4 Alternative Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Reimagine your traditional holiday agenda
Thanksgiving Dinner
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Thanksgiving is nearly a week away, and if you’re tired of doing the same-old, same-old for the holiday weekend, consider these more unexpected activities. Prefer dining out over repurposing leftovers? Or maybe you’d rather head to a Detroit Red Wings hockey match over a Detroit Lions football game. From high-cuisine turkey day feasts, to entertainment that doesn’t involve parade floats, challenge your traditional Thanksgiving celebration with a new holiday agenda.

Go to a Concert
Robert Hauldren and Frederic Kennett, the duo behind DJ group Louis the Child, are coming to the Masonic Temple on Nov. 21 for their Dear Sense tour, while electronic artist and Ann Arbor native Shigeto will be spinning tracks at the Belt’s Deluxx Fluxx bar. At the Fillmore, heavy-metal band Generation Axe, led by legendary guitarists Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde, will perform songs from their new album, The Guitars that Destroyed the World. With their eigth studio album, The Beer Sessions, released this July, Detroit alternative rock band Sponge is coming back home to jam their ’90s hits, like “Plowed” and “Rainin” at  Saint Andrews Hall.

Switch Up Your Sports
The Detroit Red Wings are set to play the Boston Bruins at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. While the Red Wings are having a controversial season — the team has won seven of eight matches and only tied two so far — this game is one you won’t want to miss. The Detroit Pistons will face the Houston Rockets at Houston’s Toyota Center. While you might not be able to commute to the Lone Star State and back in time for your Thanksgiving feast, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino is offering tickets for a viewing party.

Go Out for Dinner
The Detroit Foundation Hotel’s restaurant and cocktail lounge, the Apparatus Room, will offer an inventive turkey day menu that includes such dishes as oysters and scallops with red cabbage and sunchokes; as well as inventive takes on the holiday classics like pasta with turkey, chestnuts, and cranberries, turkey with herb stuffing, pureed potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. Each year, the decadent Thanksgiving dinner draws a large crowd of culinary connoisseurs each year. Seating will be available from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and will cost $78 for adults and $25 for children under the age of 12. Reservations are required.

Hit the Shops
For many, Thanksgiving night is for more than just family, friends, and food; it’s also about shopping. While taking advantage of Black Friday deals may sound alluring, the stampedes of shoppers and extensive waits in lines can be overwhelming. Local Detroit shops like Boro Resale, a vintage, designer, and consignment shop located off of Gratiot Avenue, is offering a number of sales this holiday season, ranging from 10-20 percent off select merchandise and complimentary drinks and snacks for shoppers. From Nov. 21-25, Detroit-based brand Détroit Is The New Black is offering 15 percent off all merchandise, a 30 percent discount of select items, and a free journal for patrons who spend $75 or more. For Cyber Monday, the brand is promoting a 30 percent discount for all online items.

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