Bubble Puppy, Jeff Clark & Friends at El Mercado Backstage. A member of prominent 1970s Austin rock band Too Smooth, Clark recently was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He says this show will be his last; many of his fellow musician friends will join him, including Van Wilks, Jimmie Randall, John Staehely and Annie Rost, plus veteran Austin psych-rockers Bubble Puppy in the headlining slot. $15. 8 p.m. Saturday. 1302 S. First St. elmercadorestaurant.com. — Peter Blackstock
Hops & Grain's Resilience IPA Release. On Giving Tuesday, the East Austin brewery was one of thousands to brew the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA in support of Sierra Nevada’s effort to help the victims of the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California's history. The beer will be officially tapped on Saturday, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the Camp Fire Relief Fund. Hops & Grain is also having its annual Ugly Sweater Party from 2 to 6 p.m. that afternoon, so come appropriately dressed. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 507 Calles St. facebook.com/events/784326528572718/.
Snow Day Bar Crawl. As the days get colder and the nights longer, we could all use a day off. With or without actual snow, this bar crawl is giving everyone a snow day with drinks, festive music and a fun crowd. Participating bars downtown include the Dogwood, Kung Fu Saloon, Burnside Tavern and more. The $30 tickets get you a color-changing Snow Day cup, a souvenir bar crawl koozie, $2-$5 drink specials at each of the bars and other perks. 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $30. Happy Chicks, 214 E. Sixth St. snowdaybarcrawl.com/events/austin.
South First Street Sip & Stroll. Take a stroll through one of Austin’s weirdest neighborhoods and finish your holiday shopping. More than 15 South First Street businesses will be offering in-store discounts and goodies throughout the afternoon, as well as complimentary beverages, snacks and good times. Test drive electric bikes while listening to live music. Indulge your sweet tooth with churros, gelato and milkshakes. Participating spots include Mod Bikes, Art for the People, the Tasty Spoon and more. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Various locations. eventbrite.com/e/south-1st-street-sip-stroll-tickets-53124165810.
"Night Vision: Winter Group Show" at Davis Gallery. The winter group show celebrates the artist's ability to see things many others seem to overlook, including spaces shrouded in darkness. Participating artists include Joseph Hammer, Annie Darling, Randal Ford and Laurel Daniel. They have either created new art for the show or chosen past work that fits with the theme. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 12. 837 W. Twelfth St. davisgalleryaustin.com.
Theater & dance
“A Nutcracker Suite.” Ballet Afrique presents Duke Ellington's "The Nutcracker Suite" with young ballerinas en pointe. It's a jazzy, contemporary version of the classic Tchaikovsky holiday ballet. The performances come on the heels of arts & crafts activities and a Santa Claus appearance that afternoon. 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Free (RSVP required). The George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. balletafriqueaustin.org/nutcracker.
Gingerbread House Decorating at Whole Foods. Whole Foods' flagship location is hosting a morning of traditional holiday fun. Each ticket to this class includes your gingerbread house, all decorating materials and guidance from one of the store's experienced cake decorators. Take home your handy work after the class and enjoy it throughout the remainder of the season. 10 a.m. Saturday. $29.99. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/gingerbread-house-decorating-at-whole-foods-market-tickets-53107645397.
Trianon Coffee's Grand Re-opening Celebration. The Westlake-area coffee shop will highlight its fresh new grounds, just down the road from the old location. Trianon will be serving complimentary drip coffees and tea, and baristas will prepare your favorite espresso drinks. Light hors d'oeuvres and snacks will be provided. There will also be chances to win Trianon swag, including T-shirts, travel mugs, coffee and gift cards. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free. 3654 Bee Cave Road. Suite A. facebook.com/events/2284590578442761/.