Ready to rock around the Christmas tree? You’re in luck! Partake in one of Austin’s favorite holiday traditions while enjoying the festive atmosphere of downtown on a Saturday night at the Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll. Starting at 6 pm on Saturday, December 7, local radio personality John Aielli leads the crowd in a grand holiday sing-along, after which everyone gets to enjoy the annual tree lighting and special performances by local artists. A special perk: downtown businesses stay open late for the special occasion, so you can get a little holiday shopping done while you’re enjoying the merriment. Supporting the local economy and taking part in an Austin tradition — most definitely a superb way to kick off the holiday season.
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Every year since 1989, Chuy’s — that bastion of Elvis-inspired Tex-Mex and maker of super-strong Mexican martinis — hosts a parade and toy drive to benefit the Operation: Blue Santa program, which distributes holiday gifts to local kids who might not otherwise receive any. Complete with marching bands and festive floats, the Children Giving to Children Parade is an Austin holiday tradition of the highest order: the kind that isn’t only fun, but that also helps those in need. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, indeed.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade, Sat, Nov 30, 11 am -12 pm
Dogs have a way of making life better; when we come home from a rough day, they’re so happy to see us that it takes the edge off our stress, and few things are more awesome than playing in the grass with a sweet, contented pup on the weekend. Since Austin loves its dogs, opportunities abound for fostering them for several months at a time, and there’s no shortage of green spaces where they can run and play in the crisp fall air. Check out this comprehensive listing of the city’s best dog parks, perfect for taking your pooch for a spin or meeting up with friends for coffee while their four-legged friends let off some steam with pals of their own. It’s a dog’s life after all, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
The organizers behind the town of Fredericksburg’s Oktoberfest are probably the best people to describe their annual celebration of all things German: they lovingly call it “Oompah at its best.” Featuring German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, a children’s area and plenty of family fun in the fresh October weather this weekend, the event’s a perfect getaway from the airport and city traffic of ACL’s first weekend. Grab a stein and a pretzel and kick back just north of Round Rock in this gem of an undiscovered little city. Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6-12, and free for the little ones.
Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, 100 block of Main Street
Fri 10/4, 6pm-midnight; Sat 10/5 10am-midnight; Sun 10/6 11am-6pm
Tickets: $7 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6-12; free for kids under 6