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Thanksgiving Events in Sacramento (2022)

Thanksgiving events in the Sacramento area 

As Americans, Thanksgiving is a major event in our life. Thanksgiving has traditionally been a celebration of the year’s blessings, particularly the harvest. 

The greater Folsom-Sacramento area has many great ways to celebrate with your friends and family. We’ve put together a number of events and ways for you to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Sacramento metro area. We have something for everyone, from family-friendly activities to adult-only parties. So grab your calendar and start making plans for the weekend!

Sacramento Thanksgiving parade – a family-friendly event that includes floats, bands, and more

The Sacramento Thanksgiving parade is a family-friendly event that includes floats, bands, and more. Held annually on Thanksgiving Day, the parade features marching bands from local high schools, as well as floats representing various businesses and organizations. In addition to being a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday, the Sacramento Thanksgiving parade also provides an opportunity for families to come together and enjoy the day. Whether you’re cheering on the floats or enjoying the music of the marching bands, the Sacramento Thanksgiving parade is sure to be a memorable experience for all.

Elk Grove Turkey Trot – a 5K race that benefits local charities

The Elk Grove Turkey Trot is a 5K race that benefits local charities. The race is held each year on Thanksgiving morning, and it attracts runners of all ages and abilities. The Elk Grove Turkey Trot is a great way to get some exercise, raise money for a good cause, and start your Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot. In addition to the race, there is also a food drive, which benefits the Elk Grove Food Bank. The food drive is held in conjunction with the race, and it is a great way to help those in need. The Elk Grove Turkey Trot is a great event for the whole community, and it is a great way to give back to those less fortunate.

Event Location: 8280 Longleaf Drive, Elk Grove, CA 95758

Schedule: (Thanksgiving, 11/24/22), 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Run to Feed the Hungry – Sacramento, CA 

The annual Run to Feed the Hungry is a 10k race that takes place on Thanksgiving morning in Sacramento, California. The race benefits the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, and all proceeds from the event go towards providing food for families in need.  The event features a loop course that starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the tree-lined streets of East Sacramento.

In addition to the main race, there will also be a 5k family fun run/walk and a kids’ turkey trot. The Run to Feed the Hungry is always a great opportunity to come together as a community and give back during the holiday season. Whether you’re an experienced runner or just getting started, everyone is welcome to participate. Register today and help make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Race Schedule

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 24, 2022

10K – 8:15am (timed runners), 8:20am – 8:40am (untimed participants)

5K – 9:00am (timed runners), 9:05am – 9:40am (untimed participants)

The Davis Turkey Trot

The Davis Turkey Trot is an annual 5k race that takes place on Thanksgiving morning in Davis, California. The event was started in 2009 by a group of local runners who wanted to promote fitness and community involvement on the holiday. Since then, the Turkey Trot has grown into one of the largest 5k races in Northern California, with over 3,000 participants each year. The race starts and ends at Central Park, and the course winds through the scenic downtown area. Thanks to the support of local businesses and organizations, the Turkey Trot has become a beloved Thanksgiving tradition in Davis. All proceeds from the event go towards supporting youth sports programs in the community.

Location: Civic Center Field, Davis, CA 95616

Schedule: November 19, 2022 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tower Bridge Dinner Cruise 

For many people, Thanksgiving is a time to relax at home with family and friends. But for those who want to experience something different this year, there’s the Tower Bridge Dinner Cruise. This three-hour cruise offers a delicious Thanksgiving dinner while cruising down the Sacramento River, taking in views of the city’s skyline and its iconic landmarks. The cruise also includes live entertainment and a cash bar. Whether you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving or simply want to enjoy a festive meal with friends, the Tower Bridge Dinner Cruise is a great option. So book your tickets and get ready for a Thanksgiving to remember.


The Sacramento area is home to a variety of Thanksgiving events, from races and food drives to dinner cruises. Whatever your interests, there’s sure to be an event that’s perfect for you. So get out and enjoy all that the holiday has to offer. And don’t forget to give thanks for all the blessings in your life.