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Thanksgiving Events And Some Of Our Fave Local Businesses!

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Is it too early to yell “Happy Holidays!” at everyone who walks by? We don’t think so. We’re skipping the week and jumping right into Thanksgiving, and we’re not ashamed of it!

Between some early Black Friday shopping and the 31st Annual Turkey Trot, we’ve got a lot of events and shopping on our hands, and we’re here to let you know what you should keep on your radar. 

Read on, and start getting into the holiday spirit Charlotte!

What’s the best way to work off all those Thanksgiving dinner calories? Running in the 31st Annual Charlotte Turkey Trot of course! This turkey trot is one of Charlotte’s longest-running events and one of Charlotte’s largest events as well! This Thanksgiving Day tradition brings in over 10,000 participants. Bring your friends, bring your family, and let’s continue making this trot a Charlotte tradition!

Event Details
🗓 NOV 28 | 8AM–11AM
📍 Dillards, Southpark Mall

If you love shopping local, you won’t want to miss this event. Lenny Boy is having its first-ever Black Friday market. Beers and early holiday shopping pretty much go hand in hand, right? Not to mention there will also be a mobile Axe Throwing area on-site! You know, to release those holiday frustrations at bay.

Some of the vendors that will be there include: Rub A Dub All Natural Suds, NB Organics, lumen, The Hooking Owl, and The Tinsel Crown!

Event Details
🗓 NOV 29 | 12PM–5PM
📍 Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

📷 Charlotte Black Dogs

We love anything that has to do with dogs and we think that’s a well-known fact. You can bet that we’re taking our pups over to Pet In The City for some free photos with Santa! All they ask is that you BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera) and you can take as many photos as you want.

In addition to all of the in-store specials, there will be fundraisers, dogs for adoption, and a book signing with Rob Krotus for his book “When Dog Pals Fly across America!”

Donations for this event will benefit the Charlotte Black Dogs.

Event Details
🗓 NOV 30 | 12PM–3PM
📍 Pet In The City

📷 @charlottecollective on Instagram

Charlotte Collective is all about local vendors and the community. They describe themselves as an alternative retail shop located in Plaza Midwood with an aim to showcase local artists and creatives.

Focusing on local artisans and shops, the goal is to strengthen the bond within the Charlotte community and help you find new things you didn’t know about, but now can’t live without!

At Charlotte Collective, you can expect to find all kinds of items including jewelry, clothing, and super awesome home goods. Some brands you can expect to see here are Glory Days Apparel, Feminist Goods Co, The Alley Way Market, and Pretty Honest Candles.

Oh, and they’re having a Small Business Saturday event Saturday, November 30th for all of our early holiday shoppers! Their event runs from 10AM–7PM.

🗓 TUE–SAT | 10AM–7PM
🗓 SUN | 11AM–6PM
📍 1222 Central Ave

📷 @frontporchsundays on Instagram

Front Porch Sunday is a once-a-month event that happens right next to Sycamore Brewing. When strolling through this market, you can expect up to 60 amazing local vendors, from Public Interest to UpDog Kombucha.

From food trucks to puppy adoptions, this event is the perfect spot to head to when you just want to get out of the house for the day! This event is all about getting out as a community and supporting each other while enjoying some delicious drinks and bites, and we’re totally here for it.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 8 | 11AM–4PM
📍 Sycamore Brewing

But wait, there's more! Check out these awesome Thanksgiving weekend events:

Shout out to a Charlotte Tradition: The 2019 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

You definitely don’t want to miss out on this. The Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade started out back in 1947 as a small-town community event, but it’s still going strong! This parade is free for the community, but VIP seating is available if you want to truly get the full experience.

Experience Thanksgiving magic for yourself! Will we see you there?

Thanksgiving Thanks from Stuff to Do in Charlotte

This is just a small portion of events and businesses that we’re thankful for. We could literally go on and on. 

Thank you again for following us along and letting us do what we love! Let us know what you’re thankful for this holiday season by tagging @stufftodoincharlotte on Instagram or Facebook.

Happy Thanksgiving, Charlotte!
❤️ Stuff to Do in Charlotte // UNATION

Kayla Gil

Kayla Gil

Kayla is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Charlotte City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Charlotte area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinCharlotte on Instagramand Facebook.


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