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15 Things to Do in San Antonio Instead of Hanging Out with Your Family This Thanksgiving 

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Whether you/your family are in town just on Turkey Day or are here all week, you'll likely want to get out of the house. No matter how your relationship with your family is, sometimes you need a break or two or three from them during the holiday season. To help you escape the drunken arguments and unresolved generational resentments, here’s 15 things you can do to get the fuck out the house.
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Feed the hungry
San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy, (210) 337-3663, safoodbank.org
The San Antonio Food bank is always looking for volunteers, so peep the website and see how you can go help. You’ll be helping others while avoiding your annoying tia who always has some shit to say about your clothes.
Photo via Instagram / safoodbank
Buy some vinyl
700 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 971-8044
Nothing kills time better than record shopping. Vinyl also seems to be the hot item of the year, so be the friend-who-gives-the-best-gift this year and find their favorite artist or band’s LP. Friends of Sound is a great place to start.
Photo via Instagram / friendsofsound
Kill it at karaoke
Wednesdays, El Luchador, 622 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 272-0016, facebook.com/luchadorbarsa
Still know Left Eyes’ verse in TLC’s megahit “Waterfalls?” Prove it, bitch. Show your siblings or besties up with fierce renditions of pop classics during El Luchador’s Thursday karaoke nights.
Photo via Instagram / luchadorbarsa
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Make your mom uncomfortable and take her to Rocky Horror Picture Show
Thursday, November 28, 10pm, Fitzgeralds, 437 McCarty Road #101, (210) 607-7007, fitzrockssa.com
It might actually be hilarious to take your family to this just so they can feel awkward as hell. Sexy, weird and hilarious, Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult movie classic that’s been adapted for an interactive stage show. This will definitely create some lasting holiday memories.
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Start your own band
517 E Woodlawn Ave, (210) 320-1710
Start a band with your siblings! Sorry mom and dad I’ve got uhh, band practice? Hit up places like Robot Monster Guitars and get the necessary equipment to start your new project.
Photo via Instagram / robotmonsterguitars
Get a tattoo
Element Tattoo, 4741 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 979-9877, elementtattoo.com
Seeing siblings or old friends can bring back that old youthful excitement. Why not celebrate that joy with a matching tattoo? Added bonus, you can shock your family with your new ink at Thanksgiving dinner! You’re the black sheep after all right?
Photo via Instagram / elementtattoo
Sip on some margaritas and watch Ruben V
Free, Wednesday, November 27, Sanchos, 6:30pm, 628 Jackson St, San (210) 320-1840, sanchosmx.com
Screw the eggnog! Order a round of margaritas for you and the homies while listening to SA-based Ruben V’s electric blues at Sanchos.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Get lost at Elf Acres
November 20-December 29, 1475 Grosenbacher Road, (210) 643-8662, elfacres.com
Get stoned (or not, whatever) and walk around and look at all the pretty lights with your friends at Elf Acres. It’s the holidays after all.
Photo via Instagram / elfacresvenue
Check out nu-metal outfit Hed P.E.
Wednesday, November 27, $14, 8pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E Houston St, therockboxsa.com
Nothing says Thanksgiving like nu-metal. Well, maybe not exactly, but hey, if you need to take out the aggression pent up from visiting family, start that mosphit at HED P.E.’s show.
Photo courtesy of Hed P.E.
Rave it out
Saturday, November 30, Heat, 1500 N Main Ave, (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com
Go live out your ’90s rave fantasies at Glo Fest at Heat. Whether you’re part of the LGBTQ community or an ally, leave your blood relatives at home and kick it with your chosen family while dancing to some amazing house music deep into the night.
Photo via HEAT Nightclub / Facebook
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See Mexican indie folk singer Ed Maverick
Sunday, December 1, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com
While the weekend may already be over, relatives might not be leaving back to their homes until Monday morning. Escape the drawn out living room conversations and head to Paper Tiger to peep indie folk singer Ed Maverick.
Photo via Instagram / edmaverickmusic
Escape to a vintage arcade
Diversions Game Room, 9900 San Pedro Ave, (210) 341-2561
Remember Diversions Game Room? Located at the end of San Pedro a little outside Loop 410, Diversions has all those amazing games from the ’80s and ’90s like Mrs. Pacman and Tetris. They’ve also got plenty of newer games too. This is the perfect one for helping your favorite niece or nephew escape the family drama.
Photo via Instagram / cellothegreat
Check out an open mic
Wednesday, November 27, Ventura, 1011 Avenue B, venturasatx.com
Show your old friends some new tunes you’ve been concocting this year free of judgement at Ventura’s open mic night.
Photo via Instagram / ventura_satx
Check out the Grammy-nominated Black Pumas
Saturday, November 30, $20-$22, 9pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com
The now-Grammy nominated duo from Austin are headed to San Antonio and girl, you know you need to get to this show. Mixing soul with blues and R&B, Black Pumas have a vintage sound yet retain a current edge.
Photo by Gus Philippas via Instagram / theblackpumas
Support local music
Free, Wednesday, November 27, 8pm, Ocho at Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro Street, havanasanantonio.com
Playing in bands like Femina-X and Pop Pistol, Alex Scheel is an amazing songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and his show will probably be more fun than making tamales all afternoon with your mom.
Photo via Instagram / poppistol
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Feed the hungry
San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy, (210) 337-3663, safoodbank.org
The San Antonio Food bank is always looking for volunteers, so peep the website and see how you can go help. You’ll be helping others while avoiding your annoying tia who always has some shit to say about your clothes.
Photo via Instagram / safoodbank

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