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Turkey trots and trap: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

November 27, 2019 Scott Enman

Thanksgiving is Thursday, which means it’s a long weekend for most, and you’ll likely be stuffed for several days. Luckily, we’ve selected several events to help you burn off those calories from your fourth helping of mashed potatoes. There’s a walking tour, a five-mile race and a dance party complete with a food coma nap zone.

1. Give thanks to good music

Rapper A$AP Ferg performs at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2018 at MetLife Stadium. Photo: Scott Roth/Invision/AP

Head down to Avant Gardner in East Williamsburg on Thanksgiving Eve to enjoy a performance from rapper A$AP Ferg, as well as a 2-for-1 drink special. The party goes until 4 a.m., but rest easy knowing the following day’s feast should provide the perfect hangover cure.

Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Avant Gardner. From $45. More info here.

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2. Work up an appetite

Marathoners run in 2018. Photo: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

Burn off alcohol from the night before and prepare your body for ridiculous amounts of food later in the day by joining the Prospect Park Track Club for its Turkey Trot, a five-mile race around the park.

Thursday at 9 a.m. in Prospect Park. $25 for track club membership. More info here.

3. Work off all that food

House of Yes. Photo: Sasha B. Photo

House of Yes is opening its doors for a free party all night long on Thanksgiving. There will be pumpkin pie, a food coma nap zone, “dance floor gluttony” and, of course, wonderful music. Plus, if you bring a non-perishable item, you’ll get a half-priced cocktail. All supplies will be donated to the City Harvest food pantry.

Thursday at 10 p.m. at House of Yes. Free. More info here.

4. Look forward to the next holiday

Dyker Heights Christmas lights display. Photo: Steve Solomonson/Brooklyn Eagle

Thanksgiving Day marks the start of the Dyker Heights Christmas lights display. More than 150,000 people are expected to travel to the neighborhood this year to see dozens of homes decorated in lights and inflatable characters like giant Santas, giant reindeers and giant nutcrackers.


Any day in the evening in Dyker Heights. Free. More info here.

5. Eat pie

A pie. Photo: Pexels

After you’re done with the savory, move on to the sweet by indulging in a Brooklyn-baked pie. Don’t worry about where to get them, we’ve already picked the eight best ones in the borough.

Various locations, times and prices. More info here.

6. Dine like a royal

Kings Theatre was derelict and abandoned for decades; now it’s in great shape. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Kings Theatre. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

The historic Kings Theatre is hosting a free feast in its court yard as a way of giving back to the community. Enjoy the food or, better yet, volunteer to serve it.

Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at Kings Theatre. Free. More info here.

7. Give back

A Thanksgiving feast. Photo: Pexels

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and giving back, and we’ve compiled seven different ways that you can volunteer this holiday. From Bay Ridge to Flatbush, there are great opportunities all across the borough.

Various locations and times. More info here.

8. Tour Green-Wood

Green-Wood Cemetery’s trees capture and store about 250,000 pounds of atmospheric carbon annually. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan
Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Join Green-Wood Cemetery for a post Turkey Day afternoon tour. As the event page aptly states, “send your out-of-town guests on the tour [so] you can stay home and enjoy some peace and quiet. Or if you’re all still getting along, bring everyone!”

Friday at 1 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery. $15. More info here.

9. See a play

St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Head down to St. Ann’s Warehouse to see Thomas Ostermeier’s adaption of Edouard Louis’ autobiographical novel “History of Violence.” The two-hour show is “a layered retelling that is both devastating and funny,” according to the venue’s website.

Multiple times at St. Ann’s Warehouse. From $55. More info here.

10. Drink in a museum

House of Wax death masks. Photo: Mary Frost/Brooklyn Eagle

Visit Downtown Brooklyn’s House of Wax, a macabre bar and museum filled wax figurines. You’ll want to order the truffle parmesan popcorn or fried pickles with buttermilk ranch dressing to soak up those drinks. It’s also connected to Alamo Drafthouse, so keep the party going by seeing a movie after.

Any day from 4 p.m. to late at House of Wax. Free. More info here.

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