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Thanksgiving Events

Check out San Diego's 2014 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.

Pie In The Sky: Buy A Pie, Support The Work Of Mama’s Kitchen

Graphic logo for Pie in the Sky by Mama's Kitchen. Courtesy image from Mama's Kitchen.

Ongoing until Sunday, November 23, 2014

Purchase your Thanksgiving pie for $25 and help Mama's Kitchen provide free, nutritious home-delivered meals to San Diego men, women and children who are severely impacted by cancer or AIDS.

YWCA San Diego Thanksgiving Day Drive

Promotional photo of a turkey.

Ongoing until Monday, November 24, 2014

. In-kind support from the community allows the YWCA to provide additional necessities for our clients and their families during a difficult time. New items collected for Special Holiday Drives ensure that families receive essential items.

Alchemy Of The Hearth: Thanksgiving For Beginners

Promotional graphic for Alchemy of the Hearth Culinary School.

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In this two-part hands-on class you'll learn how to plan, shop, and create a memorable holiday feast.

Birch Aquarium At Scripps - SEA Days: Kelp Kornucopia

Photo of Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Courtesy of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate a harvest of kelp. Uncover the ways that people and ocean animals depend on kelp, an amazing seaweed. Meet Scripps coastal researchers, watch an interactive Kelp Tank Feeding Show, and get your hands slimy with real kelp.

Cookin With Klibs Presents Autumn Cooking Class At Myrtle Creek

Promotional photo of Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery.

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is time to discover some American recipes that are slightly different from the standard fare. Reservations for the class are requested kindly by Thursday, November 13th!

Holiday Cooking Class: Thanksgiving!

Promotional photo for the Thanksgiving cooking class with Chef, Alison Caldwell.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come learn, cook, and eat new and delicious recipes to wow your family and guests at the Thanksgiving table. Students walk away with savory recipes, culinary tips, and kitchen confidence for the holidays!

Alchemy Of The Hearth: Thanksgiving Pies

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd for an evening of pie making that will make everyone smack their lips.

Make Your Own Thanksgiving Centerpiece At Corpus Christi

Promotional photo of a Thanksgiving Centerpiece.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The cost includes materials, and you will be able to take your centerpiece home!

My Kids Clubhouse: Parents Night Out 'Gratitude Celebration'

Promotional graphic for the Parents Night Out "Gratitude Celebration" at My Kids Clubhouse.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Drop the kids off for a gratitude celebration. We will be creating trees to honor the things we are thankful for. Plus playing games, and eating pizza and ice cream.

Mother Goose Parade 2014

Promotional photo from a previous Mother Goose Parade.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, noon to 7 p.m.

The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon.

Living Coast Discover Center's Thanksgiving Camp

Promotional photo of the Living Coast Discovery Center's children camps. Courtesy photo of the Living Coast Discovery Center.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

School out for Thanksgiving but work isn’t? The Living Coast Discovery Center offers one-, two-, or three-day Thanksgiving Camps from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm November 24-26, 2014.

College Avenue Center: A Thanksgiving Celebration

Graphic logo of the Jewish Family Service of San Diego, the provider for College Avenue Center.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, noon

Thanksgiving is a time of year where we gather with friends and family to give thanks for each other. Please join us for this truly American holiday as we feast on turkey with gravy, stuffing and cranberries and give thanks for the people in our life

UC San Diego Library's Annual Turkey Calling Show

Promotional photo of a Turkey.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, noon to 1 p.m.

UC San Diego Library's Annual Turkey Calling Show is presented in the style of an old-time live radio broadcast, filled with music and "studio audience" participation.

35th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest: Nov 26-30, 2014

Promotional flyer for the  35th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest November 26-30, 2014.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 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.

South Bay YMCA 16th Annual Pre-Pig Out Workout

Promotional graphic for the 16th Annual Pre-pig Out Workout. Courtesy of South Bay YMCA.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The 16th Annual Pre-pig Out Workout will take place Thursday, November 27, 2014, Thanksgiving morning, from 6:00 am-11:30 am!

