Your Local Thanksgiving Guide: From Thanksgiving Eve to Good Deeds

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It’s that time of year to feast and give thanks for all that we have. Around town, there will be many other ways to complete your Thanksgiving holiday, from meeting up with old friends on Thanksgiving Eve, to burning off that meal with a run, to gathering for a community dinner on the big day, or volunteering your time to help feed others.

Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 22, kicks off this holiday of indulging, with libations before digging into that turkey. Several local watering holes are having drink specials, DJs and bands for the special night.

Live music will be in full swing on Thanksgiving Eve. If you want to spend your evening on the bay, Bungalow Bar’s kitchen will be open, serving up your favorite comfort foods, while a special Thanksgiving Eve Trivia night will kick off at 7 p.m., with a DJ to follow. Next door, Thai Rock will have live music by Killer Joe’s Lido Soul Quarter starting at 9 p.m. In Arverne, Rockaway Brewing Company will be rocking with the sounds of Big Squid starting at 8 p.m.

For those heading to Breezy Point, some may want to catch Americana band BreezyGrass at the Sugar Bowl starting at 7:30 p.m. Others may choose the BayHouse to catch Solshyne rock out starting at 8 p.m. Kennedy’s may also be a good choice to grab some grub before a full day of cooking.

Some local establishments will make people want to break out those dance moves with DJ music and drink specials. Community House has a full lineup of DJs including DJ Cash, DJ Mikey and DJ Shamrock starting at 10 p.m. Note that a dress code will be enforced and a 21 and up New York State ID will be required to get in. At Healy’s Pub, DJ Kuff will start the party at 8 p.m. Healy’s will also be open for Thanksgiving Day and a buffet will be served in the afternoon for customers. Starting at 10 p.m., Brendan’s Bar will feature DJ Gary, while Kieran and Shawn host the party. There will be specials for $4 Fireball shots. Don’t forget that your summer bar, Connolly’s opens for the night, starting at 7 p.m. and DJ Matt Finley will be spinning the tunes while you sip your frozen. Some other choices for the night are Rogers, The Wharf, Jamesons, Epstein’s and Kerry Hills.

Want to prepare for the upcoming feast? Go for a run on Thanksgiving morning. The Breezy Point Turkey Trot 5K kicks off from the Sugar Bowl at 9:30 a.m. and the one-miler starts at 9:40 a.m. Show up a bit early to register for $5. Runners are also encouraged to bring a canned good as a donation for the local soup kitchen.

Need a meal on Thanksgiving? The community is here for you, and volunteers are welcome to help. We Care New York is hosting its annual Thanksgiving lunch at St. Camillus Springman Hall (180 Beach 100th Street) this year. The event goes from noon until 2 p.m. Anyone can come for a meal, or show up to volunteer. Set up starts at 10 a.m. For more information about volunteering or cooking, contact Marissa Bernowitz at 347-913-5664. St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church (1920 New Haven Ave) is also hosting a meal around noon with the help of The Graybeards. Anyone interested in cooking can contact Jim Mullen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and if you’d like to help serve, call Jose Velez at 718-637-7197. Giving the Gift of Love, Inc. is also hosting a free meal from noon until 2 p.m. at 433A Beach 40th Street, across from the community center.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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