Chuy’s Children Giving to Children parade and more free events this week, Nov. 23-29

Scooby Doo is escorted along E. 11th St. to the start of the parade. The annual Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade was held Saturday morning November 29, 2014 along Congress Avenue from the Texas State Capitol to Cesar Chavez Blvd. with people donating toys for Operation Blue Santa. The parade featured cartoon balloons, marching bands, musical floats and dozens of new Chevrolet trucks to drop your toys into at the end of the parade. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Scooby Doo is escorted along E. 11th St. to the start of the parade. The annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade was held Saturday morning November 29, 2014 along Congress Avenue from the Texas State Capitol to Cesar Chavez Blvd. with people donating toys for Operation Blue Santa. The parade featured cartoon balloons, marching bands, musical floats and dozens of new Chevrolet trucks to drop your toys into at the end of the parade.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Monday
Holiday Window Walk. Theatrical design students from St. Edward’s and Texas State Universities create themed storefront windows for holiday shoppers to enjoy while walking the Second Street District. All day, between San Antonio and Colorado Streets. 512-745-8413, 2ndstreetdistrict.com/holiday.

Tuesday
Ethan Hawke at BookPeople. The accomplished, Austin-born actor and author returns to discuss his newest novel, “Rules for a Knight.” The speaking portion of the event is free, but a book purchase is required for the signing. 7 p.m. BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.

Friday
Blue Genie Art Bazaar. The day after Thanksgiving is the first shopping day at the yearly bazaar. Find handmade gifts from local businesses to give to friends and family this year, or keep some for yourself. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. until Christmas Eve. The Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. 512-222-7303, bluegenieartbazaar.com.

Black Friday at the Bullock. Escape the madness of Black Friday with a unique museum experience. At this family-friendly event, kids can make their own souvenir poster, ornament or button inspired by their favorite exhibit. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4629, thestoryoftexas.com.

Saturday
Chuy’s Giving to Children Parade. Giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous characters, marching bands, classic cars and Blue Santa will parade down Congress Avenue. Bring a toy to donate during the parade; all toys will be distributed by the Operation Blue Santa Program to a child in time for the holidays. 11 a.m. From the State Capital at 11th and Congress to Cesar Chavez. 512-426-8232, chuysparade.com.

Sunday
Showdown Battle of the Bands. Open to all ages, the six bands selected to compete will attempt to take home $5,000 and the chance to perform for a national headliner. The audience will decide the winner. A suggested donation at the door will benefit both Kids In A New Groove and AustinMusicPeople. 2:30 p.m.-8 p.m. plus an afterparty. The Mohawk, 912 Red River Street. mohawkaustin.com.


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