The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an Austin holiday shopping staple featuring nearly 200 curated local and touring artists and makers to shop from, live music and local food. Attendees will find gifts in all price ranges as well as fine art for their collections. Shoppers can learn stories about the artists and their works, support local and traveling artists and buy exclusive gifts. The 2019 music lineup is filled with 36 bands ranging from breakout musicians, touring singer-songwriters and Austin legends over 12 days. The intimate Armadillo stage is known for bringing out special performances in high quality sound you can’t catch anywhere else. Don’t miss the fun at the 44th Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, December 13-24, at the Palmer Events Center.
The Armadillo Bazaar offers shoppers the opportunity to personally meet local and touring artists. For the first time this year, Art Concierge services will be available to the public. Shoppers can schedule an appointment with an Armadillo Art Concierge to help them select original works of art and handmade gifts for everyone on their gift giving list. With nearly 200 curated artists to shop from, Armadillo Bazaar is the holiday shopping destination to build an art collection while discovering new, local, and award-winning artists.
Each year, the Armadillo Bazaar commissions a Texas artist to create a signature piece to be used as the featured artwork for the season. The 2019 featured art is by mixed media artist Lisa Morales, who ironically didn’t start her art career until in her 40’s. Vibrant and intricate, Morales’ collage work is full of small details waiting to be discovered when enjoying the art. Her work has been licensed and transferred to an assortment of gifts all over the world and appeared last season in “Grey’s Anatomy”. Houstonian, Morales’ re-counts her favorite part of creating this year’s featured art, “The artwork has armadillos hidden all throughout the piece and the lyrics to “London Homesick Blues” which is kind of an inside joke to all the artists who participate in the show. This song is played every morning to start the show, and every night as the shoppers are leaving the venue. By the end of the show we know all the words by heart.”
This community-driven institution prides itself on being a family to artists, musicians, and independent local businesses. When asked, newcomers and participating artists are quick to explain why the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is so special. Returning artist Cameron Dunk gives their take on the overall Bazaar, “The quality of this show is unmatched in the art show world.” Boston raised, and Austin based, Mark Puente of Nailivic returns for the community, “Art is only as strong as the community that creates and supports it, two things that Austin and Armadillo do well.” Natalie Tischler of Ornamental Things and participant for almost a decade expands on this sentiment, “The cozy and relaxed atmosphere, wide selection of high-quality artisan goods and great local music coming from the stage is what’s special about The Armadillo. ”Newcomers Jason Schroder of Spitfire Girl and Lauren Briere of Robots in Rowboats give the newbie take on this Austin staple. Jason explains, “This being our first year at the Armadillo we are very excited to see the local artist community in action. My wife Kristin lived in Austin in the 90s when it was definitely still “weird”. We are excited to get to be part of such a long tradition of artists and creators in the Austin area.” Briere adds “The Armadillo is so much more than a shopping excursion, it’s more so an eventful experience.”
Known for bringing out special performances with high quality sound you can’t catch anywhere else, the Armadillo Bazaar stage is an intimate treasure. The 2019 lineup features the upbeat, alternative soul of Swimming with Bears; the front-woman of Wild Child, Kelsey Wilson’s new project, Sir Woman; Grammy nominated, singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster; Armadillo classics Marcia Ball’s Pianorama and Gary P. Nunn; Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man; CJ Chenier the “Prince of Zydeco” and the Red Hot Louisiana Band; and the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard
2019 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Music Lineup: Úlla, Gina Chavez, Dale Watson, Eliza Gilkyson, John Fullbright, Micky and the Motorcars, Hot Club of Cowtown, Peterson Brothers, Texicana Mamas, The Watters, Jeff Plankenhorn, Gary P. Nunn, Warren Hood, Redd Volkaert Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Suzanna Choffel, Shelley King, Marcia Ball’s Pianorama, Emily Gimble, Beat Root Revival, Jesse Dayton, Zach Person, Tomar and the FCs, Swimming with Bears, Mélat, Ruthie Foster, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Wood & Wire, Brothers of the Castle, Sir Woman, Jackie Venson, Carolyn Wonderland, Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man, Blazing Bows, Albert and Gage, 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, local food from Southside Flying Pizza and Shawarma Point, 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.
Additional new features this season include:
• The Wishing Trees: Write down your holiday or New Year wish and tie it to one of the Wishing Trees located in the Sun Radio Bench Plaza.
• “Capture the Moment” Corner: Take a selfie or photo with family and friends in the photo booth or at an art activation by local artists.
• The Armadillo Shopping Scavenger Hunt: Purchase five or more items on the Armadillo Shopping Scavenger list to win. The more you match, the better the prize. Scavenger lists are available in the program upon arrival and can be redeemed at the Armadillo Store in the foyer.
• Kids Coloring Corner: Let the kids get creative and color in the Robo Roku booth.
• Art Concierge Service: Schedule a complimentary appointment to have a personal shopper help you select the perfect piece of art or gift for everyone on your list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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