This is the week when holidays collide: As soon as the Thanksgiving gatherings are done, it is time for holiday shopping, glowing lights, festive music and Christmas trees. But there are other things to do: karaoke and happy hours the night before Thanksgiving, ice skating at outdoor rinks, special cocktails at ever 85 bars during D.C. Cocktail Week, and even a “Divorced Dad Rock Dance Party.”
Wednesday, Nov. 22
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Live Band Karaoke at Hill Country
From Taylor Swift to Hank Williams Jr. and Olivia Rodrigo to the Violent Femmes, the Hari Karaoke Band plays decades worth of hits in the basement of Hill Country while audience members take the stage and belt out the lyrics. With more than 500 songs in their repertoire, there is something for everyone to love, which is why the signup list fills very quickly. Buy tickets in advance, and put your name and song down before getting in line for the bar. 8:30 p.m. $6.
Friendsgiving Event at Shelter Beer
The bar at the Roost food hall is giving beer lovers something to be thankful for: a dozen beers available for $5 all day. Among the breweries participating are Creature Comforts, Fast Fashion, Suarez Family, Halfway Crooks, Other Half and the Veil. We will happily take seconds. Noon. Free.
‘The Last Waltz’ at Boundary Stone
The Band recorded “The Last Waltz” at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day 1976. At Boundary Stone, the welcoming pub in Brookland, it has become a tradition to watch that concert film on Thanksgiving Eve. The film plays with full sound throughout the restaurant and bar. Reservations are available, or hang at the bar and sing along. 8 p.m. Free.
‘The Night Before’ at the Black Cat
From 2000 until the early 2010s, Mousetrap was a staple at the Black Cat: a dance party playing Blur, the Smiths, Belle and Sebastian, the Stone Roses and other classic Britpop and indie rock classics that you could sing along to while spinning around with your friends. Founder Mark Zimin and DJ Steven Faith bring the nostalgia and, we bet, “Common People” back to the Red Room bar. 8 p.m. Free.
Turkey Dance Bowl at Public Bar
The Turkey Dance Bowl, organized by the groups behind the popular Bachata Brunch and Salsa Con Candela dance parties at Public Bar, kicks off with classes in bachata at 7 p.m. then salsa at 8 p.m. before a live performance by Ferocity and three DJs spinning until 4 a.m. 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. $10.
Happy Hour at the Runaway
Rocking Brookland hangout the Runaway cuts draft prices in half every weeknight from 5 to 7 p.m., but the night before Thanksgiving, the special is extended all night. Also promised is “a movie!!” 5 to 10 p.m. Free.
Wingsgiving at Union Pub
Union Pub expands its usual Wing Wednesday happy hour to run for eight hours. Buy two drinks, and you unlock 40 cent wings. Your first order has to have a minimum of 10 wings. Subsequent rounds can be in multiples of five. 1 to 9 p.m. Free.