This weekend is a big party occasion as New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday night, when all the alky-hol aficianados can imbibe to their heart’s content without worrying about being hungover on a weekday. We have a ton of events from all over West Virginia to tell you about on Friday and Saturday, and there’s even an event Sunday for people who, for some bizarre reason, like to hike.

And we also have regular free events to tell you about.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Spencer Elliott with Christopher Vincent.

On Saturday Ronald & the Raygunz are at the beloved Charleston bookstore/art gallery/coffeehouse.

The Empty Glass has some great stuff through the week to tell you about. Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Swingstein and Robin play fiddle and piano and sing swing and early jazz standards. Each week they donate their tips to a local nonprofit.  Taking over at 9:30 PM Thursday, Four Chill brings the funk and smooth grooves. Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM Timmy “Courts and Friends hold down the fort at the Glass. Monday there will be an open mic night with loads of local talent.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

If you’re up for going out into the year-ending madness, here are a few suggestions for the rest of this week, roughly in order.