Although many of us are eager to decorate the Christmas tree and play Elf on an endless loop, we can’t let November pass without recognition of Thanksgiving. No matter whether you prefer to spend the day curating a well-balanced feast or with feet kicked up, eyes set on football, there are endless traditions families intertwine to make this holiday special. Below are a few of our favorite classic traditions:
Friendsgiving What’s better than one thanksgiving meal? Two. Our project coordinator, Jade Shafer, started Urbanspaces’ Friendsgiving in her first role with Urbanspace as Director of First Impressions. The company gathers together on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, sharing over 20 different dishes potluck style. Who’s dessert will be the fan favorite this year?
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Annual Parade Stretching back to the early 1920’s, this Musical performances, 40 foot high balloons of your favorite television characters, decorated floats, dancers – the entertainment is endless. The best part? You can watch from the comfort of your own sofa, and keep an eye on that turkey roasting.
Turkey Trot 5k Early bird gets the worm right? It’s the tradition you aren’t sure how you got roped into (or how you married into), yet you still show up. Thundercloud Subs put’s on their very own Turkey Trot in Austin, with options for a 1 mile or 5 mile. You can feel good about joggin off that extra slice of pie and knowing that all the proceeds go to a non-profit that works to prevent homelessness.
Sharing What You’re Grateful For Gratitude. It’s the name of the game for this holiday. As you dig into Grandma’s stuffing, don’t forget to dig into the true meaning and share what you’re thankful for.
With October in sight, the cusp of ACL season is here and the greens of Zilker await our return. Whether it’s your first time going to the Austin City Limits festival, or your millionth, we have created the perfect mini-guide to soak up the most of your ACL experience.
The Lineup Nothing says “two is better than one” like back to back weekends, a standout distinction of ACL in comparison to other festivals. The two weekends feature slightly differing lineups, a curated diverse selection of performers, with something to cater to all of Austin’s taste. Past years’ lineups have included headliners such as Kings of Leon, Coldplay, The Cure, Tame Impala, and even Kanye West. 2022 rolls in headliners like contemporary R&B singer SZA, country artists The Chicks and Kacey Musgraves, electronic-house musician Flume, and the masterminds behind the hit Californiacation: The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What to Bring A mini fan: Summer may be over, but the warm temperatures we’ve grown to know, tolerate, and maybe even love, will still circulate up into the high 80’s. Cool down and beat the heat with this staple! A fanny pack: The best way to keep movin’ and groovin’ with all of your belongings kept close. A disposable camera: Save your phone battery and snap a film shot. The best way to live in the moment. A reusable bottle: The festival has multiple hydration stations to fill up your water. A blanket: Give your legs a rest and relax behind the crowd!
It’s that time of year again – get ready to break out your burnt orange! Football is finally back and we can’t wait to cheer on the Longhorns this season. Below we’ve gathered some of the best places in Austin to watch UT football games. Hook ‘Em!
Scholtz Garten: This German biergarten boasts the title of being the oldest operating business in Austin, dating back to the Civil War, and has since become an infamous hotspot for watching UT sports events. On game days, Scholtz will open its doors for all UT fanatics at 11:00AM to host the largest tailgates in Austin – click here for a watch party schedule. Scholtz is often packed and is the perfect hype place for a lively game day crowd, complete with a German-twist on your typical game day foods and drinks.
Posse East: Posse East is the best place for large groups and cheap game-day eats. Many UT fans gather here for rowdy game day spirits and pitchers, pitchers, and more pitchers of beer! This bar is just a walk away from DKR Stadium, close enough to hear the cheering of the crowd. Don’t forget to try their delicious queso while you’re there, and be sure to get enough for the whole table!
Crown and Anchor Pub:For over 25 years now, Crown and Anchor Pub has provided winning beer and food for local Austin sports’ crowds. Rivaling the nearby bar Posse East, this pub is also located in the Hyde Park/University Area – only a 15 minute walk away from the DKR Stadium. This pub is especially popular with fans who bring their furry friends to share game day celebrations, with plenty of outdoor space on both their shaded and unshaded patios.
