To do list: Events taking place around Southwest Austin in late December and January 2020

Explore an eclectic market at Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. (Julie Leise/Community Impact Newspaper)
Explore an eclectic market at Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. (Julie Leise/Community Impact Newspaper)

Explore an eclectic market at Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. (Julie Leise/Community Impact Newspaper)

Check out these local events in the Southwest Austin area through January 2020.

December 26: Celebrate with cinema

South Austin’s Vulcan Video wraps up its “Horrible Holidays” series, hosted at the East Austin Hotel. The film series is aimed at those who enjoy a campy, cheesy or ridiculous holiday flick. The final installment is “Die Hard II.” Located on the East Austin Hotel’s rooftop bar, The Upside, happy hour pricing on beverages will last all night. 8:30-11 p.m. Free. 1108 E. Sixth St., Austin. 737-205-8888.

Dec. 28: Have a family paint night

Parents and kids are invited to a class on painting “frosted reflections” at a Paint Nite event hosted by Yaymaker Austin, an organization that sponsors crafting and art events in the area. 12:30-3:30 p.m. $35. Suds Monkey Brewing, 1032 Canyon Bend Drive, Dripping Springs. 855-929-6257.

Dec. 28: Boogie with your kids

The Hive in South Austin hosts Live at The Hive with The Groundwork Music Orchestra presenting family-friendly music for parents and kids. Seating is available on the lawn, and hot cocoa and coffee will be available for sale. The Hive will also offer mimosas all day. 9-11 a.m. Free. 10542 Menchaca Road, Austin. 512-212-1091.

Dec. 31: Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Hudson’s, located on Dripping Springs’ historic Mercer Street, hosts a New Year’s Eve bash with live music by People’s Choice Band. Reservations requested.

9 p.m.-midnight. $15. 381 Mercer St., Dripping Springs. 512-894-2075.

Dec. 31: Kids craft for a cause

Almost Grown Play Cafe hosts its last Crafting for a Cause event of 2019. Children up to age 5 take part in crafts that hone fine motor skills and encourage creativity. The cafe suggests a $2 donation per craft. All proceeds go to the Central Texas Food Bank. 10-10:30 a.m. 18901 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs. 512-761-4622.

Dec. 31: Observe New Year’s Eve with meditation and mantras

Kadampa Meditation Center hosts an alternative new year celebration featuring a six- session retreat that last 24 hours. Meditation in the sessions is geared toward forming connection with the female Buddha Tara. Participants may attend any number of sessions. Begins 7 p.m. Free, with $15 donation encouraged. 1918 Bissel Lane, Austin.


January 4: Go for a tipsy tour

Hop on board a chartered introduction to some of Southwest Austin and the Hill Country’s notable wine, beer and barbecue spots with Texas Tipsy Tours. The tour begins at The Park on South Lamar and makes stops at Duchman Family Winery, Vista Brewing and Salt Lick BBQ & Cellars. A number of tours are available on dates throughout December and January. Noon-5 p.m. Starting at $55. The Park on South Lamar, 4024 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.


Jan. 7: Beginner’s Argentine tango at Tango Tribe

Beginners can try out Argentine tango at South Austin dance studio Tango Tribe. The studio offers beginners’ group classes starting the first Tuesday of the month and recurring each Tuesday. No experience, partner or dance shoes are required. 6:45-9 p.m. $15 (class), $50 (five classes). 5446 W. Hwy. 290, Austin. 512-350-2259.

Jan. 9: Check out music and art

Cellar Sessions is hosted by (512) Brewing Co. and includes a night of live music by The Droptines and also features a neon art installation by South Austin’s Ion Art. Tickets are available for patrons 21 and up and come with free beers and a souvenir glass. 8-11:30 p.m. $20. 407 Radam Lane, Austin. 512-707-2337.

Jan. 12: Explore an eclectic market

Enjoy henna tattoos, tarot readings and face painting at Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden, and check out the work of local artists and vendors. Food and drink trucks will be on-site. 1-6 p.m. Free. 121 Pickle Road, Ste. 11, Austin. 512-481-0694.

Jan. 17: Unplug for game night

Sententia Vera Cultural Hub hosts its monthly game night, a bring-your-own board game event. In tandem, the venue also hosts an acoustic open mic night, inviting guests to bring an instrument and perform. 6-9 p.m. $10 (food fee). 4002 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs.

By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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