11 Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend

It’s time to answer that dreaded question once again: “What are we going to do this weekend?” When you live in a place as vibrant, busy and fun as the Addison, you should never have to spend another Saturday night curled up on the couch watching an endless marathon of home-renovation shows (hint: the house always looks amazing at the end!). Brush off those popcorn crumbs, put on your favorite pair of jeans and fluff your hair—it’s time to go out! We’ve found 11 things to do this weekend, from snagging drink specials to seeing a holiday play, to keep you entertained from Friday after work to bedtime on Sunday!

Happy Hour
You’ve made it through a stressful holiday get-together with family, so reward yourself with an ice-cold cocktail at a local Happy Hour.
1. Take off work early on Friday to catch Happy Hour at La Comida from 3-6:30 p.m., where you can enjoy any house margarita for $5, made with fresh lime juice, natural ingredients and 100% pure agave tequila over ice or blended. Other specials include bottle and draft beers for $3.50, well cocktails for $5 and appetizers for $2 off.
2. Unwind with a glass of Texas de Brazil’s private label wines or their famous Caipirinha or other well-cocktail for just $5 during their Happy Hour from 4:30-6 p.m. this Friday. You can also order $3 domestic beers and $7 martinis!
Food
When you’ve had about as much turkey as you can take, head out for some warm pasta or a juicy steak.
3. At Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, you will feel like you’re settling down for a warm meal in a cozy cafe in Italy. Start with some of Kenny’s Garlic Bread, smothered with cheese, or Kenny’s famous “Midnight” Meatballs covered in mozzarella and red sauce. Afterward, treat your tastebuds to a plate of delicious Baked Ziti made with meatballs, sausage ricotta, mozzarella, red sauce and Alfredo, or a meal of Linguini & Clams, featuring Italian sausage, roasted tomato and garlic white wine sauce.
III Forks

4. Trade bird for beef this weekend, by dining at III Forks Steakhouse. Whether you are in the mood for a Filet Mignon, a New York Strip,or a Boneless Ribeye, all steaks are served with smooth, whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, off-the-cob cream corn, ripe tomatoes and spring onions. You already loosened your belt for Thanksgiving, so you might as well stay full all weekend!

Live Music
After listening to Grandma and Uncle Robert debate politics for an hour at Thanksgiving, rest your ears by listening to relaxing live music!
Marc Toussaint

5. At 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, Marc Toussaint will be performing at Table 13. This Dallas-native first fell in love with jazz at 10-years-old, and now he leads his own talented band! You can hear him over dinner or when sitting at the bar.

6. Kick off Friday night with the sounds of upbeat pop tunes from the 50s to now, performed by The Mercy Band at Mercy Wine Bar at 8 p.m. On Saturday at 8 p.m., guests will be treated to a blend of flamenco, pop, rock and light jazz from PistoleroPistolero. Finally, No Medina will play Sunday night at 7 p.m., a semi-acoustic band that plays everything from blues, jazz and rock to foreign language hits.
The Arts
Living in the South, football is obviously important. But when you crave something with a little more substance, see a play or movie opening this weekend.

7. The holidays can be the perfect time for a fresh start – exactly what Boy sets out to find in WaterTower Theatre’s production of The Great Distance Home, premiering Friday at 8 p.m. This heartwarming tale of Boy and his journey to discover himself is emotional and beautiful, all while using hardly any words at all. You can also see this show Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and at select dates and times through Dec. 16.

The Great Distance Home, photo by Debbie Ruegsegger
8. He’s not the cute character in green tights and a funny hat anymore—Robin Hood is a thrilling  origin story about a Crusader and a Moorish commander, who revolt against the English crown. See it at AMC Village on the Parkway 9 or at LOOK Cinemas this weekend.
9. It’s been three years since Creed premiered, and fans can now dive back into the life of Adonis Creed in Creed II, starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan. This story follows the boxer as he confronts an opponent with ties to his family’s past, resulting in Creed working with Rocky Balboa to confront their legacy and rediscover what is worth fighting for. It is playing at AMC Village on the Parkway 9 and LOOK Cinemas this week.
Local Events
Get out in the community and experience some holiday cheer this weekend by attending some amazing local events!
10. Get ready to “flip the switch” Clark Griswold-style as a new season of Vitruvian Lights officially kicks-off on Friday at 6 p.m. After you see the 1.5 million sparkling LED lights sparkle over 550 trees in Vitruvian Park, join the merry activities including getting free photos with Santa, listening to music by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra, enjoying food and seasonal drinks from gourmet food trucks and on-site booths, and donating to Metrocrest Services Donation Drive. Afterward, you can walk around the park and see the lights every night through Jan. 1, 2019.
11. Santa will be doing flips on the ice at Galleria Dallas’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration at noon on Friday. He will be joined by 2014 Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, as well as local children, who will all be skating and entertaining crowds around the tallest indoor Christmas tree that shines beautifully in the center of the rink.

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