The Tavern: Located off South Lamar, The Tavern has been a fan favorite for local Austinites to gather for game days. Since 1933, The Tavern has been providing an extensive menu of cold beer, hardy burgers, and sports. With two bars, two outdoor decks, two floors, and over 30+ screens The Tavern is well-equipped to accommodate any of your needs. The Tavern’s pub flare menu features the perfect game day bites. From Texas brisket queso, to ballpark nachos, to white wings- Tavern meets all your game day cravings. The Tavern is the perfect spot to bring your crew and watch the Longhorns!
Cain & Abel’s: Cain & Abel’s is the ultimate University staple, located right in the heart of West Campus for UT students and alumni to enjoy game days! They offer a variety of draft beers and cocktails, but their Texas Tea (a Long-Island iced tea with tequila) is every fan’s go-to. Every college football fan in Austin must go to Cain & Abel’s at least once to experience the best school spirit that no other bar can top.
For those who find themselves a bit overwhelmed with cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner, or want to switch up their normal routine and support local Austin restaurants, here’s a list of Urbanspace’s top 5 restaurants to order takeout from:
Texas Honey Ham: An Austin and Office favorite, Texas Honey Ham has both Honey Glazed Hams and Freshly Roasted Turkey Breast available for purchase by the pound, and delicious side options that include Corn Bread Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Chipotle Cranberry Sauce, Baked Potato Casserole, Apple Slaw, Austin Baked Beans, Honey Mustard Potato Salad, and of course Shells and Cheese. (3736 bee cave rd, ste. 6, 78746)
Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon: Fresa’s entire Thanksgiving meal comes with a roasted turkey with gravy, chorizo stuffing, and a spicy citrus-serrano cranberry sauce. Or opt for the turkey breast meal if you don’t feel like dealing with bones. Diners can also pick out three of the available sides for any of the two meals, which include roasted Brussels sprouts, poblano spinach gratin, and mac and cheese. Order a pozole kit for those turkey leftovers, and there are pies too. (1703 s. 1st st., 78704)
Micklethwait Craft Meats: For a smoked meats-filled Thanksgiving, the barbecue trailer is accepting preorders for the holiday. On deck are family-style meals with either whole turkeys or briskets, plus sides such as green bean casserole, lemon poppy slaw, jalapeno cheese grits, and more. Then there are standalone whole turkeys with gravy or pickles, onions, sauces, and bread, or whole brisket with the same pickle addition, plus a la carte green bean casseroles, stuffing, and pies. (1309 rosewood ave., 78702)
Salt & Time: The butcher shop and restaurant has a variety of meats and sides for the holiday, including the enormous John Madden: a 22 to 24-pound turkey with extra drumsticks stuffed with sausage and cornbread dressing and wrapped in lace fat. Meats range from $7.50 to $52 per pound; the John Madden is $200; sides and condiments range from $8 to $16; party platters start at $50; pies are $24. (1912 E. 7th St., 78702)
Austin Convention Center | 500 E Cesar Chavez St. | January 4th – 6th 2019
The Annual Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show is back at the Austin Convention Center Jan 4-6. This show offers the year’s best prices on boats and travel trailers as well as plenty to do with the whole family. Take in a free seminar, send your kinds to Boater Education Class, catch live fish at the fish tank, or enjoy the live music schedule this year. The show has something for everyone all while saving $1000s on your new boat or RV.
The Continental Club Austin | 1315 S Congress Ave.| January 12th, 2019
BowiElvis Fest officially 10 years old. It is a party thrown by Splice Records which is happens twice a year in two different cities. On January 5th the Houston festival will be held at the legendary Continental Club & Big Top. And for the third year in a row we are taking the show on the road and setting up shop in Austin, Texas which will be the second weekend on January 12th at the other legendary Continental Club on S. Congress.
