Before area residents celebrate with family and turkey, many opt to head downtown to meet with friends on Thanksgiving eve.
One of the biggest nights of the year for many venues and bars is tonight. So, those who head to downtown Jamestown and the surrounding area are set to find plenty of entertaining options from which to choose.
One option is Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown, which is set to host We Speak Canadian beginning at 10 p.m.
In addition, Shawbucks Press Room Family Restaurant and Entertainment Facility, which has been redesigned to meet the needs of the community, will celebrate the opening of its multi-use dining room called the Chameleon Room. The room will be open to the public beginning at 9 p.m., and food will be served from a late-night menu.
According to Kurt Johnson, owner of Shawbucks, Thanksgiving eve is a time to get friends together to catch up on old times as well as find out what's new.
"It's all about bringing the people of the community together to relax and unwind with friends," Johnson said. "We Speak Canadian is a good choice for live music because the band speaks to all ages, and will create an environment that supports the golden rule of treating people the way you want to be treated - it's happy-go-lucky music. My recommendation is to line up a designated driver and come early."
Shawbucks will also host DJ Fish on Friday at 10 p.m., and Two For Flinching on Saturday at 10 p.m. For more information, call 487-2201 or search for Shawbucks on Facebook.
For those who tend to hit multiple locations throughout the evening, there will be much more going on around downtown and the surrounding area.
The Labyrinth Press Co., 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown, is set to host an evening of open-mike comedy beginning at 9 p.m. Brazil, the craft brewery located above Labyrinth Press Co. is also set to be open until midnight.
Alex Kates is set to perform at Yesterday's Lounge, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood, beginning at 9 p.m.
Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman, will host DJ Griz for a Thanksgiving eve party beginning at 9 p.m. Murdock's also has events planned for 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, including Center Stage Karaoke and the Sweet Ass Cream Corn band.
The Q Sports Bar and Nightclub will be open during Thanksgiving eve, and it will also host The Black Friday Blackout party with glow sticks, tubes and more beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday.
There are several other entertaining opportunities planned for shortly after Thanksgiving, including appearances by Donna The Buffalo, Smackdab and Slip Madigan.
The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, 319 W. Third St., will host its Wits 'n Giggles comedy series Friday at 7 p.m. with Quinn Patterson and Mike Moses.
Donna The Buffalo is set to perform tunes from its new album, "Tonight, Tomorrow And Yesterday," at the Herman Kent Post 777 American legion at 8 p.m. Friday. In addition to Donna The Buffalo, the show will also feature Amanda Barton and Bill Ward. The event is for those age 21 and older. Tickets can be ordered from John Streed of Blue Moon Management, at 499-9638 or online at www.broken-glass-production.com.
The Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown, is also set to host the Ruckus band from 8:30-11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Mojo's is set to host two shows over Thanksgiving weekend. Slip Madigan is set to appear on Friday at 10 p.m. Then on Saturday, Smackdab and Winslow will celebrate Funksgiving with a party at Mojo's beginning at 10 p.m.
Mojo's is located at 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 720-4621 or search for "Mojo's" on Facebook.
Also on Saturday, the Active Artists Alliance will celebrate its ninth anniversary with a show and party featuring art, music, poetry and more.
The show is set to run from 6-11 p.m. at the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center, 119-121 W. Third St. For more information, search for "Active Artists Alliance Nine Year Anniversary" on Facebook or visit www.activeartist.org.