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.

Fall Festival and History Day

South Carolina State Museum

Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

General admission to the State Museum is FREE during Fall Festival and History Day on Sat., Nov. 9!

Celebrate Fall with delicious South Carolina barbecue, local craft beer and live music at the South Carolina State Museum. Plus, take a trip through time with exciting activities and programs focused on South Carolina’s history. Enjoy:

A variety of barbecue made by award-winning South Carolina pitmasters cooked on-site at the event including Jim Hayes of West Columbia, Buddy Rogers of Marion and David Elliott of Hemingway

Beer garden featuring local craft beer from Columbia Craft, Steel Hands, Swamp Cabbage and Legal Remedy

Live performances by the Capital City Cloggers, Palmetto Blue, Blue Iguanas, Matthew Dickerson & Matt Watson, Savannah River Bluegrass and Balsam Grove

Demonstrations and displays from South Carolina artists including decoy artist Tom Boozer, folk artists Herman Thompson and Geraldine Smith, painter Rick Wells, sweetgrass basket maker Sarah Edwards-Hammond, and more

Activities and performances will take place in front of the museum, as well in the lobby and in areas throughout the museum. Guests are welcome to bring their own chair or blanket to enjoy some of the bands playing outside.

All activities are included with FREE museum general admission or membership, except for 4d and planetarium shows, food, beverages and art purchases.

The First Thanksgiving

November 12, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Discover the story where the turkeys were saved, the day before Thanksgiving, when usually they’re braised. Join us for clever handmade crafts. For more information, call (803) 785-3519. (all ages)

Books & Beyond: Wobble Til You Gobble

November 19, 4 – 5 p.m.

Discover the story where the turkeys were saved, the day before Thanksgiving, when usually they’re braised. Join us for clever handmade crafts. For more information, call (803) 785-9908. (grades K – 5)

Thanksgiving Feast: Create a Turkey Centerpiece

November 26, 3 – 4 p.m.

Spicing up your Thanksgiving Feast? Join us to create  a “Turkey Centerpiece” that will be a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving table!

Great Thanksgiving Party

Mad Platter, 3101 Millwood Ave.

November 26, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

November 27, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

The Mad Platter is teaming up with The Local Buzz! Join us for a fun holiday Mud Club based on the Peanuts classic, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This event is just for the kids and is drop-off preferred.

This event includes a viewing of Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, a make and take ornament project and a Thanksgiving feast. This event is for kids who have completed Kindergarten.

Each artist will paint 3 seasonal ornaments – a pumpkin, acorn and turkey that will be taken home the same day. We will have other surprises throughout the event, so be sure you don’t miss out!

Registration is $20/child and includes 3 ornaments, a snack and movie. Please register online to reserve your space.

This is a drop off event – parents, what a great opportunity to run those last minute errands for the holidays!

‘Twas the Afternoon Before Thanksgiving

November 27, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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

Shandon Turkey Trot and Burn 5K

November 29, 10 a.m.

Shandon Neighborhood Association is excited to announce our NEW and IMPROVED Shandon Turkey Trot and Burn 5K! Are you ready to BURN off those Thanksgiving Day Calories? Then THIS is the race for you! Runners and Walkers are welcome.

This exciting new race, managed by GRIT Endurance, LLC, will benefit The Shandon Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, who will use the race proceeds to provide improvements in this historical neighborhood. The course design will showcase the 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.

Thanksgiving in the Park – 2019

November 29, noon – 5 p.m.

2019 is our 14th Thanksgiving in the Park! This event has grown bigger than we ever imagined back in 2006, and we thank every one of you! We will continue celebrate together and eat with the community, as well as distribute “survival packs” in the Columbia, SC area. If you want to contribute to the packs, think of items like non-perishable food, socks, and hygiene items (especially feminine hygiene items).

Post Thanksgiving Hayrides, Fire Pits, and Cider!

Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, 1860 Black Hwy, York, SC 29745

November 29, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Take a break from Black Friday shopping and travel a little outside of Columbia to Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill in York, South Carolina and enjoy Hard Cider Tastings at the Cider Bar, hayrides (2:00, 4:00, and 6:00) and fire pits all afternoon and evening (weather permitting).

Know of a Thanksgiving event not listed? Comment below and we’ll be sure to add it!


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Mee Jean Sasine
Mee Jean is a divorced mom of three amazing kids: Alyssa, (11), Jacob (10) and Isaac (4). She moved to Columbia in 2002 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Once wondering how she could live in a small town, she now embraces it and loves her home in Northeast Columbia. She is a Marketing Proposal Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and loves being involved in the community and making Columbia the best place for her kids to grow up in. As a current board member on the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board and a graduate of Leadership Columbia Class of 2017, she has learned so much about Columbia. Mee Jean loves going to local events and supporting businesses around the city. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, reading, watching Georgia football, running races (whether it be 5ks or Spartans), taking pictures and making memories (lots of selfies and hashtags), shopping, relaxing with some wine by the pool and sleeping. 


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