Theater & dance
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood." This Austin Playhouse production is a hilarious, interactive whodunit musical that takes you to the small town of Chesterham, England. Here we meet a rowdy Victorian theater troupe mounting a production of Charles Dickens’ unfinished last novel. During the production, the charming Edwin Drood is mysteriously murdered, but by whom? With no ending written, it's left to the audience to decide which character is the murderer in this play-within-a-play. Opens Nov. 24. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, with additional matinee 2 p.m. Dec. 15 through Dec. 15. $19-$40. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
30th Annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. Celebrate the joy of giving by bringing new, unwrapped toys to donate during the procession to support Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa. This year, the parade will feature an especially exciting lineup of giant inflatable balloons, festive floats, popular children’s characters, superheroes, marching bands, classic cars and more. Plus, the Harlem Globetrotters, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and 30 Elvis Presley impersonators will also make an appearance. 11 a.m. Nov. 24. Free. From Texas Capitol south on Congress Avenue. chuysparade.com.
A Holiday Evening with Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra. The holiday season begins with quintessential Austin musician Schneider's show featuring the Tosca Strings and special guests Lex Land, Steve Poltz and Alesia Lani. For this enchanted evening, a mix of holiday favorites and his own works, there will be a horn and string section, jazz drums and stand up bass backing up his vocal stylings. 8 p.m. Nov. 24. $25-$55. ACL Live, 310 W. Second St. acl-live.com.
The Suffers at Scoot Inn. Led by charismatic frontwoman Kam Franklin, a vocal dynamo/all-around force of nature, the Houston powerhouse represents the best of what a soul band can be. Their songs offer a soaring testament to the power of love, indulge in the simmering heat of lust and ease the ache of loss that’s an unavoidable element of our shared humanity. Their 2018 album “Everything Here” mixes warm family reunion jams and bedroom burners with grandiose gospel-laced outcries. Selfless Lovers and Lion Heights open. $20. 9 p.m. Nov. 24. 1308 E. Fourth St. scootinnaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Wassail Fest. Downtown Bastrop invites holiday shoppers for this third annual event featuring homemade hot mulled cider, a mix of alcoholic and nonalcoholic options, from participating local businesses. Vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Awards and find holiday gifts on an afternoon that doubles as Small Business Saturday. Wassail Fest participants include the 602 on Main, Bastrop Beer Company, Sugar Shack and more. 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 24. Free. Downtown Bastrop. visitbastrop.com/event/wassail-fest/26/.
"Missed Connections" at ColdTowne Theater. The improvised show inspired by Central Texas Craigslist Missed Connections ads is back with a look at cuffing season (the cold days of winter when single people look for a significant other to stay warm with). "Missed Connections" features a new lineup of some of Austin's funniest improvisers, including Nathan Sowell, G-Su Paek, Minda Wei, Chloe Ingram, Kenah Benefield, Quinn Buckner and Dave Buckman. 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29. $10-$12. 4803 Airport Blvd. 512-814-8696, coldtownetheater.com.
"Mischief Managed" at Hideout Theatre. The Hideout has dabbled in improvising in the world of a certain boy wizard before, but the theater is finally giving the wizarding world its due with a full-on run of magical shows."Mischief Managed" chronicles the adventures of students at the venerable British School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Set in the time period between the defeat of Voldemort and present day, it features a mix of beloved characters from the books and all-new students, menaces and teachers. 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29. $15. 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com.
"Elf" Movie Party with the Alamo Drafthouse. Don't be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins this holiday season and make sure you watch the Will Ferrell Christmas movie at least once. And do it at the Alamo, where this interactive screening will have games, props and, of course, singing loud for all to hear. The "Elf" movie party will even have a "real" snowball fight in the theater. Will Ferrell’s take on a North Pole elf trying to figure out Manhattan (“Watch out! The yellow ones don’t stop!”) just might be the funniest he’s ever been. 4 p.m. Nov. 24 and additional dates and times through Dec. 25. $12. The Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com.