Thanksgiving in the Southwest
photo credit Lost Angels Org. Instagram
By Lauren Wong
Looking for something new to do this Thanksgiving? Well, you’re in luck because there’s so many different events to look into all throughout the Southwest. If you’re from the area or looking to take a little trip for the holidays, check these out.
When: 10 a.m. Nov. 12
Where: Santa Fe Railyard Water Tower, Santa Fe, NM
Cost: Free (bring $15- $20 for food)
Get ready for the 14th annual “madcap scavenger hunt on a bicycle!” Essentially this is a food drive on two wheels. Back in 1999 New York hosted the first ever Cranksgiving, and since then over 112 cities in the US, Canada, and UK, have begun hosting their very own.
All you’ll need is your bike, some cash, a bag, and a lock. After meeting at the Railyard Water Tower the race will begin as you scavenge the city to collect your list of ingredients for this year’s holiday meal. It’s a race to the finish with prizes going out to the fastest man, women, small team, large team, best dressed, and team with the most food collected. Gather up all your ingredients in record time to help benefit the Food Depot of Northern New Mexico.
When: 7 - 9 p.m. Nov. 23
Where: The Dynasty Typewriter, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $15 Livestream, $20 Advanced, $25 Day of Show
Join Jon Gabrus, Mano Agapion, Nicole Byer, Mike Mitchell, Betsy Sodaro, and Nick Wiger at Dynasty Typewriter, one of LA’s premier entertainment destinations. From comedy, to music, live podcasts, screenings, and immersive experiences, it’s attained the title of “LA’s comedy clubhouse,” by The NY Times, and “LA’s best alt-comedy venue,” by LA Weekly.
If you can’t physically make it to the event, you can still join in on the fun by purchasing your livestream ticket. Wondering what to expect? Pure chaos with six friends, 60 minutes, and 60 shots of beer. Join in on the craziness, or sit back and watch as it unfolds around you.
When: Nov. 24
Where: Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA
Cost: $100 - $225
Kick back and relax while you celebrate Thanksgiving in elegance. Leave all the hard work of preparation and cooking to the professionals while you take in the beautiful surrounding views and lavish feast. The dinner gives guests the opportunity to see the hotel’s brand new and largest event venue, the Southpointe Ballroom.
Your meal will be accompanied by live music, and guests will also get a chance to enjoy the beloved Skating by the Sea as it returns for the holiday season. Twinkling lights, decor, a 22-foot ocean-themed tree, and delicious food; what could be better?
For the last decade, the Lost Angels Non-Profit Organization has gathered volunteers in Venice to spread warmth and share with those less fortunate on Thanksgiving. Whatever you can gather up to donate; from warm cooked Thanksgiving dishes, bottled waters, toiletries, band aids to blankets, and sunscreen. Everything is appreciated.
photo credit, Lost Angels Org. Instagram
If you can’t make the event, but are still looking to help out, you can make a cash donation on their website. All the money will go towards the 501c3 Lost Angels Non Profit Organization.
Since 1973 the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot has been one of Denver’s greatest Thanksgiving traditions. Your registration fee will directly go back to the Metro Denver community to help increase opportunity for locals in need. Proceeds will help kids get ready for school, young adults get ready to enter the workplace, and families meet their basic needs.
Prizes from a free pair of running shoes from Boulder Running Company to a year membership to Chuze Fitness are up for grabs! Sign up today and get ready for pre and post-race festivities.
The Nugget Casino Resort has it all this Thanksgiving. Get ready for a turkey feast accompanied by pies, cakes, football, and more! Coffee, tea, and soda will be included, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. With over 900 slot machines, table games, sports wagering, and a Bingo Hall, there’ll be plenty to do over the weekend. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit because their indoor, atrium pool is open year-round.