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12 things you must do in Austin this December

Published On 12/04/2014 Published On 12/04/2014
Antonelli's Cheese Shop

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Event

Location

Dec 4 Thu

Annual Beer & Cheese Tasting Join Slow Food Austin, (512) Brewing Company, and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop for their annual Beer and Cheese Tasting, because, well, beer and cheese.

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Annual Beer & Cheese Tasting Antonelli’s Cheese Shop Join Slow Food Austin, (512) Brewing Company, and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop for their annual Beer and Cheese Tasting, because, well, beer and cheese.

Edible Austin

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Event

Location

Dec 6-13

8th Annual Eat Drink Local Week Edible Austin is hosting the 8th annual Eat Drink Local Week (EDLW), slated for December 6-13. EDLW celebrates local food with one-of-a-kind events designed to encourage support for farm-to-table restaurants and home cooking with local, seasonal ingredients. Proceeds benefit local food nonprofits, Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.

Multiple locations

8th Annual Eat Drink Local Week Multiple locations Edible Austin is hosting the 8th annual Eat Drink Local Week (EDLW), slated for December 6-13. EDLW celebrates local food with one-of-a-kind events designed to encourage support for farm-to-table restaurants and home cooking with local, seasonal ingredients. Proceeds benefit local food nonprofits, Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.

Austin Trail of Lights

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Event

Location

Dec 7-21

50th Annual Trail of Lights Trail of Lights is an Austin tradition, and this year marks the 50th anniversary. The trail will be open from 7-10pm nightly, with a Grand Opening Celebration on December 7th. Head out for a night of holiday cheer, food trucks, and more!

Zilker Park

50th Annual Trail of Lights Zilker Park Trail of Lights is an Austin tradition, and this year marks the 50th anniversary. The trail will be open from 7-10pm nightly, with a Grand Opening Celebration on December 7th. Head out for a night of holiday cheer, food trucks, and more!

Historic Scoot Inn

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Event

Location

Dec 7-28

Free shows at Scoot Inn What’s better than free live music and drink specials? Not much, so check out Scoot Inn’s calendar; every Sunday they’re hosting music acts like Crocodile, Other Lover, Valley Forge, and more! When you get there, ask about Movie Night Mondays and Tacky Sweater Tuesdays!

Historic Scoot Inn

Free shows at Scoot Inn Historic Scoot Inn What’s better than free live music and drink specials? Not much, so check out Scoot Inn’s calendar; every Sunday they’re hosting music acts like Crocodile, Other Lover, Valley Forge, and more! When you get there, ask about Movie Night Mondays and Tacky Sweater Tuesdays!

Lenoir

Date

Event

Location

Dec 10 Wed

Bubbles Wine Tasting Find the perfect sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve at Lenoir’s Bubbles Wine Tasting. Guests will sample sparkling wines and a enjoy a light lunch as Bar Manager and in-house wine expert Chris Kelly guides you through a wine journey. Reserve your spot now.

Lenoir

Bubbles Wine Tasting Lenoir Find the perfect sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve at Lenoir’s Bubbles Wine Tasting. Guests will sample sparkling wines and a enjoy a light lunch as Bar Manager and in-house wine expert Chris Kelly guides you through a wine journey. Reserve your spot now.

Home Slice Pizza

Date

Event

Location

Dec 13 Sat

Carnival O' Pizza It’s time again for the annual Home Slice Carnival O' Pizza (this is their ninth year!). Expect pizza-themed contests (pie-eating, pizza box-folding, pizza-tossing, etc.), prizes, live music, raffles, and of course, pizza. Want to win a year’s supply of Home Slice Pizza? Enter the "Hands On an Eggplant Sub" contest, in which contestants keep their hands on a very large Home Slice eggplant sub for as long as they possibly can (last year, the winner lasted over 60 hours).

