ST. CLOUD — Looking for something to do with the family over the Thanksgiving weekender? Well you're in luck as there is many fun and entertaining things happening around central Minnesota. Go bowling at Great River Bowl in Sartell, check out Apollo's performance of Once Upon a Mattress, rock out with Hairball, shop local with Small Business Saturday and share a laugh with Buddy the elf in Elf The Musical. Read more in The Weekender!

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    Bowl 'til You Drop


    Looking for something fun to do with the family after your Thanksgiving dinner? Great River Bowl and Partners Pub in Sartell is holding a Bowl Til You Drop event Thanksgiving Day! For $40 per lane you can bowl as much as you like. Bowling starts at 3:00 p.m. and runs until midnight. It is a first come, first serve event and you can have up to 6 people per lane. Rental shoes are not included. Is there a better way to spend the day with family and friends, we think not! Come check it out!


    - Thursday, November 28th, 3:00 p.m.

    The arm places the pins in the right spot to be ready for the next bowler. (PHOTO: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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    Once Upon A Mattress

    St. Cloud

    Check a wonderful theater event put on by St. Cloud Apollo theater students. Once Upon a Mattress is a play off the classic "Princess and the Pea" story we've all heard as a child. Come and see if this royal family lives happily every after in this Broadway Musical Comedy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be found at the door. Show times are Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Apollo High School.


    - Friday, November 29th, 7:30 p.m.
    - Saturday, November 30th, 7:30 p.m.
    - Sunday, December 1st, 2:00 p.m.

    (Photo: Apollo High School)
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    Hairball Rocks St. Cloud

    St. Cloud

    Get ready to rock out in downtown St. Cloud this Thanksgiving weekend. Hairball is putting on a concert inside the River's Edge Convention Center Saturday night. Hear the songs of Val Halen, KISS, Queen, Journey and more as well as lights, sound, video screens, smoke, and all the other great things that make a epic rock concert. This is a 21 plus show and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with opening act Mallrats starting at 6:45 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for tickets!

    - Saturday, November 30th, 6:00 p.m.

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    Small Business Saturday

    St. Cloud

    Shop local this Thanksgiving weekend! Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country. You're encouraged to get out and support your local business as many will be hosting deals, events, and more to celebrate this shopping holiday. Since it started in 2010, consumers have reported spending an estimated $103 billion across all Small Business Saturdays combined.


    - Saturday, November 30th, 10:00 a.m.

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    Elf the Musical

    St. Cloud

    Everyone's favorite elf is back to save Christmas in a wonderful music event. GREAT Theatre is performing Elf The Musical this weekend at the Paramount Theatre. The production is based off the popular Will Ferrell comedy Elf, who stars as Buddy, and embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets for the show start at $40. Show times are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for tickets!

    - Friday, November 29th, 7:30 p.m.
    - Saturday, November 30th, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    - Sunday, December 1st, 2:00 p.m.