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Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Guide - To Go Feasts, Events, Closures, Crafts & Activities

Don’t Be a Turkey, Plan the Best Ann Arbor Thanksgiving 2023

Our Guide to Thanksgiving Ann Arbor 2023 will help you plan your Thanksgiving celebrations. From Thanksgiving Feasts to Turkey Trots to pre-Thanksgiving Events, Activities, and more.

In preparation for Thanksgiving, I’ve assembled a list of Michigan Thanksgiving 2023 events near Ann Arbor. I’ve also got some activity and recipe ideas.


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Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Feasts & Free Thanksgiving Meals

Ease the cooking burden with a Thanksgiving To-Go feast. There are options for small groups like your immediate family or for a larger family/friends group. At the bottom of the list we highlight who offers Thanksgiving pickup, Vegetarian/Vegan options, and non-turkey options. Don’t miss out on the roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie!

Ann Arbor Thanksgiving To Go and Dine In options - Table set with Turkey & Sides - Ann Arbor with Kids

Free Meals on Thanksgiving

  • Thursday, November 23 – 7:30-8:30a – Breakfast at St Andrew’s Church – 306 N Division St, Ann Arbor – listed on Food Gatherers website
  • Thursday, November 23 – 11a-1p – The Original Cottage Inn – Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Thursday, November 23 – 11:30a-1p – Chelsea Hospital – 775 S Main St, Chelsea for residents of Chelsea and Manchester. Space is limited, registration is required by November 17. Call Chelsea Senior Center 734-475-9242 – listed on Food Gatherers website
  • Thursday, November 23 noon-2p – Delonis Center – 315 W Huron St, Ann Arbor – To-Go meals handed out by Ann Arbor Vineyard Church – listed on Food Gatherers website
  • Thursday, November 23 5p – Hope Clinic – 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti – serving turkey dinner. – listed on Food Gatherers website

Ann Arbor Turkey Trots

Work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving dinner by starting the day with one of the annual Turkey Trots near Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Turkey Trots

Ann Arbor Pre-Thanksgiving Events

Whether on Thanksgiving or another day, there are several Thanksgiving themed events leading up to Thanksgiving. We are still adding events to our calendar, so be sure to check back

Date/TimeEvent
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11/03/2023
5:00pm-9:00pm
The Merry Macabre Artisan Market
at Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
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11/04/2023
1:00pm-3:00pm
Clay Pie Plates
at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
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11/04/2023
1:00pm-3:00pm
Holiday Ornaments
at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
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11/12/2023
7:45am-11:00am
A2 Turkey Trot
at Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter Michigan
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11/16/2023
11:30am-1:00pm
Thankful for You - Thanksgiving Pick-Up
at EMU George Gervin GameAbove Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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11/16/2023
4:00pm-7:00pm
Thankful for You - Community Thanksgiving Dinner
at EMU George Gervin GameAbove Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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11/17/2023
7:00pm-8:00pm
Goldfish's Friendsgiving Family Swim
at Goldfish Swim School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/18/2023
10:00am-1:00pm
Lowe's Build & Grow Kids Workshop: Thanksgiving Turkey Photo Holder
at Lowe’s Scio Township, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/18/2023
10:00am-1:00pm
Lowe's Build & Grow Kids Workshop: Thanksgiving Turkey Photo Holder
at Lowe’s Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti Michigan
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11/18/2023
10:00am-10:45am
Marbear Yoga: Gratitude Yoga & Craft (ages 2.5-6)
at Ann Arbor Senior Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
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11/18/2023
12:00pm-2:00pm
Munchies in the Marsh
at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown Michigan
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11/18/2023
2:00pm-4:00pm
Thanksgiving Gratitude Tree
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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11/23/2023
7:00am-10:00am
Ann Arbor Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day
at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
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11/23/2023
8:45am-10:30am
Turkey Trot at Lillie parkrun
at Lillie Park, Ann Arbor MI
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11/23/2023
9:00am-10:30am
Huffin for the Stuffin
at Maybury State Park, Northville MI
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11/24/2023
11:30am-1:00pm
Warner Bros Cartoons
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

Events on Thanksgiving in Ann Arbor

Thanksgiving is not the day for local events.

Date/TimeEvent
11/23/2023
All Day
Everyday Indoor Activities
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11/23/2023
7:00am-10:00am
Ann Arbor Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day
at Main Street Area, Ann Arbor MI
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11/23/2023
8:45am-10:30am
Turkey Trot at Lillie parkrun
at Lillie Park, Ann Arbor MI
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11/23/2023
9:00am-10:30am
Huffin for the Stuffin
at Maybury State Park, Northville MI

Thanksgiving Camps

Do you have to work on Wednesday or Friday? Check out these camps offered on Wednesday or Friday. of Thanksgiving Week. Camp offerings are still limited this Thanksgiving.

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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Ann Arbor

Do you want to ease your cooking burden on Thanksgiving? There are several restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

What’s Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Weekend in Ann Arbor

Are you wondering what’s open today? If in doubt, assume that most places are closed (libraries, museums, indoor play locations, stores, etc). The exceptions are some grocery stores, restaurants, and movie theaters.

We will be confirming the list of opens and closures for 2022. This information is typically only announced a couple days ahead of time.

Open On Thanksgiving – 2023 details

Our list includes those Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Near Ann Arbor:

  • Movie Theaters
    • Weber’s Restaurant – 11a-2p for lunch and 4:30-8:30p for dinner. Limited carryout options available
  • Parks
    • Outdoor Parks are open
    • Leslie Science & Nature Center – Outdoor Grounds Open
    • Nichols Arboretum & Matthaei Botanical Gardens – Outdoor trails open
  • Grocery Stores
    • Meijer – 6a-5p
    • Kroger – Stores close at 3p. Pharmacy Closed
    • Plum Market
    • Whole Foods Market – Open 7a-3p

Closed on Thanksgiving

From previous years:

Thanksgiving Activities

Craft – Thanksgiving Puppet

Are you looking for fun crafts this Thanksgiving? In 2017, Scrap Box provided us with an idea for a fun Puppet Craft. Click on the image for printable PDF directions.

The Scrap Box - Turkey Puppet

Thanksgiving Recipe

Looking for a fun, but easy Thanksgiving breakfast? How about Cinnamon Roll Turkeys.

Cinnamon Roll Turkey

Thanksgiving Games

We shared some ideas for Thanksgiving Games. There’s our version of Pictionary – played with an iPad and projected to the TV. We’ve got a word list for you. Plus we’ve created a few Mad Libs style fill in the blanks.

Family Thanksgiving Fun and Leftover Pie Recipes - Word Draw

Thanksgiving Pinterest

Check out our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board for more crafts, fun recipes, and activities.

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