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22 Things to Do in Austin in January| Austin January Events

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  • A Christmas CarolNovember 21- December 30
    ZACH Theatre 202 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started! ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness!



  • Pfreeze PflopJanuary 1
    Scott Mentzer Pool 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville, TX 78660 Are you brave enough to slide into the frigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool to kick off your new year? The event lasts until the last brave soul goes down the slide. Participants must be in line by 10 a.m., as the event goes quickly. Make sure you don’t arrive late; and be left out of the cold. No, the pool isn’t heated! The first 50 people to arrive and jump in the pool will receive a free t-shirt. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item given to benefit local food banks!


  • Polar Bear SplashJanuary 1
    City of Kyle Pool 1100 W Center St, Kyle, TX 78640 Take part in the Kyle tradition and make a SPLASH into the freezing cold water on January 1 at the Kyle Pool! 2019 will be the 15th Annual Splash! There is no admission charge to take part in the Annual Polar Bear Splash. But if you join the Polar Bear Club, you have proof you can use to brag to your friends.


  • Blue Hole Polar Bear PlungeJanuary 1
    Blue Hole Regional Park 100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberly, TX 78676 Celebrate the New Year on January 1st with Blue Hole Regional Park’s second annual Polar Bear Plunge! The event will start with a Fun Run on Blue Hole’s trails that ends with a jump into the famous Blue Hole! If you would not like to participate in the Fun Run, we will have a scheduled jump into Cypress Creek, or you can come and plunge anytime during the event! The event will end at their fire pit. Make sure to RSVP before attending and bring a change of clothes and a towel. The best part is that admission is free!


  • Austin Free WeekJanuary 1- January 8
    Multiple locations, Austin, TX Come out, rock out and enjoy what Austin is really about; live music! There will be hundreds of bands performing live throughout the week, such as Ringo Deathstarr, Narrow Head, Moving Panoramas, Otis the Destroyer, Leather Girls, and more! It’s guaranteed that there will be no shortage of entertaining music to listen to at the beginning of the New Year!


  • Ice Skating on the PlazaJanuary 1- January 21
    Whole Foods Lamar 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Ice Skating on the Plaza at the Whole Foods Flagship store on Lamar has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season! The ice rink is open daily from 10 am to 9 pm beginning November 24th through January 15th. The cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental. Every Friday throughout the ice rink season, the skating soundtrack is curated by KUTX for the KUTX Music Fridays series, so don’t miss out!


  • Elgin Polar Bear PlungeJanuary 2
    Morris Park and Pool 802 S Ave C, Elgin, TX 78621 Are you brave enough to jump into the cold water in the Morris Memorial pool? If you want to jump into the New Year, then come out and warm up with complimentary hot chocolate or coffee after you jump in! This is a free event, but to ensure that the City of Elgin has plenty of supplies, please be sure to register if you plan on attending. Please keep in mind that a parent or guardian must be present at all times for children to participate!


  • Texas Stars v Manitoba MooseJanuary 4
    H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613 The American Hockey League’s Texas Stars are the primary affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, playing all 38 of their home games at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. During their existence in the AHL, the Texas Stars have captured the 2014 Calder Cup, appeared in the 2010 Calder Cup Finals as Western Conference Champions, and have regularly moved players on to full-time careers in the National Hockey League. The Stars have been one of the AHL’s most competitive franchises with six postseason appearances over their eight-year tenure in the league. Watch the Texas Stars play against the Manitoba Moose!


  • Austin Boat & Travel Trailer ShowJanuary 4- January 6
    Austin Covention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701 If you want to find the best boat or trailer in Austin, come to the convention center for the Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show! This show is an annual event that showcases all local boat dealers, and this year they’ve added live music and The Fish Tank for kids of all ages. They offer amazing deals on ski boats, fishing boats, yachts, bay boats, pontoons, wake-sports boats, and kayaks. They will also be offering a large selection of RV Dealers who will showcase travel trailers, toy haulers, teardrop trailers, and fifth wheels!


  • Annual Get Fit! DayJanuary 13
    Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness 501 W 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701 Every day is a good day to make healthy choices, but January is the perfect time to renew and revive your health and fitness goals. Ballet Austin is going to help you get started for free! This is your opportunity to try a variety of fitness and conditioning classes, try the Pilates reformer, learn more about living healthy, visit with local health and wellness experts in their exhibit area, sample healthy foods, hear presentations from experts in the field, and have fun! Ballet Austin believes healthy living is meant to be enjoyed!


