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10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Oregon!

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With how much culture and excitement Oregon offers, it should come as no surprise that we’ve got some seriously awesome events in store for Thanksgiving. Check out these 10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Oregon this 2024 holiday season.


The Highland Stillhouse, Oregon City, OR

Wherever you are in Oregon, spending the night before the holiday catching up with visiting friends and family at the local bar is one of the best ways to spend your time. If you’re in Oregon City, visit the Highland Stillhouse, one of Oregon’s best whiskey pubs. They’re open late and have a great atmosphere.

Celebrate Kindness and Gratitude! Story Time and Craft Event, Talent, OR

November 16, 2023 at 3:30pm

Come participate in a unique act of compassion and appreciation this Thanksgiving with a story hour with a theme. Beautiful readings that will open your heart and fill it with happiness will teach you the true meaning of the holidays. After that, spend some time creating your own thankfulness tree using all the supplies from the craft project. Let's be kind and share the joy of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Weekend Festival, Salem, OR

November 24, 2023 at 11:00am

Come to a Thanksgiving celebration unlike any other. Take in Blacksmith Neighbors' live music while indulging in Curbside Bacon's delectable food truck fare. There is no cover fee for groups of eight or more, and no need to make reservations. Pack a snack from 1-4 pm and be ready for a fantastic experience. Remember that alcohol from outside is not permitted. Join them for a Thanksgiving that will never be forgotten on November 24.

Ashland’s Festival of Lights, Ashland, OR

Ashland hosts an annual Festival of Lights parade every Friday after Thanksgiving. The festivities start at 5 p.m. and continue into the night, with Santa leading the parade.

Washington Square Mall, Portland, OR

Washington Square Mall is the place to be on Black Friday. Keep in mind: Oregon doesn't have local or state sales tax, so the lines may be extra-long with visitors from neighboring states coming to take advantage of the cheaper prices. But with over 170 stores and Oregon's largest Nordstrom, there's little reason not to give the Washington Square Mall a shot.

University of Oregon vs. Oregon State football game

Whether you're a die-hard Oregon Ducks fan or a true-blue Oregon State Beaver, you will surely enjoy their epic Saturday clash. The two teams will play each other at 9:30 am. the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.

Museum at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, OR

The museum at Tamastslikt is an immersive experience centered on bringing visitors through the last 10,000 years of Oregon history. Specifically, the museum celebrates the Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse native American tribes.

Oregon Zoo Turkey Trot, Portland, OR

The Oregon Zoo in Portland hosts its annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. This four-mile fun run cuts through Washington Park and ends inside the zoo. Each year, the Oregon Road Runners Club raises around $25,000 to benefit the zoo animals from entry fees.

Meals on Wheels, Portland, OR

Meals on Wheels is one of the better-known charities in the United States, but don't assume that means they already have everyone they need. Sign up today to help organize Thanksgiving donations and become a delivery person.

Territorial Thanksgiving Wine Trail, Eugene, OR

Stop by Eugene to experience the Oregon Wine Country's Territorial Wine Trail. Participating wineries hold open houses and invite patrons in to taste the wares. It's the perfect way to wind down a Thanksgiving evening.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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