Thanksgiving is all about celebrating with the ones you love. In Rhode Island, we celebrate this vibrant holiday with locally-raised turkeys, charitable marathons, sporting events, and tons of Black Friday deals. Here are the 10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Rhode Island for your 2024 holiday season.
When you are looking for a place for a pre-holiday drink, you can't do any better in Rhode Island than Blackie's. Owned by executive chef Angie Armenise and general manager Jeanine Lannucci, comfort food is taken to a self-described “whole new level of creativity & quality.” Passion, attention to detail, and comfortable pub digs complement the juiciest burgers you've ever had, freshly grilled pizzas, and unexpected twists on sandwiches. Boasting a full bar with hand-crafted drinks, this is the place to welcome the holiday.
If you want a fresh turkey for the holiday, look for the only official USDA-certified poultry slaughterhouse in Johnston. Their poultry is fed a vegetarian diet free of hormones, additives, and meat by-products. Since 1935, the family has been dedicated to raising and dressing all-natural poultry for the local community, and the 80-acre farm is equipped with coops that house roughly 25,000 chickens and 1,200 turkeys.
Next, you will want the perfect pie. Well, LaSalle will tell you that “the perfect pie is a delectable, delicate balance of filling and crust,” and the bakers at LaSalle use only the highest quality ingredients, rolling their homemade dough by hand. When it comes out of the oven, the crust is buttery, tender, flaky, and holds its own when filled with sweet contents. Sold whole or by the slice, for your Thanksgiving, you better pick up two.
Gobble to victory at the Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1K. Spend Thanksgiving morning with family and friends, enjoying the beautiful fall weather as you race through the scenic course. Get your post-race energy boost with complimentary hot chocolate and a commemorative medal to keep as a memory of this special event. Join the fun this Thanksgiving!
After a few days to recover from pigging out, you can wobble down to the Chace Athletic Center to watch the Bryant University Bulldogs as they take on Brown University. Everyone loves sports during the holidays, and the Bulldogs are playing well at home this year. So after Thanksgiving passes, grab a turkey leg and watch the big game live because athletics, sports, and Thanksgiving celebrate this nation's heritage, like turkey and stuffing.
Trinity Rep will present “A Christmas Carol” in a Rhode Island family holiday tradition throughout November. In this Charles Dickens adaptation, Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy, sour, old businessman, is infamous for his lack of Christmas cheer. Visited by three ghosts, the miser soon examines his life and is inspired to change just in time for Christmas. You know the story—now see it performed live.
What could be more festive than boats decorated with lively, illuminated holiday decor floating around Newport Harbor? Be on time, as the parade begins promptly at 6:15 p.m. and will travel east around the harbor where vessels will compete for prizes like, “Best Decorated Sailboat,” “Best Decorated Powerboat,” “Most Team Spirit,” and more. Awards will be presented afterward at the Newport Yacht Club, where light refreshments will also be served.
For some water-themed fun, you can take a 90-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay where you will be immersed in bucolic views of fall foliage and catch glimpses of some winter harbor seals as they rest on rocks and shorelines. For more than 20 years, Save the Day seal tours and nature cruises have been showing folk a good time on the water, and, included with the tour, you will get a set of binoculars, expert guides, and a look at Rhode Island wildlife up close and personal.
In lieu of Black Friday, with all of its stress, stampeding crowds, and exhausting early-morning and all-night sales, why not take on a decidedly more low-key adventure? Block Island is all decked out with festive, illuminated decorations, and the now-famous Lobster Pot Tree is upright and dressed up. So come check out local retailers, friendly faces, and incredible sales. And, don’t forget, you also have a chance to win raffle prizes.
This Thanksgiving season, escape to Rhode Island for bold spirits and craft cocktails. Explore a tasting room with hours on Thursday and Friday from 5-9, Saturday from 1-9, and Sunday from 11-5. Enjoy a unique experience this holiday season and discover delightful spirits in Rhode Island.