Shop the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, kick off the holiday season with Zilker tree lighting, and more for Southwestern Austinites to do this weekend
The annual four-week holiday shopping event will feature handmade artwork, jewelry and gifts from around 200 regional and local Austin artists.
To celebrate the start of the holiday season, businesses across town are hosting a variety of events, including bazaars, tree lights, and themed art classes. Here are some other options for things to do this weekend:
Friday November 24
Art exhibition kicks off the holiday season
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar showcases the work of over 200 artists offering a wide variety of freebies. Participants can expect to find paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassware, ceramics, etc. The bazaar will run until December 24. Free.
10 am-10pm 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin. 512-222-7303. www.bluegenieartbazaar.com/shopping/
Articulture Designs organizes the Green Friday sale
Customers are encouraged to bring non-curbside recyclable items in exchange for a 10% discount on the entire purchase. Acceptable items include batteries, metal, and styrofoam. Even without recyclable items, visitors can bring a bag and pick up potting soil for free. Cookies, pastries, wine and beer will also be available. To free.
Articultural Drawings, 6405 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-762-5228. www.articulturedesigns.com
Saturday 25 November
Be part of the Art Garage Christmas tradition
Art Garage art studio welcomes families for its Santa Hands Ornamental Art Class. Art teachers will help cut the clay around a child’s handprint to turn the handprint into a Santa Claus. Ten days later, the children can come back to paint their ornament. $ 16 per ornament. Prepayment is required.
10 a.m. The Art Garage Austin, 11190 Circle Drive, Ste. 202, Austin. 512-852-9900. www.theartgarageaustin.com
Shop at the Sustainable Food Center Farmer’s Market in Sunset Valley:
The Sustainable Food Center hosts its weekly Farmers’ Market featuring fresh and organic fruits, vegetables and dairy products. The event also includes an Imagination Playground, live music, food benefit programs and the SFC’s Double Dollars project, a program that empowers families and individuals who receive WIC EBT fruit and vegetable benefits and / or vouchers. FMNP to double the dollar amount that can be spent to produce at the market. To free.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley. http://sustainablefoodcenter.org/
Sunday November 26
Kick off the holiday season with the 52nd Annual Zilker Tree Lighting
Zilker Park tree lighting is an annual tradition in Austin. Access to the Zilker tree is independent of the Trail of Lights admission. The ceremony will feature local entertainment, food, news and live music with performances by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, Barton Hill Choir and Vintage 15. Free.
5:30 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-970-8891. www.austintrailoflights.org