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Annual Events in the Greater Sacramento Area

Annual Thanksgiving Events

Around the Greater Sacramento Area

Run to Feed the Hungry: This annual run/walk event benefits the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and is a popular way for people to start their Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Day Dining: Many local restaurants, such as The Firehouse and Mulvaney's B&L, often offer special Thanksgiving Day menus or meals to-go.

Thanksgiving Parades: Some communities in the Greater Sacramento area hold Thanksgiving parades. For example, the Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon is a popular event.

Community Thanksgiving Meals: Many churches and community centers, like the Salvation Army or Loaves & Fishes, provide free meals for those in need on Thanksgiving Day.

Volunteer Opportunities: Many local organizations seek volunteers to help with meal preparation and serving for community Thanksgiving meals.

Black Friday Shopping: The Friday after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is a major shopping day. Stores in areas like the Arden Fair Mall or Downtown Plaza often have special sales.

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting: Many local wineries in the surrounding regions open their doors for special Thanksgiving weekend tastings.

Farmers Markets: Many local farmers markets, like the Midtown Farmers Market or the Davis Farmers Market, are open in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, offering fresh, local ingredients for your holiday meal.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies: While not specifically related to Thanksgiving, many communities in the Sacramento area kick off the holiday season with tree lighting ceremonies on the weekend after Thanksgiving.