Austin Trail of Lights Grand Opening. The city's biggest holiday event is back at Zilker Park and kicks off with free entry and a wide variety of special events and activities, including a performance from local musician Tameca Jones. Trail of Lights' first official night begins with a ceremonial flipping of the switch by Austin ISD students, led by city officials. General admission is free for seven of the 14 days the Trail of Lights is open; see calendar on the website. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10. 2100 Barton Springs Road. austintrailoflights.org/grand-opening.
Conspirare Christmas. This is no ordinary holiday concert. Conspirare's artistic director, Craig Hella Johnson, has put together a variety of musical genres for this legendary show. Plus, this year, beloved Austin blues artist Ruthie Foster and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Matt Alber take the stage with the Conspirare crew, which also presented this Christmas show over the weekend. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. $20-$125. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Odd Duck's Trailer Throwback Party. A yearly tradition, the event celebrates Odd Duck's fifth year in its brick-and-mortar space and is to thank the patrons who have supported the restaurant since it began as a food truck nine years ago. It's the one time a year when original dishes return, including Chef Bryce Gilmore's famous pork belly sliders. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sustainable Food Center and the SFC Farmers' Markets, and a silent auction raises money for Jabo's Garden at Zilker Elementary. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. $35. 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. oddduckaustin.com.
40th Craft Series Dinner at 1886 Cafe & Bakery. The Driskill Hotel is about to host the 40th dinner in its Craft Series, a monthly beer pairing dinner featuring breweries from Central Texas. Up next for this special night is Pflugerville's Flying Man Brewing, which will lend the likes of its Phantom Works Chipotle Stout to dishes that include the coconut milk-braised short rib. Reserve your spot online, although you won't pay for the four-course meal until afterward. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. $40. 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-52647231286?.
"Birds, Bears & Bones" at Yard Dog Art Gallery. Jon Dee Graham, Jesse Sublett and Larry Seaman are Austin music legends. As visual artists, they are still changing the way you see the world. Sublett takes flight with birds; Graham brings us the unique POV of bears; and Seaman shows us the gears, clock springs and the stripped bare bones at the grind box of life. 11 a.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. 1510 S. Congress Ave. yarddog.com.
Bill Leissner book fundraiser at Esther’s Follies. Fascinating memories from a long-gone Austin have surfaced in recent months on photographer Leissner’s private Facebook group page. Waterloo Press soon will publish many of them in “Austin Icons of the Eighties,” for which this event is a fundraiser. Musicians Jesse Sublett, Monte Warden, Gretchen Phillips, Larry Seaman, Randy Franklin, Bob Livingston and Eric Hisaw will perform; others will deliver readings and monologues, with Esther’s Follies co-founder Shannon Sedwick as emcee. 7 p.m. Dec. 10. No cover; donations accepted. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com. — Peter Blackstock