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20 Places to Party During Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend offers tons of drinking and dancing, y'all.EXPAND
Thanksgiving weekend offers tons of drinking and dancing, y'all.
Benjamin Leatherman
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The night before Thanksgiving is traditionally considered one of the biggest drinking occasions of the year – and with good reason.

Many people have the next day off from work. Many also have family and friends visiting that they’d either like bend elbows with or escape from entirely. Others just want to let loose.

Thanksgiving night also sees plenty of partying, as well as folks want to celebrate after their big meal, if for no other reason than to shake off the food coma or work off all those calories.

Whatever the reason, there will be plenty of folks out and about during the holiday weekend, which kicks off on Wednesday, November 22.

We’ve assembled the following roundup of parties and nightlife events taking place on Thanksgiving Eve, but it also includes a number of shindigs on T-Day itself and even Black Friday.

British-born DJ and producer Michael Hooker.EXPAND
British-born DJ and producer Michael Hooker.
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Re:Sound Music’s Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 22
Melinda’s Alley

Michael Hooker of Re:Sound Music will spend the night before Thanksgiving spinning deep, melodic house music along with several fellow DJs. According to Hooker, it’s also the final Re:Sound Music dance party of 2017 and the lineup will include sets by Orenda, LUVr, Nikolas, and HoodyHoo. Doors are at 9 p.m. Tickets are $11.42 and you’d better get ‘em fast since it promises to be a sellout.

Groove Candy Pre-Thanksgiving Party
Wednesday, November 22
Wasted Grain in Scottsdale

Turntable jocks Madd Rich and DJ M2 will spin hip-hop classics, R&B neo-soul, reggae, and other sounds inside the 100 Proof Lounge during this Thanksgiving Eve edition of Groove Candy. Local rapper Pokafase will host the party, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Free admission before 11 p.m. if you RSVP by calling 480-243-2953 or e-mailing RSVPgroovecandy@gmail.com.

Thanksgiving Pre-Party
Tuesday, November 22
Cactus Jack’s in Ahwatukee

The night prior to Thanksgiving at Cactus Jack’s will be about grooves instead of gravy when members of local Grateful Dead tribute acts Xtra Ticket and The Noodles team up for a special show. Led Zeppelin tribute band Zeppapotapuss will open the evening. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.

Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 22
Lustre Rooftop Bar

The pre-Thanksgiving festivities at Lustre will include DJs, dancing, and drinks, as well as a variety of prizes and giveaways. The party runs from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

Thanksgiving Pre-Parties
Wednesday, November 22
Sandbar Mexican Grill

Both Sandbar location will offer a variety of drink specials on Thanksgiving Eve – including $3 pumpkin pie shots, $5 cranberry margaritas, and $4 pumpkin porter. DJs will spin dance tracks all night for anyone who’d like to shake a tailfeather. Both spots open at 11 a.m. and the festivities begin at 8 p.m. No cover.

Blunt Club resident Pickster One doing what he does best.EXPAND
Blunt Club resident Pickster One doing what he does best.
Benjamin Leatherman

The Blunt Club's Bluntsgiving
Tuesday, November 22
Yucca Tap Room

The turntablists, rappers, and artists behind the Valley’s longest-running hip-hop night will lay out a repast of beats and rhymes during the annual Bluntsgiving celebration on Tuesday, November 22, at Yucca Tap. Blunt Club’s longtime resident DJ, Pickster One, will be joined on the ones and twos by Logan “Element” Howard, Stelynne, and Reflekshin. The records roll starting at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

RB Deep feat. Sandra Collins
Wednesday, November 22
Bar Smith

Superstar spinstress Sandra Collins returns to the city where she got her start as a DJ Thanksgiving Eve edition of house night RB Deep. Opening sets will be served up by Norris Division and the duo of Turner and Heit. The event, which takes place on Bar Smith’s rooftop, starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Thanksgiving Eve
Wednesday, November 22
Hula's Modern Tiki

Hula’s locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix will have and all-day/all-night happy hour featuring custom cocktails, an island-style menu, and music. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 22
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

A high-style spread will be served up at this resort’s annual Thanksgiving Eve event. DJ Jen Jones will provide the soundtrack while specialty cocktails and tapas will be available for purchase. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Thanksgiving Eve Celebration
Wednesday, November 22
RnR in Scottsdale

DJs will be spinning tunes all evening long and drink specials like $8 Jack O-Blast Shots and $9 Crown Royal Cocktails will be offered throughout the day at RnR. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.

