Are you spending Thanksgiving in San Francisco? If so, you will be excited to learn that there are a lot of fun events scheduled on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend. In 2016, this popular holiday falls on November 24.
Several restaurants open their doors to serve up a variety of gourmet dishes. You can also do something a little different and enjoy your meal while cruising around the bay. In addition, many tour companies run most of their fun adventures throughout the day.
The rest of the weekend is also full of activity including the lighting of the Union Square Holiday Tree and Black Friday Shopping.
The best place to start your planning for 2016 is to check out the opening and closing times for all of SF's main attractions. While many museums and a handful of attractions close this day, you will still find several that open their doors to visitors.
You will find dozens of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in San Francisco. Many will offer a prix-fixe meal with turkey, dressing, and all of the fixings. Some also offer you the chance to choose a meal from their menu.
Enjoy a performance of Luzia, this year's Cirque du Soleil show under the Big Top near AT&T Park. Luzia is a Walking Dream of Mexico. Watch talented acrobats perform in colorful costumes as they tell the story of a dreamy Mexico. There is one performance on Thanksgiving Day at 8pm. You will also find other performances all weekend long.
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If you plan on going shopping, I recommend heading over to the Fishermans Wharf area. Most shops in that area are open this holiday.
Chinatown is another great option as most of the shops and restaurants run their regular hours.
If you head to Union Square, plan on most shops being closed as they prepare for Black Friday.
San Francisco Turkey Trot: This annual event only takes a limited number of entrants, around 1,400, and registration is open for 2016. The cost is $38 per person. The run takes place in Golden Gate Park. The kids race is at 8am and the Turkey Trot starts at 8:40am on Thanksgiving morning. The course is mostly flat.
Date & Time: Thursday, November 24 at 8:30am
Location: Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park
Learn More: Visit their website to register today
Thanksgiving Day 5k: Starts at 8am at AT&T Park and runs along the waterfront. Registration is open and it starts at around $20 per person. It benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks.
Date & Time: Thursday, November 26 at 8:00am
Location: AT&T Park
Learn More: Visit their website to register today
All museums and attractions run regular schedules for the rest of the weekend. All tour companies run their full schedules also. In addition to these activities, here are a few other fun things to check out this weekend.
You will find a variety of tree lighting ceremonies this weekend in SF. The biggest is the annual lighting of the tree in Union Square. This year, it's scheduled for Friday, November 25. The ceremony begins at 6pm with the tree lighting finishing at around 6:40pm.
Catch The Lion King at the Orpheum Theater. This classic theater performance is great for the entire family. You will find shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving. There are two performances on all three days. Get your tickets early as they are sure to sell out quickly.
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In addition to their performances on Thanksgiving Day, you will also find several Cirque du Soleil shows throughout the weekend. This year's show, LUZIA, showcases the colorful world of Mexico.
Tickets: On sale now for all shows
Head over to the Golden Gate Theater for Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King & I. This classic performance is set in Bangkok in the 1860s. It tells the story of an unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and an English school teacher. She was brought over to teach his many wives and kids. You will find other performances all weekend long.
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There are two performances by the SF Opera this weekend. The first is Madame Butterfly on Saturday (11/26) at 7:30pm. The second show Aida. It runs on Sunday (11/27) at 2pm. Both are at the War Memorial Opera House.
Tickets: Madame Butterfly
More Details: 2016 SF Opera calendar
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Each year throughout most of November and December, there is a temporary ice skating rink in Union Square. Each session is 90 minutes and starts on the hour, every even hour starting at 10am.
A second temporary ice skating rink is open at the Embarcadero Center throughout November and December at the Embarcadero Center.
Santa will make an appearance several times over the Thanksgiving Weekend. You will find him at special holiday events as well as at malls and shopping centers all around town.
This Thanksgiving in San Francisco you will also find several great live shows. They include Griz at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Switchfoot & Reliant K at the Nob Hill Masonic Center and Porter Robinson also at the Bill Graham.
Black Friday is a big shopping day in SF. This is when you'll want to head back to the places with larger retail stores for the best deals.