Hey Austin! What are you doing this weekend?

The 38th annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar will be opening tomorrow through December 24th from 11am to 11pm at the Palmer Events Center. Hot music, fine art and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience. On exhibit will be everything from statement-making collectible pieces to modestly priced stocking stuffers. While local artists predominate, there are a select few carefully chosen from around the country. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s most popular musical talent, with live, intimate performances throughout the afternoon and evening. Featured musicians—25 bands over the eight-day show—range from new and emerging stars to local legends. For more information click here.

Austin Ballet presents The Nutcracker

The Austin Ballet will be doing its final showings of The Nutcracker this weekend at the Long Center for Performing Arts. The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition all over the world, and in Austin it enters its 51st year on the Austin stage. Artistic Director Stephen Mills blends his elegant choreography with the timeless tale along with new sets and costume design. Your Christmas might be missing a bit of magic if you miss out on this iconic production. Show times are at 7:30pm Dec 19-22 with additional show times at 2pm Dec 21 & 22. For more information click here.

The 2013 Blue Genie Art Bazaar will be wrapping up next week so come out for their last weekend! They are open 10am to 10pm at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre. Admission is free. They feature thousands of handmade artwork, jewelry and gifts from more than 135 Austin area artists. In addition to shopping, there will be a number of special art and music events throughout the nearly four-week show. Blue Genie is a free, family-friendly event, organized as an open shopping experience where shoppers can browse in a hassle-free environment with centralized checkout. Light foods, beverages and full bar also available. They will again support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas via "Make-A-Wish Mondays," where the bazaar donates 10% of profits December 23 to the charity. For more information click here.

For other holiday events read our blog article:
2013 Austin Holiday Light Shows, Parades, Santa Sightings and more!

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Dont forget to support the HomeCity Food Drive 2013!

Come by the office anytime during business hours between now and December 20th to make your donations! All donations go to support the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

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