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

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From the Blue Hole Polar Bear Plunge and Fun Run to the 3m Half Marathon, January has a lot of exciting events to attend! Check out these fun events happening this month!

  • Ice Skating on the PlazaNovember 23- January 21
    Whole Foods Market 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Ice Skating on the Plaza at 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 23rd through January 21st. 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!



  • 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! 2020 will be the 16th 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 Plunge and Fun RunJanuary 1
    Blue Hole Regional Park 100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, TX 78676 Celebrate the New Year on January 1st with Blue Hole Regional Park’s third annual Polar Bear Plunge & Fun Run! The event will start off with a 5K Fun Run at 10 am, and a 1K Fun Run will begin at 11 am. Tickets are $20 per person, and it includes admission to the 5K or 1K Fun Run, a special edition Blue Hole Polar Bear Plunge T-shirt, and a swag bag! If you are just plunging, you do not need a ticket. If you would not like to participate in the Fun Run, they will have a scheduled jump into Cypress Creek at 1:30 pm, or you can come and plunge anytime during the event! They will have a fire at their fire pit, and they will be giving out hot drinks. Please see the full schedule below for more information. Make sure to bring a change of clothes and a towel. Register now by clicking the link above! See you at Blue Hole on January 1st!


  • Austin Free WeekJanuary 2- January 5
    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 Lando, Trouble in The Streets, Vincent Antone, Bobal, Yung Bambi, Jaymoneykream, CP Loony, Qmaine OTCG, Teddythelegacy, NHL Str4p, Swamp G, DJ Baby Chino & Twenty, RAM and more! It’s guaranteed that there will be no shortage of entertaining music to listen to at the beginning of the New Year!


  • Austin Boat & Travel Trailer ShowJanuary 3- January 5
    Austin Convention 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!


  • Elgin Polar Bear PlungeJanuary 4
    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!


  • Austin Home & Garden ShowJanuary 10- January 12
    Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701 The Austin Home & Garden Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals. Whether you’re joining them at the Austin Convention Center with a specific project in mind or just looking for some inspiration, their local home professionals have you covered. With hundreds of booths to explore and several unique feature displays to enjoy, this is a valuable event for all Austin homeowners! This year’s special guest is Ty Pennington from TLC’s Trading Spaces and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition!


  • The Swoon EventJanuary 12
    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!


  • Get Fit 2020!January 12
    Ballet Austin 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!


  • FronteraFestJanuary 14- February 15
    Multiple Locations Austin, TX It’s time to heat up your winter nights again, with the 27th 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!


  • PrintAustin EXPO20January 15- February 15
    Multiple Locations 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!


  • Rodney Carrington LIVEJanuary 16
    H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613 Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. He brings his LIVE tour to H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on January 16th. Carrington’s album Morning Wood has been certified gold, and Greatest Hits has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. Rodney is on track to be in the top 5 again in 2019. He regularly performs to sold-out crowds across the US and Canada.


  • The Pink Floyd Laser SpectacularJanuary 17
    ACL Live 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 Celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd; Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you’ve never seen before. Surrounded by walls of concert quality sound, Laser Spectacular carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects, high-powered lasers, hi-def., large screen video projection, and special lighting effects. Your senses are confronted with an array of visual displays, choreographed to the soundtrack during this spectacular Laser Light Show!


  • Wild Kratts Live 2.0January 18
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78701 In Wild Kratts – Live 2.0 – Activate Creature Power! Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts, step out LIVE ON STAGE, to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. The adventure begins when Martin somehow manages to lose all of his and Chris’ creature power discs, along with a few of their other favorite things. They experience some hilarious challenges and activate some new creature powers to help them get everything before Zach does! It’s a race to the finish; who will find these lost items first?


  • 3M Half MarathonJanuary 19
    9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX 78759 This year join over 7,500 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!


  • Golden Dragon AcrobatsJanuary 19
    The Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago and are recognized around the world as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty!


  • MLK March, Festival, and Food DriveJanuary 20
    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!