Home Slice Pizza

Carnival O' Pizza Home Slice Pizza It’s time again for the annual Home Slice Carnival O' Pizza (this is their ninth year!). Expect pizza-themed contests (pie-eating, pizza box-folding, pizza-tossing, etc.), prizes, live music, raffles, and of course, pizza. Want to win a year’s supply of Home Slice Pizza? Enter the "Hands On an Eggplant Sub" contest, in which contestants keep their hands on a very large Home Slice eggplant sub for as long as they possibly can (last year, the winner lasted over 60 hours).

Spiderhouse Ballroom

Date

Event

Location

Dec 13 Sat

2nd Annual White Winter Holiday Ball Don’t miss the 2nd annual White Winter Holiday Ball, with a lineup including The Digital Wild, Zettajoule, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, and Magia Negra. Dress festively, take photos with Thirsty Santa, and enjoy music and drink specials all night.

Spider House Ballroom

2nd Annual White Winter Holiday Ball Spider House Ballroom Don’t miss the 2nd annual White Winter Holiday Ball, with a lineup including The Digital Wild, Zettajoule, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, and Magia Negra. Dress festively, take photos with Thirsty Santa, and enjoy music and drink specials all night.

drink.well.

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Event

Location

Dec 16-22

Winter cocktails at drink.well drink.well. is serving a bevy of winter warmers this week. Choose from Spiked Hot Chocolate, with your choice of green Chartreuse, Ancho Reyes (spicy) liqueur, or St. George New Orleans coffee liqueur; a featured hot toddy; or Tom & Jerry Punch (a variant of eggnog, with brandy and rum added and served hot).

drink.well.

Winter cocktails at drink.well drink.well. drink.well. is serving a bevy of winter warmers this week. Choose from Spiked Hot Chocolate, with your choice of green Chartreuse, Ancho Reyes (spicy) liqueur, or St. George New Orleans coffee liqueur; a featured hot toddy; or Tom & Jerry Punch (a variant of eggnog, with brandy and rum added and served hot).

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

Date

Event

Location

Dec 17 Wed

Banger’s Ugly Sweater Party It’ll be an Ugly Sweater Party with Austin Beer Works. They are featuring Sputnik on nitro, as well as three other seasonal beers. There will also be a photo opportunity with Santa and his elves. The staff will be in their own ugly sweaters, and encourage guests to do the same! 

Banger’s

Banger’s Ugly Sweater Party Banger’s It’ll be an Ugly Sweater Party with Austin Beer Works. They are featuring Sputnik on nitro, as well as three other seasonal beers. There will also be a photo opportunity with Santa and his elves. The staff will be in their own ugly sweaters, and encourage guests to do the same! 

The ABGB

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Event

Location

Dec 18 Thu

Austin Beer Guide Winner’s Ceremony Austin Beer Guide is hosting its awards ceremony at The ABGB to honor the 2014 winning picks of their readers and editors. Meet all your favorite brewers at this party!

Austin Beer Garden Brewery

Austin Beer Guide Winner’s Ceremony Austin Beer Garden Brewery Austin Beer Guide is hosting its awards ceremony at The ABGB to honor the 2014 winning picks of their readers and editors. Meet all your favorite brewers at this party!

The Black Keys

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Event

Location

Dec 19 Fri

Black Keys w/ St. Vincent Grammy award-winning American rock duo The Black Keys will perform at the Frank Erwin Center with St. Vincent as they tour in support of their eighth album, Turn Blue, which will be released in December.

Frank Erwin Center

Black Keys w/ St. Vincent Frank Erwin Center Grammy award-winning American rock duo The Black Keys will perform at the Frank Erwin Center with St. Vincent as they tour in support of their eighth album, Turn Blue, which will be released in December.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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Event

Location

Dec 31 Wed

NYE Smoke Out & New Years Eve Party Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Smoke Out, where Banger’s will be serving plates of smoked prime rib, bacon potato gratin, charred swiss chard, and butter-poached lobster sausage.

Banger's

NYE Smoke Out & New Years Eve Party Banger's Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Smoke Out, where Banger’s will be serving plates of smoked prime rib, bacon potato gratin, charred swiss chard, and butter-poached lobster sausage.