Over the river and through the woods… Check out these fun Thanksgiving events in Maryland throughout the month of November.
1 National and State Parks
The Thanksgiving tradition is one rooted in the land, the people and the history that unites us, and we in Maryland are blessed with an overflowing bounty or special people and special places. There’s no better way to spend this uniquely American holiday than coming together with friends and family to visit one of Maryland’s State and National Parks. Experience the stunning bounty of nature at unique natural treasures like Assateague, Sandy Point and Blackwater, and get in touch with the stories that make America at Fort McHenry, Point Lookout, Antietam, and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.
2 Experience the traditional Blessings of the Hounds and Horses
In Maryland, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for, but nothing more than our beautiful horses, our four-legged furry companions, and this land of pleasant living we call home. And for more than 150 years, Marylanders have come together on Thanksgiving to bless our beloved horses and hounds. With riders resplendent in their traditional garb and pups eager to hit the trail, it’s a stirring authentic Maryland tradition.
3 Meet new foodie friends and learn the secrets to making a scrumptious vegetarian Thanksgiving feast!
Nov. 11, 2015 - 6-7:30pm
Just because you don’t do turkey, doesn’t mean Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be anything less than a feast to remember! Learn the ins and outs of making perfect vegetarian and vegan meals that will warm hearts while filling bellies at the “Spread Vitality: A guide to a Plant Based Thanksgiving Meal” meetup at Whole Foods in Annapolis with special Guest, Christie Vetter on hand to teach a food-prep class featuring plant-based Thanksgiving staples that provide endless health benefits, without sacrificing flavor. The meetup is free, but registration in advance is required.
More about Meetup: Spread Vitality: A Guide to a Plant-Based Thanksgiving Meal
Whole Foods, Annapolis
Annapolis, MD 21401
4 Create a Thanksgiving Heirloom and Make Your Own Glass Thanksgiving Platter
Nov. 14, 2015 - 10:00am.
Serve up your next holiday turkey with an extra side of pride by making your very own glass serving platter. Learn the fundamentals of the kiln and creating works of functional glass art at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis. This one-day class on November 14 is open to all aspiring artisans 16 and over. Price is $65, registration in advance.
More about Workshop: Make Your Own Glass Thanksgiving Platter
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
5 Find the Perfect Present and Help Out Our Fine Feathered Friends
Nov. 14, 2015 9:00am-4:00pm.
Shop for wild and not-so-wild new and gently-used treasures this holiday season at the Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, MD. Purchase unique gifts and support the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
More about Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708
6 Turkey Trots
Get off the couch and get your heart pumping at these Turkey Trots all across Maryland. These races are a great way to spend your day, work off a few extra calories, and help great organizations!
7 Make Holiday Snacks for the Kids with a Side of Wholesome and Healthy at the Half Pint Kids Club
Nov. 17. 11-11:45am
Whole Foods, Annapolis invites you and your little ones to learn to make a healthy snack using all-natural ingredients at the Half Pint Kids Club: Turkey Snack Bags event. Registration required. $5.
More about Half Pint Kids Club: Turkey Snack Bags
Annapolis, MD 21401
8 Celebrate the Season with Story, Song and Community at the Severn Community Library
Nov. 19 11:00am
Enjoy holiday classics and find a new Thanksgiving favorite at this all-ages event. Come together for storytelling, song and more at the Severn Community Library.
More about Happy Thanksgiving!
Severn Community Library
Severn, MD 21144
9 Chesapeake High School 26th Annual Fall Craft Fair
Nov. 21. 10:00am-3:00pm
Annual Chesapeake High School holiday craft fair to benefit the Chesapeake High School Band. Over 100 craft vendors, concessions and bake sale and more.
More about Annual Chesapeake High School Fall Craft Fair
Chesapeake High School
Pasadena, MD 21122
10 Amish Quilt Auction
Nov. 21, 2015 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
St. Mary's is proud of its Amish heritage. Be part of the tradition at the annual quilt auction in Mechanicsville. Bid on beautiful Amish-made quilts and other gorgeous hand-stitched items at this traditional Amish Auction. The annual auction features smaller hand-sewn items plus wonderful baked goods and delicious home-made soup
More about Amish Quilt Auction
37610 Grove Farm Lane
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
11 Shopping & Retail Therapy
Unique shopping districts pepper our state. You’re bound to find great shopping packed with local flavor along these Main Street districts. Whether you’re shopping with a mission or just browsing, Maryland’s charming boutiques and malls have the goods and unique treasures you’re looking for. If you like antiquing, you’ll love these Antiques Stores and Shopping Areas for finding the best deals on all things vintage.
12 Gobble Gobble Craft
Nov. 25 10:00am-4pm
Decorate a turkey-related craft for your Thanksgiving holiday table at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, Annapolis. Free.
More about Gobble Gobble Craft
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library-Anne Arundel County Library
Annapolis, MD 21403
13 Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
November 27 & 28. 10:00--4:00pm
Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, gas/electric stoves, and grocery stores. $10 adult, $9 senior, $6 student, <5 free
More about Hearth and Home in Early Maryland
18751 Hogaboom Lane
, MD 20686
14 Festival of Lights
Nov. 27, 2015 -Jan. 1 5-9:00pm
Holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights at Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. $5-25
More about Winter Festival of Lights
301 Watkins Park Dr
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774