Shannon Nico Shreibak
November 22, 2016 4:41 pm

Whether you’re trying to evade election-fueled dinner table brawls or can’t nickel-and-dime your way back home for the holidays, spending Thanksgiving Day alone doesn’t have to consist of a bottle of wine and a full Netflix queue. These events all across the country are just a few of the reasons we’re thankful for Turkey Day.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Visit The Great Los Angeles Walk — Take full advantage of sunny days and soaring temperatures with a brisk walk throughout L.A. Learn more about the walk, which is in its 11th year running, here.

Why not enjoy Thanksgiving Lunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific? If you don’t have a family of your own to celebrate the holidays with, the aquarium has an amphibious fam waiting for you! Chow down on a traditional Thanksgiving buffet as the ocean’s finest swim right next to you! 

Head to Holiday Marketplace at CAFAM! You can shop around for holiday gifts from L.A.’s finest local vendors and crafters; be sure to stroll through the Craft & Folk Art Museum afterward.

New York City

Volunteer with Feeding NYCThanksgiving is all about being thankful for what you have, so what better way to spend the day than by volunteering? Hand-deliver warm meals to the less fortunate with this noble charity.

Get on your bike with the NYC Pilgrim PedalExplore the city—from Manhattan to Brooklyn—on two wheels! The ride departs at 8 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to fill up on festive fodder afterward.

Chicago

Get into the holiday spirit at ChristkindlmarketChicago’s largest open-air market, inspired by Nuremberg, Germany, is open for business and ready to sling out traditional gifts like nutcrackers and wooden handicrafts. Enjoy it with a potato pancake and some mulled wine.

Portland

Be mesmerized by The Amazing Bubble Show. Louis “The Amazing Bubble Man” Pearl brings his dazzling stage show to the City of Roses for Thanksgiving Weekend. Purchase tickets to the tour here.

Wander through the magical Christmas in the GardenThe Oregon Garden will be bedecked with its yuletide finest, complete with fire pits and carolers meandering throughout the garden.

Seattle

Experience Magic in the Market. The famous Pike Place Market will be getting into the holiday swing from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, thanks to performances by STRUM ukulele band, fresh cider and hot cocoa on hand, and the lighting of a 20-foot holiday tree.

St. Louis

Grab a drink at Blueberry HillLooking to meet some new barstool buds? The watering hole will be opening up shop at 7 p.m. if you’re in need of boozy holiday libations and damn fine conversation.

Indianapolis

Experience. Lights At The Brickyard. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is taking yuletide gay to the next level with a 1.7-mile driving experience boasting more than 2 million lights in 400 displays across 40 scenes along.

ANYWHERE!!!

Run the Turkey Trot. Before filling up on pie, casserole, and family resentment, dash for your dinner at a Turkey Trot! There are runs from Chicago to Phoenix, and you can sign up here

Aww at the precious puppies in The National Dog Show. While the show takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, we can all joy-cry at the fluffiest puppers the world has to offer thanks to livestreaming. Learn more about the show (and how to watch it) here

Play the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Drinking Game — because sometimes, when words fail, wine speaks. Check out the full rules here.

Happy Thanksgiving, no matter how you are celebrating!

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