First Saturday: Winter Party at Independence Brewing. The east side brewery is putting up its festive winter decorations with a party for the usual First Saturday event. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and celebrate the release of End Credits, a German Chocolate Cake Stout. Live music comes to the patio stage from 3 to 7 p.m., with performances from Slomo Drags, Darkbird and Cosmico. The $10 First Saturday wristbands are still available, providing 3 beers in total. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 3913 Todd ane. facebook.com/events/754588098237637/.
"The City Wears a Slouch Hat." One of the most influential composers of the 20th century, John Cage forged the early identity of percussion music with wildly imaginative and complex creations. The program will include "First Construction (in metal)," "But What About The Noise of Crumpling Paper…" and "The City Wears a Slouch Hat." 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $10-$18. First Street Studio, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. lineuponlinepercussion.org/upcoming-events/2018/11/30/the-city-wears-a-slouch-hat.
Shinyribs at Threadgill’s South. 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. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $20. 301 W. Riverside Dr. threadgills.com. — Peter Blackstock
The Fourth Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling. Texas has the most diverse fiddle traditions of any state. Along with all that fiddling comes some of the best dance traditions anywhere — with polka right in the heart of it all. The Festival of Texas Fiddling is the first and only festival that brings all of the great traditions of fiddling in the state together in a truly historic dance hall, with artists including Jesse Mears, Brian Marshall, and Charles Thibodeaux and The Austin Cajun Aces. 11 a.m. Saturday. $10. Twin Sisters Dance Hall, 6720 U.S. 281, Blanco. eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-festival-of-texas-fiddling-tickets-49913125502.
Trail of Lights 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. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $15-$75. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. austintrailoflights.org/2018-fun-run.
S'mores Night. The Rosewood restaurant in East Austin is getting in the holiday spirit and welcomes the whole neighborhood to enjoy this wonderful time of the year. Featuring s'mores to craft cocktails, the evening is a festive time for everyone to enjoy. This year, Rosewood's staff will be decorating the beautiful Victorian home from top to bottom with lights while inviting guests to watch holiday classics on a huge projection screen. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1209 Rosewood Ave. facebook.com/events/357651064807623/.
Holiday Screening: "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The Bullock Museum is hosting multisensory screening of a Jim Henson holiday classic. In this 1992 retelling of the Charles Dickens tale, the beloved Muppet characters tell their version of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. Enjoy special effects throughout the screening. All seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday. $5-$8. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.
Theater & dance
"Love Never Dies." The ultimate love story continues in Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera." In "Love Never Dies," the year is 1907, 10 years after the Phantom's disappearance from the Paris Opera House. He is now living in New York when his one true love, Christine Daaé, visits New York with her husband Raoul and young son Gustave to perform at a renowned opera house. The Phantom decides to lure them to Coney Island to win her back. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$125. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.