The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar celebrates 44 seasons of treating Texans and tourists to a festive, holiday shopping experience for art and live music lovers. This iconic cultural event features 180+ contemporary touring visual artists and local favorites showcasing their work while the Armadillo Bazaar stage entertains shoppers with national touring acts, award-winning bands, and Grammy-nominated musicians.
With lights down low, spirits high, and the music just right, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping fun December 13-24, at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704.
This community-driven institution prides itself on being a family to artists, musicians, and independent local businesses. Each year, a featured artist is commissioned to create a piece to be used as the artwork for the season. The 2018 featured artist, Christopher Smith joined the Armadillo’s artist roster in 2010 showcasing illustrative maps. Smith explains why he loves being a part of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, “Its musical/historical significance to Austin and the fact that this show helps support local artists. Without art shows like this, I wouldn’t be able to continue my full-time art career.”
Of the 180+ locally and nationally acclaimed artists, art lovers have the opportunity to meet and buy from more than two dozen carefully curated newcomers this season. New additions include Minnesotan Sam Spiczka, a sculptor inspired by natural bone forms, rural technology and geometric structure, globetrotters and multifaceted artist couple Julie Dwyre and Kevin Zuckerman with mediums from oil painting to sculpture in bronze, pastel and watercolor and fellow newcomer, born in Bulgaria Tanya Doskova is known for her magical surrealism, sociopolitical satire and modern folk tales.
Don’t miss the over 150 returning artists such as renowned poster and comic book artist Nakatomi, National Geographic Creative Photographer Greg Davis, beloved local jeweler Limbo, and woodworking master David Levy with Harwood Creations. Mick and Paige Whitcomb are thrilled to return to the Armadillo for a second season, they create fine art by converting 19th century mechanical and scientific innovations into light fixtures using Edison and Tesla’s original patents in alternating current and the incandescent light bulbs using glass and copper. “We love the energy and Christmas spirit at the Armadillo. Since everyone involved is either selling their own artwork or buying from a small artist, it is a calmer more pleasant shopping experience for everyone. We fell in love with all the incredible musicians that play every day, and the sense of family the artists have together. Last year was an incredible experience, and one of our favorite Christmases we have had.”
This art and music festival will delight shoppers of all ages and musical tastes with the 2018 lineup including 37 acts with 10 musicians new to the Armadillo. Featuring the eclectic soul of modern R&B with Armadillo newcomer Mélat, to London Homesick Blues writer Gary P. Nunn who returns to the Armadillo Stage after a decades-long absence, to the rockin’ sounds of Austin royalty Shinyribs to fiddle prodigy and 2ndgeneration Armadillo musician, Warren Hood. The Armadillo Bazaar has something for everyone.
2018 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Music Lineup: Greyhounds, Kalu & The Electric Joint, Dale Watson, Gina Chavez, Jackie Venson, Shinyribs, Eliza Gilkyson, John Fullbright, Ed Jurdi & Gordy Quist from The Band of Heathens, Tomar and the FCs, Peterson Brothers, The Eggmen, Beat Root Revival, Warren Hood, Shane Smith and the Saints, Emily Gimble, Wood & Wire, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Suzanna Choffel, The Watters, Gary P. Nunn, Harvest Thieves, Jeff Plankenhorn, Nakia and the Blues Grifters, Mélat, Charlie Mars, Jesse Dayton, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball’s Pianorama, Redd Volkaert Band, Lou Ann Barton, Blazing Bows, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Albert and Gage, Durawa, and Bill Kirchen.
With roots in Austin’s legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is one of Austin’s longest-running art and music festivals. From its humble beginnings in dive bars and music halls to its current 40,000 square feet of pop-up galleries, gift shops, two full bars, delicious local food, and an intimate stage you can see and hear all over the show—the Armadillo magic continues to reach long-time fans and newcomers alike.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704.
Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center/Long Center garage for $8.
$10 for a single-day ticket.
$50 for a Season Pass.
Free admission for kids 12 and under.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2017
Opening night in 2014 with Dale Watson
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2011
Christmas in Austin