If gorging on turkey, stuffing and canned cranberry sauce doesn’t sound like a good time and you wouldn’t be caught dead at the Macy’s parade, you might be anti-Thanksgiving. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in the city that don’t involve gluttonous food consumption or having awkward conversations with distant relatives. If you’re stuck in the city for the fourth Thursday of the month, here are some alternative events to check out.
Create a “mind-altered masterpiece”
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (tickets start at $49)
BYOC (Bring your own cannabis) and BYOB to Brooklyn to Puff, Pass and Paint. The two-hour class is led by an instructor and includes paint, brushes and a canvas which you’ll take home with you at the end of the night.
Get dirty on the dance floor
At House of Yes, East Williamsburg, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (free)
Burn off the calories from the four Thanksgiving dinners you “made an appearance at.” Skip the painful holiday interrogations (like how your aunt Betty won’t stop asking you when you’re having kids, even though you’re single), get a slice of pumpkin pie and take a snooze in the food coma nap zone. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry and receive a half-priced drink.
Become the Lichtenstein of lattes
At Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists, Gowanus, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (tickets start at $25)
If coffee is the thing you’re most thankful for this holiday season, head to Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists to learn how to make latte art. Find out how those trendy cafes really make their over-priced milk froth.
Learn how to act kinky
At The Crown, Brooklyn, 7 p.m to 8 p.m. (tickets start at $25)
Are Thanksgiving festivities too vanilla? Skip the turkey and stuffing this year and opt for a kinky acting class with female empowerment and education collective, The Taillor Group. Learn spanking techniques from the dominant leading women and develop your own short roleplay scene by the end of the class. You’ll never be more thankful for safe-words.
Eat, drink, and be dairy
At Big Mozz, Chelsea, 7 p.m. (tickets start at $50)
Celebrate with Big Mozz, makers of New York’s favorite giant mozzarella sticks. Learn about the local sourcing of Big Mozz’s cheeses and experiment with flavor pairings to make a custom mozzarella.
Get some reiki and relaxation
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (tickets start at $40)
Holiday stress getting the best of you? Try reiki, a Japanese technique used to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Reiki involves laying on of hands by a professional practitioner, who helps increase a person’s “life force energy,” which is said to be low when you’re stressed. Enjoy a 30-minute individual Reiki meeting with a practitioner, with the option to add on an additional acupuncture session.