Thanksgiving is not only a perfect time to spend with friends and family, but also a time to give to the less fortunate in the community. These Thanksgiving events offer a variety of options for celebrating and giving back this holiday season.

San Francisco Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 22 | 8 a.m.
Golden Gate State Park

Enjoy an invigorating fun run before the parades, football games, and feasting. The annual San Francisco Turkey Trot features three routes: a 5-mile Turkey Trail Trot for runners; 3-mile Pilgrim Promenade for walkers; and a 100-meter Kid’ Gobbler Chase.

Illuminate SF

Thanksgiving Day through January 1
Various locations throughout San Francisco

The sixth annual Illuminate SF transforms San Francisco into a shining gallery of light. This Bay Area holiday event celebrates 36 dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations, including new iconic works in the Castro and Yerba Buena neighborhoods. Visitors are invited to embrace the power of light through free neighborhood light art tours, artist studio visits and neon walking tours, a stargazing party at the Presidio and more interactive experiences.

San Francisco Botanical Garden

1199 9th Avenue

San Francisco Botanical Garden, an urban oasis of extraordinary beauty, is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world. Offering free admission on Thanksgiving Day.