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Thanksgiving Events

Check out San Diego's 2013 Thanksgiving activities. We are constantly adding to this list. Please check back periodically for more listings. The events are presented in chronological order. If you'd like to add your event to our list, please submit the event.

Handmade Holidays By VONS: Cornucopia Creations

Image of a child playing with clay at the New Children's Museum.

Ongoing until Saturday, November 30, 2013

From November 1st - 30th, get inspired by the colors and textures of the season! Visit the New Children's Museum’s Art Buffet to create a food sculpture to add to our bountiful fall centerpieces. Recommended for ages 3+

Thanksgiving In Colonial Times

Promotional graphic for an interactive program for kids about Thanksgiving in Colonial Times, including involvement of the local Native Americans, on November 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Alpine Library. Other related events include Kumeyaay Storytime on Nov. 13, and a One Book discussion on Nov. 16th.

Friday, November 8, 2013, 3 p.m.

Join us for an interactive program for kids about Thanksgiving in Colonial Times, including involvement of the local Native Americans, on November 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Alpine Library.

Alchemy Of The Hearth: Thanksgiving Pies

Promotional image of Alchemy of the Hearth Thanksgiving Pie course. Courtesy image of Alchemy of the Hearth.

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there is nothing better than a homemade pie. Join Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd for an evening of pie making that will make everyone smack their lips.

Holiday Healthy Cooking Series: Thanksgiving Appetizers / Side Dishes

Promotional image of Holiday Healthy Cooking Series: Thanksgiving Appetizers / Side Dishes on November 18, 2013. Courtesy image of Reproductive Wellness.

Monday, November 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Who said that you had to leave Thanksgiving feeling like a stuffed turkey with no energy? We are here to tell you that there is a better way to enjoy this holiday with your family.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration / Food Drive

Promotional graphic for the Community Thanksgiving Celebration / Food Drive on November 20th, 2013.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vista Village Business Association is participating in a Community Thanksgiving/ Food Drive with a Potluck component. The goal is to continue outreach to the families in the area and encourage people to donate gifts of foods and other items.

Traditional Thanksgiving Feast With A Healthy Twist

Logo for Center For A Healthy Living.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join us on Wednesday, November 20th 6:30-8:00pm for the Traditional Thanksgiving Feast with a healthy twist. We are here to tell you that there is a better way to enjoy this holiday with your family.

ScholarShare’s Finger Painting Friday: It’s A Feast!

Promotional graphic for the Finger Painting Friday at the New Children's Museum on November 22nd, 2013.

Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to noon

It’s a Feast! Come to the New Children's Museum on November 22nd, 2013 from 10:30am - 12pm and use food-stamping tools to make a colorful cornucopia portrait.

Cooking Light & Health 'The Fit Foodie 5K Run'

Promotional graphic for the The Fit Foodie 5K Race Series on November 23rd, 2013.

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 7 a.m. to noon

For those of us who love wine and extraordinary foodie experiences, the Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Run presented by Citi is just the answer. Lace up your tennies and head out for a race with a scrumptious finish.

Thanksgiving Turkey Splash 2013

Image from a previous year's Thanksgiving Turkey Splash presented by the La Jolla Cove Swim Club.

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 8:30 a.m.

On November 23rd starting at 8:30am, we’ll have a social swimming event at La Jolla Cove at the Thanksgiving Turkey Splash. Dress like a turkey, swim like a turkey, or just “gobble up” some grub with your swim buddies.

A Native Californian Holiday Feast

Promotional graphic for A Native Californian Holiday Feast on November 23rd, 2013.

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It's time to honor the seasons & celebrate like our ancestors did - California style! Inspired by the series "Cooking Through California's History", this class is a sneak peak into local eating habits of Native tribes with Spanish-colonial influences

Mother Goose Parade 2013

Image from the 2012 Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon, San Diego. Courtesy to the Mother Goose Parade Association.

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons and Santa Claus.

Thanksgiving Feast! A Cooking Camp For Kids!

Promotional graphic for Thanksgiving Feast! A Cooking Camp for Kids! on November 25th, 26th, & 27th, 2013.

Monday, November 25, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us November 25th - 27th, Campers will explore the history and traditions of this delicious holiday, by learning to cook and reenact the first feast, complete with a sit down Thanksgiving Dinner!

