Bakersfield, you know the drill: The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest going-out nights of the year. And unlike the amateur hour that can be New Year's Eve — when everybody thinks they need to party — T-Day Eve is for those who know who to see, what to listen to and where to drink.
For those new to the game (returning college freshman and those new to town), we have a few tips courtesy of columnist Cesareo Garasa along with some event options if you and the crew can't make up your minds.
• Formulate a game plan before going out.
• Charge your phone or have a portable charger.
• Have drinks waiting at home if you're still in the mood to imbibe; don't wait until five minutes before 2 a.m. for a Hail Mary booze run.
• Treat bartenders, staff, drivers and other people with courtesy, class and respect.
• If you've indulged, make sure to call a driver to get you and any loved ones home. Rates spike after closing time, so try to get a driver before last call.
You can always hit up Old Town Kern or your favorite local watering hole but those seeking something special can check out these shindigs.
The Annual Night B4 Thanksgiving Jam: A well-known annual tradition featuring Mento Buru, Velorio and DJ Editt. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Elements Venue, 3401 Chester Ave. Must be 21 and older to attend; early arrival is suggested. $10-$20. eventbrite.com. 859-7503.
Eat, Drink, and Be Thankful!: Featuring games for the whole family along with happy hour drink specials for loved ones and parents and appetizers starting at $3.99. Runs from 4 p.m. to midnight at The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. Free but reservations are recommended at 587-3801. riverlakesgc.com/dining/upcoming.
Country Deluxe with Lauren Victoria: Classic country music performed by Vince Galindo on vocals, Kyle Appleton on guitar, Dave Wulfekuehler on drums and Justin McWilliams on bass, performing classic country music (mostly prior to 1980) concentrating on Buck, Merle, George, Waylon and Johnny. Starts at 9 p.m. Sandrini’s Pub, 1918 Eye St. $5; must be 21 and over to attend.
Groovestock 2017: An all-ages night of great music, friends and family and all to raise money for homeless youth through the United Way's Protect ReGive, featuring performances by The Left Coast Groovies (with The Left Coast Horns and Friends), The Byrom Bros, Foster Campbell and Deep Waters (basically a smaller version of Foster Campbell and Friends) CD release party, Warfield, Olen Taylor and The North Forty and Neutrick. 7 p.m. at Lengthwise: the Pub, 2900 Calloway Drive. Free, but donations accepted.
ThanksGroovin' Eve Reunion Party: Marco Reyes (of War) and friends along with DJ Nick V will bring the jams. Doors open at 8 p.m. with tacos served at midnight, Centro 18 Latin Steakhouse, 1517 18th St. $10 in advance (at Centro 18 or Marco's Hair & Nail Salon, 1925 K St.); $15 the day of show. 493-0177.
Sudden Heroes Project benefit concert: This free event will feature performances by Gregor Ross, Rick Russell and Victor Sanz along with a silent auction, raffle, food and drinks. Proceeds will aid a documentary being made about the Las Vegas shooting in October. Shows are at 6 and 8 p.m., Temblor Brewing Co., 3200 Buck Owens Blvd. Free but donations accepted.
The Mark Thanksgiving Eve '80s Rock Show Extravaganza: Revisit your past (or the era made hot again by "Stranger Things") with Glam Cobra. Starts at 9 p.m. at The Mark Restaurant, 1623 19th St. 322-7665.