Visit festivals, shop local: 13 things to do in Cedar Park, Leander this November and early December

The Old Town Christmas Festival will offer family-friendly events starting with a 5K race and ending with a movie screening. (Courtesy city of Leander)
The Old Town Christmas Festival will offer family-friendly events starting with a 5K race and ending with a movie screening. (Courtesy city of Leander)

The Old Town Christmas Festival will offer family-friendly events starting with a 5K race and ending with a movie screening. (Courtesy city of Leander)

Here are 13 local events and activities to do in November and early December across Cedar Park and Leander.

Nov. 6: Hear Alabama perform on tour

Country rock group Alabama will bring its 50th Anniversary Tour to Cedar Park. The band from Fort Payne, Alabama is known for its 43 No. 1 singles, such as “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas,” “Forty Hour Week” and “Song of the South.” Concert guests will include The Frontmen of Country featuring Larry Stewart (of Restless Heart), Richie McDonald (formerly of Lonestar) and Tim Rushlow (formerly of Little Texas). H-E-B Center requires masks at its full-capacity events. 7 p.m. $35-$129.50. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com

Nov. 6: Eat at a barbecue fundraiser

Eat, play games, enjoy live music and more at Mason Heritage Foundation’s barbecue fundraiser. The event will also include a silent auction, a petting zoo, cornhole, washers and axe throwing. The foundation funds the preservation and education of Leander’s history and is currently fundraising for two new historical markers and a trunk restoration project. 11 a.m. $15 (children), $20 (adults). Isle Acre Farms, 11327 Hero Way, Leander. 512-923-4111. www.leanderhistory.com/events

Nov. 9-10: Go to a personal development conference

Attend a two-day conference about engaging, equipping and enhancing your worldview in a way that positively impacts communities. Hosted by Dirigo Collaborative, the conference will feature several guest speakers, including Bob Goff, Greg Kelley, Chris Meroff, Harris III, Scott the Painter and Dr. Caroline Leaf. Tue. 12:30-5:30 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $149 (general admission), $249 (VIP). Wilco Workspaces, 1615 Scottsdale Drive, Bldg. 2, Ste. 200B, Cedar Park. www.dcxcommunity.com/november

Nov. 9: Learn about tree planting

At a one-hour Texas A&M Agrilife Extension seminar, learn about planting trees in Central Texas. Topics will include tree selection, proper planting and proper tree maintenance. The Green Thumbs Up Gardening Program’s monthly series is open to the public. 7-8 p.m. Free. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-943-3300. https://williamson.agrilife.org

Nov. 10: Learn about local job openings

Leander ISD and the Leander Chamber of Commerce will hold a community job fair with several school district jobs and other local businesses that are hiring. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Leander ISD LEO Conference Building, 300 S. West Drive, Room 112, Leander. 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org

Nov. 13: Shop at a local craft fair

Shop handmade items from local vendors at the Be The Light Craft Fair. Items for sale include paintings, pottery, bread, salsa, soap, decor and more. The fair will be held outdoors under a pavilion. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Twin Lakes Fellowship, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park. https://bethelightcraftfair.com

Nov. 13: Go to The Crossover's grand opening

The Crossover will host a grand opening event with a concert by the band Blue Water Highway. The event will include a kid zone with inflatables and games, raffles, giveaways, food and drinks. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. 4-10 p.m. Free. The Crossover, 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park. 888-725-0156. www.crossovertx.com

Nov. 14: Hear Bret Micheals at an outdoor concert

Bret Micheals, frontman of Poison, will perform at the Haute Spot music venue as part of the “Nothin’ But A Good Vibe Tour.” The show will celebrate veterans and honor front-line health care workers and first responders. Auctions will be held for World Diabetes Day. Tickets are available online for general admission or reserved seats. The event is for ages 18 and up. 7-10 p.m. $25-$75. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. www.loveandlightstream.com

Nov. 17: Buy local products at a farmers market

Savory Farmers Market offers a wide array of seasonal fresh produce, organic baked goods, wild-caught Alaskan seafood and locally crafted artisanal products. This market is held in several locations each month. 3-7 p.m. Free. Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse, 2437 Travisso Parkway, Leander. 512-817-3359. www.savoryfarmersmarket.com

Nov. 20: Eat and shop at a harvest festival

The inaugural Leander Harvest Festival will feature food and craft vendors, a 5K race, a youth fishing tournament and an adult cornhole tournament. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission. Lakewood Park, 2040 Artesian Springs Crossing, Leander. 512-528-2700. www.leandertx.gov

Dec. 3: See a tree lighting

The city of Cedar Park will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony at Heritage Oak Park. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and follow with family activities, such as a snow playing area, games, crafts, photos with Santa Claus, live music and inflatables. Food and concessions will be available. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park. 512-401-5000. www.cedarparktexas.gov

Dec. 4: Go to the Old Town Leander Christmas Festival

The Old Town Christmas Festival will offer family-friendly events starting with a 5K race and ending with a movie screening. Events include a Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., shopping from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., live stage shows, an 11 a.m. parade, the 5K, food, games, activities and more. From 7-9 p.m., “The Grinch” will play, and s’mores will be available. Free. Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander. www.visitleandertx.com

Dec. 5: Listen to Christmas songs from For King & Country

On its “A Drummer Boy Christmas” tour, Grammy-winning Christian duo For King & Country will perform Christmas classics such as “Little Drummer Boy” and the band’s songs. H-E-B Center requires masks at its full-capacity events. 7 p.m. $23-$153. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.



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