Austin-made: art, crafts, music

wville.jpgThe Travis Heights Art Trail lets you follow a map from home to home, studio to studio, fourteen locations between IH-35 and South Congress, along the winding streets beneath the live oaks (tomorrow and Sunday, between 11 am and 5 pm). At most locations there is the work of more than one artist or craftsperson. Several of those featured have national reputations. “Let’s go to T-H-A-T show!” is this year’s slogan.

This is an easy event to match with the Bouldin Creek Studio Tour (Saturday only, from 10 am to 2 pm) and the Thornton Road event (today from 5 to 10 pm, and tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm).

On the other side of the river, an annual don’t-miss event is the Wheatsville Arts Festival, with 75 artists (and don’t forget to check out the shops at 3110 Guadalupe at the same time). Wheatsville’s fest is tomorrow and Sunday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm each day. There’s a full program of music both days, from 10 am to 5:30 pm. My personal favorites here would be Django’s Moustache (Sunday; 1 to 2 pm) and the honeyed harmonies of the Studebakers (Sunday 2:30 to 3:30).

And, in case you’re prevented from getting out to any of these, there’s always the Armadillo Bazaar, starting next weekend and bumping right up against The Day itself; but it costs to get in there and it’s almost bigger than Austin these days. Also ahead, beginning next weekend, is the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, which also goes right up to Christmas Eve. There’s no need to shop for presents with the big boys. This is much more fun!

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