Best known in the States for ’80s hits “The Killing Moon” and “Lips Like Sugar,” the influential post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen, formed in Liverpool in 1978, returns to Boston. Led by original members Ian McCulloch (vocals) and Will Sergeant (guitar), the band is on an international tour backing its latest album, The Stars, the Oceans & the Moon, released in October. At the Orpheum Theatre at 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. crossroadspresents.com
Deal at the Zoo
Get some fresh air and burn some Thanksgiving calories at Half-Price Day at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Learn about conservation at an education station, try your hand at arts and crafts, and quiz zookeepers about the animals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discount applies only to same-day tickets bought in person, and admission ends at 3:30. Franklin Park: Adults $9.98, ages 2-12 $6.98, under 2 free; Stone $1 less. zoonewengland.org
Link up with fellow nerds and friends to build a colossal contraption at the MIT Museum’s Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction. Kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson will be on the scene to help teams connect their creations so a rolling ball can complete the loop. Participate or watch at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants $12; spectators $15, $12.50 in advance; ages 5-18 $5; under 5 free. mitmuseum.mit.edu
Just for Laughs
Since breaking out on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in the mid-’90s, Mike Epps has found success in film, TV, and music while staying close to his stand-up-comedy roots. A costar of the Hangover movies, Next Friday and its sequel, and Girls Trip — with a Richard Pryor biopic in the works — Epps brings his act to The Wilbur at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. $45. thewilbur.com
Shop ’Til You . . .
Get in the spirit of Small Business Saturday at the fourth annual Greater Ashmont Holiday Pop-Up Market. Check out themed gifts from the Dorchester Historical Society, wreaths from a local Girl Scout troop, Spring Brook Farm fresh produce, and more. Start at the Ashmont T stop and make your way to Peabody Square to hear the Boston City Singers and see the annual tree lighting. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. bostonmainstreets.orgShare your event news. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least four weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter @BostonGlobeMag.