9 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in North Carolina

Feeling festive? Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with any of these top Thanksgiving activities and events throughout North Carolina.

Thanksgiving Eve Parade, Charlotte, NC

The Thanksgiving Eve Parade is a beloved tradition in Charlotte, and it has been a part of the fabric of the season in this community for 76 years…and counting. Check it out live the evening before Thanksgiving.

Beech Mountain Holiday Market, Beech Mountain, NC

Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of jumpstarting your holiday shopping at the Beech Mountain Holiday Market. This market is packed with small vendors from the local area and beyond so you can find outstanding, unique gifts for your loved ones (or yourself).

Chinese Lantern Festival, Cary, NC

At the Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, you can take part in a popular tradition: the town’s annual Chinese Lantern Festival. It begins just before Thanksgiving so it’s the perfect way to start feeling festive and enjoy stunning works of art in the process.

Turkey Trot 5K, Apex, NC

Why not start your Thanksgiving season with a bit of exercise? You can do that in a fun atmosphere at the Turkey Trot 5K. This Apex race offers a competitive and recreational division so you can run at your speed.

Thanksgiving-Themed Wine and Design, Raleigh, NC

What’s better than enjoying a great Thanksgiving-themed activity? Having a custom memento of that activity. That’s what you’ll get at any of Wine and Design’s fantastic wine-friendly art classes that guide you through creating a Thanksgiving or fall-themed painting.

Calabash Turkey Trot, Calabash, NC

In stunning coastal North Carolina, the Calabash Turkey Trot is a fantastic way to start your Thanksgiving morning. Choose your favorite distance because this Turkey Trot includes a 10K, 5K, and 1-miler.

Green Friday at the Adventure Center of Asheville, Asheville, NC

Instead of spending your Black Friday wrestling with crowds at the shops, embrace the growing tradition of Green Friday by taking the family out for a fun day in nature. A great place to do that is at the Adventure Center of Asheville, where adults and kids alike can enjoy zip lining, a treetop adventure park and more.

Wood-Fired Kiln Opening, Blowing Rock, NC

Traditions Pottery is a beloved pottery studio that has hosted six generations of family potters. While most of its pottery is fired in electric kilns, it offers specialty wood-fired kiln pieces twice per year, and one of these kiln openings is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This is a premium time to get rare and unique pottery pieces.

Ice Skating at The RINK, Raleigh, NC

Launch into the winter season in a fully festive way with outdoor ice skating. The RINK at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh is known for offering a great time for all.

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