Los Angeles has always been known for bucking tradition, so it's no accident that Southern California gives those who visit during Thanksgiving ample opportunity to do the same. With average temperatures well into the 60s, numerous dining options, and many attractions open for at least part of the day, Thanksgiving in L.A. is as stuffed with activities as that turkey about to be carved.
NOTE: All Thanksgiving dinners and events are taking place on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 unless otherwise noted.
For a fun, family-friendly Thanksgiving, a visit to one of L.A.'s theme parks may be just the ticket. Book the VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood, and get VIP seats to shows and front-of-line privileges to all attractions, including the new Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Springfield - home of The Simpsons, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem - a 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator ride - and Super Silly Fun Land, an interactive playland adventure. If you're looking for thrills, there are 19 roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain - more than any amusement park in the world - making it the undisputed “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” For a classic oceanfront experience, visit Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier for rides and games the whole family will enjoy.
TURKEY TROT LOS ANGELES
The annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles is taking place in Downtown L.A. on Thanksgiving morning. Turkey Trot L.A. features 5K and 10K routes on the historic streets of Downtown, taking runners and walkers past some of L.A.'s most famous landmarks. The Turkey Trot also includes a post-event festival at Grand Park, costume contest and more.
TOFURKY TROT 2015 - ROSE BOWL STADIUM
The Tofurky Company invites the entire family to join in Tofurky Trot 2015, taking place on Thanksgiving Day at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. The race is 5 km (3.1 miles) and is a run, trot, or walk that’s open to all levels of physical fitness. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male, female and children (under 18) finishers, as well as for best costume. The Tofurky Trot starts at 9 a.m. and there is no official timing. Well-behaved dogs on a short leash are welcome to join the fun and there are prizes for best doggie costume. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable, vegan food and other donations for the homeless and their animal companions. Cost is $32 for pre-registered adults and $15 for children under 18. On-site registration is $37 for adults and $20 for children under 18. Children under age 6 are free. Proceeds from the Tofurky Trot benefit the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS).
THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST - LAUGH FACTORY
On Thanksgiving Day, the world-famous Laugh Factory is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Feast, welcoming the underprivileged, the homeless and anyone who is alone for the holiday to a day of free food, fun and comedy. Top comedians will greet and help serve guests, as well as perform live shows following each of four meals served at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Past celebrity guests have included Dane Cook, Tim Allen, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Kennedy, Dave Chappelle, Bob Saget, and the late Richard Pryor, among many others.
THANKSGIVING DAY RUN & FOOD DRIVE - LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
The 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive is taking place at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge. The 5K run/walk is open to all ages and abilities and is a major fundraiser for the Community Center; proceeds are used to support its year-round programs. The professionally-timed race takes place along Foothill Boulevard and begins promptly at 8 a.m. The Kids’ Mile Run begins at 9:30 a.m. and is ideal for children age 12 and under. Pre-registration for the 5K is $35 and $40 on-site. Pre-registration for the Kids’ Mile Run is $15 and $20 on-site. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be dropped off at Memorial Park on Thanksgiving morning and donated to families in need.
HARRY SUTTER MEMORIAL THANKSGIVING DAY FUN RUN
The City of Torrance invites the entire family to participate in the 36th Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Fun Run. The three-mile fun run/walk begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. A raffle follows the fun run - winners must be present to receive prizes. Registration is $30 from Oct. 24 - Nov. 22, 2015 and guarantees a shirt on race day. The City of Torrance invites runners and spectators to bring canned goods for a special Thanksgiving Food Drive. While you watch, run or walk, your canned foods will be distributed to people in need throughout the South Bay.