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A widely observed holiday in many parts of the world, Thanksgiving is all about celebrating togetherness and expressing gratitude—a tradition deeply rooted in the annual celebration of the Fall harvest dating back hundreds of years. Since the first recorded Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, times have changed immensely, but one thing hasn’t—spending the busiest holiday of the year to catch a break and have fun. As we celebrate Thanksgiving week, we’ve listed down spots to put you in the best mood for the holiday in case you don’t have any plans yet!
The serene ambiance and a front-row seat for sunset viewing bring people out to Bob Wentz Park for a cooling dip. The place is very relaxing, and all you need to worry about is where to lay a mat to sunbathe. There’s a pavilion, barbecue grills, and tables for those who might want to extend the celebration with a family picnic. Wear your most comfortable shoes, though, because it’s a little rocky here.
7144 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732, USA
Things get a little hectic during this time of the year, and no one will judge if preparing an entire banquet isn’t your expertise. CARVE American Grille’s doors are open to serve a special Thanksgiving dinner prepared for you and the whole family. You can opt for Butternut Squash Soup or Honeycrisp Apple Salad, Walnuts, and Maple Syrup Vinaigrette to start it off. After that, a plate of juicy Smoked Turkey Breast smothered with pan gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, sausage, and sage dressing, and cranberry relish is on standby for a hearty meal. No more last-minute preparations, only a great dinner. Sounds like a win-win!
7415 Southwest Pkwy, Austin, TX 78735, USA
After feasting on a whole lot of turkey, it’s time for the real star of the evening: desserts! Nobody in the family can say no to a delicious pie, and Mañana’s Curry Pumpkin is sure to become your new favorite. The flaky butter pie crust with a yellow curried pumpkin pie filling gives off a sweet, creamy flavor that melts in your mouth like butter. Make sure to save some for your post-Thanksgiving binge!
1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Laughter is the best medicine, they say. At Fallout Theater, all you have to do is sit back while watching the hilarious skits—and, suddenly, everything’s better. “Sure Thing” is the perfect way to enjoy post-Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a night of stand-up comedy featuring local comedians on November 26. The humor here is on the mature side, so you must be at least 18 years old to reserve a slot.
616 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Ready your water jug and a fitness mat. As much as you love eating grilled turkey next to the person beside you, doing exercise after Thanksgiving is worth your time. Not only can you work off those calories, it’s also a great way to release pent-up stress. The Annual Turkey Burn is holding a fitness martial arts workout on 26 November, and you can even let the kids tag along for a bit of family bonding!
8161, 8400 Brodie Ln #102, Austin, TX 78745, USA
Turkey holds a symbolic place in Thanksgiving celebrations, and it would only be fitting to join a turkey trot race during the holiday. ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot has been going on for decades, and its proceeds help support homeless families in Austin. The race will happen at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, with a five-mile run and a one-mile walk to help you sweat it out as you support a great cause.
701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA
The celebration isn’t over ’til you say it is. Flavorful vintage cocktails are ready for you at Midnight Cowboy. It’s more private and quiet than most bars, ideal for a round of drinks with friends as you regale everyone’s Thanksgiving tales. Off-menu requests are possible, too, if ingredients are available. Reservations are a must, though, because seats here are limited.
313 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
You’re probably planning to bake turkey-themed cupcakes this year, and why not? Make It Sweet has everything you need to create the best-tasting cupcakes, from bakeware to the freshest baking ingredients down to the colorful toppings. If you’re a baking newbie, the supply store also offers classes you can attend to learn new techniques in the kitchen.
9070 Research Blvd #203, Austin, TX 78757, USA
While everyone’s blessed to celebrate Thanksgiving under well-furnished abodes, some still struggle to find what they can call home. Saint Louise House is a non-profit organization that helps families in Austin move out of homelessness through their housing programs. You can make another family’s Thanksgiving this year extra special by donating household items or hosting a community event to raise money for them. If there’s anything these trying times have proved, it’s that every small act of kindness goes a long way.More details