A Kwanzaa celebration, New Year's festivities and more things to do in and around Northwest Austin this weekend Dec. 29-Jan. 1

ACL Live at The Moody Theater celebrates its seventh anniversary on Feb. 10.

ACL Live at The Moody Theater celebrates its seventh anniversary on Feb. 10.

Find ways to celebrate Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve this weekend.


Celebrate the 4th day of Kwanzaa
The George Washington Carver Museum hosts a Kwanzaa celebration on Dec. 29, the fourth of seven days of Kwanzaa. The George Washington Carver Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of historical and cultural material reflecting all dimensions of experiences of persons of African descent living in Austin and the United States, according to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The fourth day of Kwanzaa celebrates the principle of Ujamaa, which means cooperative economics, according to a release from the department.

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. 1165 Angelina St., Austin. www.austintexas.gov/carvermuseum

Attend an anime convention
Annual anime convention, Ikkicon, takes over the Renaissance Hotel Austin for three days of panels, cosplay competitions, art shows and more.

Times vary. Prices vary. 9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin. www.ikkicon.com

Bring in 2018 with Willie Nelson
Austin’s own Willie Nelson rings in the new year with three nights of performances and celebrations at the ACL Live Moody Theater. The Willie Nelson & Family show includes performances by Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Blackberry Smoke and more.

Times vary. Prices vary. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin. www.whotelaustin.com/willie


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at two venues with one ticket
The Rose Room and 77 Degrees Rooftop at Domain Northside are collaborating for a New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2018. One ticket grants access to both adjacent venues. Attendees can purchase bottle service at discounted prices depending on group size as well as reserve tables at either venue. Guests must be 21 years of age and up.

7 p.m.-2 a.m. Prices vary. 11500 Rock Rose Ave., Austin. 512-743-1400.
www.roseroom.club, www.77-degrees.com

Find New Year's dinner, drinks and brunch all in one place
St. Genevieve at Domain Northside offers a four-course dinner for $50 a person and $25 for an optional champagne pairing on New Year’s Eve. After 9 p.m. the restaurant and bar begins New Years Eve celebrations with a live DJ, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Cover is $20 after 9 p.m. On New Year’s Day, the restaurant serves brunch with items such as English toffee french toast, crabcake benedicts, $20 mimosa carafes and more.

New Year’s Eve dinner and party: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. New Year’s Day brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1150 Rock Rose, Ave., Austin. 512-659-5537. www.stgen.co

Ring in the new year with arcade games
All three Austin-area Pinballz Arcade locations host a Noon Year’s Eve party for families. Children can eat snacks, participate in arts and crafts, play $5 worth of arcade games with admission and collect goodies from a prize-filled balloon drop at noon. 10:30 a.m.-noon. $10. Pinballz Arcade.

8940 Research Blvd., Austin. Pinballz Lake Creek. 13729 Research Blvd., Austin. www.pinballzarcade.com


Celebrate New Year's day with a brunch buffet
The Park at The Domain hosts a $16 New Year’s Day brunch buffet complete with biscuits and gravy, $2 mimosas, a $5 build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and other breakfast items. The Park’s South Lamar location also has the New Year’s Day brunch buffet.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. $16. 11601 Domain Drive, Ste. 200, Austin. 512-478-7275. www.thepark.us

See live music for free
Local bands, musicians and venues kick off the new year with a week of free concerts throughout the city. The annual event has been put on by local promoters and musicians since 2003.

Times vary. Free. Locations vary. www.austintexas.org/event/free-week-2018/328527/

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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