14 area events from New Year's Eve to early February to do for Northwest Austin residents

(Courtesy 3M Half Marathon)
(Courtesy 3M Half Marathon)

(Courtesy 3M Half Marathon)

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(Courtesy Thinkery)
Dec. 31 | Dance in the New Year

Local nonprofit Austin Ballroom Dancers hosts a night of dancing to welcome the next decade. Dance to live music from the Nash Hernandez Septet and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $40-$60. Austin Uptown Dance, 8868 Research Blvd., Austin. 512-989-3939. www.austinballroomdancers.org

Dec. 31 | Enjoy New Year’s Eve for kids

The Thinkery hosts its fourth annual Noon Year’s Eve balloon drop and Bubble Wrap-stomp. Guests can enjoy music, winter crafts and kid-mosas. 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers). Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave., Austin. 512-469-6200. www.thinkeryaustin.org

Jan. 1 | Take the polar Plunge in a frigid El Salido Pool


Plunge into the waters of El Salido Pool to ring in the New Year. Light snacks and hot chocolate are available during the event. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin. 512-250-8427. www.amld.org

Jan. 2 | Learn the basics of Dungeons & Dragons

Game Kastle Austin, North Austin’s newest gaming store, hosts a day of introductory Dungeons & Dragons for people interested in playing the classic roleplaying game. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Game Kastle Austin, 3407 Wells Branch Parkway, Ste. 800, Austin. 512-436-8708. www.gamekastle.co/gk5

Jan. 2-5 | Drop into dozens of free concerts at downtown venues

Do512 presents Free Week, an annual music event with hundreds of local bands playing free shows throughout the Red River Cultural District in downtown Austin. Times and locations vary. Free. https://freeweek.do512.com

Jan. 3-5 | Get spiritual at a holistic expo

The Austin Metaphysical and Holistic Life Expo is a three-day event with lectures, demonstrations and merchants. Attendees will learn about holistic practices. Times vary. $8 each day. Norris Conference Centers-Austin, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 365, Austin. www.spirituallifeproductions.org

Jan. 5 | Catch one of Yale’s best choirs singing at Shir Ami

Magevet, Yale University’s Jewish a cappella choir, is performing for the public at Congregation Shir Ami. The 18-person, co-ed group sings in eight languages with genres ranging from modern Israeli pop songs to compositions from the 17th century. Doors open at 3 p.m. $5 (children age 12 and younger), $10 (general admission). Shir Ami, 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park. 512-843-3539. www.shir-ami.net

Jan. 11-12 | Shop and plan for your perfect wedding ceremony

The Austin Bridal Extravaganza brings together hundreds of wedding industry professionals and offers free food samples and a chance to win grand prizes. Noon-5 p.m. $15. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 210-599-0336. www.texasweddings.com

Jan. 19 | Run a half marathon

More than 7,500 runners will participate in the 3M Half Marathon, which boasts one of the country’s fastest courses as it is mostly downhill. A festival and beer garden await runners at the finish line. 7:30-11:30 a.m. $129. Stonelake and York boulevards (start), Texas Capitol (finish). www.3mhalfmarathon.com

Jan. 31-Feb. 2 | Watch a ‘Trolls’ show with your family in Cedar Park

The “Trolls” universe goes live with six performances at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The musical show incorporates dancing, puppetry, projections and more into an interactive performance fit for all ages. Performance times vary. Ticket prices vary. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com

Feb. 1 | Learn about Austin’s Early Tejano Community

“Caminar” is a walking history and cultural event to honor Tejanos buried in Austin’s Oakwood Cemetery. Activities include a ceremonial dance, a musical procession, storytelling and a tamale-making performance. 2 p.m. Free. Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, 1601 Navasota St., Austin. www.austintexas.gov

Area events

Jan. 10-12 | Austin Home and Garden Show

Austin Convention Center • www.austinhomeandgardenshow.com

Jan. 19 | Tet Festival

Vietnamese American Community of Austin • www.vacat.org

Jan. 25 | Margarita Crawl Austin

Locations vary • www.barcrawlunlimited.com
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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