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10 Things to Do in San Antonio to Avoid Your Family on Thanksgiving

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Yup. It's that time of year again, folks. As the weather gets colder and the year begins to wrap up, the holidays start to come into full swing, which can either be super awesome or, let's face it, kind of shitty.

Sometimes it depends on the type of family you have, or if you have any family at all around. Whatever it is, whether you're just looking for something to get into on Thanksgiving or needing to escape family drama, here's 10 ways you can have a good time on Turkey Day.

Michael J. and the Foxes: Second Annual Foxgiving
  • Oscar Moreno
If there’s any down side for local music aficionados to the fact that gifted singer-songwriter Michael Carrillo spends most of his time running his rad bar and venue Ventura, it’s that we get to see less of him with his two swell, and quite different, bands, Deer Vibes and Micheal J. & The Foxes. This week, however, folks have a chance to catch Carrillo out from behind the bar and at work with Michael J. & The Foxes, his heartbroken hoedown alt-country project. The Thanksgiving night affair, an ideal escape from the temptation of eating leftovers and the boredom of hanging out with family, marks the second year in a row that The Foxes have put on a Foxgiving (if you will). Whether you’re looking to cut loose or wind down, Carrillo and his crew, with their indie-folk-meets-demented-honky-tonk vibe, have got you covered. Free, 9pm, Ventura, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 802-6940, — James Courtney

Thurzgayz: Lady Gaga Party
  • Facebook, Lady Gaga
By the gist of the title, you can expect there to be two things: A bunch of Lady Gaga music, and a lot of gay folk. If your family is more conservative when it comes to politics and insists on bringing it up during Thanksgiving, here’s your chance to break away and dance into the night, BB. Gaga looks encouraged. 21+, Free, 10pm, Brass Monkey, 2702 N St Mary's St, (210) 480-4722. – Chris Conde

  • Facebook, Grupo Intocable
That’s right, your favorite Tejano band is back in SA and actually, this could be the dopest event to escape to during Turkey Day when that one family member (you know who you are) starts drinking a little too much and brings up old shit. Instead of enduring it like you do every year, throw two middle fingers up and take your favorite cousin and reminisce about the good times while getting down to some puro South Texas sounds. $35, 7pm, Cowboys DanceHall, 3030 NE Loop 410, (210) 646-9378, – CC

Dranksgiving Luchador
  • Facebook, El Luchador
This is pretty self-explanatory. Ditch the fam and meet up with your homies to make your own Thanksgiving memories at one of the chillest neighborhood joints in all of SA. $10, 10pm, El Luchador, 622 Roosevelt, (210) 272-0016,

Zoo Lights
  • Facebook, San Antonio Zoo
Open daily through the end of the year, Zoo Lights could be a dope something-to-do-besides-hanging-with-your-family that you don’t have to be 21+ to enjoy. Take your favorite niece away from that family madness and kick it under an array of twinkling lights while you sip hot cocoa, roast s'mores, ride camels and peep their Lakeside Lightshow. As a friendly reminder, the zoo wants to let folks know that when the sun sets most of the animals head inside, so if you arrive after 5 p.m., definitely enjoy the lights and be prepared to not see very many animals. Noon-9pm, Free with zoo membership, 903 N. St. Mary's St., – CC

Thanksgiving Sell Your Soul Thursdays
  • Facebook, Loy Smoak Jr.
DJ Loy Smoak presents his weekly installment of "Sell Your Soul" spinning the best of stoner, doom, boogie, metal and punk. If you’re stuffed on turkey, tofurkey or just need to get the fuck out the house and chill to some cool rock tunes, this is your spot, babe. Bring a friend, make some friends and turn up. 21+, Free, 9pm, The Mix, 2423 N. St. Mary's St. – CC

The McNay
  • Facebook, The McNay
Courtesy of the folks at H-E-B, from 4-9 p.m. every Thursday, the public can peep exhibits at the McNay for free (special exhibits do have a fee). Go get your learn on and get cultured while your family argues about who has to do the dishes. Free, 4-9pm, McNay, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, – CC

Music for Dancers Thanksgiving After Party
  • Facebook, Bang Bang Bar
The Bang Bang Bar has established itself as arguably one of the coziest and chill bars in San Antonio while still bringing some dope acts and parties into the mix. This Thanksgiving, throw on your dance shoes and dance off that third helping of Tia Maria’s famous Stove Top stuffing. Vinyl DJs Lee "The General," Scott "El Gato" & Special Guest will supply the feel good music all night long. Free, 10pm, Bang Bang Bar, 119 El Mio Dr. – CC

3x3 Thursday Tattoo
  • Facebook, Live Through This Tattoo
Through December 27, the folks at Live Through This Tattoos are doing a 3”x3” “you call it” tattoo priced between $60-80 depending on the detail of that particular image you want. Go get those matching tattoos you and your favorite sibling have been talking about getting since you were teens, or get something your mom will get mad at as a lark. Lol, or whatever, do you boo. $60-$80, Noon-9:30pm, Live Through This Tattoo, 619 SW 24th St. Suite 104, (210) 601-0451. – CC

Soldiers & Hatchets
  • Facebook, Stumpy's Hachet House San Antonio
Specifically for all you rad U.S. military service members, Stumpy’s Hatchet House SA invites soldiers to an afternoon of chucking, you guessed it, hatchets. The event is aimed mainly for soldiers who don’t have any family to go to on Thanksgiving but are encouraged to bring their non-military personnel friends if they’re around. Happy hatchet throwing! Free, Noon-4pm, Stumpy's Hatchet House, 758 Isom Road, – CC

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