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November 19, 2015

6 Thanksgiving-themed events to attend in Philadelphia

A guide for Nov. 24-26 featuring yoga, Turkeywide specials, and pink attire

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Thanksgiving Parade M. Kennedy/Visit Philadelphia™

Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest parade of its kind in the country, finishes in grand fashion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia offers a wide range of Thanksgiving-themed activities for the holiday. When planning your time off this year, there is a little bit of everything for everyone. 

Here is a list of some of the most exciting Thanksgiving activities you can attend, starting on Nov. 24 and ending on Nov. 26.

Thanksgiving Floral Centerpiece Class

On Tuesday, November 24 you can start your holiday preparations by creating a unique dinner centerpiece. Hands-on-instruction, a vessel for the centerpiece, flowers and foliage from local specialty farms, coffee, light refreshments, and clippers are included with cost. Space is limited for this event and attendees must be 21 plus.

Tuesday, November 24
7 p.m to 9 p.m. | $125 per person
Floradelphia Floral Studio
319A N. 11th St.
(267) 858-1355

Extended Thanksgiving Eve Happy Hour


Wines and Liqueurs behind the bar at Coeur, 824 South 8th Street in Bella Vista. (Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice)
Thanksgiving Eve has come to be known as its own holiday. Heading to the bar with friends or family is often the go-to event for the night. Coeur wants to switch things up from a typical evening, however, and provide happy hour from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Select draft beers and wines will be available for $4. 

Wednesday, November 25
4 p.m. to $ | pay-as-you-go
824 S. 8th St.
(215) 922 -6387

Jive Turkey Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party

The Trestle Inn is hosting a dance party the night before Thanksgiving. The event begins at 5 p.m. with happy hour specials. One is a play on the classic Citywide Special, a Turkeywide, which will be available until 9 p.m. Turkeywide includes a shot of Wild Turkey 81 and a 16 oz. pour of Old Forge Paradise Pils. 

Guests can grab drinks then watch a screening of "Across 110th Street" at 7 p.m. The movie portrays two New York City cops who go after amateur crooks trying to rip off the Mafia. 

At 9 p.m. musical entertainment, inspired by the 60s and 70s, will begin. Retro Roland & Brickhouse will spin funk while Go Go by The Trestle Specials will start at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25
5 p.m. to 2 a.m. | $5 cover fee after 10 p.m.
The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th St
(267) 239-0290

Pink Pub Crawl

Philly's original LGBT bar crawl returns this Thanksgiving Eve. Everyone is encouraged to dress in pink and will receive a discounted price by wearing the color. The crawl makes four stops through the evening. 

9 p.m. at Tabu Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.
10:30 p.m. at Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St.
11:30 p.m. at Frank Bradley's, 1320 Chancellor St.
12:30 p.m. at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St.

Tickets include one drink at the first three venues and admission to Voyeur. Must be purchased at the door of the first or second location.

Wednesday, November 25
9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. | $35 per-person, $25 dressed in pink
Starts at Tabu Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.
(215) 964-9675

96th Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade ends by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (M. Kennedy/ Visit Philadelphia™)
Philadelphia hosts the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country. As the annual parade gets closer to the 100-year mark, it also gets bigger and better. This family-friendly event has become a tradition for many, who either watch on TV at 6abc or head to the Benjamin Franklin parkway, to view floats, giant balloons, and special guest appearances. Carli Lloyd, a world-class professional athlete, will make an appearance this year, as well as princesses from Disney On Ice. Various performers and stars will appear throughout. 

Thursday, November 26
8:30 p.m to 12 p.m. | Free admission and parking
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Begins at 20th St. and JFK Blvd.

Thanksgiving Gratitude Yoga

Roots Philly Yoga Project's studio classes use repetitive motions. (Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice)

Roots Philly Yoga Project is hosting a 75 minute Ashtanga Vinyasa class starting at 9:30 a.m. The studio embraces the spirit of gratitude year long  by offering classes to the homeless. Now, on Thanksgiving, the studio wants to help others get into the mindset. 

Thursday, November 26
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. | $16 for drop-in, member passes apply
Roots Philly Yoga Project
925 Spring Garden St.

With so many events happening around the holiday, prepping a turkey dinner might not be feasible. Luckily, Philadelphia also offers plenty of options for not cooking this Thanksgiving.