1. Shinyribs at Threadgill’s South
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. $20. 301 W. Riverside Dr. threadgills.com.
Rumors of the storied restaurant/venue’s demise have often been exaggerated, exacerbated, reconstituted and recalculated, but it looks like it’s for real this time. Kevin Russell’s mighty Shinyribs will play the final show in the beer garden on Saturday night, with Jon Emery doing the 11 a.m. gospel brunch the next morning as Threadgill’s South finally serves up its final chicken-fried steaks and meatloaves on Sunday. Stay tuned for details on an auction set for Dec. 8. And remember, the original north location will remain open. — Peter Blackstock
2. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. $19-$40. 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.
This Austin Playhouse production is a hilarious, interactive whodunit musical that takes you to the small town of Chesterham, England, where 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? Without an ending written, the play lets the audience decide which character is the murderer.
3. Trail of Lights Fun Run
6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1. $15-$75. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. austintrailoflights.org/2018-fun-run.
Want a first look at this year's Trail of Lights, Austin's beloved holiday lights display? Take part in the fun run a week before the main event returns, but you don't have to move fast. Jingle, jog and jive your way through the Trail of Lights in your best holiday costume; then, stick around for the ultimate after-party celebration — the Finish Line Festival — with free beverages, dancing and more. Come early to snap a photo with Santa.
4. Garrison Brothers' Wild Game Chef Dinner
6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1. $150. The Barrel Barn at Garrison Brothers Distillery, 1827 Hye-Albert Rd, Hye. garrisonbrothers.ticketspice.com/wild-game-dinner-with-chef-john-brand.
Taste flavors from one of San Antonio's culinary hot spots — Hotel Emma — at half the distance. Hill Country whiskey distillery Garrison Brothers is throwing a five-course dinner extravaganza with food by the hotel's culinary director and chef, John Brand. Four of the courses, featuring seasonal wild game, pair with Garrison bourbon both neat and in cocktails. And it's all for a good cause: the restoration of West Texas' Balmorhea State Park.
5. St. Elmo Brewing & Soursop's 2nd Anniversary Party
12 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Free. 440 E. Saint Elmo Rd. facebook.com/events/338610013359520/.
The South Austin brewery — and its on-site food truck — are turning two this weekend with a celebration featuring lots of special taps. Going on draft in celebration is Two, the second anniversary imperial stout, as well as Bublè Brut IPA, Betty Blackberry Sour and more. Plus, Grassy Thursday musicians will perform bluegrass from 2 to 6 p.m., and Soursop will bring back its Photine dish made with Black Angus beef raised on St. Elmo spent grain.