Ring in 2017 with these New Year’s Eve events in Austin

 

Austin’s New Year 2017 at Auditorium ShoresThis is Austin’s big New Year’s Eve shindig, complete with local musicians and fireworks. It’s free and family-friendly, and it kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday, so the fun lasts all day long.

NYE 1989! at Hotel Vegas & The Volstead. Party like it’s 1989 on the east side with this themed party featuring tributes to some of the best bands of the late ’80s, from Kate Bush to My Bloody Valentine to INXS and the Beastie Boys.

photos-medleyphoto-4258048Related: Our top picks for a musical New Year’s Eve in Austin

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Bash from the Past: The Historic Scoot Inn NYE Party. If themed parties are your thing, the recently remodeled Scoot Inn is hosting a Wild West/saloon-themed event. It’s free and the drinks are cheap, and with the Scoot’s small size it’s sure to be an intimate, chill evening.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Punch Bowl Social. Keeping in theme with the themed parties theme (say that five times fast), Punch Bowl Social at The Domain is hosting a Great Gatsby-themed event featuring music from the 1920s. Admission is free (and there’s a free champagne toast at midnight), but VIP seating is $50 per couple. (If you don’t want to venture to the Domain but still want to ring in 2017 Roaring ’20s-style, try Eberly’s Prohibition Era-themed four-course prix fixe dinner.)

Willie Nelson & Family New Year at Austin City Limits LiveIt’s the quintessential Austin New Year’s Eve event, so maybe this is the year to cross it off your Austin bucket list. Austin treasure Willie Nelson is playing three nights in a row at ACL Live, with different special guests each night (and a performance from Nelson’s son’s band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real, on Saturday night).

Related: Where to eat on New Year’s Eve in Austin

Kids New Year’s Eve Eve Party at Pflugerville Public Library. If your kids insist on staying up to ring in the new year, this is a great compromise: Children up to age 12 can celebrate the new year with fun, dancing and a countdown to 12:00 (noon, that is) on Friday.

Keep It Quiet NYE 2016 at Fair Market. The annual Keep It Quiet party sells out every year, and for good reason: Your ticket gets you an all-inclusive bar, music, pizza, party favors and more. Plus, it’s for a good cause — this year, the party benefits the Clifford Antone Foundation.

Related: Eastside bash rings in 2017 with nostalgia, melodic guitar fuzz

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Lone Star Riverboat is offering a three-hour BYOB cruise on Lady Bird Lake for $65 per person, featuring fajitas for dinner and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, with a free champagne toast at midnight.

Justine’s Presents: Exquisite Underground NYE 2017. This party has everything: An open bar, dancers, separate bars for mezcal and champagne, “bites and candy and midnight snacks” and a massive balloon drop. It’s got a steep price tag of $200, but as the name promises, it’s sure to be exquisite.

Related: Austin bars ringing in 2017 with New Year’s Eve celebrations

New Year’s Eve at W Austin. The W Hotel is hosting not one, but two separate New Year’s Eve parties: The Gold Party, which promises “glitterati glam” and “ridiculous surprises,” and the Neon Party, which is described as a “magnetic night of music and revelry.” Take your pick or buy a pass to both parties, and the hotel is also offering room specials for the night. They’re even offering to help you recover the next day with a hangover brunch featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes and Bloody Mary and mimosa bars.

See all of Austin’s New Year’s Eve events here.

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Check out these Veterans Day events in Central Texas

Veterans Band members play music duirng the Veterans Day ceremony at Sherrill Park on Sunday morning. from left: Dan Carranza; Frank De Los Santos; Alex Muro. 6/22/2015
Veterans Band members play music duirng the Veterans Day ceremony at Sherrill Park on Sunday morning. from left: Dan Carranza; Frank De Los Santos; Alex Muro. 6/22/2015

Austin Veterans Day Parade, Congress Avenue to the Texas State Capitol. Free. 9:30 a.m., Nov. 11.

Georgetown Veterans Day CeremonyGeorgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza. Free. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

Pflugerville Veterans DayPfluger Park. Free. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

Round Rock Veterans Day CeremonyVeterans Park. 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

American flag exhibit at the Bullock Museum. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Free for members, admission is $9 for children, $11 for military and $13 for adults. On view at the museum through Jan. 16, 2017. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Veterans bowl freeMain Event. Free. From open to 3 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Close Assault 1944 film screening. Texas Military Forces Museum. Free. Showings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 12-13.

Veterans Day benefit with Kevin WelchThe Saxon Pub. $10. 9 p.m., Nov. 11.

