Once Thanksgiving is over the holiday shopping frenzy begins. If you want to avoid the horrors of Black Friday, purchase horror-themed gifts instead. Keep it local and support local shops, local musicians and local chefs. Celebrate the holidays ATX-style.



Monkey Town

Monkey Town 6

November 4, 2015 – February 7, 2016
East 6th Street

The international dining and cinema installation has set up shop in Austin for a 3-month run. Feast on 4 or 5-course menus from local chef, Sonya Coté. The menus include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options, plus most ingredients are locally-sourced. Get fancy with Country Style Rabbit Pâté and Red Beet Cake & Chèvre FrostingInstead of sitting at a traditional table, you’ll eat inside a giant cube comprised of projection screens. Watch a multi-channel video program during the meal that features 16 artists and filmmakers. Top it all off with a performance from Austin dancer, Rosalyn Nasky. Weekend tickets start at $65.


Music Fan

Empire Control Room


Saturday, November 28th
Empire Control Room

Experience the 11th edition of the Austin underground music festival. Support house musicians and techno producers from Austin and across Texas. The lineup includes seven talented DJ’s including Andrei Morant, Barbuto and Miss Genafire. The perfect opportunity to dance off that turkey dinner! 



IBIZ District Holiday Shop Hop

IBIZ District Holiday Shop Hop

Saturday, November 28th
Austin Local Businesses 

Support local businesses this season at the event developed by the Austin Independent Business Alliance. Six IBIZ districts will participate in sales events that encourage community involvement. Most stores will offer at least a 10% discount and many giveaway prizes. Sagra Italian Restaurant will offer free cider and will give away a $50 gift card. Wheatsville Food Co-op will give away a free bag to the first 50 shoppers who mention ‘shop local day’.


Horror Lover


Horror for the Holidays

Sunday, November 29th
Spider House

If you want a completely out of this world shopping experience, buy some scary presents at the 2nd annual art and gift bazaar. Browse a variety of horroriffic vendors including Angel’s Devilish Creations and Nightshade Vampire Boutique. The event features an Evil Santa photo booth and an appearance by the holiday devil, Krampus. Stick around for a special screening of the horror movie Elves. Eat free pizza and win prizes (if you dare).


How do you recuperate from Thanksgiving?