17 Fun Things to do in Austin this Weekend

As the weather gets cooler, it can be difficult to find things to do in Austin, especially on weekends. Luckily for you, we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite concerts, comedy shows, markets, and events of every kind that are taking place this weekend. Don’t have plans for this weekend? Now you’re booked up. 

1 – Mozart’s Holiday Light Show

Event date: Every night through 6 January 2022

Mozart’s Holiday Light Show in Austin

Possibly the only thing better than looking at colorful, artistic lights is sipping hot chocolate and eating warm treats as you do so. Reservations are going fast, so make sure to get your table or spot at the Bavarian marketplace to be a part of this iconic annual event. 

Address: 3825 Lake Blvd

2 – Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker

Event date: Every weekend through December 19 and Tuesday-Thursday the 21-23

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker

Come celebrate the season with Ballet Austin as they put on this classic show. There’ll be hundreds of dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra performing the soundtrack that never seems to get old. 

Address: 701 W. Riverside Dr

3 – Rock the Red Kettle

Rock the Red Kettle Austin

Come support the Salvation Army Austin with Pat Green and Cory Morrow at the Moody Theater. Get into the giving spirit and listen to great music!

Address: 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd

4 – Peppermint Parkway

Experience a full mile of interactive light shows, dancing elves, food, drinks, activities, and more! This is the perfect holiday activity for either kids or anyone’s inner child. 

Address: 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd

5 – Tiff’s Treats

Tiff's Treats - Fresh Warm, Baked Cookies

Brighten your Saturday with a free chocolate chip cookie from Tiff’s! Make sure to wish everyone a happy National Cookie Day on your way out. 

Address: Any Tiff’s Treats location

6 – Night Bloom Music & Art Festival

The Night Bloom Music And Art Festival in Austin

This festival truly keeps Austin weird. Come enjoy art and music from locals at this event inspired by the desert flower. 

Address: 8504 S. Congress Ave

7 – Zilker Holiday Tree

Event date: Now-1 January 2022

Zilker Holiday Tree in Austin

Possibly one of the most iconic events in Austin this time of year is the Zilker Holiday Tree. Come enjoy this 155-foot spectacle!

Address: 2100 Barton Springs Rd

8 – Zilker Park Trail of Lights

Austin Trail of Lights

After beholding the tree, stick around to go on the Trail of Lights! Far more than simply a tunnel of lights, this event features dozens of holiday displays that make it the perfect way to spend your night.

Address: 2100 Barton Springs Rd

9 – Austin Holiday Mini Market

Austin Holiday Mini Market

Make that panicked holiday gift shopping an enjoyable experience by visiting Austin’s biggest mini-market yet! Enjoy free beverages, music, and gift bags for the first 30 attendees. 

Address: 1500 E. 4th St

10 – Riot Night with Sizzy Rocket

Sizzy Rocket Austin Shows

Experience Rocket’s latest EP, TOO YOUNG TO DIE, live and in person this Saturday. It’s sure to be a performance you won’t forget!

Address: 615 E. Red River St

11 – Namas-Drake Yoga Class

Themed Yoga Class

Come try a new skill with accompaniment from a classic artist. Bizarre as it may sound, it’s sure to be a unique experience you won’t regret. 

Address: 1417 W. Anderson Ln

12 – San Jac Saloon

Event date: Every Sunday

San Jac Saloon in Austin

Whether you’re more of an entertainer or an audience member, you won’t want to miss this event. Come claim your four minutes of fame!

Address: 300 E. 6th St

13 – Diva Royale Drag Queen Show

Event date: Every weekend

The Diva Royale Drag Queen Show Austin

After a massive success in New York City, Diva Royale has graced Austin with its legendary presence. Experience the best of drag dinner and brunch shows and female celebrity impersonations.

Address: 4134 Felter Ln

14 – Austin Art Walk

Event date: Saturday and Sunday mornings

The Art Walk Austin

Austin is noteworthy for many things, but one of my favorites has always been its murals. Sign up for this 1.2-mile tour to explore it all!

Address: 2215 E. Cesar Chavez

15 – Austin Music Video Festival

The Music Video Festival Austin

Be a part of the 6th annual AMVF! Embark on this music video adventure by going to live parties or hopping on the free live stream.

Address: 7400 Cooper Ln

16 – Witching Hour Comedy Midnight Show

Event date: Every Saturday

The Witching Hour Comedy Midnight Show in Austin

Possibly the only thing better than comedy? Themed comedy. Come check it out at the Buzz Mill this Saturday at the witching hour. 

Address: 1505 Town Creek Dr

17 – Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Come comb through a trove of unique items at this limited-time market! Find the perfect gifts for your friends and family (and maybe a few things for yourself) while supporting local artists. 

Address: 6100 Airport Blvd

Megan Aune

Megan is a former TexasTasty intern who is now graduating from UT to pursue a career in publishing. She still loves Austin patios.