Keystone Korner has a weekend of concerts with Johnny O’Neal.
Keystone Korner has a weekend of concerts with Johnny O’Neal.

Thanksgiving may not be as big or close-knit this year, but there’s still a whole weekend in front of us to kick off the holiday season. So here are a few things to do, from home or at a distance. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday look a bit different this year, but there’s still a chance to support local entrepreneurs and grab a gift for relatives. Plus, check out some intriguing local jazz options, virtually.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Dog Trot: Through Nov. 27. The Baltimore Humane Society event is running virtually all Thanksgiving week. Take the pup for a walk, run or hike and snap a photo to post on social media. Ticket price and donation supports the mission of the nonprofit animal shelter.

Black Friday Pop-up Shop: 10. a.m.-7 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 27, at BrickRose Exchange. The Canton gallery hosts two shifts of local vendors with clothing, jewelry, decorated face masks and other gifts. Pre-order and curbside pickup is available.

Johnny O’Neal Trio with Warren Wolf: Nov. 27-29 at Keystone Korner. Jazz pianist Johnny O’Neal has played with Ray Brown, Milt Jackson and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. See him at the Harbor East jazz club, in-person or virtually.

Holiday Market on 32nd Street: 7 a.m.-noon on Sat., Nov. 28. Waverly Main Street is kicking off a series of mini markets for the holidays with the 32nd Street farmers market.

Small Business Saturday Holiday Market Bazaar: 11 a.m.-2 p.m on Sat., Nov. 28, virtual. Belvedere Square is organizing a showcase of local artists and makers at the market. But this year, check out their goods on Instagram to find gifts for loved ones.

Small Business Saturday Shopping Stroll: 1-5 p.m. on Sat, Nov. 28, in Federal Hill. Head over to Cross Street to peruse sidewalk shopping, where many shops will be bringing their goods outside for browsing.

BRB (Balt.Record.Bazaar) 2020: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29 at North Ave. Market. The holiday edition of the record show features DJs, food and free arcade games. The market will be at 18% capacity for the event.

The Joni Chronicles: 7 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 28 at An Die Musik. Celebrate Joni Mitchell’s 77th birthday with song in this streaming concert Vocalist Marianne Matheny-Katz leads a combo in arrangements of the singer-songwriter’s work.

Winter Village: Through Jan. 17 at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. The fifth-floor terrace at the hotel gets festive, complete with a synthetic skating rink. Plus, check out holiday decor, beverages and cabanas with fire pits for rent.

Zoo Lights: Through Jan. 3 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. This weekend marks the kickoff of a festival of lights at the Druid Hill Park zoo, with an option to drive or walk (Saturday only) to see the holiday lights. Reservations required.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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