San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival: Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2013

Promotional graphic for the 34th Annual San Diego Jazz Festival taking place on November 27th - December 1st, 2013.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Discerning jazz fans call the San Diego Jazz Festival "the crown jewel of jazz festivals." The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego.

33rd Thanksgiving Eve Worship With Congregation Beth Israel

Promotional graphic for the 33rd Thanksgiving Eve Worship with Congregation Beth Israel. Courtesy of the First United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This year marks the 33rd year we have a shared an interfaith service on Thanksgiving Eve with Congregation Beth Israel. The service will be held at our church this year on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary.

Oceanside Turkey Trot 2013

Promotional graphic for the Oceanside Turkey Trot taking place on November 28th, 2013.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 7 a.m.

The Move Your Feet Before Your Eat holiday tradition continues at the Oceanside Turkey Trot on Nov 28th, 2013. The trot also features costumes, bands, souvenirs, an art contest and event special lodging packages for out-of-town participants.

Thanksgiving Day Run For The Hungry 5K & 10K

Promotional graphic for the Run For The Hungry 5K/10K taking place Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 2013.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 7 a.m.

Join us on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 for the Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K! The race runs through the beautiful Gaslamp District and East Village and is the only downtown race in San Diego before sitting down for a feast.

4th Annual Thank You Run At 4S Ranch

Promotional graphic for the Thank You Run taking place on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 2013 at 4S Ranch.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Join us for the 4th Annual Thank You Run at 4S Ranch on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013! The 5K begins at 7:30am, 10K at 7:45am, and the kids fun run at 9am. Don’t miss our Post-Race Family Festival with something for everyone!

Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K

Promotional graphic for the Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K on November 28th, 2013.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 7:45 a.m.

Join us and 10,000 of our closest friends and family in Balboa Park for the 12th annual Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K! We’ve got an exciting new course this year, and, as always, pets are welcome!

10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Yoga Benefit

Promotional graphic for the 10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Yoga Benefit on November 28th, 2013.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

If you like holidays, like yoga and like helping people in need, join Dana Rae Paré and the staff of Infinite Yoga at Malashock Dance for our 10th Annual Thanksgiving Benefit on November 28th from 9-10:15am.

Horse Racing And Thanksgiving At Surfside Race Place

Exterior image of the Surfside Race Place.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come celebrate Thanksgiving in a different manner. This year Surfside Race Place located next to the Del Mar Racetrack in the Del Mar Fairgrounds is having a Thanksgiving special meal.

Thanksgiving At The Westgate Hotel San Diego

Exterior image of the Westgate Hotel San Diego.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us and enjoy the traditions of this special holiday in the Westgate Room with a refined four-course dinner or indulge yourself and your loved ones in the Le Fontainebleau Room for the thanksgiving holiday Buffet.

Thanksgiving At Aragon

Interior image of the Aragon Ballroom at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come to the Rancho Bernardo Inn's Aragon Ballroom and feast on all your Turkey Day Favorites, buffet-style served from 11am-3pm, along with a petting zoo.

San Diego Zoo’s Albert’s Restaurant Thanksgiving Feast

Promotional image of a jaguar playing with a pumpkin. Courtesy image of San Diego Zoo.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

At the Zoo’s Albert’s Restaurant, enjoy a gourmet, three-course Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. The menu boasts free-range turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, seared seabass, or vegetarian wild mushroom risotto, plus decadent desserts.

Treetops Thanksgiving Buffet At San Diego Zoo

Promotional image of an orangutang playing in the trees. Courtesy image of San Diego Zoo.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Zoo’s Treetops Banquet Room, a bountiful buffet offers continuous seating from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Selections include turkey, prime rib, traditional side dishes, salads, artisan breads, and a dessert bar.

Oceanside Elks Thanksgiving Dinner

Exterior image of Oceanside Elks Lodge 1561.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, noon to 2 p.m.

Oceanside Elks invites you for Thanksgiving dinner, Thursday November 28 at Noon. The Elks sponsor worthy causes like the Boy Scouts, Veteran's organizations, local schools and other organizations.

Thanksgiving Dinner At First United Methodist Church (All Seats Now Reserved)

Promotional graphic for the Thanksgiving dinner at First United Methodist Church. Courtesy of the First United Methodist Church.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, noon to 3 p.m.

