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Thanksgiving Events: Perfect Week To Eat And Run, Or Run Then Eat


With a bevy of different fun runs and banquets in the area there’s no shortage of fun things to do with family - or on your own this Thanksgiving week. 



Before Thanksgiving Day:

International House Davis’ Annual Thanksgiving Dinner - Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

For those who want to get their “turkey day” started early, the International House Davis is hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner at 10 College Park. At the dinner, community members will be joined by international visitors, scholars and international students to enjoy one of the most traditional American holidays of the year.

10 College Park, Davis, CA, 95616
Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20

International House Davis

55th Annual Sylvia Besana Holiday Parade - Nov. 19 at 8 a.m.

Rosevillians have been celebrating Thanksgiving with a parade downtown for the past 55 years and this year is no different. The parade starts at the Vernon Street Town Square and  features performances by local music groups, and floats from local businesses.

Vernon Street Town Square
311 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678
Nov. 19, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Free

Macy’s 8th Annual Theatre of Lights - Nov. 23-Dec. 24

Clement Clarke Moore’s classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will come to life on the balconies of Old Sacramento at K Street and Front between the day before Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve.This 8th annual colorful storytelling spectacular, produced by Stage Nine Exhibitions,will feature Emmy-nominated voice actor Bill Farmer and the voice of Disney’s Goofy.

Old Sacramento
1002 2nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Nov. 23-Dec. 24, show times vary by day
Admission: Free 


Thanksgiving Day:

Run to Feed the Hungry - Nov. 24

More than 20,000 participants are expected to gather at the Sacramento State campus for the 22nd annual Run to Feed the Hungry. Donations from this fundraiser will go to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and support other families in need. Join the fun or cheer on the runners. You can support Capital Public Radio’s team by signing up to join the group.

Sacramento State
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
Nov. 24, 8 a.m.
Admission: $20-$55


Run to Feed the Hungry

Turkey Trot for Teal - Nov. 24 at 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

The Herald Community Center will host a 5K run/walk to raise money for the Strong-as-Steele Children’s Cancer Foundation. Participants can pick up a T-shirts, swag bag, coffee, hot cocoa and other prizes.

Herald Community Center
Ivie Road, Herald, CA 95638
Nov. 24, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Admission: $15-$30

Thanksgiving Morning Slow Flow Yoga - Nov. 24 at 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

The Yoga Seed Collective will host a Slow Flow yoga class Thanksgiving Day morning at its location on E Street. The class was designed to celebrate the holiday by allowing participants to find what they’re thankful for through movement, chanting and meditation.

The Yoga Seed Collective
1400 E Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Admission: $20

7th Annual Sit to Feed the Hungry - Nov. 24 - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

If running isn’t your thing but you still want to use your holiday to do good, then Sit to Feed the Hungry may just be the perfect alternative for you. The event is hosted by Blacktop Comedy on Sunset Boulevard in Rocklin, and proceeds go the Placer Food Bank.  Activities include playing board games, video games and improvisational comedy games before heading home to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. 

Blacktop Comedy
3101 Sunset Boulevard, Rocklin, Ca 95677
Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Admission: $15

Folsom Turkey Trot - Nov. 24 at 8:50 a.m.

The city of Folsom’s Capitol Adventure will host its own Thanksgiving morning run with a 5K and 10K courses that were designed to take participants through numerous streets, trails and bridges of the city. The run starts at the Folsom City Lions Park. There will be a food and clothing drive for the Twin Lakes Food Bank.

Folsom City Lions Park
403 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630
Nov. 24, 8:50 a.m.
Admission: $35

Friendsgiving Meal at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center - Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m. 

The local LGBT center is inviting the community to its friendsgiving feast on Thanksgiving afternoon. Attendees of all ages and genders will be welcomed at the gathering and they can also bring food and drinks to contribute.

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center
1927 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Thanksgiving Feast for the Animals - Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

In this annual tradition, zoogoers will get to watch animals receiving their own Thanksgiving feast, which will include special pumpkin pies.

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
403 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630
Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Admission: $4-$5

Sacramento Hmong New Year - Nov. 24-27, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

This 12th annual festival will be hosted at Cal Expo where numerous booths and vendors will entertain and peddle food and drinks to attendees, who are encouraged to wear their favorite Hmong outfits, as they walk through the fairgrounds with friends and family.

Cal Expo Fairground
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
Nov. 24-27, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: Free


After Thanksgiving Day:

Nationwide Free Admission Day & Canned Food Drive - Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bring a canned good, earn a free admission —that is the offer at this year’s event by Fairytale Town to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving. The event will have free puppet shows and free arts and craft activities. Proceeds and all goods collected will go toward the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

Fairtytale Town
3901 Land Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822
Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Free Admission to 116 California State Parks - Nov. 25

A total of 116 out of California’s 280 state parks will offer free vehicle day-use passes to the public on Friday after Thanksgiving. Parks like Big Basin Redwoods in Santa Cruz, Mount Diablo in East Bay and Butano in Pescadero will participate in this year’s program. Visit www.greenfriday.org for a full list of participating state parks. If you want to hike off the calories from the turkey and mashed potatoes you noshed on Thursday, then CapRadio recommends this list of five trails you should consider visiting.


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Crest Anime Festival - Nov. 26-27, 1 p.m.

The Crest Theatre on K Street will show five featured Japanese animations during Thanksgiving weekend. Hardcore anime fans will get to relive popular moments from films like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Steamboy and Castle in the Sky.

Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Nov. 26-27, 1 p.m.
Admission: $35-$40

Elk Grove's Dickens Street Faire - Nov. 26

This event is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving along Elk Grove Boulevard. Over 150 food, drinks, arts and craft vendors from the community will gather throughout the area. The event will also have free music performances, free photo shoots with Santa Claus, Christmas carolers and free craft corners for the youngsters.

Vu Chau

Digital News Intern

Vu Chau is currently a digital news intern at Capital Public Radio.  Read Full Bio 

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