The motto of Austin is “Keep Austin Weird”. The thing about Austin is we really aren’t that weird at all. We just like to support small businesses, artists, and keep things local. One of the events that embodies this is the Armadillo Bazaar! It has been an Austin tradition for 40 years now.
From the press release ” The Armadillo World Headquarters (AWHQ) was considered the premiere ‘third coast’ concert venue for live music in the 1970s, and a vibrant community center. The folks around the AWHQ were raising eyebrows long before “Keep Austin Weird” became a slogan. Many local musicians, songwriters and performers, some of whom are now considered legends, honed their craft there. National touring artists includedWillie Nelson, Jerry Garcia, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and Frank Zappa.The AWHQ quickly became a countercultural institution known for out-of-the-box thinking. The scene around the Armadillo became a powerful magnet pulling in young creative people and energy from all over the country and gave Austin the roots of its current attractive cultural identity. This is where the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar was born. In 1975, Lucinda Williams, through an offhand comment, inspired a fabulous solution to AWHQ’s mid-winter money woes. “Too bad the artists down on the drag don’t have a warm, dry place like this to sell their art for Christmas”. Her spark provided a perfect opportunity to expand AWHQ’s cultural and economic prosperity.”
The Armadillo Bazaar has grown into a family favorite in Austin and attracts people from all over the country! Art collectors and music lovers both enjoy the event. Many make it a yearly holiday family tradition.
“This philosophy of community, enhancing spheres of prosperity and commitment to art and music are what makes the Armadillo Bazaar the best of Austin’s ‘weird’ and wonderful. Armadillo will continue to be the place for an authentic Austin live music and art buying experience, where creativity, originality, and fun are celebrated in the true spirit of the holidays. “
I personally am most excited about this year’s music line up! Check it out here.
You can buy tickets here:
The location is at Palmer Events Center located at 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704.
Which artist or musician do you want to see the most?