Austin Convention Center | 500 E Cesar Chavez St. | January 11th – 13th 2019
Solve all your projects in one place in one weekend at the 21st Annual Austin Home & Garden Show! You’ll find the latest products and services for your home and landscape: builders, remodelers, contractors, building materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions, all kinds of plants, landscape displays, kitchenware, home accessories and so much more!
Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center | 1209 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road | Round Rock, TX | January 18th & January 19th 2019
Migrations is an annual dance festival in Austin, Texas in January 2019, presented by the Austin Tribal Collective. Migrations will host instructors offering workshops in a wide range of dance and musical styles from around the world! Come experience the dances of Spain, India, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and more.
Zilker Park | 2100 Barton Springs Road December 12th – 31st
This year join over 7,000 fellow runners in Austin, Texas to run a personal best at the 3M Half Marathon. 3M Half is a fun and fast stand-alone half marathon boasting one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. You’ll enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. Cross the finish line, grab your hefty one-of-a-kind “spinner” finisher medal, and celebrate at the energetic finish line festival complete with a beer garden!
March, Festival, and Food Drive. The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9 a.m.with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. MLK COMMUNITY FESTIVAL The MLK Community Festival kicks off at 11:15am and will last until 3:30 p.m.; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever!
Palmer Events Center | 900 Barton Springs Rd. | January 26th, 2019 at 11 am – 6 pm | January 27th, 2019 at 11 am – 5 pm
There’s no searching for the sale rack at this shopping event – every single rack is a sale rack. A legendary shopping experience since 2001 for locals looking for seriously chic deals, at Le Garage Sale you’ll score the biggest bargains of the shopping season from your favorite local boutiques and designers, all in one place – and you might even discover the next up-and-coming label or emerging designer while you’re at it. Those who know arrive early for the best deals. For two fun-filled days, shop deliciously lowered price tags under a rain or shine roof while you sip caffeine and cocktails and listen to high energy music.
Zilker Park | 2100 Barton Springs Road December 1st
Stick Around For The Ultimate After Party – Complete with DJ entertainment and dance party, Ferris Wheel and Carousel rides, food trucks, drinks, fitness expo and more!
Get a !! FREE !! Post-Run Beer or Cocoa for ALL Fun Runners – Cheers! Grab bites from Austin’s famous food trucks – Available for purchase. Dive into the Fitness Expo – Mix and mingle among health and fitness brands. Join The Fun Activities – Stop by for post-race yoga and more while engaging with local brands. Show us your moves in a spontaneous Dance-Off. Show Us Your Threads in our Costume Contest – Strut your stuff on the runway in your wackiest holiday costume! Let loose and kick off the holidays the Austin way
It’s going to be weird, isn’t it? Watching Texas helmets and Oklahoma helmets intermingling somewhere other than the Cotton Bowl? While AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of Saturday’s Big 12 Championship, is only about 22 miles west, the last time the Sooners and Longhorns took each other on in a city other than Dallas was 95 years ago, in 1923. (Texas won, 26-14, in Austin.)
1102 Lohmans Crossing Road | Lakeway December 1st – January 1st
One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! Come see thousands of twinkling lights! See amusing tableaus, all accompanied by delightful seasonal music! Skateboards, scooters, bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted. The Trail of Lights will continue nightly through the end of December.
The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church and at it’s additional location, Emmaus Catholic Church. We hope you will move with us and enjoy this holiday classic and a city favorite. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!
The Long Center | 701 W Riverside Drive December 7th – December 23rd
Your favorite way to celebrate the season returns for its 56th year! Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker never disappoints, with hundreds of dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s delicious score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. From a festive holiday party to an exotic court of sweets, watch as our young heroine, Clara, faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime! Make memories to last a lifetime when you share this special holiday tradition with family and friends!
