Things to do Around Austin in January

  • January 1New Years Day
  • January 1Polar Bear Splash
    Barton Springs Pool 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746
    Participate in this annual New Year’s Day swim at Barton Springs. The outside air may be frigid, but the springs stay a constant 68-70 degrees all year.
  • January 1Pfreeze Pflop
    Scott Mentzer Pool 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Come out and celebrate the New Year by jumping into the cold water at Scott Mentzer Pool in Pflugerville! Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item; which is given to benefit local food banks.
  • January 1Kyle Polar Bear Splash
    Kyle Pool 1100 W Center St, Kyle, TX 78640
    Join in on the Kyle tradition and jump into the freezing cold water at the Kyle Pool! The best part is that this event is free! But if you want to join the Polar Bear Club it costs $30, and there’s a chance for you to win prizes if you join!
  • January 1- January 31Wolf Ranch Farmers Market
    Wolf Ranch Town Center 1015 W. University Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628
    Wolf Ranch Farmers Market is the place to be in Georgetown every Saturday morning. Come out to the Wolf Ranch Town Center for the best local farmers and local food!
  • January 1- January 15Ice Skating on the Plaza
    Whole Foods Market 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
    A must do during the holidays for locals or visitors! It costs $10 to get in (this includes the skates). Make sure to check the schedule on their website because some days are reserved for birthday parties!
  • Jan 1 – 8Austin Free Week
    Various locations , Austin, TX
    Come out and enjoy what Austin is really about; live music! With hundreds of bands participating, there will be no shortage of entertaining music to listen to at the beginning of the New Year.
  • January 2Elgin Polar Bear Plunge
    Elgin Municipal Pool 802 S Ave C, Elgin, TX 78621
    Are you brave enough to jump into the cold water at the Elgin Municipal Pool at Morris Memorial Park? If you want to jump into the New Year, then come out and have hot chocolate or coffee to keep you warm after you jump in!
  • January 3- January 6Annual Model Train Show
    ArtSpace 231 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664
    This year’s art exhibit at ArtSpace will feature a local and area artist called “A Child’s World,” and will contain themes of playing, imagination, childhood memories, and more. Pairing the exhibit with the trains means it will be a presentation full of joy and will be an inspiring environment that is entertaining for children of all ages. While at the exhibit, you can donate to the Tinplate Trackers and purchase raffle tickets to enter a chance to win a Thomas the Train set; a perfect toy your children can play with!
  • January 6Westcave Star Party
    Westcave Preserve 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Round Mountain, TX 78663
    Tour the night skies at Westcave Preserve with local astronomers on hand to answer questions. Star Party nights are the perfect way to enjoy an evening gazing at the stars through a high-quality telescope in a dark sky location. You’ll be amazed by what you see and learn out in the starry night!
  • Jan 6 – Feb 10The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
    ZACH Theatre 202 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is a play version of the movie Narnia. Come out and bring your family to experience an adventure where Aslan defeats the White Queen! Two actors bring this classic story to life and will make your experience an unforgettable one.
  • January 12- January 14Migrations World Dance and Music Festival
    Various locations , Austin, TX
    The Migrations World Dance and Music 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!
  • January 13The Swoon Event
    Performance and Event Venue 800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
    A unique occasion where couples who are planning their wedding can gain inspiration for their weddings. Guests can learn about different assortments of non-traditional decor, flower arrangements and clothing options to get ideas for their wedding day. This is a great way for local businesses to display their collections and interact with locals.
  • January 14Annual Get Fit! Day
    Ballet Austin 501 W 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
    Attend Ballet Austin’s annual Get Fit and kick off the new year celebrating health and wellbeing. This is your opportunity to sample conditioning and fitness classes, try Pilates reformers, learn more about living healthy, and have fun!
  • January 15Martin Luther King March and Festival
    The University of Texas 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78712
    Join the Annual Community March by marching to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King! The march starts at 9 am at the MLK statue at the University of Texas and the march ends at Huston-Tillotson University. When the march ends, you are greeted by food vendors and live music! Capital Area Food Bank will also be there to accept donations of canned goods or non-perishable food items.
  • January 15- February 15PrintAustin 2018
    Various locations , Austin, TX
    PrintAustin educates the public about printmaking by showcasing internationally acclaimed print collections at the university level. The festival offers in-house artist talks and educational printmaking workshops!
  • January 16-January 21Finding Neverland
    Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712
    Bring your family and friends to see the musical Finding Neverland, “A must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” The critically acclaimed musical is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus who tells the most incredible story of the most magical and fun character; Peter Pan!
  • January 16- Feburary 17Frontera Fest 2018
    Hyde Park Theatre 511 W 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751
    Austin’s Frontera Fest is a five-week festival of offbeat 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. Make sure to check the performance schedule for certain events and dates (tickets sell out fast).
  • January 18- 20Austin Spurs Basketball
    Cedar Park Center 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Watch the Austin Spurs play against the Northern Arizona Suns in their regular season game of the 2017-2018 NBA G League season! The Austin Spurs are the affiliate team of the San Antonio Spurs.
  • January 18-21Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show
    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. 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.
  • Jan 213M Half Marathon
    Central Austin Hunt Trail & Great Northern Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
    If you’re a runner, get your friends and family to come out to support you and the other runners who are participating in the race! This is an opportunity to showcase the best city in America, Austin! This race draws runners from across the country who have come to see what Austin is all about- the iconic sites, the delicious food, and the vast community that brings out the best in people. At the finish line along Congress, there will be live music, awesome food trucks and, and a medal for participating in the race!
  • Jan 25 – 28Wimberly Art and Soul 2018
    Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce 14100 Ranch Road 12, Wimberly, TX 78676
    Experience the art and soul of Wimberley presented by the creative community of Wimberley. 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!
  • January 26Leander Winter Dance Classic
    Leander High School 3301 S Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX 78641
    The Leander High School Blue Belles is hosting their 20th annual dance team competition! They will be critiqued by a panel of expert judges, and the winners will be awarded a medallion!
  • Jan 26Harlem Globetrotters World Tour
    Frank Erwin Center 1701 Red River, Austin, TX 78701
    The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! If you love basketball or action, then you’ll love this action-packed game with star-studded players who have amazing skills! They are so good that they broke the world record for highest upwards basketball shot! This is a great event to bring your family and friends to.
  • January 26- January 28Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival
    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.
  • January 27Texas Stars vs Stockton Heat
    Cedar Park Center 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Come out and watch Austin’s local hockey team play against the Stockton Heat! Fans can also enjoy new and returning ticket promotions for the 2017-18 season beginning with two-dollar domestic draft beers!
  • Jan 26 – 28Kerrville Renaissance Festival
    Hill Country Youth Event Center 3785 TX-27, Kerrville, TX 78028
    The Kerrville Renaissance Festival is a fun experience to participate in! Bring your family and friends to discover what the Renaissance was like with activities and events such as The Engaging Escape Artist, The Bird of Prey, musical performances, and enjoy local craft beer and delicious foods!
  • January 28Austin Gorilla Run
    Camp Mabry 10, 2200 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703
    Run a 5K with friends or family and benefit mountain gorillas. Gorilla suits welcome and after-party to celebrate!

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Here are 29 things to do in Austin in January, including Polar Plunges, Austin Free Week, the 3M Half Marathon and more!
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