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The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar returns to Palmer Events Center. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2016

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

This quintessentially Austin market features three musical acts daily through Christmas Eve, with highlights including Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Marcia Ball. You can listen to their live performances while browsing artisan wares including jewelry, art and ceramics. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 24. $8 (season pass $60); ages 12 and younger are free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

The Austin Flea

This little market of local vendors rotates venues each time it opens, and often, the Austin Flea sets up shop in the parking lot of a brewery or grocery store — guaranteeing you some boozy or food-filled fun while you shop at various locations through Dec. 17. Keep up with the rotating locations at

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

One of Austin’s most reliable holiday shopping markets features artwork, jewelry, clothing and other gifts from more than 200 regional and local artists. You can browse some of the available items ahead of time on the Blue Genie website. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 24 (when it will close at 6 p.m.). Free. 6100 Airport Blvd.

Holiday Pop-Up Markets

The Downtown Austin Alliance is hosting pop-up markets at Republic Square Park. Find last-minute holiday gifts from local artists and businesses while listening to live DJ music. Plus, because this time of year can be so fun but so stressful, Wild Heart Yoga will be on-site to provide a free session of yoga. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 422 Guadalupe St.

— Arianna Auber

That ain’t mistletoe

The week before Christmas is generally pretty quiet all through the house for touring shows, but here’s an exception: Rap icon Snoop Dogg has added a show at Emo’s for Dec. 19.

Tickets are $39.50 in advance at and $43 at the door. Snoop Dogg’s last Austin visit was during South by Southwest earlier this year for a keynote conversation and other appearances. He played a major concert with Wiz Khalifa in 2016 at the Austin360 Amphitheater.

The Emo’s gig is one of four Texas shows being presented by local promotion company ScoreMore. Snoop Dogg also is playing House of Blues locations in Dallas and Houston on Dec. 17 and 18, respectively, plus a Dec. 20 date at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio.

— Peter Blackstock

Big shows coming to Austin360 Amphitheater

The Austin360 Amphitheater has announced two big touring shows as part of its 2018 schedule. Singer songwriter Jack Johnson plays the venue April 25, while “The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore” Tour will stop there June 22.

Tickets for Johnson’s show, $35-$70, and Kesha and Macklemore, $29.50-$99.50, can be found at

Johnson is touring behind his recent release “All the Light Above It Too,” his first album in four years. Kesha’s new album “Rainbow” received a Grammy nomination for best pop vocal album earlier this month. Macklemore is supporting this fall’s “Gemini,” his first solo album in more than a decade after several collaborative releases with Ryan Lewis.

— Peter Blackstock