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Things to Do in Monterey on Thanksgiving Weekend

Things to Do in Monterey on Thanksgiving Weekend

WhatsUpMonterey Thanksgiving Weekend Roundup has us feeling grateful as it's full of ways to get the most out of life in Monterey County throughout the holiday. Checkout our picks for the top events each day of this weekend:

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Carmel Plaza stores are offering door buster sales with select stores opening at 8am and closing late.

Thursday, November 22

Various restaurants in Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove will offer delicious thanksgiving dinners and plenty of wine.

Head to Portola Hotel & Spa in Grand Ballroom for a traditional Thanksgiving feast the entire family will enjoy from 12pm to 7pm. Indulge in a spectacular display of California cheeses and cured meats, peel and eat shrimp, carved to order turkey, prime rib and maple glazed country ham, whipped potatoes, candied garnet yams and more including a decadent dessert display with classic pecan and pumpkin pie.

TusCA Ristorante located at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa will serve an incredible Thanksgiving Day Buffett with lively Jazz music.

The Sardine Factory offers a special four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu featuring harvest corn soup, fresh all natural roast Diestal turkey with sides and choice of dessert.

Thanksgiving at the Big Sur River Inn Restaurant is another wonderful time to gather with family and friends and enjoy a fun family style feast. You get to choose a first course, an entree and share delicious family style sides and dessert. Served from noon to 8pm and is $55 per person.

You may also check our other recommended restaurants for other yummy options!

Friday, November 23

Visit Carmel Plaza for great shopping experience with live music by the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. 

Join us for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Cannery Row! This free event is a fun tradition for the whole family – featuring Christmas Carolers, Santa’s Reindeer and of course, Santa Claus himself! 

Saturday, November 24

Come enjoy some live music and wine with Mark Banks from 5-8pm at Folkstale Winery's Wine Garden.

For the nature lovers, you can celebrate the return of Pacific Grove's monarch butterfly population during Magnificent Monarchs from 10am to 3pm at the Pacific Grove Museum.

Families and children of all ages can have an early visit with Santa for FREE at Steinbeck Plaza on Cannery Row from 12pm-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, November 25

Come to the festive Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights where over 70 lit-up entrants including marching bands, floats, dancers and classic cars take to the streets of Oldtown Salinas at 6pm.

Linda Arceo will be performing at Folktale Winery's Wine Garden, so you can end your weekend by some Vintage Rock-Inspired Indie Music from 5-8pm.

Have a wonderful holiday! If you’re looking for non-holiday events, check out upcoming events calendar. Many wineries are offering great tours so make sure you also check them out.