Come Home For a Hip, Historic Holiday

Whether you have family here or are looking for a place to feel welcome, come “home” to the Charleston area for a Thanksgiving to remember.

Leave the dinner prep to someone else and spend “Thanksgiving Eve” at the Clay Center stuffing yourself with music. The Nov 21 Sound Checks concert features Purple Masquerade and local artists The Dividends. Inspired by Amy Winehouse, Lake Street Dive and Alabama Shakes, The Dividends combine elements of Alt/Rock with R&B jams for a sound all their own. Purple Masquerade pays tribute to His Royal Badness with a high-energy show featuring elaborate costumes and all Prince’s greatest hits.  Tickets are just $18.50, and seating is directly on the stage.

Work up an appetite Thanksgiving morning by participating in either the Drumstick Dash or the Hot Diggity Dog 5K. Both races support good causes: The Drumstick Dash benefits Union Mission, and the Hot Diggity Dog 5K supports Christ’s Kitchen and the Putnam County Animal Shelter. Walkers are welcome at both events and both are family friendly. Pre-registration is $25 for the Hot Diggity Dog 5K and $30 for the Drumstick Dash.

If you’d rather watch from the sidelines, don’t miss the Charleston area’s most unique sporting event, the Dunbar Commode Bowl! Celebrating 70 years, the Commode Bowl started in 1948 as a sandlot football game featuring the Hillside Rams vs the River Rats. Over the years, it has grown to include a parade. Admission to the game is canned food or monetary donations that benefit the Dunbar Food Pantry.

Spend Black Friday hitting the big box stores at Southridge, loading up on popular brands at Charleston Town Center Mall and The Shops at Kanawha, and exploring the city’s arts scene during a special Downtown ArtWalk. The next day, show our independent retailers lots of love during Small Business Saturday.

You’ll delight in Capitol Street’s quirky boutiques that offer on-trend designer labels, handmade jewelry, hard-to-find handbags, upscale consignments, mid-century modern furniture, and local art. At the other end of this very walkable street, Capitol Market offers handcrafted West Virginia gifts, wine, chocolates and other goodies the foodies on your list will love.

Across the South Side Bridge are the Bridge Road Shops, featuring specialty shoes and accessories, curated collections, and timeless styles to help you cross those hard-to-buy-for people quickly off your list. Charleston’s Elk City and East End Historic Districts offer a unique collection of local, independent retailers and even a vinyl record store or two.

Great shopping isn’t just limited to downtown Charleston, though. Throughout the valley, the downtown districts of South Charleston, Dunbar, St. Albans and Nitro offer an inviting collection of small-town main streets with unique neighborhoods full of shopping and dining options.

You also can support West Virginia businesses on Small Business Saturday at the 2018 Winter EtsyWV Market.  More than 65 Etsy shops will fill the Holiday Inn Charleston West displaying and selling their handmade, custom and vintage products just in time for the holiday! Shop for gifts or for something special for yourself. Admission is free.

Close out the weekend back at the Clay Center Sunday evening with a concert by two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz, who along with Toca Rivera, is presenting “Live in Stereo” with special guest Gregory Page. Click here to purchase tickets to Jason Mraz.