Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.

Black Friday come early
The North Shore Merchants Collective is getting the jump on America’s national shopping fiasco with this weekend’s holiday open house. Whereas national chains are inching their door buster sales up earlier and earlier in the day, roughly 50 businesses on the North Shore are hosting deals and steals, as well as collecting gifts for families in the area without the means to fund their Christmas lists.

When: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 16-18, individual store hours will vary, but hoppers should plan for 10 a.m. openings and 6 p.m. closings
Where: North Shore, including Frazier Avenue and Manufacturers Road
How much: Free to window shop

Dogs on the water
Got a pup with a bundle of energy? DOGood for a Dog Friendly Chattanooga leads its weekly Saturday morning walk on the Riverfront and across the Walnut Street Bridge. Sometimes there are five dogs, and sometimes there are 50 dogs, but there are always a lot of friendly faces and wagging tails. Remember your leash and cleanup bags.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17
Where: 100 Riverfront Parkway
How much: Free

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
This weekend, before the flurry of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, two events give you a chance to enjoy the first, quiet warmth of the holiday season. The Creative Discovery Museum opens its Winter Wonders Exhibit-complete with an ice skating area, artificial snow, appearances from Mr. Snow, a winter scarf jump rope, and a Hansel and Gretel opera performance-and East Ridge holds it annual Christmas Parade down Ringgold Road.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for the Creative Discovery Museum and 6:30 p.m. for the parade
Where: 321 Chestnut St. and Ringgold Road from Germantown Road to Tombras Avenue for the parade
How much: Admission to the museum is $11.95, parade is free

In the wild
Covenant College’s Writer in Residence Leslie Leyland Fields is coming south for the winter and bringing the flavor of Alaska to the Chattanooga area. The author, who lives full time in the Last Frontier, has written about a large catalog of material, from parenting to commercial fishing. Saturday night’s reading will feature a sampling of her work.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Where: 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Ga.
How much: Free

A Kickstarter’s musical end
This April, Chattanooga band Telemonster launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their first full-length album. Pledges exceeded the $5,000 goal-promises of downloads, coffee mugs and beignet breakfasts are hard to ignore-and the band, whose sound is reminiscent of folk/rock band The Mountain Goats, holed up in the Spanner Sound Studio. The result? “A Girl I Knew” and a record release party at The Camp House.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Where: 1427 Williams St.
How much: $5