5th Annual Thank You Run

Promotional photo from a previous Thank You Run.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7 a.m.

The Thank You Run is a 5k/10k run/walk where 100% of proceeds are donated to two non-profits: Helen's Closet and 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation.

Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk

Graphic logo of the 2014 Father Joe's Village Thanksgiving Day 5k Run & Walk.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join 10,000 of your fellow San Diego neighbors for the 13th Annual Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run in Balboa Park!

Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot

Promotional graphic for the Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Featuring scenic tours of this classic California beach community, the 5-Mile & 5K runs will kick off at 7 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. respectively, starting on historic Highway 101 at the Civic Center. All races feature live entertainment along the courses!

Thanksgiving Celebration At Estancia La Jolla Hotel

Promotional photo of Christmas at the Estancia Hotel.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Join us for our holiday buffet which will feature holiday favorites including Mary’s Organic Turkey, a chilled seafood display, and an assortment of holiday desserts.

13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run For The Hungry 5K & 10K,

Promotional graphic for 12th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run For The Hungry 5K & 10K on

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7:10 a.m.

Get your running shoes ready and sign up for the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K, which supports the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and Jewish Family Service Food Assistance programs.

Coronado 5k Turkey Trot

Promotional graphic for the first annual Coronado 5K Turkey Trot benefiting Rady Children's Hospital.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8 a.m.

Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary for a turkey trot fun run. Proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego.

Waddle & Trot 5K

Promotional graphic for the Woddle & Trot 5k. Courtesy of Pathways Community Church.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8 a.m.

Join us for our 3rd annual Waddle & Trot 5K and Fun Run happening at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This fast & flat 5K race starts and finishes at the Pathways Center in Santee, and loops around through scenic Santee Lakes.

Del Mar Mile Family Fun Run

Promotional photo of the Del Mar Racetrack.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8 a.m.

While waiting for the turkey to cook, come out to Del Mar with the entire family to do a one mile lap around the racetrack, and watch the horses zip around the track after.

Encinitas 101 Turkey Trot & Food Drive

Promotional graphic for the Encinitas Turkey Trot.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This Thanksgiving help “take a bite out of hunger” during the first annual Encinitas 101 Turkey Trot and Food Drive. The 5K and 10 K race, between 8:30 am.- 10:30 a.m., will run along scenic HWY101 in Encinitas.

The Traditions Of Thanksgiving At The Westgate Hotel

Promotional graphic for The Traditions Of Thanksgiving at The Westgate Hotel.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11 a.m.

Let The Westgate Hotel do the cooking for you! Enjoy the tradition of Thanksgiving with one of our two dining options including a holiday buffet and a four-course meal.

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner On Mission Bay

Promotional photo of the Bahia Belle.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate family and friends with Thanksgiving Dinner on Mission Bay! Feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes Roasted Tom Turkey, Roasted Top Sirloin, salmon, short ribs, and all the favorite sides and salads!

Thanksgiving Day Buffet At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Promotional graphic for the Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Courtesy of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, noon

Treat yourself and your family to an amazing Thanksgiving dinner in beautiful surroundings this year—and we’ll do the dishes!

Flagship Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise In San Diego

Promotional graphic for the 2014 Flagship Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise. Courtesy of Flagship Cruises & Events.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 1 p.m.

From farm to sea, spend Thanksgiving in San Diego on the water. Put a new twist on an old tradition by having your Thanksgiving dinner on board a private yacht cruising the San Diego Bay.

Thanksgiving Dinner At Marina Kitchen

Promotional graphic for the Thanksgiving Menu at Marina Kitchen.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Celebrated as one of the largest buyers of locally sourced ingredients, Executive Chef Aron Schwartz has crafted a menu featuring organic and sustainable produce and meats.

Hornblower San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise 2014

Promotional graphic for the 2014 Hornblower San Diego Thanksgiving Cruise. Courtesy of Hornblower Cruises San Diego.

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate a heart warming holiday with your family in a uniquely San Diego way. Aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events with a traditional holiday buffet complete with all the trimmings but onboard a yacht on San Diego bay.