ARMADILLO CHRISTMAS BAZAAR CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF LEGENDARY MUSICIANS, HOLIDAY SHOPPING and FINE ART
December 15 – 24 • open daily 10am – 10pm • Palmer Events Center
(Austin, TX) — Hot music, fine art and cold beer have made the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the unique array of handmade items from more than 160 artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar.
It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience.
The 10 day shopping destination and annual tradition for Austinites celebrates 40 years of music and fine art December 15-24, from 10am to 10pm daily at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704. At least three bands per day perform on the Armadillo stage, with a star-studded music lineup that reads like a who’s who of Texas music. Featured musicians range from new and emerging stars to local legends, as well as Grammy winners. Armadillo’s intimate stage allows you to experience big Texas musicians in a unique holiday setting.
The Armadillo makes holiday shopping fun in a comfortable, upbeat environment with a dazzling selection of one of a kind, hard to find, fine art and artisan crafts; from collectible pieces to modestly priced stocking stuffers, from stylishly smart to joyfully weird. Over 160 locally and nationally acclaimed artists exhibit their best works, including nearly two-dozen carefully curated newcomers this year. The Armadillo offers art for your home, perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list in every price range, and anything you can imagine that will fit underneath your Christmas tree. A full list of exhibitors and a photo gallery of their work will soon be available at www.ArmadilloBazaar.com.
Armadillo producers, Bruce Willenzik, Annie Harding and Anne Johnson are thrilled about the 40th anniversary and look forward to honoring artists, musicians, friends and iconic independent local businesses that made significant contributions toward building Austin’s attractive cultural identity. The Armadillo began as a special event at Austin’s legendary Armadillo World Headquarters. The Headquarters was the inspiration or origin of many local cultural icons including Austin City Limits, Threadgills, and the South Austin Popular Culture Center, among others. Willenzik says: “We are grateful we’ve had the opportunity and support to go from our beginnings as a small special event at the the Armadillo World headquarters to have grown into the significant event we are today.” Harding is “…excited to be taking a look back and paying homage to the decades of history, tradition and people that made the Armadillo an iconic Austin destination event.”
Producer Anne Johnson has spent every Christmas Eve of her life at the Armadillo. “It wouldn’t seem like Christmas to me without it,” she says. “…and that’s not unusual. What’s great about Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is that you have many families attending for decades now, yet it’s a perfect holiday shopping event for visitors and tourists as well. It is one of the few ‘old Austin’ traditions that has survived the influx of festivals and the cities’ rapid growth – and remained strong. People really appreciate the culture and history,” she says. “Plus, everyone loves a good party. Our 40th milestone this year makes it even more exciting. We can’t wait.”
Tickets are $8 for a single-day pass; available at the door, or in advance this fall. For best value, purchase a season pass, which allows for entry throughout the duration of the show. Free admission for children 12 and under. More information at www.ArmadilloBazaar.com.
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