From annual turkey trots to sharing delicious home cooked meals, Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness. If you’re looking for a new Thanksgiving tradition or just searching for something to do that week, we’ve rounded up some fun ways to celebrate turkey day.
Don’t feel like cooking this year? Brazilian restaurant Fogo de Chão will be offering special Thanksgiving options, available for delivery or in-person. Children ages 6 and under dine free on Thanksgiving Day with a purchase of an adult churrasco, a unique dining experience. Locations in Pasadena, Downtown, El Segundo and Beverly Hills.
For a truly family-friendly experience, skip cooking and head to one of Mimi’s Café’s many SoCal locations for a three-course turkey dinner. Dine-in or pick up the feast anytime between Nov. 19 and 23.
Union Station Homeless Services’ beloved annual tradition “Dinner in the Park” returns to feed those in need this Thanksgiving. For those with access to a kitchen, you can pick up meal supply boxes on Monday, Nov. 21 at the Adult Center in Pasadena. For those without access to a kitchen, stop by the Adult Center on Nov. 23 for a no-contact pick up of a deliciously prepared Thanksgiving meal. If you have the means, you can help donate ingredients for these Thanksgiving meals by shopping their Amazon wish list.
Visit The Gentle Barn on Thanksgiving to cuddle and feed rescued turkeys. The special Thanksgiving Day event also includes pie, games and more. $50; free for ages 0-2.
For some at home entertainment, check out award-winning comedy-improv group Story Pirates’ “Bugs and Daff’s Thanksgiving Road Trip,” a 4-part original podcast series produced for Warner Bros. Animation. To check out Story Pirates live, from home, DJ Squirm-a-Lot will host a Thanksgiving Mixtape Live party on Nov. 25 with an interactive Q&A.
The 10th Annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles returns to Downtown L.A. Thanksgiving morning to raise funds for The Midnight Mission. Dress up in your best Thanksgiving-themed gear and get on your marks in front of Los Angeles City Hall. The 5K and 10K run/walk course wraps around Grand Park and passes other DTLA landmarks like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Museum of Contemporary Art. Ages 12 and under can join the Widdle Wobble for their own mini run.
Other family-friendly Turkey Trots happening in L.A.:
- Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run in Torrance
- 45th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot in Dana Point
- 5th Annual Rose Bowl Turkey Trot in Pasadena
- Drumstick Dash in North Hollywood