Thanksgiving Events in Columbia


With Halloween now in the past and the cooler weather coming in, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Below are some local events leading up to turkey day!

Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

Kids Night In – Clay Turkey

November 10, 2023 | 7 p.m. Art Smart Academy, 7106 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC 29063

Drop the kids off for a fun night of creating a masterpiece. These turkeys will be the perfect centerpiece at Thanksgiving! $20/child

Make and Create: Thanksgiving Feast Centerpiece

November 16, 2023 | 3-5 p.m. Richland Library Eastover, Eastover Meeting Room, 608 Main Street, Eastover, SC 29044

Are you ready for Thanksgiving Gatherings? Come and join us in making a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving Feast.

Children’s Charities of the Midlands “Turkey Trot” 5k & 1mi Family Fun Run

November 18, 2023 | 9 a.m. Village Green at Lake Carolina, 220 Eascott Place, Columbia, SC 29229

Mark your calendar for our 2nd Annual Children’s Charities of the Midlands “Turkey Trot” 5k & 1mi Family Fun Run. The USATF Official Certified Course Route will weave you through some of Lake Carolina, SC’s most beautiful neighborhoods – to include lakeside views.
Race registration: One HUNDRED percent of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Charities of the Midlands
Registration Fees –
$30.00 – 5k run/walk charity donation
$15.00 – 1m run/walk charity donation
$25.00 – tshirt donation
$8.00 – parking pass
Every runner will receive a finisher’s medal. Finisher shirts will be available for a donation.

Tis the Season of Thankfulness and Giving – sign up today!

Thanksgiving Turkey Photo Holder

November 18, 2023 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, locations vary

Bring your mini-DIYer into Lowe’s at one of the select time slots. Workshops hosted by one our Red Vest experts, in-store only. We look forward to building with you and your little ones!

Family Storytime: ‘Twas the Tuesday Before Thanksgiving

November 21, 2023 | 4:00-4:45 p.m. Richland Library Wheatley, Wheatley Meeting Room, 931 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Before heading over the river and through the woods, stop by the Wheatley Library for a Thanksgiving storytime and craft!

BGCM’s 19th Annual Turkey Day 5K | 1K Family Fun Run

November 23, 2023 | 9 a.m. Colonial Life Arena, 847 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

It’s time!!! Join Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands for our biggest fundraiser of the year and support life changing programs for our communities kids and teens. To get registered and for more information please visit the link: We look forward to spending time with your family, friends and supporters.

Shandon Turkey Trot and Burn 5K

November 24, 2023 | 10 a.m. Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Are you ready to BURN off those Thanksgiving Day Calories? Then THIS is the race for you! Runners and Walkers are Wwelcome! This race, managed by GRIT Endurance, LLC, will benefit The Shandon Neighborhood Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, who will use the race proceeds to provide improvements in this historical neighborhood. Our race will showcase our beautiful Shandon Neighborhood with its USA Track & Field certified course. The Start/Finish will be near Craft and Draft where we will hold our awards ceremony. 

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