It’s known as the “biggest night-out” of the year; partly in that the entire nation is given the next day off to recoup over a 20-lb turkey and a round-table of extended family you’re “thankful” for only sharing thanks with once a year. That’s right, I’m talking Thanksgiving Eve and all of the bar crawling, turkey stuffing and Black Friday shopping in between. Every year we endure the same old traditions brought on by American history textbooks and national retail endorsements, but this year, this year we’re breaking the trend.
Here’s a guide to some alternative holiday weekend plans to consider if visiting Southeastern MA:
Fall River - 5th Annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash - Trio Restaurant presents an evening of dance and drink at the Cultural Center, in the heart of Fall River’s Historic Downtown District, at 205 South Main St., Fall River, MA. Once a religious center, the Cultural Center is now the premiere function hall in Fall River. Musical guests holding down the sets for this event include DJ Bobby Morning and DJ B Real. Dress to impress; doors open at 9p. Tickets sold at the door. This is a 21+ event.
Raynham – The Great American Pub Reunion - What’s a great American story of thanks without a great American pub! Get to 1736 Broadway, Rte. 138 in Raynham, MA to gather with old friends and former classmates for a Thanksgiving reunion like no other at the Great American Pub’s newly renovated lounge. And if the turkey didn’t stuff ya, make sure to head to the Great American Pub on Thursday, Nov 27 at 7p for pizza and appetizers.
New Bedford – Culture NB Dance Party – Rocksteady Productions has done it again, bringing another Culture NB event that’s sure to rock the house. This is a FREE dance party happening upstairs in the Tabor Room of Cork Wine and Tapas, 90 Front St., New Bedford, MA. Musical set by Nick Bishop kicks off at 10p and weekend drink specials will be flowing.
Attleboro – Cassey’s Sports Bar – Cassey’s brings you the best of both worlds this Thanksgiving Eve with live music by My Cousins’ Band, and DJ Poole will be spinning today’s top 40 hits! Doors open at 2p until 2a. Also, don’t miss out on Friendsgiving on Thursday, Nov 27 at 7p. Music provided by DeeJay Screwloose. Cassey’s Sports Bar is located on 220 Oneill Blvd., Attleboro, MA.
Fall River – Room Full of Blues at the Narrows - The Narrows Center for the Arts is offering the perfect alternative to the “Pre-Turkey Day” bar crawl. A Room Full of Blues will be playing at the venue Wednesday, November 26. Show starts at 8p, doors open at 7p. The Narrows Center for the Arts is a BYOB venue. Tickets can still be purchased at http://tickets.narrowscenter.org/.
Westport – Brewery Stroll – Saturday, Nov 29, 11a-7p Buzzards Bay Brewing, Silverbrok Farm, Runaway Farm and Apponegansett Farm will host the Brewery Stroll at 98 Horseneck Rd., Westport, MA. Enjoy food by Fancheezical Food Truck, Smoke & Pickles and a raw bar by Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farm, and of course, fresh brewed Buzzards Bay Ales. There will be gift basket giveaways loaded with local goodies, and who could miss the highly anticipated Christmas Ale unveiling. The Brewer’s Garden tree lighting will take place at 4:30p followed by a roaring fire at the fire pit. Next door at Westport Rivers Winery you can enjoy their annual Open House, featuring games for the kiddies, free vineyard hayrides, and the infamous HayPit.
Small Business Saturday – Wherever you are in the region this holiday season, be sure to stop by our local small business and shops all around the county for Small Business Saturday. Avoid the lines and parking lot nightmares of national retailers and malls, and make sure to show your support for the community while nailing that perfect gift you couldn’t find anywhere else but in Southeastern MA.