3M Half Marathon
Stonelake Blvd near 360 (race start) • www.solutions.3m.com/halfmarathon
One of the most popular of Austin’s road races because of its consistently stellar
goody bag (think LOTS of Post-Its and other practical household items by 3M), the
3M Austin Half Marathon also draws a speedy international field and offers plenty
of fun family activities.
Annual Tenant Show
Guadalupe Arts Center, Austin • 512-473-3775
Running from mid-January to mid-February, this show features artisan creations from over 40
artists, ranging from photography and sculptures to jewelry, all under $500.
Austin Home and Garden Show
Convention Center, Austin • 512-404-4000 • www.austinconventioncenter.com
In January, the Austin Convention Center showcases what’s new in home décor,
gardening and general fix-ups. The show features exhibitions, live demonstrations
and programs, so you can get your hands dirty and walk away with a fun project or
two. You’ll also be helping out the Austin Food Bank, Austin Humane Society and
the Austin Habitat for Humanity.
First Thursday on South Congress Avenue (Monthly Event)
South Congress between Barton Springs Road and Elizabeth Street • www.firstthursday.info
First Thursday is a popular monthly event with the atmosphere of a giant block party. On
the first Thursday of each month, South Congress stores stay open late, frequently offering
special sales on merchandise, food, and drinks. Booths line the street selling handcrafted
jewelry, photography and art, pottery, homemade soap, clothes and more, and there’s also
live music and even a Volkswagen parade!
Polar Bear Splash
Barton Springs Pool, 2101 Barton Springs Road • www.sosalliance.org
For the last 30-plus years, Austinites have been plunging into Barton Springs Pool for
this annual Austin version of the Polar Bear swim. The event is sponsored by the SOS
Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Barton Springs. Worried about
the cold? Barton Springs is a constant 68 degrees, so our human polar bears are much
warmer than those in, say, Minnesota.
Austin Marathon and Half Marathon
Austin • 512-476-7223 • www.youraustinmarathon.com
The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon is an annual event for the fitness focused of
our town. The event has hosted as many as 20,000 runners a year and has generated
more than $90 million for the local economy and $6 million for Austin non-profits. The
Marathon is the 23rd largest marathon in the United States and has been host to an
international field of approximately 130,000 runners over the years.