Zilker Park | 2100 Barton Springs Road December 12th – 31st
The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, we are able to keep it free for at least ½ of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so.
Frank Erwin Center | 1701 Red River Street December 20th
America’s hardest-rocking holiday tradition is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in December 2018, and tickets for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s upcoming stop in the “Live Music Capital of the World” are on sale now! Check out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Austin concert information below to find out how you can experience their special new show, which is inspired by their debut album The Christmas Attic as well as their career-launching TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve — but don’t wait. The only way you’re gonna hear your favorite holiday classics rocked the way only this prog symphony can is to score your TSO Austin Tickets right away!
We all have our favorite holiday classics. During the holiday season this year at AFS we are reaching way back into Hollywood’s Golden Age to present some of our favorites, some very well known, some less so, but all great.
Come celebrate the season with AFS, as we present our favorite classic holiday films from December 22nd to the 30th.
House of Torment is the premier haunted attraction in Austin, Texas featuring elaborate Hollywood-quality sets, iconic characters portrayed by talented actors, towering animatronic monsters and terrifying scenarios like Blackthorn Penitentiary, Darkest Dreams, and Trick or Treat. With other attractions such as mini escape rooms there is so much to experience! House of Torment has been featured on Buzzfeed, Travel Channel, Huff Post and Discovery Channel.
2632 Ridgepoint Drive October 5th – October 7th | October 12th – October 14th
One of the country’s largest celebrations of music, this six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series Austin City Limits outside the studio and into Austin’s most beloved park with more than 140 musical acts on eight stages over two weekends. This year’s headliners include Paul McCartney, Odesza, Metallica, Travis Scott, Justice, and Arctic Monkeys.
Cotton Bowl Stadium | Dallas, Tx October 6th | 11:00 am
More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair.
Game tickets are purchased through each university’s athletic office. A ticket to the 2018 Red River Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer October 18th – October 20th
Enjoy German influenced food, beer, and live music followed by Banger’s Big Brass Band Brunch on Sunday, October 21st. They will be serving bierwurst, spaetzle, schnitzel, weisswurst, and German potato cakes. Banger’s version of Oktoberfest games take place daily, open to the public on a first come first-serve basis. Winners of each game will receive a “trophy”, t-shirt, and “Skip the Line” brunch voucher.
This is one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in town, spanning three days (and nights). Eat, drink, dance and play to your heart’s desire at this all-out party on Rainey Street.
Circuit of the Americas October 19th – October 21st
The pinnacle of motorsports is returning to Texas for a three-day celebration of speed and sound! In the midst of a competitive and unpredictable season, the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI 2018 United States Grand Prix arrives at COTA this October with major championship implications. International drivers will be in Austin this October to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more – including headlining performances by Bruno Mars and Britney Spears for ticket holders.
Join riders from around the country for the 2018 LIVESTRONG Challenge on October 21st ,2018! Chose from our 20, 45, 65, or 100-mile bike routes through beautiful Texas hill country. We are also proud to offer a 1-mile fun run for participants and supporters of all abilities. After the ride or run, participants and spectators are invited to the post-event party in the Challenge Village where you will find delicious local food and beer, music, vendors and a fun time for all ages.
Austin American- Statesman October 20th | 12pm – 8pm
This one-day event is a reflection of Austin’s plethora of eclectic styles and artistry, only this diversity shows through in the 20+ Margarita Flavors. Served frozen or on the rocks, the endless choice of mouthwatering margaritas can be enjoyed against the backdrop of Austin’s beautiful skyline. Adding to the cool vibe of this Margarita Mecca, you can sip to the sounds of live bands and DJs, and to the complement of great food!
Paramount Theatre & Various Locations October 25th – November 1st
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. The full lineup for the 25th annual Austin Film Festival has been revealed, and it includes Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn’s action thriller, Widows, and Peter Farrelly’s dramedy, Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade.The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.
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