When it comes to the drinking holidays, Thanksgiving eve is arguably one of the biggest of the year. It’s no surprise, given that practically everyone has the next day off from work and is likely in the mood to celebrate. Hence the reason why pretty much every bar, tavern, and nightspot around has a party happening that night.
Such will be the case on Wednesday, November 21, at spots throughout the Valley as numerous Thanksgiving eve parties, concerts, and events are planned. The holiday itself will have several get-togethers as well as local bars and venues will be open for business in the evening.
That’s where we come in. We’ve assembled a rundown of the biggest bashes happening on Thanksgiving eve, Thanksgiving night, and even on Black Friday. Take a look our list of parties and shows and figure out where you’ll be. Oh, and don’t forget to get home safely.
Wednesday, November 21
Thanksgiving doesn’t necessarily have to mean all turkey everything. The folks at Cobra Arcade Bar, for instance, will instead offer tacos aplenty at their outdoor festival on Wednesday night. Vendors and food trucks will be set up in the parking lot, as will a variety of arcade games. DJ Javin and Aw
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Dead Hot Workshop and Pistoleros at Crescent Ballroom
Thanksgiving is all about annual traditions – and the musicians of legendary local acts Dead Hot Workshop and the Pistoleros have one that stretches back 23 years. Every Thanksgiving eve since 1995, the bands have gathered their nearest and dearest from the local scene for a “family” rock show. This year’s edition happens at the Crescent Ballroom will feature sets by both bands, as well as Banana Gun, Truckers on Speed, and the Dusty Ramblers Project. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance.
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Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving at Bottled Blonde in Scottsdale
This Scottsdale nightspot will offer holiday-themed drink specials like $6 green gobbles and cranberry mules on Wednesday night at its Thanksgiving eve affair. DJ Illmatic will be in the mix all evening. Best of all, there’s no cover.
Thanksgiving Eve at Valley Bar
Local bands Los Puchos and Nanami Ozone will perform at this 21-and-over gig in Valley Bar’s music hall on Wednesday night. The selectors from Hi-Dreams DJ Collective will also drop a variety of funk, soul, disco, and boogie records throughout the evening. Start time is 8 p.m. and admission is free.
Thanksgiving Eve Party at Paz Cantina
DJ Kris the Fist will provide the soundtrack at this Wednesday night affair at Paz. Meanwhile, the bar will be serving $2 PBR, Tecate, and Modelo beers, as well as $3 draft margaritas and $12 buckets of Bud Light and Coors Light. Signature cocktails will also be half-price all evening long. Hours are from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Pre-Thanksgiving Comedy Slam at Celebrity Theatre
Stand-up comics like Keisha Hunt, Kevin Tate, Screw, and Smokey Suarez will get folks laughing inside the Celebrity Theatre at this comedy event on Wednesday night. Pierre will host. It runs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $7-$13 and a table in the pit is $25 per person for up to four people.
Drinksgiving at Fibber Magee's Pub in Chandler
The members of local ska act 2Tone Lizard Kings will turn Thanksgiving into Skanksgiving during their annual show at Fibber Magee’s on Wednesday night. Don’t forget your
One More Time at The Van Buren
Renowned Daft Punk tribute act One More Time, who got their start here in the Valley, will go harder, faster, stronger during a special Thanksgiving eve gig at The Van Buren in downtown Phoenix. Local DJs Cormac and Sean Watson will open. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $15.
Turkey Bowl at Skylanes in Scottsdale
If you’ve ever wanted to bowl with a frozen turkey, here’s your chance. Skylanes in Scottsdale will host a Turkey Bowl event on Thanksgiving eve where patrons can frozen fowl down their lanes. No joke. After paying a $20 entry fee, patrons can roll three regular balls and then a frozen turkey. The first person who hits three strikes (also known as a “turkey” in bowling parlance) will win a $2,500
Xtra Ticket at Last Exit Live
The night before Thanksgiving at Last Exit will be more about grooves than gravy when renowned local Grateful Dead tribute act Xtra Ticket and musician Dave A’bear take the stage at the downtown Phoenix bar. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Turkey Eve Jam at Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale
Rock out with local bands The Uncommon Good, DayWeather, and special guests at this jam session. Things get going at 8 p.m. There’s a $5 cover.
Thanksgiving Pre-Parties at Sandbar Mexican Grill
Both the Chandler and Desert Ridge locations of Sandbar will serve up Thanksgiving drink specials like pumpkin pie shots, $4 Four Peaks pumpkin porter, and $5 cranberry margaritas on Wednesday night. They’ll also have DJs and dancing. Admission is free at both spots. (FYI, they’ll also be open on Thanksgiving night starting at 5 p.m.)
Thursday, November 22
Bluntsgiving at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe
The Blunt Club will bring together its nearest and dearest for a night of hip-hop jams on Thanksgiving night. Turntablists like Pickster One, Tricky T, DJ M2, Fact135, and Logan “Element” Howard will do their thing on the wheels of steel while Blunt Club founder and artist Adam “Dumperfoo” Dumper will perform live art. The needles
Jive Turkey at Valley Bar
Local musician Ryan Rousseau will don his DJ Gila Man persona and lay out a repast of funk and soul on vinyl during this Thanksgiving night affair in Valley Bar’s Rose Room. Expect special guests, adult beverages, and a lot of dancing. The music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Thnxgving at Tempe Tavern
Local bands The Woodworks, The Psychedelephants, and Ghetto Cowgirl will join forces for a post-Thanksgiving affair featuring sets from each. The music starts at 9 p.m. and there's no cover.
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Nu/Flesh at The Rebel Lounge
If your tastes are more toward darker and moodier sounds (including industrial and EBM), you’ll want to check out this dance event on Thanksgiving night at The Rebel Lounge. The duo of Xam Renn and Tristan/Iseult will be the ones selecting the sounds. Doors are at 9 p.m. on Thursday evening and admission is $5.
Thanksgiving Night Karaoke at Kobalt Bar
Kobalt will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and offer all manner of libations for those who’d like to escape their family for a few hours. The bar’s always entertaining karaoke session will begin at 9 p.m. Fabulous Phil will host. Its free to participate.
Friday, November 23
Shake! A Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party at Crescent Ballroom
Local nightlife expat and DJ extraordinaire William Reed is returning to the Valley for the holidays and will revive one of his signature dance night in honor of the occasion. Shake! makes a one-night-only return on Friday night with spins from Reed and special guests Mr. Brightside and Gabrielle Marie. Expect a curated mix of rock selections that will get you moving on the dance floor. The party starts at 11 p.m. Admission is free.
Punxgiving at Yucca Tap Room
The punk rockers of such cleverly named local bands as Crank Lab Explosion, Critical Miss, Molotov Cockroach, Brain Zap, and Barb Bitchuate will unleash three-chord thunder inside Yucca Tap’s main room on Friday night. In true punk rock fashion, the gig is free to attend. Things get going at 7 p.m.