Things to do in Wilkes-Barre this weekend

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‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving. Varies. Thanksgiving is for family, but the night before Thanksgiving is for friends and downtown Wilkes-Barre establishments are out-dealing each other to be your go-to destination. Rodano’s and its sister bar Franklin’s will be open from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and will feature $2 Bud Light, $3 Pinnacle mixers and $3 SoCo or Fireball shots all night. Rodano’s is located at 39 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. At 219 S. Main St., Ali Baba Liquor Lounge will also open at 9 p.m. with happy hour specials including $2 mixers, $4 Hennessy or Ciroc shots and $3 draft pitchers from until midnight.

Black Friday Brunch. Varies. River Grille opens at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25 with a full brunch/lunch menu, $4 Bloody Mary drinks and fresh squeezed mimosas. The restaurant’s 670 N. River St., Plains location lies just off the Wilkes-Barre/Plains exit on Route 309, making it an easy stop for local shoppers who need a drink after fighting over that last NES Classic Edition. For more information, call 570-208-1282.

Virginia bands on The Other Side. $10. Richmond, Va. bands Naysayer and Break Away will be joined by Philadelphia’s Hell to Pay and Wilkes-Barre bands Maniac and One Step Closer for a 7 p.m. Nov. 26 event at The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Entry is $10 at the door and the show is all ages. For more information, call 570-970-9570.

Holiday Craft Show. $5. American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 22nd Annual Holiday Craft show will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at Kingston Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. $5 adult tickets benefit the organization, while kids younger than 12 are admitted free (parking is free too). The show features more than 150 vendors with wares like jewelry, pet clothing, human clothing, sweets and more. For more information, call 570-823-7161.