As the brisk autumn breeze sweeps through the streets of Austin, Texas, the city comes alive with the spirit of the upcoming holiday season. November is a month of anticipation, where falls meets the festive cheer, and Austin hosts an array of events that are bound to bring joy to your heart and twinkle to your eyes. We’ll walk you though the enchanting world of Austin’s November festivities providing a sneak peek into the magical holiday spirit that blankets the city from dazzling light displays to mouthwatering food festivals.
Austin Food & Wine Festival
The Austin Food & Wine Festival is more than a celebration of gourmet cuisine and fine wines; it’s a celebration of the art of living. It’s a place where flavors mingle, palates are delighted, and friendships are forged over shared culinary adventures. For anyone seeking to explore the diverse world of food and wine while basking in the warm hospitality of Austin, this festival offers an unparalleled experience.
Located at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas
Texas Monthly BBQ Fest
The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival is a paradise for barbecue lovers. Held in the heart of Texas, this festival boasts a lineup of the state’s finest pitmasters, each showcasing their unique techniques, secret rubs, and signature sauces. The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival isn’t just about the food; it’s a full-fledged celebration. Live music performances by local artists infuse the air with lively tunes, creating a festive atmosphere that resonates with the spirit of Texas. Visitors can enjoy their barbecue delights while tapping their feet to the rhythm of country, blues, and rock melodies, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the experience.
One Weekend/Two Events
11/4-BBQ World Fair
110 S. Main Lockhart, Texas 78644
11/5- Top 50 Picnic
Lockhart City Park
In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels hosts an annual celebration that brings a taste of German traditions to the Lone Star State. Wurstfest is a lively and spirited festival that offers locals and visitors alike a unique opportunity to indulge in delectable sausage and other foods, enjoy vibrant music and experience the warmth of German hospitality.
120 Landa Street New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is not your typical art fair; it’s a wonderland where the boundaries of imagination are pushed to their limit! Held during the holiday season, this bazaar transforms a spacious venue into a captivating array of artworks, ranging from paintings ands sculptures to handmade crafts, jewelry and beyond. The atmosphere buzzes with creative energy, making every corner a treasure trove of artistic wonders.
November 17th-Decembver 24th
6100 Airport Blvd. Austin, Texas 78752
Thundercloud Turkey Trot
For over four decades, the Thundercloud Turkey Trot has been a staple in Austin’s Thanksgiving celebrations. What started as a small gathering of passionate runners has transformed into one of the largest turkey trots in the country. What sets this event apart is its commitment to community causes. Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit local nonprofit organizations, providing crucial support for programs that address huger, homelessness and other community needs.
November 23rd-Thanksgiving Day
The Long Center in downtown, Austin, Texas
Mozart’s Coffee Holiday Light Show
Nestled on the shore of Lake Austin, Mozart’s is not just your average coffee spot. It’s a place where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the enchantment of a spectacular holiday light show accompanied by classic holiday tunes to contemporary favorites . This holiday light show is not just an event but rather a magical experience that captures the spirit of the season. Mozart’s also partners for this holiday light event with local charities and organizations raising funds and awareness to causes that matter.
November 9th-January 6th
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, Texas 78703
Miracle on 5th Street
Miracle on 5th Street is a festive holiday pop-up bar experience in Austin, Texas, inspired by the Miracle concept originated in New York City. The Miracle pop-up bars are known to transform ordinary bars into over the top, Christmas-themed wonderlands, complete with extravagant decorations, specialty cocktails, and a festive atmosphere. In Austin, the Miracle on 5th Street has become a beloved holiday tradition offering a unique and spirited way to celebrate the holiday season.
November 16th-December 27th
The Eleanor, 307 West 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Junior League Christmas Affair
This holiday shopping extravaganza with the most beautiful festive decor is sure to get you into the holiday spirit! Explore the marketplace filled with unique and handcrafted gifts from local artisans and vendors. Find the perfect presents for your loved ones while supporting small businesses and artisans. The Christmas Affair funds several community and outreach programs as well!
Palmer Events Center
Take a drive from the comfort of your own car down the Circuit of Americas Tunnel Road to see the transformation and enjoy over 6 million holiday lights in this scenic encounter that will get you into the holiday spirit. In addition to the spectacular display of lights is the Peppermint Plaza with amusement park rides, visiting with Santa, the Holiday Market, the Sweet Shoppe and so much more!
November 24th- December 17th
9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin, Texas 78617
As you can see November sets the stage for a joyful and enchanting fall and holiday season in Austin. From the mesmerizing light shows around the city to the mouth watering delights of local food festivals and vibrant gatherings, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the month of November. You’ll find Austin’s unique charm and warm community spirit ever present. So, as the temperatures drop and the holiday lights start to twinkle, join us in experiencing the magic of Austin’s November events.