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10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Louisiana

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Louisiana has plenty of ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in style. Whether you’re a fan of traditional Thanksgiving festivities or you prefer to mix it up this year, check out any of these top 10 Thanksgiving activities across Louisiana.

Human Horse Races, New Orleans, LA

In some areas, horse races are a popular part of the Thanksgiving weekend. In other areas, 5Ks and other races are hallowed traditions. New Orleans combines the two into its unique Human Horse Races, a Thanksgiving fundraising event you have to see.

Thanksgiving Camp, Mandeville, LA

Summer camps are lifesavers for parents whose kids are out of school while they’re working and who want productive things for their kids to do during the break. Mandeville’s Thanksgiving Camp does precisely this for the Thanksgiving break, with festive fun for kids of many ages.

Gobble Gobble! It's Thanksgiving Time! Storycraft, Baton Rouge, LA

November 20, 2023 at 4:00pm

Come to the Eden Park Branch Library on Greenwell Springs Road and enjoy Thanksgiving. Enjoy a story time with The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin, and make your own crafty Turkey to take home. Perfect for ages 5-11, while supplies last.

Wild Turkey 3 Miler, West Monroe, LA

Run wild on Thanksgiving with West Monroe's Wild Turkey 3 Miler. This fantastic local event is open to runners and walkers of all ages, but be sure to register in advance.

Arnaud’s Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

Do Thanksgiving in a uniquely New Orleans way: with an incredible French dinner in the French Quarter. Arnaud’s Restaurant is a popular restaurant any day of the year but it serves up something truly special for Thanksgiving.

Christmas in Roseland, Shreveport, LA

Looking for something exciting to do during the weekend of Thanksgiving? Check out Shreveport’s Christmas in Roseland. This limited-time winter wonderland is the perfect way to wrap up Thanksgiving and kick off the holiday season.

Let's Make! Festive Fall Friendship Bracelets: Main Library, Lafayette, LA

November 20, 2023 at 1:00pm

Join the Lafayette Public Library for a fun opportunity to make festive fall friendship bracelets. This event is open to those ages 13 and up and will occur on November 20th at 1:00 pm. Unleash your creativity and get ready to make and take home a colorful friendship bracelet.

Crowne Plaza Thanksgiving Buffet, Baton Rouge, LA

What's better than having a delicious Thanksgiving dinner? Having a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, you don't have to cook or clean up after. Head to the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge for its famous Thanksgiving buffet.

Tammany Turkey Trot, Covington, LA

If you're in the Covington area, the Tammany Turkey Trot is the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving day. With a 5K and a 5-miler, everyone can choose their favorite.

Family Magic Show, Port Allen, LA

November 20, 2023 at 2:00pm

Come to West Baton Rouge Parish and see the wonders of a family magic show on November 20th. Tim Spinosa from X-Treme Talent will amaze you with his spectacular tricks. Bring your family and enjoy a magical afternoon.

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