Black Bottom LightersEXPAND
Black Bottom Lighters
Cory Davis

Wednesday, November 22
The Rebel Lounge

Holiday fundraisers don’t have to be corny or hokey, as evidenced by this Thanksgiving Eve show benefiting UMOM. Local rock bands Black Bottom Lighters and Radiofix will perform and opening sets will be provided by W.A.S.H. and Sam Wiley. Patrons can name their own admission price, which will range from $1-$100, and proceeds will go to the charity. Doors are at 7:30 p.m.

Fayuca Rizing Fest
Wednesday, November 22
Helio Basin Brewing Co.

This self-described "festival of beer and music" will feature performances by Fayuca and eight other local acts on two stages, activities and games, vendors, and a number of brews for sale. The live music lineup will include sets by Ben Anderson, Fairy Bones, A.C Rigz, Jam Now, Haley Green, The Banter, Bear Ghost, and Fayuca. The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

A Night to Fernet About
Wednesday, November 22

You can partake in specialty cocktails and reverse happy hour prices in Crudo’s bar area starting at 9 p.m. during its Thanksgiving Eve festivities. Admission is free.

Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 22
The Cabin in Peoria

DJ DU will be in the mix and a slew of drink deals will be offered at this celebration. Specials include 12-ounce drafts of Bud and Bud Light for $2 from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by $2 domestic drafts, $3 well drinks and house wines, and $4 Three Olives vodka cocktails from 10 p.m. until close. The party starts at 8 p.m.

Jive Turkey
Thursday, November 23
Valley Bar

Local DJs Gila Man and Mitch Freedom are the dudes behind this Thanksgiving night dance party, which will feature them spinning funk and soul records throughout the evening. The 21-and-over affair starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

DJ Xam Renn
DJ Xam Renn
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Nu/Flesh: Thanksgiving Hex
Thursday, November 23
The Rebel Lounge

Not every celebration happening on Thanksgiving will be warm, cheery, or bright. Case in point: this dark and doomy dance party at The Rebel Lounge that will feature goth, death rock, post-punk, dark wave, and industrial tracks being blasted by DJs Xam Renn and Tristan. The gloomy fun starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $5.

Thanksgiving Party
Thursday, November 23
Denim & Diamonds in Mesa

Dust off your wranglers and climb aboard the mechanical bull at this East Valley honky-tonk on Thanksgiving night. The cowboy and cowgirl who can stay on the longest will win $250 in cash. D&D will also have drinks, line-dancing, and other country comforts. 8 p.m. Cover charge varies.

Friday, November 24
The Grid in Mesa

We’re not quite sure what exactly will happen at this post-Thanksgiving nightlife event, owing to the fact its Facebook page is littered with a variety of weird jokes and odd statements (“All who do not attend are bourgousie [sic] pigs and will be sent to the gulag”).

We're willing to guess it will involve a fun mix of memes, drinks, dancing, more memes, video games, pinball, and other shenanigans. It all starts at 8 p.m. Call 480-621-8088 for cover info.

Tempe Art A Gogh-Gogh
Friday, November 24
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

Just like other shopping centers throughout the Valley, Danelle Plaza in Tempe is going to be packed with people on Black Friday. Their reason for being there, however, won’t be to duke it out for deals, but rather to partake in the music and culture of the latest edition of Tempe Art A Gogh-Gogh.

Bands and DJ will perform at many of the shops at the plaza during the event. Legendary turntablist DJ Swamp, for instance, will do his thing in the Yucca Tap’s main room. A few doors down, Schux Famicom will be spinning at Double Nickels while FiftyOne West will host bands like T.O.S.O., Sky Mall, and Wayward Son. Everything kicks off at 7 p.m. Admission is free at most shops while the show at FiftyOne West is $5.

Black Friday Party
Friday, November 24
Valley Bar

There won’t be any fistfights or frantic behaviors at this Black Friday affair, just funk, soul, and a variety of grooves. Local bands House of Stairs, There is Danger, and Soul Remainders will all perform and DJ Vex of Afroheat will be behind the decks. Start time is 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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