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 here.
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+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!