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Hey Turkey! Thanksgiving is almost here. Instead of sitting home and watching football all day, why not take a day out with the family before that yummy turkey and enjoy one of the many super fun Thanksgiving Events the Tampa Bay has to offer! Check it out and let us know what you thought!

5th Annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K, & 1 Mile—Turkey Trot

Nov. 28, Plaza opens at 5:30 a.m.

If you’ve been around the Tampa Bay race scene, then the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble is something you’re all too familiar with! The event takes place and ends in front of Amalie Arena in Channelside and is the perfect event for the whole family to get out and get some fresh air. (And maybe even counter-act some of that feasting later on!) Things kick off at 5:30 a.m. with the 5K and 8K races beginning at 7 a.m. followed by the 1-mile walk at 7:15 a.m. The announcement and awards are at 8 a.m. These awards will award those who came overall 1st place, both male and female, and overall 1st place male and female youth. Check out their site for all of the details and to sign up!

Tampa Salsa and Bachata Festival 2019

Nov. 28-Dec. 2

Salsa on over to the Hilton Downtown Tampa for the Salsa & Bachata Festival! This event features top dancers from both the salsa and bachata worlds performing and teaching right there at the festival! This is a must-do event with some of the best dancers, best music, best DJs, and more. The event is open for everyone of all ages, so bring the whole family out and enjoy the rhythm! Tickets start at $25.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

Nov. 28-30

Head out to Brooksville for the 40th Annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival and enjoy bluegrass talent such as Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Appalachian Road, Joe Mullins & The Road Ramblers, and more! In fact, on Thanksgiving Day, enjoy Dinner on the grounds at 2 p.m. all you have to do is bring a covered dish, they’ll provide the bird. Check out their site for all of the exciting details.

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Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot

Nov. 28, 6 a.m.

Head over to Clearwater Highschool on Thanksgiving for the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot! There will be free refreshments, awards, and, not to mention, proceeds will go to the West Florida Y Runners Club Scholarship Programs. Also, if you feel compelled, bring canned goods and non-perishables on race day for donations to the Religious Community Services Inc. Please note,  no bikes, wagons, skates, or animals will be allowed into the grounds.

7th Annual Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot

Nov. 28, start time 7:30 a.m.

Yes, another race is on the calendar for Turkey Day! Head over to Wiregrass and trot! This event will feature bibs with timing chips for the runners along with shirts, medals, awards, and finisher medals for 1-mile fun runners. The registration fee (starting at $25) will support AdventHealth, FITNiche, and the Rotary Club of New Tampa.

Annual Thanksgiving Eve 80’s Party

Nov. 28, 8 p.m.

Once you’ve eaten the turkey and put the kiddos to bed, head on over to Harbor Bar for the Annual Thanksgiving Eve 80’s Party. Enjoy DJ Big Daddy Dave as he spins all of the hits from the ’80s. Enjoy big hair, tons of blush, blue eye-shadow, and all things Neon! Check it out!

Fishhawk Turkey Trot

Nov. 28, first race is at 8 a.m.

Sponsored by Seeds of Hope, this FishHawk Turkey Trot has multiple races: 5k, 10k, 1 mile fun run, and 250 yd. mini run. Prices range from $25-40 and you can choose to enter a timed or untimed race. Perfect for all ranges of runners! Visit sohopefl.org to register. You can also purchase a 2019 Turkey Trot Ornament to help Seeds of Hope. They are $15 and available to purchase when registering.


Keep an eye out for all things food! Coming up we’ll be giving you all of the best places to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner around Tampa Bay!

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For more local fun, check out The 2019 Junior League of Tampa Holiday Market or Asian Food in Tampa.