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.