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Waterloo Park lights up this week, teasing spring opening
(Waterloo Park)

Starting Monday, all of Austin is invited to watch The Moody Amphitheater come alive with lights in replacement of the annual Waterloo Greenway Creek Show but also in celebration and anticipation of Waterloo Park opening next spring.


Though Creek Show, an annual community-wide festival of light-based art installations along Waller Creek, was canceled this year, Waterloo Greenway is using its legacy to unite people in a safe way.

From 6-10 p.m. nightly until Nov. 22, the public can catch a sneak peek and drive through the site of Waterloo Park, Austin's newest and largest park, lit up by the new Moody Amphitheater.

CEO of Waterloo Greenway Conservancy Peter Mullan said though he wishes Creek Show could go on as planned this year, there is still cause for celebration.

"This will be the first time for many in the community to get a glimpse of what's to come; to see Moody Amphitheater lit up at night is a true display of what Waterloo is all about—a wonderfully immersive and inclusive urban space that is rooted in and surrounded by nature," Mullan said.

The park, located along Red River Street between 12th and 15th Street, will cover 11 acres of land and host the site for the Moody Amphitheater, a concert and event venue with the capacity to hold 5,000 people.

Designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners, the amphitheater is shaped to become a new Austin landmark. When not in use, park visitors will have access to the shady stage.

A close up of the colorfully-lit Moody Amphitheater.

"We want the Moody Amphitheater to be a moment of celebration in the heart of this amazing city," Phifer said. "The city of Austin and its lively culture is a tale of two distinct worlds woven together—an active urban core paired with peaceful respites grounded in nature—all with plentiful trails and waters."

Creek Show has been in production since 2014, dazzling thousands of Austinites with light installations from dozens of local artists. Last year, Creek Show's traffic hit an all-time high with 60,000 visitors and seven light installations.

Creek Show will also live on through virtual conversations with past artists, a look at past shows and giveaways on the Waterloo Greenway Facebook page. Creek Show is still set to take place as usual in 2021.

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Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway