For most people, Thanksgiving usually consists of sitting around a dinner table while everyone basks at the stuffed bird that's about to be carved. In Austin, however, we like to celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently, so check out all of these fun Thanksgiving events in Austin guaranteed to ruffle your turkey feathers in a good way!  

Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot

It goes without saying that Thanksgiving is often a day of indulgence, one that we often later regret once the turkey and pie start to settle. The best way to fight that post-Thanksgiving meal? Get up early on Thanksgiving morning and run the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot!

This race has been an Austin tradition for almost 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. All of the proceeds from the run go to Caritas of Austin, an organization dedicated to providing the homeless housing, access to healthy food, livable wage jobs, and education.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the run itself is five miles around Downtown Austin and offers an untimed race and a timed race for your competitive side; registration is $38 per runner. This Thanksgiving, lace up your best pair of running shoes and run for a great cause.

Thanksgiving at the Alamo Drafthouse Austin

What's better than sitting in the living room with a plate full of stuffing and turkey and watching your favorite Thanksgiving movie? Doing it at the Alamo Drafthouse, of course! On Thanksgiving Day, the Alamo Drafthouse offers a full, traditional Thanksgiving meal and shows your favorite holiday films.

This special is available at all Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin, but space is limited and is sure to fill up fast, so book your reservation well in advance. Treat yourself this Thanksgiving and have someone else cook the meal for you while you enjoy your favorite movie!

Related content: Products Made in Austin

Thanksgiving Holiday Brunch at the Driskill

Every year, one of the best hotels in Austin offers a Thanksgiving holiday brunch located in the heart of Downtown Austin. The Driskill was built in 1886 and has become a landmark of the city that many come to visit and admire.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the holiday brunch consists of time-honored original recipes and fresh-baked goods from an accredited pastry chef. Celebrate lavishly this Thanksgiving and have your turkey and cranberries at one of Austin's landmarks. Tickets to this brunch are $95 for adults and $47.50 for children.

Sir Doug's Thanksgiving Jam at Threadgill's

Country music legend Doug Sahm invited a bunch of local renowned musicians to the Armadillo World Headquarters on Thanksgiving Day in 1972 for an unscheduled jam. When word got out that there was a performance, fans flocked to the headquarters to hear their favorite local artists.

Threadgill's World Headquarters has since carried on the tradition by providing its customers with live music and Thanksgiving meals the day after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this will be the last Thanksgiving Jam because Threadgill's World Headquarters will be closing this year after Thanksgiving. Relish this tradition one last time and listen to some of the best local blues and soul while you enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. 

The Thanksgiving Jam will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 23, and cover is $17.

Take a break from the same, old plans and check out one of these Thanksgiving events in Austin.

Find more events in Austin by registering on 512area, your free guide to the Austin area.


Cover photo courtesy of Unsplash