5 Things

Thanksgiving & Black Friday & Local Business Saturday & CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS!

1. A Thanksgiving Dinner You Don’t Have to Cook

Let’s be honest. Not everyone likes to cook. And honestly, not everyone likes turkey. Also, not everyone likes family or tablecloths or napkins or eating sitting down or chewing with their mouth closed or washing their hands or bringing wine. These people should be eschewed from every celebration, but for those that just don’t feel like doing a big thing in their own house, Richmond.com has curated a nice list of restaurants that are staying open to help you cope.

2. Bizarre Market Holiday 2014

Start your holiday shopping off with an explosion! An artisanal and crafty explosion! It’ll explode in small batches! Stop by Chop Suey for the Bizarre Market Holiday to pick up some wares that are a great fit for that sibling who has everything and doesn’t hesitate to throw it in your poor, dissatisfied face. 

  • Through December 24th • see flier for times
  • Chop Suey Books, 2913 W. Cary Street
  • Bring those Black Friday dollaz!

3. Video Fan Riot with a Bunch of Bands

If you like puns or if you love VHSes…or if you just like Hardywood beer and want to have a good time…the Video Fan Riot is the place for you this Saturday! The employees of the long-running but currently-suffering video store are getting all their bands together and playing a show for you, you sell-out Netflix user. Come help out a cause. (Wait a second. WHO WILL BE MANNING THE STORE?)

  • Saturday, November 29th • 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Hardywood Park Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane
  • Free to attend. A silent auction and a portion of beer sales will go towards protecting the store.

4. Do So Much Thinking, Shopping, and Buying Local

Saturday is the Think.Shop.Buy.Local day! Or is it #thinkshopbuylocal. Or is it Think! Shop! Buy! And DO IT LOCALLY! Anyway. If you buy things at participating local businesses, you will have the chance to win some money! Snap a pic, hashtag that ish, or just fill out a form. Plus, you won’t have to deal with those awful-sounding 3am sales at Kohl’s or wherever the day before.

  • Saturday, November 29th • until shops close!
  • See site for participating shops
  • However much you’re willing to spend

5. Give Into Christmas

Now is the time to allow Christmas into your heart and home! Even if you don’t celebrate the thing, it’ll be all around for the next month, so it’s time to relax and accept the beautiful sounds and delicious flavors that go along with it. The Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Holiday Festival of Music is a Richmond holiday staple in its 23rd year, featuring the Cathedral Choir and the Richmond Symphony! Carols and singalongs and a gorgeous venue! It’s the most wonderful time of the etc.!

  • Monday, December 1st • 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 8 S. Cathedral Place
  • $40

Photo by: JD Hancock

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