Thanksgiving dinner, a nighttime art show and 6 other things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Nov. 9-12

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It’s not too early to get in the holiday spirit with these festive fall events.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Recreation center hosting Thanksgiving dinner
The Metz Recreation Center and the city of Austin invite participants in the center’s programs to a homemade Thanksgiving dinner along with their family and friends. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. 512-978-2399. www.austintexas.gov

Thursday, Nov. 9-Sunday, Nov. 12

POP Austin International Art Show returns for fourth year
The showcase will feature work from more than 40 articles, including seven Austin locals, across many different media. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $20 (one-day pass), $50 (three-day pass), $150 (VIP pass), free (age 12 and under). Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. 512-686-3035. www.popaustin.com

Friday, Nov. 10

Waller Creek Conservancy hosts annual Creek Show
Six light-based public art installations will be on display between Fifth and Eighth streets downtown. 6-10 p.m. Waller Creek Conservancy, 211 E. Seventh St. 512-541-3520. www.wallercreek.org

Saturday, Nov. 11

Becker Elementary hosts family Fall Fest 
The Becker PTA hosts its annual fundraiser, where attendees can climb a rock wall, visit a petting zoo, get their faces painted and pick up food from vendors Nacho Average Food Truck and Polkadots Cupcake Factory. 2-5 p.m. Free. Becker Elementary, 906 W. Milton St.  www.beckerelementary.com

Saturday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 12

East Austin Studio Tour to be held
The 16th edition of this self-guided art event features more than 500 artist studios, exhibitions, special projects and events and provides opportunities for the public to meet artists in their creative spaces. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Locations vary. 512-939-6665. www.east.bigmedium.org

Sunday, Nov. 12

Bilingual Austin hosts family fair
The ATX Think Bilingual Fair offers multicultural resources, language-based activities and parent workshops for families interested in bilingualism. 1-4 p.m. Free. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. 512-537-5751. www.austin.thinkbilingual.org

Asahi Imports hosts second annual Onigiri Social
The Japanese grocery store celebrates all things onigiri, or Japanese rice balls, at this event, where attendees can meet chefs, taste free samples, craft origami and watch jazz band The Asahi Five perform. 6-8 p.m. Free. Asahi Imports, 6105 Burnet Road. 512-453-1850. www.asahiimports.com

Sunday, Nov. 12-Monday, Nov. 13

Concert starts Salvation Army Red Kettle season
The Salvation Army’s Rock the Red Kettle ATX Concert returns for its fourth year as Cory Morrow performs. 5:30 p.m. (Sun.), 9 a.m. (Mon. shotgun start). $45 (general admission). LifeAustin Amphitheatre, 8901 W. Hwy. 71. www.rocktheredkettleatx.org

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Emma Freer

Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. In addition to reporting on local businesses, she also writes about the city's higher education community and topics such as the DACA program, local animal shelters' response to Hurricane Harvey and redistricting in Texas. She recently graduated from Columbia Journalism School.

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