Thanksgiving is here, and Tampa is gearing up to host many events and activities for families, children, and adults to enjoy.
Thanks-for-Giving Food Drive & Holiday Run: Enjoy a themed run benefiting Metropolitan Ministries. All runners are asked to bring non-perishable food items. In exchange for each donated item, runners will receive an entry to win an awesome Guinness Blonde cooler. After the run runners can enjoy a free buffet and $4.50 Guinness Pint specials, Live Music, and a drawing for the cooler. The run begins at 6:30 PM Wednesday at Hyde Park Village, 1611 West Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. 813-250-0031.
Goody Goody Turkey Gobble: Whether it’s a stroller or walking your dog, tackle an 8K, 5K or 1-mile out and back race with music and family activities. The race benefits LiveStrong at YMCA. The race will start at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving day at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15-$40 in advance, $20-$50 day of. (813) 229-1305.
Times Turkey Trot: Make room for a big Thanksigivngfeast by running in the Times Turkey Trot. The race includes the 1-mile Gobbler, Wingding 5K, the 5K Fun Run and the 10K Turkey Trot. Or tackle the biggest of them all, the Clearwater Challenge consists of runners doing the 5K, 1 Mile and 10K all in one day. Races start at Keene Road and end in Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School. 7 a.m., Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave. $15-$50. (727) 442-5838.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner: Between noon and 4 p.m. a free, home-cooked, traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served at an open house-style event with entertainment by Mike Balistierri. Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 347-1226.
Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: A three-day event offering bluegrass music, all you have to do is bring a covered dish at 2 p.m. for the family traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Sertoma supplies the turkey for this annual event. 3 p.m. at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Tickets at the gate $90, daily tickets $20-$35, ages 10-16 daily are $5. Camping sites are available. (828) 265-9929.