1. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AT FISHERS FOODS
Where/When: ; During business hours Saturday
Why Go: Customers paying with an American Express card can receive s $25 credit if they've registered their card on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page.
Cost: No charge
Where/When: ; 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday
Why Go: The Hitmen will celebrate being named the No. 1 local band in the Akron “Beacon’s Best” contest, the next-day’s Ohio State-UofM football game, big renovations at Puckers and an end to the Black Friday shopping day. (Plus, they might even sing a Pink song they've been working on.)
Where/When: Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Why Go: For some people, it's not Christmas until you've seen a performance of "The Nutcracker." Why not try this one at the Akron Civic Theatre?
Cost:$40, $28, and $18 with discounts available at BalletTheatreOhio.org
Where/When: Amish Door Village, 1210 Winesburg St, Wilmot; 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Why Go: Join Santa for breakfast in a wintry wonderland. Activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, coloring contests, cookies by the fire, writing a letter to Santa and storytelling.
Where/When: The Auricle, 601 Cleveland Ave. NW; 7:30 p.m. Friday
Why Go: Looking for a place to see lots of bands on the cheap? There's the Auricle in Canton. On Friday you can find all these bands under one roof: Alive In Standby, Shadow’s Claim, Asleep In The Chapel, Oh Tear The Veil, Fracture The Acrchaty and Poveglia.
Cost: Advanced tickets are $7 for all ages, while those under 21 pay a $2 surcharge at door