The Traveling Wall exhibit. Pfennig Park, Pflugerville. On view from Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. 

Veterans Day happy hour benefiting Merivis FoundationBlackfinn Ameripub. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 11.

Veterans Day celebrationSerranos Southpark Meadows. Free meal up to $12 starting at 11 a.m., Nov. 11.

 

Austin weather finally, maybe, feels like fall: Get outside and enjoy it

It finally feels a little like fall out there — or close! No temps past 80 in the current forecast — and  we have ideas for getting out there and enjoying this less sweaty weather:

With multiple corn mazes, a lifeguard sits high above the corn to make sure attendees are safe. FRAN HUNTER/ FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER OCT. 23, 2016
With multiple corn mazes, a lifeguard sits high above the corn to make sure attendees are safe.
FRAN HUNTER/ FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER
OCT. 23, 2016

Two of the year’s last big festivals are this weekend: Sound on Sound Fest commences at 1 p.m. Friday and continues through Sunday at Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade. Read our Renaissance-themed preview and check out our band picks. We’ll have live reports all weekend in the Austin Music Source blog.

The Texas Book Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. We have previews and picks.

More ways to get outside this weekend:

Sweet Berry Farm fall fun. The Texas-shaped hay maze and smaller candy corn hay maze are open through Nov. 6. You can also find hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a train and more. Priced per event. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com.

Austin Nature & Science Center. Fall Festival. Meet Texas wildlife, see a planetarium, learn how to leave no trace and more. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov Watch our video guide to the center. 

Barton Hill Farms fall festival. Find a lot to do including the maze in the shape of Lonesome Dove, live music, pumpkin painting, train rides and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 13. $11 adults, $8 3-10 years old, free for children 2 and younger. $1 off online. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com

Nicole Villalpando has more family weekend events in her Raising Austin blog.

Park yourself at one of Austin’s many parks: Check out this guide to some of the area’s best.  (It was written for the spring, but all but the swimming should still apply.)

Commune with nature: Here’s a 2014 roundup of some of the lesser-known places to camp around the area. You might be able to get day-of reservations, or start planning now for future great-weather weekends.

Get moving outdoors: Swim at Big Stacy Pool, bird watch at Reimers Ranch, or walk your dog on the Turkey Creek Trail? Pam LeBlanc has those and other ideas on a list she put together for last year’s holiday season.

Looking for things to do in Austin this weekend? We have ideas

Check out 5 fun things to do this weekend in Austin above, then find even more here.

Friday’s event pick: The Austin Symphony’s “Music of John Williams”

You've probably never watched "Jaws" while floating in an inner tube over murky water, right? The Alamo Drafthouse is making it easy to scare yourself silly with an outdoor screening of the movie at Texas Ski Ranch.

The scores of such beloved films as “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park” and “Jaws” have become so iconic in their own right that we can’t imagine these movies without them. And we have composer John Williams to thank for that. The Austin Symphony Orchestra is performing highlights from Williams’ considerable oeuvre at this two-day concert series.

If you’ve bought a table seat, you can bring a picnic dinner to the Palmer Events Center, though all drinks must be purchased there.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $30-$45. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 512-476-6064, austinsymphony.org.

6 ways to get a taste of Georgetown

Blue Hole Park in Georgetown on the South San Gabriel River is a popular summer time place providing cool water and a place to get wet and swim. Central Texas heat is upon us with no relief in sight as triple digit temperatures are in the forecast for the next week. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Blue Hole Park in Georgetown on the South San Gabriel River is a popular summer time place providing cool water and a place to get wet and swim. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Big doings going on to the north: Georgetown was the fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more from July 2014 to July 2015, according to the Census Bureau.

From our colleagues’ story on the growth, which also reports growth in New Braunfels and Pflugerville: Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said his city’s charms are attracting new residents, including its “19th century buildings on the most beautiful town square in Texas,” a “world-class” park system as well as top-rated public safety operations and great schools, including Southwestern University.

Here are a few ways to get a newcomer’s taste of some Georgetown attractions:

Go for a dip at Blue Hole, a lagoon-like swimming hole on the San Gabriel River. The entrance is at West Second and Rock Streets, and it’s open from dawn to dusk. Information: 512-930-3595.

Enjoy the outdoors in San Gabriel Park. Besides the Blue Hole, the 180-acre park features a looped hike-and-bike trail, a disc golf course, a skate park, plenty of shade under 200-year-old oak trees, soccer and baseball fields, and areas that can be reserved for events. 445 E. Morrow St. Information: parks.georgetown.org (including hour and reservation fees).

Go to a sunset movie. The series includes events at both pools and parks. The movies start around 7:45 p.m. Coming up: “Dolphin Tale” on June 18 at Williams Drive Pool (pool fees apply); and “The Good Dinosaur” on July 23 by the gazebo in San Gabriel Park (free to attend).

Take your four-legged friend to the Bark Park. The 6-acre, off-leash park is divided into areas for small dogs (30 pounds or less) and large dogs. Features include water fountains for dogs and their people, an agility course, and poop bag stations (pick up after your pooch!). The city has a list of rules — dogs must be current on vaccinations, for example — at parks.georgetown.org/bark-park. Open from dawn to dusk at 151 Holly St.

Georgetown Art Center, designed by architect Gary Wang. A splash pad is surrounded by a multi-functional bench and planter made of Brazilian hardwood. On the left is combination bike rack and discrete container for a trash can also made of Brazilian hardwood.
Georgetown Art Center, designed by architect Gary Wang. A splash pad is surrounded by a multi-functional bench and planter made of Brazilian hardwood. On the left is combination bike rack and discrete container for a trash can also made of Brazilian hardwood.

Get some culture at the Georgetown Art Center. In a renovated 19th century building in the city’s historic square (which also includes a splash pad), the Georgetown Art Center offers art exhibits as well as a variety of classes. The center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and exhibits are free. 816 S. Main St. Information: 512-930-2583, www.georgetownartworks.org

Live theater at Georgetown Palace Theater. They’re finishing up a run of “Camelot” on May 22, and “Legally Blonde” opens June 3. They also offer workshops and classes for both kids and adults. See the full season and class schedule at www.georgetownpalace.com.

HISTORIC UPDATE: HOW ARCHITECT GARY WANG TRANSFORMED PART OF GEORGETOWN’S HISTORIC SQUARE. DETAILS

 

Thursday’s event pick: Teatro Vivo’s “Stories of Us”

Teatro Vivo's newest production focuses on the culture and identity of Afro-Latinidad, people of African descent who live in the Americas. Contributed by Teatro Vivo.
Teatro Vivo’s newest production focuses on the culture and identity of Afro-Latinidad, people of African descent who live in the Americas. Contributed by Teatro Vivo.

“The Stories of Us” is a collection of stories that dig deep into intercultural conflict between African-Americans and Latinos, African diaspora identity and Afro-Latinidad. Think of it as a scrapbook of experiences, histories and feelings on the stage.

Written by recent University of Texas graduate and author of the blog “Black Girl, Latin World,” Jelisa Jay Robinson, the play hopes to open a rich dialogue about the importance of acceptance, solidarity and love.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through May 8. $12-$20. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.teatrovivo.org.

Sunday’s event pick: Treaty Oak Distilling’s Inaugural Hill Country Kitetail Fest

Treaty Oak Distilling Co. in Dripping Springs on Tuesday September 8, 2015.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Treaty Oak Distilling Co. in Dripping Springs on Tuesday September 8, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Seek refuge from the first weekend of South by Southwest and take your kite out to soar in the endless blue sky of the Hill Country, where you can fly it with dozens of others.

Even if you don’t win one of the contests — with prizes for the Most Creative and Best Homemade Kites, judged and announced at 4 p.m. — you’ll still get to enjoy a Treaty Oak cocktail and a full menu of food, including charcuterie and sandwiches, on the spacious grounds of the distillery.

Details: Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs. treatyoakdistilling.com.

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Saturday’s event pick: Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing’s Unoversary

The Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. logo on a bottle in Cedar Park on Thursday, February 19, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Celebrate a year fueled by coffee and beer at Red Horn’s Unoversary party, which will kick off bright and early Saturday morning — after Friday festivities as well — with live music from Joanna Lee, Indian and the Jones, Parker Bradley and more.

The highlight of the day, however, is going to be the beers, which include special releases like Unoversary Smash, You Be Forty Barrel-Aged Belgian Red and the Vanilla Whiskey Barrel Suburban Ninja.

The Evil Weiner food truck will provide the grub.

Saturday’s event pick: 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. 13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park. redhornbrew.com/events/unoversary-parties.

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Thursday’s event pick: Different Stages’ “4000 Miles”

Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” centers around 21-year-old Leo, who seeks solace with his 91-year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment after suffering a major loss on a cross–country bike trip.

Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder and ultimately reach each other in a touching play that explores how two outsiders find their way in today’s world.

There is no performance on Easter Sunday.

Details: Opens 8 p.m. Friday. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunda through April 2. $15-$30. Howson Hall, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave.main.org/diffstages/inded.html.