Dale Watson helps to kick off the 40th annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Photo by Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar opening day at Palmer Events Center. One of Austin’s most beloved and attended holiday traditions marks its 40th year with 10 days of holiday shopping and lots of music. Each day features three performances by acts primarily from Austin, and it’s generally the cream of the local crop. The first day features Ameripolitan traditionalist Dale Watson at 7 p.m., emotive singer-songwriter Michael Fracasso at 3 p.m. and rockin’ country twanger Clay McClinton at 11 a.m. Bazaar admission is $8 daily (you can leave and return with a hand stamp). 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com.

Also: Local label Attendance Records throws a holiday shindig indoors at the Mohawk with Molly Burch, Cross Record, Big Bill and Basketball Shorts. … Chicago rappers Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti team up in Cavanaugh, which visits Sidewinder with Detroit’s Doc Illingsworth. … Singer-songwriters Sunny Sweeney & Brennen Leigh play another third-Tuesday gig at the Saxon Pub, with Bonnie Whitmore following them. … Eclectic guitarist Rosie Flores is the guest of the weekly Durawa show at Strange Brew. … Americana acts Uncle Lucius and Carson McHone are at the Continental Club, with Curtis McMurtry filling his father James’ usual slot upstairs at the Continental Gallery. … Geraldine’s grooves to the indie-roots sounds of Ben Ballinger.