To-do list: Events happening in South Austin this December and January

Fortlandia, an exhibit of forts created by local artists and engineers, is open at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center through Feb. 28.

Fortlandia, an exhibit of forts created by local artists and engineers, is open at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center through Feb. 28.

Your ultimate guide for South Austin events, performances and more in December 2018 and January 2019. For a list of additional local holiday events, click here. Making plans for New Year's Eve? Check out this post.


Through Dec. 30: Enjoy a local production of ‘A Christmas Carol’


Zach Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Wed.-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2:30 p.m. $30-$165. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org





Through Dec. 27-31: Watch a holiday movie


Austin Film Society’s Home for the Holidays features “The Apartment.” The 1960s-era film stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Showtimes vary. $9-$11.25. AFS Cinema, 6406 N. I-35, Ste. 3100, Austin. 512-322-0145. www.austinfilm.org/series/home-for-the-holidays





Dec. 28: Celebrate lion sibling birthdays at the zoo


The Austin Zoo is home to lion brothers Sango and Jelani who turn five in December. The celebration includes a keeper talk and light refreshments. 1:30-2 p.m. Free with zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin. 512-288-1490. www.austinzoo.org





Dec. 31: Austin’s New Year


The city of Austin hosts an annual family-friendly, alcohol-free event. Performances include Superfonicos, Los Coast and Jeff Plankenhorn. 3-10 p.m. Free. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.austinsnewyear.com





Dec. 31: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball
Super Creeps will perform a two-hour set followed by DJ Shewolf. Enjoy a photo booth and free champagne toast at midnight. Event is for ages 21 and up. 9 p.m-2 a.m. Free. Indian Roller, 10006 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-761-3757.
www.indianrolleraustin.com






Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve at Broken Spoke
Alvin Crow headlines. 9 p.m. $20. Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-442-6189. www.brokenspokeaustintx.net





Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve
Celebrate the new year at a family-friendly event designed for young children. Enjoy a countdown at noon, sparkling juice and champagne for adults. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 per child, free for adults. The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120. www.hiveaustin.com





Dec. 31: Willie Nelson & Family New Year
Willie Nelson is joined by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real for the annual concert. 9 p.m. $99-$157. Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin. 512-225-7999. www.acl-live.com/calendar





Jan. 2: Share your life story with others through writing


Practice memoir writing, a chance to prepare stories from your life that can be passed on to younger generations of your family, friends and others. 1-3 p.m. Free. Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-974-8700. https://library.austintexas.gov





Jan. 6: Catch a folk concert at Radio Coffee and Beer


Jaimee Harris, a local Americana folk music singer, performs a concert alongside Paige Berry at a South Austin coffee shop and beer garden. 8 p.m. Free. Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-394-7844.
www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com






Jan. 15: March in honor of MLK Day


The MLK Community March begins at The University of Texas and proceeds to Huston-Tillotson University for a community festival, which includes vendors, food, activities and live music. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon Street, Austin. www.mlkcelebration.com





Jan. 25: Learn accounting software


QuickBooks Introduction covers accounting basics, file setup and tracking revenue and expenses. The course counts toward business skills certification requirements. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. 110, Austin. 512-974-7800. www.smallbizaustin.org






Through Jan. 26: See Pink Parachute Project


Photographer and South Austin resident Teodora Pogonat presents images featuring a 30-pound parachute to highlight women’s resilience despite adversity. Wed.-Sat. noon-6 p.m., closed Mon.-Tues. Free. Art for the People Gallery, 1711 S. First Street, Austin. 512-761-4708. www.artforthepeoplegallery.com






Through Feb. 28: Explore Fortlandia exhibit


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents Fortlandia, a collection of forts created by local architects, designers, artists and students from The University of Texas. Times vary. Entry is included with regular admission. 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org/fortlandia




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