Texas Book Festival
Established in 1995 by former First
Lady Laura Bush – a former librarian
and ardent literacy supporter – the
Texas Book Festival celebrates authors
and their contributions to the culture
of literacy, ideas and imagination.
The Festival has become one of
the premier literary events in the
country, annually hosting more than
200 Texan and nationally known
authors. Approximately 40,000 visitors
participate annually in a weekend of
author readings and presentations,
panel discussions, book signings, and
musical entertainment. The Festival is
held on the State Capitol grounds and
Austin Celtic Festival
The Austin Celtic Festival is the largest
gathering of Celts in Central Texas. Its
attractions and activities run the gambit
of Celtic culture, including music,
dance, athletic competitions, history,
animals and artisans.
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Zilker Park; 512-479-8805;
Every Thanksgiving the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot five-mile
race has helped to raise more than
a million dollars for local charities.
This unique running event has
something for everyone, including a
chip-timed five-mile run, a one-mile
walk, and a Kids K.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an
Austin tradition with an incredible selection
of original work made right here in Austin
by some 160 artists and artisans – from
affordale gifts to high0end art. It’s the city’s
favorite shopping party, complete with live
music and a full bar. Gift givers, art collectors and music lovers can grab a beer, dance
a bit and have fun while the shop.
North Pole Flyer
Cedar Park; 512-477-8468;
The Austin Steam Train Association
helps Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
celebrate Christmas aboard the North
Pole Flyer starting in late November
continuing through December. This
2- to 2-1/2 hour round-trip holiday
celebration train ride is sure to please
young and old alike as they experience
the train’s own Christmas story.
Trail of Lights
Zilker Park; www.austintrailoflights.org
Featuring lights, lights, lights and a
Christmas village sure to warm anyone’s
heart, the annual tradition of walking
through Zilker Park and seeing the culmination of a month’s work by the city putting
up breathtaking lights and scenery, the Trail
of Lights is an event not to be missed. A
festival like atmosphere with music, food,
entertainment, and Austin silliness abound.
Corporate sponsorships allow this event to
continue and Austinites to enjoy a special
Zilker Tree Lighting Ceremony
Zilker Park; www.austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree
It’s just not the holidays until you twirl
under the Zilker Tree! Come to Zilker
Park every night in December and watch
the spectacle of lights on the Zilker Tree,
which stands 155 feet tall and is composed
of 39 streamers that hold more than 3, 300
lights. A double star at the top of the tree
measures 10 feet from point to point.
Forumla 1 United States Grand Prix TM (November)
Circuit of the Americas • 512-301-6600 • www.circuitoftheamericas.com
Cheer on your favorite drivers in an action-packed race. The indescribable energy and anticipation brings fans from all over the world.
The three-day event attracted ove 265,000 in its 2012 debut and
continues to grow each year.
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