Start planning for Thanksgiving, get away for a day or explore some unique events in the city this weekend, Nov. 18-20, 2017.

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1. Take a $99 road trip

Our budget road trips are back. This time, we feature the Kitsap Peninsula’s “Little Norway,” the town of Poulsbo, where latest attractions include lutefisk tacos at the Slippery Pig brew pub. If that’s not your location of choice, check out the other $99 trips we’d suggest.


2. Learn some things (and discuss them)

TEDxSeattle 2016 is this Saturday, bringing together speakers and thinkers at McCaw Hall for a day of idea-sharing. This year’s theme is “Greater Than,” referring to the “aspiration of creating a tomorrow greater than today and asks who inspires you to be greater than?”


3. Start planning your Thanksgiving

And just like that, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Need recipes? We’ve got ’em. Dinner party tips? We’ve got that, too. No doubt, you’ll encounter some bumps along the way, but it’ll be all right in the end. (Take it from us — we’ve got plenty of holiday-cooking horror stories. If you have one to share, we’d love to hear it.)

If you need a drink after those family gatherings, check out these bars to hit in downtown Seattle and Bellevue on Black Friday.


4. Go to Trap Kitchen

If you don’t know Trap Kitchen, you should. Two men who were in rival L.A. gangs — one a Crip, one a Blood — joined forces to create an unusual soul-food business. They’ll be in town for their first Seattle event Friday, joined by Seattle chefs Edouardo Jordan, Donna Moodie and Tarik Abdullah, and tickets are still available.


5. Return to the wizarding world

If you’ve missed the “Harry Potter” world, definitely go see “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” J.K. Rowling’s latest installment to hit theaters. And here are some other movies to watch this weekend, including the must-see drama “Loving,” about an interracial couple’s fight for equality.


Need more suggestions? Check out our 2016 Fall Arts Guide, a curated list of arts and entertainment around the city this season, and subscribe to our Weekender newsletter. Have a great weekend!