(map) Next week, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink opens for the season at Barton Creek Resort. The 4,100-square-foot rink will be open from November 27 through January 6 (check the website for hours). New this year is the addition of 200,000 twinkling lights to amp up your holiday spirits. Hot chocolate and cider are on-hand, too. $17-26 per person. Barton Creek Resort website
(map) Sure, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it would be a Grinch indeed who wouldn’t enjoy a free fireworks show and live music by The Vintage 15. This seventh-annual event runs from 6 to 9 this Thursday. Santa arrives at 7, followed by the official lighting of the tree. The big fireworks show follows.
(map) Is it a wine bar filled with art? Or an art gallery that serves wine? Owner Susan has a vision for both. She offers the largest selection of wine in Blanco County, and boasts an impressive roster of contemporary artists. The gallery is filled with paintings, sculpture, photography and See More »
(map) Natural Springs Garden had such a great time at last year’s festival, they’re hosting another one this Saturday. There’ll be a whole pig roast, lots of chili, cold beer, live music, chicken bingo, washer-pitching, horseshoes, a petting zoo, and lots of local artisans on hand at this urban farm. For tickets and more info, click the link below.
(map) On the third Thursday in November (the 21st this year), Nouveau Beaujolais is released simultaneously all over the world. This wine is young and fruity, fermented for just six to eight weeks after harvest and meant to be drunk right away. To celebrate, Artisan Bistro will host a Nuvo Bojo celebration next Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm. There’ll be live music, wines, cheeses and fresh baguettes. Cheers! (photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
(map) This new sculpture park in Bee Cave just opened, and it makes a nice, tranquil spot for a walk or a picnic. Several gravel paths meander through the trees, leading to any of a dozen sculptures. Picnic tables and benches are dotted here and there on the hill overlooking a pond. Sculptures range from whimsical to metaphorical, and all See More »
(map) This popular Houston chain just opened its first location in Austin, and chose a spot out West for the honors. Located near River Place, Black Walnut serves up burgers, sandwiches, salads and pastas, but also has an amazing focus on breakfast (more on that later). There’s an emphasis on making as many things in-house as possible, like soups, See More »
(map) If you’re gathering the whole gang for the holiday, impress them by serving one of these delicious Cajun birds. Stuffed expects to sell hundreds of these creations, which consist of a boneless duck stuffed inside a boneless chicken, stuffed inside a boneless turkey. The whole thing is then stuffed with your choice of five dressings, from traditional cornbread to jambalaya to boudin. They also offer smaller turducken rolls. If you don’t want to cook one yourself, Stuffed will smoke it for you. Geaux Cajuns!