Stuff You Gotta do in Austin: November 2010 Edition

Photo by Aaron Brazell –
November – it might get cold this month in Austin, but I’m fine if it waits till AFTER the Komen Race for the Cure on November 8th. Or actually till even after the E.A.S.T. Also – a million things are happening the first weekend, the 6th & 7th are ridiculous. This month the homes will start decorating for Christmas, we will eat tofurky & vegan pumpkin pie, my grandmother will turn 95!
Monday November 1st
Movember Launch Party – at Gibson Bar South Lamar – 8pm
During the month of Movember men from around the world grow out their mustaches for the entire month to support men’s cancer awareness and donations. Register to raise money, join a team or donate – HERE
Tuesday November 2nd
Saturday November 6th
GENAustin We Are Girls conference – 8am to 4pm – Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
If you have a girl in middle school and you don’t know about GENAustin – go to the WEBSITE now. This is one of my fave non profits in Austin and one that is so important and makes such an impact. The conference is a blast, I volunteered last year and ended up going to several sessions. I felt empowered as a mom of a middle school girl!
Gypsy Picnic – Trailer Food Festival – 11am to 8pm at Auditorium Shores
I can’t even write about this event ‘cos i’m too hungry. But basically over 30 of Austin’s famous & delicious food trailers in one gorgeous spot. Sample portions for $3 or less. Live music! Go to see Ruby Jane, 15 years old and crazy good on fiddle. Or English Teeth, a band after my own british garage band heart.  There will be some vegan options there from some trailers including the all veg Concious Cravings.  Here is the website so you can plan your menu – Gypsy Picnic
Austin Barkitecture – noon to 4pm – Austin 2nd St District
OMG  – this is so cute!  It’s a  fundraiser that  showcases doghouses created by some of Austin’s coolest architects, designers and builders.   There is a silent auction to bid on the doghouses!
Austin Powow & American Heritage Festival – 10am to 10pm at The Tony Burger Center
This is the 19th year of this event – I have never made it but have ALWAYS heard how amazing it is.  Read more details at the Powow website
Sunday November 7th
Komen Austin Race for the Cure – early – at the Domain
The info for this is so detailed that you must go the KomenAustin website. I will be there with my team The Glitter Dropz.  There will be Tito’s Vodka drink specials at Daily Grill & Opal Divine’s Marina. There will be pink galore
Vegetarian Chili Cook Off – 11am t0 5pm at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, 3300 East Palm Valley
It’s actually VEGAN chili cook off folks, and its delish.  $8, you get to try all the chilis, you get to vote for your fave. There are door prizes, music, funness
The Weekend of November 5th,6th & 7th
Fun Fun Fun Fest – Waterloo Park
Devo cancelled, but Bad Religion & Suicidal Tendencies are still playing! As well as a bunch of other rad bands that I’m sure I would love. If I knew them. but maybe just maybe I’m old. BUT you go, and let me know how they are – because I know that Fun Fun Fun fest would not steer us wrong!
Austin Celtic Festival – Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th – Fiesta Gardens
Celtic Dancing! Highland Games!! you’ve always wanted to do Highland Games. Archery, Viking History, storytelling, Music, this sounds like a fun fun fun fest  – Austin Celtic Festival
November 13th & 14th (AND November 20th & 21st)
East Austin Studio Tour – from now on out known as EAST – this event takes place over two weekends because it’s that fabulous and theres that much amazing art to see in East Austin. I love this event like I love mexican street corn on the cob. You can go all day and hit amazing studios, or you can target a block, or a location that has the stuff you want to see. There are kid worthy studios, walkable, bikeable. It’s the best. Don’t miss this  – much more information, map ect… at the E.A.S.T website
November 12,13,14
Austin Comic Con – wizard world – at the Austin Convention Center
Saturday November 20th
The Homeslice Carnival O’ Pizza – 12 to 7 and beyond – at Homeslice on S. Congress
Did I say EAST was my fave event? I lied, this is – get a fake moustach, or a faux hawk, play hands on an eggplant sandwhich, toss pizza dough, eat pizza! Pizza eating contest, pizza tossing contest and you have to see the band Little Stolen Moments, they have a ukelele!
Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the Domain
I cannot find any information on this! I just saw somewhere it was this day – will update as I find out.
In the past this has been a fun event, fireworks, music performances and the magical tree lighting moment!
Thursday November 25th
Besides being my grandma’s 95th Birthday AND Thanksgiving – it’s also the Turkey Trot! a fun 5 mile race to get  you in shape for the debauchary of later in the day – yes 5 mile, not 5 k. There is a 1 mile walk, and a kids k. This year it starts at the Long Center.  Benefits Caritas of Austin – Register at HERE
Saturday November 27th
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade – 11am, downtown Austin starting at the Capitol
Did I say Carnival o’ Pizza is my fave event? This is really. Well it’s my KIDS fave event. Bring a toy to donate to Blue Santa and watch the parade, Austin style. Giant balloons, characters, mini horses, llamas (!?), corvettes, chinese dragon dancers, and so much more. Really this is an awesome tradition.  –
feel free to let me know of any events I should add!

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