  • Tool in ConcertJanuary 21
    Frank Erwin Center 1701 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 Tool, who are in the midst of their first North American tour in support of their #1 charting, the record-breaking album “Fear Inoculum”, have announced a Jan. 21 performance at the Frank Erwin Center. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and earned heaps of critical praise with NPR saying, ‘ Fear Inoculum’ was worth the 13 year wait,” Revolver proclaiming the 10-track album “a masterpiece to be dissected for years to come” and Consequence of Sound saying the release finds “Tool in peak performance.”


  • Hello, Dolly!January 21- January 26
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78701 Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy” (The Washington Post) and is “a musical comedy dream!” (Rolling Stone).


  • HI HOW ARE YOU DAY 2020January 22
    ACL Live 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 Hi How Are You Project is proud to bring you HI HOW ARE YOU DAY 2020 presented by American Campus Communities. This third annual celebration of the life and legacy of the late great Daniel Johnston is both a tribute and a call to action to remove the stigma around mental health and to encourage conversations about well-being. The lineup includes Cage The Elephant, White Denim, Jason Falkner, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Katie Schecter, and more to be announced soon!


  • Chance the Rapper: The Big TourJanuary 23
    Frank Erwin Center 1701 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 The Chance the Rapper show scheduled for Oct. 24, 2019, was rescheduled for Jan. 23, 2020. Tickets purchased for the original Oct. 24, 2019 show will be honored for the rescheduled Jan. 23, 2020 show. Rap stars Lil Yachty and Taylor Bennett will be joining Chance the Rapper on his expansive The Big Tour across North America. Both artists will be opening for the Grammy award-winner on all 2020 dates of the tour.


  • Wimberley Art and SoulJanuary 24- January 26
    Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce 14100 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, 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 Wimberley!


  • Kerrville Renaissance FestivalJanuary 24- January 26
    River Star Arts & Event Park 4000 Riverside Dr, Kerrville, TX 78028 Travel back in time to the middle ages, filled with adventure, music, romance, and fun for the whole family! Play games of skill, eat a turkey leg, and shop in their Marketplace featuring over 40 artisans!. You can also enjoy the Kerrville Renaissance Festival’s headlining entertainers and musical acts on seven stages. Though it occurs in Texas over two weekends in January and February, the adventure of a lifetime begins here! Huzzah!


  • Margarita Crawl AustinJanuary 25
    Multiple Locations Austin, TX Bar Crawl Unlimited is a small business that has one goal; create memories that will last a lifetime! Their events are immensely popular, but for this theme, they will keep the numbers lower to enhance the experience of the ticket holders. This means that this event WILL SELL OUT WAY IN ADVANCE. You must have a ticket to be a part of the crawl and enjoy the benefits. Wristbands will be checked at all venues. 21+ event, photo ID required all-day. All tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable: simply forward your barcoded ticket to somebody if you can no longer attend!


  • Body Mind Spirit Expo AustinJanuary 25- January 26
    Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 The Body Mind Spirit Expo Austin brings refreshed energy to the holistic movement. We want the attendees to step to the next level of their own glorious being. With wonderful exhibits and free presentations, the expo truly will have them smiling throughout the weekend. The event works as a gateway to enhancing the expo experience even before they arrive at the event and provides the attendees with the opportunity to build their own custom program guide highlighting those lectures and exhibits most of interest to them.


  • Shen YunJanuary 31
    The Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!


  • Jo Koy- Just Kidding World TourJanuary 31
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78701 Fresh off the release of his highly anticipated Netflix special, Comin’ In Hot streaming worldwide NOW on Netflix. The comedian is currently on the first leg of his Just Kidding World Tour and has also announced shows in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines in addition to the added North American dates. The Just Kidding World Tour will feature ALL NEW material.


  • Trolls LIVE!January 31- February 2
    H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613 Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch, and all their Trolls friends come to life on stage in Trolls LIVE!, their first-ever live tour! Jam-packed with epic music, glitter, humor, and happiness, Trolls LIVE! will visit H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, January 31-February 2 for six Trolls-tastic performances!


  • Migrations World Dance and Music Festival January 31- February 2
    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 were 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!


  • Star of Texas Tattoo Art RevivalJanuary 31- February 2
    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!


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