• Jessica Steward

Top 10 Festive Events in Washington This November

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and appreciate who you have in your life. From family dinners to community-wide events there are so many ways to celebrate this year while staying safe.


Thanksgiving in Wine Country - Yakima Valley, November 27-29

The day after Thanksgiving, wineries across Yakima Valley open their doors for a weekend of tasting wines with delicious food pairing, live music, holiday specials and more! This Thanksgiving weekend, take the scenic drive through the Yakima Valley and spend time in Wine Country while you sample and savor wines and their perfect food pairing.


Turkey Trots will be happening all around the state this Thanksgiving, virtually and in person. It isn’t too late to register, here are just a few of the races you can join on thanksgiving day.


Maple Valley Virtual Turkey Trot - Maple Valley, November 21st - 26th

The second annual Maple Valley Turkey Trot in support of the Maple Valley Food Bank is coming back this Thanksgiving, but this time, virtually. With the intent of bringing together the community to help those in need, walk or trot through Lake Wilderness Park or follow your own route. Registration closes on November 20th, 2020.


Seattle Virtual Turkey Trot - Seattle, November 26th, 2020

The annual family-friendly, pet-friendly Seattle Turkey Trot is going virtual this year! To practice social distancing, start your run wherever you feel safe, run the 5k or as long as you want. All proceeds from this race go to support the Ballard Food Bank, register before November 25th and check out their website for more event details.


Beat the Bird 5K & Lil' Drumstick 1K - Bellevue, November 26th

Beat the Bird 5K and Lil’ Drumstick 1K will be returning to Bellevue for its 11th year! The flat course makes this a great family-friendly race that starts in the Lake Hills area of East Bellevue and continues through parkland and away from traffic for the majority of the course. Funds raised will go to the Renewal Food Bank in Bellevue. Registration is coming soon so check their website to stay up to date.


Issaquah Turkey Trot - Issaquah Wa, November 26th - 29th

Choose from seven different courses when you register for the Issaquah Turkey Trot. This fun and casual run, walk, or trot is taking over this year’s Thanksgiving weekend to bring the community together and help those in need. All ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged! Check-their website for all of the event details.


Woodinville Virtual Turkey Trot - Woodinville, November 26th

The 4th Annual Woodinville Turkey Trot is going virtual this year so gather your family and run your own course. This year there is a twist, complete the 5k or 5-mile run on November 26th, or register for the 3K calorie challenge by running 31 miles to burn 3000 calories throughout the month leading up to Thanksgiving. Registration for all races closes on November 26th, visit their website for all the event details.


Gig Harbor Turkey Trot - Gig Harbor, November 26th

Gig Harbor’s Turkey Trot is Virtual this years, so that means you can complete and report your 5K or 10K run any time until the end of 2020. Proceeds raised will go to support FISH food bank, Food Backpacks 4 Kids, the Bischoff food bank and local high school scholarships. Visit their website for all the event details and to register today!


Mukilteo Turkey Trot - Mukilteo, November 26th

Turkey Trots are a tradition on Thanksgiving Day so get your run in with the Mukilteo Turkey Trot on November 26th. You have the options to run one lap of the course for a 5K run, or two laps to complete 10K. While they are working towards hosting the race in person, a virtual option is available, check their website to register and more event details.


Bainbridge Virtual Turkey Trot - Bainbridge Island, November 26th - 29th

This year’s Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot 5K/1Mile Fun Run is taking place this Thanksgiving weekend on, around, or beyond Bainbridge Island. From November 26th - 29th, anywhere, anytime, make this year’s turkey trot your own by running solo or with your flock and choose your own route. Registration closes on November 25th at Midnight and don’t forget to share your pictures from your run by tagging @bainbridgeturkeytrot on Facebook and use the hashtag #biturkeytrot2020 on Facebook and Instagram.


As soon as Thanksgiving has passed, start celebrating the most wonderful time of the year early with lighting ceremonies!


Zoolights - Tacoma, November 27th - January 3rd

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is continuing their zoolighting tradition by transforming the zoo into a colorful winter wonderland starting on November 27th. To ensure everyone’s safety, mask coverings are required and you can get your tickets online only to reserve your time at the zoo.


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