Things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

Discover plenty of things to do over Thanksgiving weekend, whether you're in the holiday spirit, or if you're more ho-ho-oh forget it



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Things to do on Thanksgiving weekend if you want to forget the holidays


Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Frozen surpassed all expectations and became one of the most talked-about Disney movies since The Lion King. Now, Disney takes the show on the road with Disney on Ice's Frozen. Which makes sense since the whole thing is on ice. Ever wanted to see someone sing “Let It Go” while struggling not to fall over on two metal blades attached to their feet? Exactly. The kids will love it.

  1. Prudential Center 165 Mulberry St, between Edison Pl and Lafayette St
  2. Tue Nov 11 - Sun Nov 23
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Death From Above 1979

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

One month shy of a decade since the release of their much-acclaimed debut, 2004's You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, the amped-up Canadian dance-rawk duo finally dropped their follow-up, The Physical World, just in time to ride the early aughts nostalgia wave. Smart move, guys.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Fri Nov 28
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The Williamsburg Spelling Bee

  • Free

This bee, hosted by Jen Dziura and Bobby Blue, isn’t an exercise in adolescent humiliation; it’s a gathering of adults taking a stab at triskaidekaphobia and other hard-to-spell words. If you strike out, assuage your bruised ego at the bar. Sign-up starts at 7pm and the first 18 people get to play.

  1. Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St, between Frost and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Mon Dec 1
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Central Park Moonlight Ride

  • Free

Meet at Columbus Circle, southwest corner of Central Park and 59th St (212-802-8222, Subway: A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th St–Columbus Circle. There is something awesomely metal about riding your bike in the light of the moon. Admittedly, it would be way more metal if the bikes in question were Harleys and not fixies, but it's still pretty badass. Join the Time's Up crew for its monthly nighttime sojourn.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Nov 7 - Fri Dec 5
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Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch

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Brunch and gospel music is the best combination since chicken and waffles, so get thee to Harlem and watch a gospel choir sing about the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as you tuck into a brunch so good it can only be the work of the Lord himself. Praise bacon, folks.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Sun Oct 26 - Sun Dec 14
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Thu Dec 25
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Saved by the ’90s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers

  • Price band: 1/4

Clinton-era nostalgia looks like it's here to stay, and the Saved by the ’90s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers bash is a great place to revel in it. The Bayside Tigers is a four-piece cover band with a pretty big cult following that specializes in songs of all genres—as long as they're from the ’90s—and the group really knows how to make Le Poisson Rouge’s glitzy downtown dance floor feel like a genuine house party. Dressing up is encouraged: snap bracelets, Converse, big hair and overly baggy JNCO jeans; you name it, somebody will probably be wearing it. If you want to mosh to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or are simply looking for an excuse to “save tonight,” a ’90s-themed soiree is a great way to blow off some steam and “give it away, give it away, give it away now.” Celebrities such as Aaron Carter, Naughty by Nature and Dustin Diamond (a.k.a. Screech from Saved by the Bell) have been known to partake in LPR’s semifamous Friday night ’90s dance party, so you never know who might show up.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Fri Dec 26
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Doubles Shuffleboard Tournament

On the last Monday of every month, Diamond Brooklyn in Greenpoint hosts a shuffleboard tournament exclusively for doubles. It's just $3 per person to enter or $6 for each two-person team. When there are at least eight teams, you'll have the chance to win the grand prize of $100 that you can split with your teammate. Or not? Also, if you're more intrigued by fame than cash, winners will be immortalized on a plaque on Diamond's wall. R.S.V.P. to reserve a spot.

  1. The Diamond 43 Franklin St, between Calyer and Quay Sts
  2. Mon Oct 27 - Mon Dec 29
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed by his son, Deni) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add to the trippy visuals.—David Cote

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Wed Dec 31
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Wednesday Night Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
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Bingo gurus Murray Hill and Linda Simpson bring their old-school antics to Brooklyn for a weekly night of ball-pulling and wisecracking.

  1. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 514 Union St, between Nevins St and Third Ave, 11215
  2. Wed Oct 29 - Wed Dec 31
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

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This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally re-created version of the vaunted Rockette kick line. Tours leave every half hour.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Wed Dec 31
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