, and local vendors to keep you busy.
Austin Pets Alive Adoption/Donation Day
12PM - 5PM | Friends and Allies Brewing
Celebrate the "howl-i-days" this Sunday at Friends and Allies Brewing where you can bring your own furry friend and/or take one home from Austin Pets Alive! They will be hosting pet adoptions, an ugly sweater contest, and pet photos with Santa which will be printed onsite for you to keep. Donations for Austin Pets Alive will be collected at the door and will enter you in a drawing for some pretty sick prizes from Friends and Allies Brewing, Austin Eastciders, Austin Detours, Kosmic Kombucha, Daily Greens, and more!