  • PrintAustin EXPO19January 15- February 15
    Multiple locaitons, Austin, TX With several professional print shops, nationally recognized university printmaking programs, internationally acclaimed print collections, and a thriving printmaking community, Austin is a hub for printmaking in Texas! The PrintAustin team is working with organizations and individuals throughout the Austin visual arts community to showcase fine art prints during this annual event. Their month-long event celebrates the art of original printmaking and educating the public about the traditions of printmaking, as well as showcasing the innovations of the contemporary approach. So, come out and support local artists!


  • FronteraFestJanuary 17
    Multiple locations, Austin, TX It’s time to heat up your winter nights again, with the 26th season of FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre! The Short Fringe, the Long Fringe, BYOV, or Mi Casa (as always and ever), FronteraFest is five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new, and just plain off-the-wall fringe theatre. Every night they present a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes each. Taking place at venues across Austin, this celebration is a great way to see the city while supporting the arts. Too bad there’s no actual way to expect the unexpected because that is your only hope!


  • Austin Spurs v South Bay LakersJanuary 18
    H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613 The NBA G League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 26 teams, all singly affiliated with an NBA franchise, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2018-19 season had NBA G League experience. What better way to experience it than watch a game live! Check out the Austin Spurs play against the South Bay Lakers!


  • Star of Texas Tattoo Art RevivalJanuary 18- January 20
    Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 Performers with many tattoos and skilled tattoo artists will feature a unique balance of entertainment and education at the festival. Seminars are offered for those interested in tattoo art history, form and meaning. Tattoo contests are held throughout the festival, allowing attendees the chance to have the craft tattoos practiced on them by professional, skilled tattoo artists!


  • Migrations World Dance and Music FestivalJanuary 18- January 20
    Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center 1209 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Round Rock, TX 78664 The Migrations World Dance and Music Festival is inspired by the way dance was passed through families, communities, from culture to culture, sharing and morphing from initial forms into the myriad of fusions, styles, and beautiful shapes it takes now. The festival is a three-day workshop that celebrates and focuses on dances from around the world such as belly dance, flamenco, drum, zills, Bollywood, Chinese classical dance, ATS, classical Indian dance, and more! Not only will there be dancing, but there will be two nights of shows with live music!


  • The Swoon EventJanuary 19
    Springdale Station 979 Springdale Rd Suite #160, Austin, TX 78702 The Swoon Event is a unique event where couples who are planning their wedding can gain inspiration for their weddings. With 30+ local and talented vendors in tow, this show will feature modern rentals, registry and design services, food and sips, bridal styles, modern photography + florals, a photo booth, creative workshops, DJs and live music! They are also giving out super fun swag bags for the first 50 couples who arrive in courtsey of Brides of Austin! This is a great way for local businesses to display their collections and interact with locals!


  • George Lopez: The Wall World TourJanuary 19
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712 George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Lopez is currently on a solo standup comedy tour, The Wall World Tour, as well as a group tour, The Comedy Get Down, starring himself, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley & Cedric ‘The Entertainer’. The four The Comedy Get Down comedians also recently wrapped a BET scripted comedy series based on their tour. Lopez will star on A&E’s “Very Superstitious With George Lopez” that began airing in April!


  • 3M Half MarathonJanuary 20
    9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759 This year join over 7,000 fellow runners in Austin to run a personal best at the 3M Half Marathon! 3M Half is a fun and fast stand-alone half marathon boasting one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. You’ll enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. Cross the finish line, grab your hefty one-of-a-kind “spinner” finisher medal, and celebrate at the energetic finish line festival complete with a beer garden! What a great way to end a long race!


  • MLK March, Festival, and Food DriveJanuary 21
    MLK Statue at UT 300 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712 The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off at 9 a.m.with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. You will then march to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. The MLK Community Festival will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! All businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy!


  • WaitressJanuary 22- January 27
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712 According to Time Magazine, “The Women of Waitress Are Changing Broadway!” Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus!


  • Wimberly Art and SoulJanuary 25- January 27
    Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce 14100 Ranch Road 12, Wimberly, TX 78676 Pack your bags and head to Wimberley for three action-packed days of opportunity to Learn, Create and Experience the art and soul of Wimberley brought to you by the creative community of Wimberley, Texas! There are so many activities to participate in such as painting, wreath making, dessert making classes, a wine bottle workshop, sculpture classes ad much more! When you buy an admission ticket, you receive a free dessert from the Leaning Pear; a local restaurant in Wimberly!


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