Make plans now to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with our church family from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 28th in Linder Hall. There is no charge; however reservations are required.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Promotional graphic for the Thanksgiving day buffet at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m.

Tired of the same old Thanksgiving? Come to the Safari Park for your holiday feast instead! Our chefs are cooking up the perfect celebratory meal to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Dinner At The Hotel Del Coronado

Exterior image of the Hotel Del Coronado.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, noon to 6 p.m.

Let the Del's talented Chefs do the cooking this Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 28th, the oceanfront Ballroom and the magnificent Crown Room will feature elegant buffet dinners decked with all the trimmings and live musical entertainment.

Thanksgiving At The Marine Room

Interior image of The Marine Room.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, noon to 7 p.m.

This Thanksgiving, enjoy the stunning views of La Jolla Bay in an elegant setting at The Marine Room! Go early or stay late and enjoy the La Jolla Coast Walk.

Thanksgiving At Veranda Fireside Lounge

Image of Veranda Fireside Lounge at Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, noon to 9 p.m.

Join us at Veranda Fireside Lounge and enjoy regular dining menu offerings or a special 3-course menu including turkey breast, traditional stuffing and gravy & cranberry compote from 12pm-9pm.

The US Grant's Thanksgiving Buffet 2013

Promotional graphic for the Thanksgiving buffet at the US Grant Hotel.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

A bountiful array of seasonal specialties and traditional holiday fare takes guests on an epicurean journey from the warm Spiced Apple Cider welcome to the all-encompassing housemade desserts, paired alongside your favorite specialty coffee beverage.

Thanksgiving Luncheon Cruise

Promotional graphic for the Thanksgiving Luncheon Cruise hosted by Flagship Cruises & Events.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

From farm to sea, spend your Thanksgiving on the water. Put a new twist on an old tradition by having your Thanksgiving on board a Flagship yacht cruising the San Diego Bay. Flagship Cruises & Events invites you to our Thanksgiving Lunch Cruise!

Thanksgiving Champagne Dinner Buffet

Promotional graphic for the Thanksgiving Champagne Dinner Buffet at Bahia Resort Hotel on November 28th, 2013.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us on November 28th, 2013 in the Mission Bay Ballroom overlooking Mission Bay for our annual Thanksgiving Champagne Dinner Buffet.

Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet At The Catamaran Resort

Image of the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet on Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Mission Bay cruises aboard the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans are included with the price of the buffet as well.

Celebrate Thanksgiving At Marina Kitchen

Interior image of Marina Kitchen.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family to Marina Kitchen this Thanksgiving not only for the warmth of a family dinner, but also for a top-notch, beautifully-prepared Thanksgiving buffet.

Thanksgiving At Avant

Exterior image of Avant Restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come to the Rancho Bernardo Inn Avant Restaurant and celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. Indulge in a 4-course menu serving from 2pm-7pm.

Hornblower San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise 2013

Graphic image of people enjoying Hornblower San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise. Courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

What better way to spend Thanksgiving Day than with friends and family on San Diego Bay? Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet feast with none of the preparation or clean up. Let Hornblower do all the work!

The Commons Presents A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Exterior image of The Commons Bar. Courtesy image of The Commons Bar.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

San Diego's newest watering hole, The Commons, will be open at 4 pm on Thanksgiving Day to welcome both visitors and locals to celebrate their Thanksgiving with The Commons' Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.

BiCE Thanksgiving

Interior image of BiCE Restaurant. Courtesy image of Bice San Diego.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For a close to home holiday experience without the hassle and mess in one's own kitchen, BiCE Ristorante will extend a Thanksgiving feast to their San Diego family this year.

Thanksgiving With An Italian Twist At Il Fornaio

Promotional graphic for Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

On November 28th, 2013, start a new family tradition and join us this Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio for a 4-Course Feast with an Italian twist!

4th Annual Turkey Paddle And Potluck

Promotional graphic for the 4th Annual Turkey Paddle. Courtesy of San Diego Canoe Kayak Team.

Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

Not enough Thanksgiving activities? Join us on Friday, November 29th for the 4th Annual Turkey Paddle and Potluck! Help raise money to support San Diego Canoe Kayak Team in their mission to develop youth paddlers while burning off that Turkey Dinner!