Things to Do for Thanksgiving in SD

November 21, 2016

This is personally my first Thanksgiving in San Diego and away from home. So, of course, I am looking for something to lighten the mood and bring the holiday spirit to life in my new home. Beside going to concerts, working, and spending time with new found friends; there are all of these events happening in the area!! Eating establishments are still open, you can go shopping, hit parades, run, and give to charitable causes. So, here is my Thanksgiving bucket list. 

#1. Bing Crosby Racing Season at Del Mar:

Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.  Racing every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 4.  Gates open at 11am, first post 12:30pm.  Get info here.


#2. Father Joe's Village Thanksgiving Day 5K: 

On November 24th, 2016 join 7,500+ participants and spectators in Balboa Park for the 15th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run!  The turkey trot begins at 7:30am!  You'll find information here...


#3. Go to an Amusement Park:

Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Magic Mountain are just a few hours up the freeway from San Diego, but you don't have to trek up to Orange County and Los Angeles to enjoy a day at a theme park. This is because San Diego has its own share of famous tourist attractions -- the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland are destinations in their own right.


#4. Volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank:

Every volunteer, individual and groups, must be signed up for the shift. Walk in volunteers are not permitted. Volunteers are responsible for ensuring they meet the shift requirements. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled shift.  Shifts start promptly & late arrivals may not get to volunteer.  Visit the San Diego Food Bank web site for info.


#5 San Diego Chargers Blood Drive:

With one stop, you can meet Chargers players, get some autographs, talk to other Chargers fans - and most importantly - Give the Gift of Life.  The Chargers will hold their 38th Annual Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 22 from 8am to 5pm.  Get more info here!


#6. Go Shopping:

All Westfield malls are open and so is Fashion Valley. Start your Christmas shopping early, get some retail therapy, or buy something for someone special!