Looking to fill your Saturday with extra holiday cheer this weekend? Come on down to Congress Avenue for the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll! This year, as in years past, we have partnered with Downtown Austin Alliance to bring together an assortment of vendors and activities to kick off the December holidays right. The festivities start at 5 pm and continue on until 9 pm. As the clock strikes 7 pm, the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol tree begins, featuring a programmed light show at the top and bottom of every hour, set to holiday songs of local Austin musicians.
Whether you’re looking for some great gift grabs or a tasty treat, our regular faces from the market will be out in full force for you. Nab some jewelry from Dream Bijoux or Stones Throw, swig some hot chocolate from Texas Coffee Traders or Happy Vegan Bakery, and chow on tacos, tamales, empanadas, and freshly popped kettle corn. We’ll be raffling off several gift baskets chock full of market bounty to showcase our vendors from both our Downtown and Sunset Valley markets. The baskets are themed to be a great gift for first-time market goers and veterans alike: Treat Your Dog, Tea Time, Foodie Friend, Breakfast Bounty, Picnic Basket, and Beauty Box. Stop by our information booth during the event on Saturday to put your name in the running for a basket!
In addition to consumable and giftable goods, Downtown Austin Alliance has booked a stellar set of music on the stages running the length of Congress Avenue all the way from 9th to the Capitol Steps: Riders Against the Storm, Jane Ellen Bryant, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes, Gina Chavez, DJ Hexum and more. For a full list of activities and music check out the full schedule here: http://downtownaustin.com/holiday-stroll/schedule
Unable to make the Holiday Stroll? Our standard markets will still be in effect at the places you know and love, from 9 am-1 pm like every Saturday! Since it is the First Saturday of the month, there will be extra activities at the markets. Our Downtown market’s full four hours of music will include sets from Professor Lee Redfield and the dynamic duo at Honey Tap. Sunset Valley will have tunes from our friends at Much 2 Much and the fantastic Frederico.
Joining the music and vendor loadout at Downtown will be students from Metz Elementary! The young growers will be representing their school by selling herb and wildflower seeds that they have collected in their school garden. The students have researched seed collection, seed saving, and packaging design and will be happy to share their learning with market goers.