We are in the awkward time between Halloween and Thanksgiving. So you know what that means? It’s time for a reset. This week is all about you and your routine. The holiday season can get so stressful with all the cooking, family in town, events to go to and so much more. Get ahead on self-care and rejuvenation so when your least favorite relative comes for the holidays, you’ll be ready to tackle anything they have to say about you.
From a beer pairing class to plein air painting, this week there are a ton of activities to help you celebrate and prepare for one week closer to the holidays.
Whether you’re cooking a whole Thanksgiving meal for the family and are looking for drink pairings or are looking for the perfect brew for gameday, the best place to be is Alewife Beer School. Throughout the hour and a half long class, learn all the beer basics that will help you the next time you are craving a cold brewski. 6:30 p.m. $30. Alewife Beer School: 1023 Park St. Jacksonville, FL 32204; facebook.com
Fortune Child is the perfect mix of all things music. They are everything you could want from a modern blues rock band. Help them start their tour off right with their show at Underbelly. 7 p.m. $10. Underbelly: 113 East Bay St. Jacksonville, FL 32202; fortunechildmusic.com // @fortunechildmusic
Treat yourself to amazing Thai food at JAX Cooking Studio – and the best part – you can make it at home too. Learn how to cook plant based Thai food at this Thursday night cooking class. The menu features mouthwatering dishes like Thai mango salad, spicy Thai noodles and much more. 6:30 p.m. $75; JAX Cooking Studio: 14035 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224; jaxcookingstudio.com // @jaxcookingstudio
What better way to kick-off the weekend than a concert. Oh, and did we mention the band is Grammy award winning? The SteelDrivers are coming from Nashville and playing their iconic bluegrass music for us right here in Jacksonville. Grab your tickets before they sell out! 8 p.m. $39+. Florida Theatre: 128 E Forsyth St #300 Jacksonville, FL 32202; floridatheatre.com // @floridatheatre
Join the Museum of Science and History for a two day experience centered around Native American art and culture. All day participate in activities like drum lessons, discussion panels, frybread cooking demos and more. 10 a.m. $10+. Museum of Science and History: 1025 Museum Cir. Jacksonville, FL 32207; themosh.org // @moshjax
Let’s take a trip down candy cane lane. At Sweet Pete’s Candy you can learn how to make everyone’s favorite holiday treat/decor. During this sweet class, make and enjoy at least four candy canes. 3:30 p.m. $16.50. Sweet Pete’s Candy: 400 N Hogan St. Jacksonville, FL 32202; sweetpetescandy.com // @sweetpetescandy
While it is November, we live in the south, so dress up in your favorite Florida-style fall clothes and take to this en plein air painting class. For one hour, learn how to watercolor paint in nature. No experience necessary! 12 p.m. $5+. MOCA Jacksonville: 333 North Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202; mocajacksonville.unf.edu/ // @mocajax
James T. Kirk is escaping space and coming down to earth for one night only. Watch a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and then see actor William Shatner live on stage. Hear his first-hand experiences and behind-the-scene stories from his time in Hollywood. 7 p.m. $43.25+ Florida Theatre: 128 E Forsyth St #300 Jacksonville, FL 32202;. floridatheatre.com // @floridatheatre
November is all about giving thanks and spending time with friends and family – but secretly we all know it’s really about pumpkins. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin everything. Now, you can make your pumpkin treat – spiced pumpkin pecan butter. Learn how to make this mouthwatering spread that’s perfect for any holiday party. 9 a.m. $35. Jacksonville Canning Center: 2525 Commonwealth Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32254; sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu // @ufifas_solutions
In need of new decor? Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has you covered with their whiskey barrel stave candle holder making class. Learn how to make beautiful rustic centerpieces that are sure to wow any guests – even the in-laws. 4 p.m. $100. rockler.com// @rockler_woodworking
Celebrate the holiday season with a glass of wine – or two at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant’s Savor the Season event. Throughout the evening dine on fall inspired dishes including braised short rib and maple pecan pie paired with the perfect glass. 7 p.m. $69. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant: 4850 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246; chwinery.com // @chwinery