0 Love It
Save it

Thanksgiving events and activities in Los Angeles

Stuff your holiday weekend with these Thanksgiving events, from comedy shows and shopping to charity events and ice skating

Illustration: Courtesy Turkey Trot Los Angeles

If you're doing it right, Thanksgiving in Los Angeles means feasting on turkey and the best pies—and finding volunteer opportunities in your community. But what to do the rest of the time, especially if you have relatives to entertain? Enjoy the long holiday weekend with a variety of events and things to do in LA—from ice skating and participating in a charity 5K to feeding the homeless and even dancing the night away.

RECOMMENDED: See more Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

 

Thanksgiving events in Los Angeles

The Great Los Angeles Walk

Critics' pick

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Great Los Angeles Walk debunks all of those cliches about walking in LA. Hundreds of walkers start the free urban hike on one side of the city and, nine hours and 17 miles later, end up at the other. You can hop on or off the walk whenever you'd like, and though no reservations are required, RSVPs are appreciated.

Read more
21 Nov 2015

Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot

Get moving for a good cause this Thanksgiving. Wake up early (yes, on a holiday) for Burbank YMCA's (321 E Magnolia Blvd) Turkey Trot, a 5K/10K run/walk. The event draws around 2,500 participants who choose to run, jog, walk, or push strollers. Kids can enter a kiddie 1K run. Fastest adults receive cash prizes and medals. The Y is also hosting a costume contest (although we're not sure what kind of costumes really scream Thanksgiving—expect to find some turkeys running, er, trotting around). Proceeds go to the organization's membership assistance program, which offers free and affordable access to the YMCA's services for those in need.

Read more
Until Thu Nov 26

Thanksgiving Lunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal amongst fish and sea otters this year at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Feast on a traditional Thanksgiving buffet in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba and then explore the more than 11,000 animals from the Pacific on view. Definitely not your typical Thanksgiving setting!

Read more
Until Thu Nov 26

Turkey Trot Los Angeles

Keep celebrating Thanksgiving into the weekend with this catchall family-friendly event along Downtown's Spring Street, chock-full of races, games and activities. Work off those calories in the 5K run/walk (there's also a 1K "Widdle Wobble" for kids 10 and under). Or you can dress up like a turkey and join the costume contest or compete in the potato-sack race and turkey-calling contest. (Winners get a pumpkin spice cheesecake.) A kid zone will have face painting and arts and crafts to keep young ones happy.

Read more
Until Thu Nov 26

Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive

'Tis the season for indulging. So get your metabolism revved before the feast—and give back to the community—at this 5K run/walk and 1 mile kids run. The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge hosts this annual benefit at Memorial Park (1301 Foothill Blvd), open to runners, walkers, kids and even pets (on a leash), with live music and games to boot. All participants must register and bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to families in need. Not much of a runner? Volunteer slots are open as well.

Read more
Until Thu Nov 26

Dana Point Turkey Trot

Many charities host 5k runs for Thanksgiving, but the Dana Point Turkey Trot at Dana Point Harbor (24921 Dana Point Harbor Drive) is one of the most massive and competitive. Case in point: more than 1,600 participants have showed up in past years and the 10k first place prize is $1,000! Yet, regardless of experience level, everyone is welcome to participate in the run. And the setting couldn't be more perfect—run by sweeping views of the beach, cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Choose from the 10k, 5k, or a Mission Hospital-sponsored Gobble Wobble 1k kids race. Check the Trot's website for the different race start times. If running isn't your thing, give back to the community by volunteering to help out with the race or have fun by dressing up for the morning's Thanksgiving costume contest. Proceeds from the day will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association and Family Assistance Ministries.

Read more
Until Thu Nov 26

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Like an Angelyne billboard on Sunset Blvd, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is an essential part of LA kitsch. Now in its 83rd year, the annual parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie and will feature floats, balloons, bands, equestrians and celebrities as they ride in a U-shaped route that begins at Hollywood and Orange and ends up at Sunset and Orange. Reserved grandstand seats can be purchased, with proceeds going to Toys for Tots, but free curbside seating is also available.

Read more
Until Sun Nov 29

LA Auto Show

Tokyo drift into the Convention Center for the ten-day LA Auto Show with cars that would even make Bond drool. If you're a car nerd, get behind the wheel to test drive one of the cherry rides, while celebrities meet and greet at the manufacturer exhibits. For families, check out the Kids' Fun Zone for 12 and under, featuring bounce houses, face-painting, video games and more. With world and North American debuts from BMW, Chevrolet, Jaguar and more, rev up for the machines of the future.

Read more
Until Sun Nov 29

UCB Thanksgiving Feast Show

Rekindle that family-together-happy thing on Thanksgiving with the help of laughter from Upright Citizens Brigade's Thanksgiving Feast comedy show. Watch this purely improvised Thanksgiving family dinner—complete with creepy uncles and disturbingly quiet teens sitting around the table—that will make you even more thankful for your own crazy family. Audience members will be served food during the show. Tickets must be bought in advance.

Read more
Until Wed Nov 25

Laugh Factory's Annual Free Thanksgiving Feast

This uniquely LA event marries comedy and cranberry sauce at four free dinners and comedy shows. Laugh Factory stars like Dane Cook, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold and Brad Garrett have all served food to guests and treated them to live performances after each of the four meals being served that day. The free dinner and show is open to the underprivileged, homeless, lonely and people who don't have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving.

Read more
Until Thu Nov 26

Comments

0 comments