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How To Celebrate Thanksgiving In San Francisco

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Updated: 22 November 2016
As Thanksgiving Day quickly approaches, families are looking for ways to spend time together in celebration of everything they are thankful for. Whether you’re hoping to explore the local nature, enjoy a delicious meal, or get a jump on your holiday shopping, check out our favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in San Francisco.

Participate in the Turkey Trail Trot

This Thanksgiving, start your day by burning off the calories you’ll be ingesting throughout the holiday and take part in San Francisco’s Turkey Trail Trot. This event will take place in Golden Gate park, offering a variety of participation options including the five mile Turkey Trail Trot Run, the three mile Pilgrim Promenade walk, and the 100 meter Kids Gobbler Chase. If you’d prefer something less strenuous, why not sign up to volunteer at the races?

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA

Trying one of SF’s Fall Foodie Treats

We already know that San Francisco is a city full of foodies, but as the weather cools down, the seasonal goods become more enticing than ever. If you’re looking for the best spots to take advantage of the pumpkins, sweet potatoes and other crops reaching their prime this season, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best spots to indulge. These treats include the likes of SusieCakes’ Caramel Apple Cake, Boudin’s Butternut Squash Soup, and Flour & Co’s Brown Sugar Nut Pie.

Try a New Restaurant

Tons of incredible restaurants opened up around San Francisco throughout the summer and fall of 2016 – this is your chance to try them before they become so popular you have to wait in line to get a table. Check out this list of our favorites, including unique new concepts like the Tartine Manufactory – from the owners of the incredibly popular Tartine Bakery – and Merchant Roots, tying together a craft grocery store with an intimate restaurant.

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Restaurant | © Pexels

Enjoy The Natural Beauty

One of the best reasons to explore San Francisco in Thanksgiving season is to catch a glimpse of its beautiful fall colors. The city is filled with countless incredible parks for you to visit, giving you the chance to enjoy all the outdoor activities your heart desires. The best and biggest is Golden Gate Park, easily the best spot in the city to watch the leaves turn. Other great spots to enjoy a picnic or just relax outside include Dolores Park in the Mission District and Washington Square Park in North Beach.

Rancho San Antonio Preserve