Thanksgiving is officially here thus kicking off the holiday season. It is now time to show extra love to our friends and family, so drag them out to one of these events or get them a nice gift at a local shop this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. With no shortage of events this weekend, spend time with the kids, hangout with friends on Thanksgiving Eve, or make a wonderful memory with a family member. The question isn't what event to attend, but who will you bring along?
Wednesday, November 21st:
Kids Arts and Crafts Night at Downtown 234 Gallery
Kids ages 5 to 10 are welcome to participate in a holiday craft at Downtown 234 Gallery. From 3:30-5:30pm the children will be crafting their very own placemats—all materials will be provided. Tickets are available via
Eventbrite. 234 York St.
Dranksgiving: Annual Thanksgiving Eve Party at LITM
Party at LITM this Thanksgiving Eve because they've got beer and a shot specials all night long. Food will be served until 11pm, and the specials don't stop at the drinks. Wings (both chicken and tofu) are $7.
140 Newark Ave.
Live Performance by Answer Infinity at South House
Swing by South House on Thanksgiving Eve for live music by progressive rock band Answer Infinity. The show starts at 8pm.
149 Newark Ave.
No Playlist at Lucky 7
Turn up at Lucky 7 on Thanksgiving Eve! The music selection is sure to please any group of friends with eclectic taste. DJ Grundle and DJ Dangerous DaveDJ will be spinning punk, soul, brit-pop, and rock 'n roll on real vinyl!
322 2nd St.
4th Birthday at Porta
Celebrate the start of Thanksgiving weekend and Porta's 4th birthday all in one from 10pm-2am. There will be 9 DJs spinning tonight, plus drink specials, giveaways, and more! Definitely a great time to be had here. 135 Newark Ave.
Live Bluegrass at The Archer
Every Wednesday night The Archer features live bluegrass music group the Go Bailers from 7:30-10:30pm. This Wednesday there will be even more special guest performing. Stop in for some delicious bar fair and amazing cocktails.
176 Newark Ave.
Thursday, November 22nd:
Thanksgiving Dinner at Satis Bistro
Satis Bistro will be open and serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 3-8pm. The regular menu will be available along with a pre-fixe turkey dinner. The pre-fixe includes a choice of soup or salad, the main entree (turkey and stuffing) and dessert.
212 Washington St.
Thanksgiving for the Community at Hard Grove
PACO Inc. and The Hard Grove Restaurant have teamed up to bring a Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need this holiday season. A hot meal will be served from 10am to 2pm on Thanksgiving Day. If you know anyone who could benefit from this please pass it along. For more information or to volunteer call (201) 963-8827 or
email. 284 First St.
Open your mind and your heart. There is no better day than Thanksgiving to give meditation a try (or to partake in group meditation if you already practice it.) Sattva Yoga is hosting a 1-hour guided meditation on the evening of Thanksgiving from 8-9pm.
523 Palisade Ave.
Friday, November 23rd:
Great Barrier Reef Opens at The Liberty Science Center
Can't afford to hop a plane across the world? No problem! The Great Barrier Reef is coming to the Giant Dome Theater at LSC from Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 25th. Witness the astounding beauty of one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and learn about the ongoing efforts to protect it. And if the aquatic scene is not for you, Pandas, a story of a panda raised in captivity discovering the wild, will be playing on the same dates. For ticket information and show time visit the Liberty Science Center's
website. 222 Jersey City Blvd.
Black Friday at Iris Records
Iris Records is celebrating the holiday season and National Record Store Day all weekend long with 15% off everything. The sale kicks off this Black Friday, and lining up outside is discouraged. The store is fully stocked with new and secondhand vinyl.
114 Brunswick St.
Saturday, November 24th:
Small Business Saturday
Get out and support your local businesses this Saturday! Many local boutiques will be offering sales, discounts and specials. Kanibal & Co. has teamed up with Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock and Rye to offer complimentary cocktails for their shoppers along with 10% off your purchase and a sale on holiday items. Hazel Baby & Kids, Tah Vintage, Another Man's Treasure, WORD, and many more are participating. Find out what your favorite store is offering and get that holiday shopping started.
Sunday, November 25th:
Latin Jazz Brunch at Atlas Public House
If you missed the mark on Friendsgiving, you can also do brunch! Enjoy both breakfast and lunch fair while listening to the smooth sounds of Latin Jazz. This happens every Sunday from 12-3pm.
130 Newark Ave.
NFL Sundays at VB3
The Super Bowl will be here before you know it, and then we will have to wait until next fall for that sacred tradition of Football Sunday. This Football Sunday (or every Football Sunday—we don't judge) head to VB3 for some crazy specials like $5 build your own bloody marys, $12 Bud Light and Yuengling towers, a $3 "Shot of the Day" and more!
475 Washington Blvd.
Kaitlyn De Leonardis
Jersey City born,
Kait loves how the city has flourished since her childhood, and the fact that she can now enjoy it as an adult. She can often be found running by the waterfront, in the local vintage shops or killing it on the foosball table at South House. Her hobbies include brunch, shopping, and Instagram. What like those aren't hobbies? Follow her outfits and antics @outfittedand_about!