The night before Thanksgiving is one of the best nights of the year for going out: Most people are looking at four days of vacation, old friends are back in town to see their families, and the atmosphere is festive. Here's how to make the most of the beginning of the holiday season.

Montgomery County, it's time to say hello to your newest brewery. 7 Locks Brewing, located in an industrial park a short hop from the intersection of Rockville Pike and Randolph Road, opens its taproom to the public for the first time on Wednesday. Owners Jim Beeman and Keith Beutel, who were roommates at the University of Maryland, plan to have six to eight beers on tap initially, including a spicy rye ale and an oatmeal stout. "We're not producing a lot of high-ABV beers," Beeman says. "These are beers where you can sit down and have more than one. It's what we like to drink." The duo hired brewer Thomas Hartman, formerly of Sweden's Sigtuna Brygghus, and plans to eventually distribute 7 Locks beers to bars and restaurants in Maryland and Washington. For now, though, the taproom will be the only place to get a tasting flight, pint or growler, and its opening day will include food trucks and giveaways. (The brewery is closed on Thanksgiving, but reopens for post-shopping refreshment Nov. 27.)
4 to 8 p.m. 7 Locks Brewing, 12227 Wilkins Ave., Rockville.

"Laugh, Dance and Party" is the name of the event taking over the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City, and it's no exaggeration: Comedians Huggy Lowdown, Chris Paul and Craig "Judge" Pool share the stage with the Chuck Brown Band, E.U. and Sugar Bear, and Secret Society. WPGC's Guy Lambert and Poet host the night, alongside the station's DJ Jealousy. Tickets range from $25 to $45, rising as the event gets closer.
8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington. $25-$45. Tables and discount hotel rooms available.

When long weekends come around, Town Danceboutique hosts a fantastic night of music, dancing and performances called WTF!? This Wednesday's Lisa Franksgiving is inspired by artist Lisa Frank, whose neon unicorns, day-glo dolphins and rainbow kittens adorned many Trapper Keepers and school notebooks back in the 1980s and '90s, so the dress code is bright and sparkly. Pussy Noir, JaxKnife and Salvadora Dali will take the stage, while DJs Aaron Riggins, Ed Bailey and Dean Sullivan provide the music.
10 p.m. Town Danceboutique, 2009 Eighth St. NW. Free before 11 p.m., $5 after.

Clarendon Ballroom embraces a newer pre-Thanksgiving tradition: meeting up with old friends on the night before the turkey, gravy and stuffing. The Northern Virginia club adds a touch of goodwill to its Pre-Thanksgiving Bash, giving revelers the chance to donate to Toys for Tots and Arlington Food Assistance Center.
5 p.m. Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $5, with discounts for donations of new toys and nonperishable food items.

The Thanksgiving Throwdown, which HiBall Events used to throw at Clarendon Ballroom on Thanksgiving eve, is moving to H Street NE. The Lodge at RedRocks turns over its dance floor and rooftop deck to Pat Premier, known for spinning party tunes from Clarendon to Dewey Beach. DJs Suave and Sharkey open.
9 p.m. to 3 a.m. RedRocks, 1348 H St. NE. Free.

Port City Brewing Companynamed the Small Brewing Company of the Year at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival – is hosting a pre-Thanksgiving party at its Alexandria brewery on Thanksgiving Eve in case you need to grab a six-pack or growler of beer for Thursday's feast. Of course, you can also hang out and grab a tasting flight or a pint: a DJ spins records from 7 to 9 p.m., and the Rocklands BBQ truck provides food.
4 to 10 p.m. Port City Brewing, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria.

If your ideal Thanksgiving combines board games and karaoke, head to Republic in Takoma Park. The restaurant's Friendsgiving offers a chance to play Cards Against Humanity, Uno, Taboo or Monopoly before getting up and singing. (Liquid courage will be provided by happy hour drink specials.)
10 p.m. Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park. Free.

Back in October, we told you that bartenders Dan Searing (Room 11, Punch Club) and Carlie Steiner (Barmini, Stir Bartending Co.) would be starting a Thursday night cocktail pop-up in Petworth Citizen's Reading Room. The series is expected to finally begin in December, and Searing and Steiner will offer a preview of their cocktails and punches at a "Friendsgiving" party on Thanksgiving Eve.
5 p.m. to midnight. Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. Free.

DC9's Liberation Dance Party hasn't been a weekly event since 2013, but DJs Bill Spieler and Shannon Stewart love to bring back their night of indie/house/grime/electro/retro/club tunes and videos for special occasions. The night before Thanksgiving certainly qualifies as a reason to get out and groove.
10 p.m. to 3 a.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. $2 before midnight, $5 after.

U Street Music Hall hosts one of the city's few 18-and-over pre-Thanksgiving parties, with drum'n'bass DJs AK1200 and Gridlok teaming up on four turntables. Locks of Intellect and Subversions vs Don Vega open.
10 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Ivory Fox, Hazel Honeysuckle, Delysia La Chatte and Penny Wren bring burlesque back to the W Hotel's rooftop POV Lounge as part of the occasional Strip the District series. This show's theme, obviously, is "giving thanks."
8 and 10 p.m. POV Lounge, 515 15th St. NW. $10; $150 table for four.

Longtime Clarendon fixture DJ 2Nutz headlines the Clarendon Grill's annual Pre-Thanksgiving Day Jam, dropping party jams and pop and rock remixes.
9:30 p.m. Clarendon Grill, 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington.