Your Austin November To-Do List

Looking to fill your calendar this month? Check out this local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in November and December.

November 7 | Election Day features local ballot propositions

Austin residents can head to the polls with Austin ISD proposing a $1.05 billion bond for 21st-century enhancements to its schools and Travis County floating a $184.9 million bond for various capital improvements. More info at

November 9 | Recreation center hosting Thanksgiving dinner

The Metz Recreation Center and the city of Austin invite participants in the center’s programs to a homemade Thanksgiving dinner along with their family and friends. This free event will be hosting at the Metz Recreation Center, 240 Canterbury Street, from 5:30-8pm. More info at

November 11 | Veterans Day Observed

37,601 current Austin residents have served in the U.S. armed forces, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. On November 11, Veterans Day is observed to honor U.S. service members. The federal holiday takes place on a Saturday and will be observed on Friday.

November 11-12, 18-19 | Studio tour to be held

The 16th edition of the self-guided art event features more than 500 artist studios, exhibitions, special projects and events and provides opportunities for the public to meet artists in their creative spaces. This free event will be held at various locations from 11am – 6pm. More info at

November 12-13 | Concert starts Salvation Army Red Kettle Season

The Salvation Army’s Rock the Red Kettle ATX Concert returns for its fourth year as Cory Morrow performs at 5:30pm on Sunday at the LifeAustin Amphitheatre, 8901 W. Hwy 71. The shotgun start will be at 9am on Monday. General admission is $45. More info at

November 15-19 | Holiday market features 200-plus merchants

A Christmas Affair: Haute Holiday market returns with market days, a cocktail party, a Breakfast at Tiffany’s ladies’ brunch and date night, among other events (times vary by event). A holiday market day tickets is $15. The events will be held at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. More info at

November 18 | Toy drive, parade returns

The Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade marks its 29th year. The interactive toy drive within a parade brings new, unwrapped toys to the Austin Policy Department’s Operation Blue Santa Program and features live music, floats and marching banks. The parade will be held on Congress Avenue from 11am-1pm. More info at

November 23 | Thundercloud hosts annual Turley Trot

The annual Thanksgiving tradition features a 5-mile run, 1-mile walk and a kids K. Times vary by race. The race fee is $8-$40, depending on the race. The event begins at the Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. More info at

November 24, 27 | Shop Black Friday, Small Business Saturday

Local stores as well as online retailers offer discounts on merchandise as the Christmas shopping season ramps up. Annual artisan market Blue Genie Art Bazaar, located at 6100 Airport Blvd, kicks off at 10am on Black Friday. More info at


December 1-2 | Price of Liberty Monument

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December 2 | Holiday Sing-Along

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December 9-23 | Trails of Lights

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December 10 | Austin Jingle Bell 5K

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Information provided by Community Impact Newspaper |



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