Thanksgiving Day Events in Salt Lake City, Utah

Turkey Trots, Feasts With Beasts, and More

There's nothing like getting out in the cold, fresh air to help you work up an appetite for a warm Thanksgiving dinner. If you're in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area on Thanksgiving Day and are looking for something to do, check out this list of Thanksgiving Day events in 2017 taking place before your holiday feast.

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    Hogle Zoo
    Hogle Zoo

    Visit the zoo while your turkey is cooking in the oven and see zookeepers feed the animals their own special Thanksgiving meal. They'll get pumpkins and turkey-shaped piñatas to dine on, which can be entertaining to watch. You can also make free crafts at the Fresh Market booth from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Tickets start at $10.95 for children 3 years of age and older with discounts for seniors (65 years and older) and children under 2 years old getting in for free.

    Date and Time

    November 23, 2017, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.


    Hogle Zoo
    2600 Sunnyside Ave.

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    Eating a big Thanksgiving Day spread doesn’t mean your waistline has to spread, too. Come burn a few calories on Thanksgiving morning at the Utah Food Bank's Run With an Attitude of Gratitude 5K/10K. With approximately 5,500 participants, this is Utah's largest run. Registration fee, which starts at $20 per person, and donations benefit the Utah Food Bank.

    Date and Time

    November 23, 2017, 10K starts at 7:30 a.m.; 5K starts at 8 a.m.


    Draper Spectrum
    12101 S. State St.
    Draper, UT

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    Thankful 13 Half Marathon and 5k Race
    Thankful 13

    Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot races and fun runs throughout the valley are the perfect opportunity to burn some calories before the big feast. The Utah Food Bank's Human Race is the biggest, but there are many other Thanksgiving-themed races around northern Utah on Thanksgiving Day as well as throughout the month. 

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    The Aerial Tram cable car at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
    VeggieGarden/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

    Why not spend the day skiing before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner? If Mother Nature cooperates, most Utah ski resorts will be open Thanksgiving Day with plenty of snow. Some offer dining options as well, including the popular Snowbird ski resort that offers a Thanksgiving dinner at three onsite restaurants. A less-crowded option is Alta, a no-frills place to hit the slopes (skiers only, no snowboarding).  

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    Apex at Montage Deer Valley
    Courtesy of Montage Deer Valley

    Whether you're far away from Grandma's house or just don't want to cook, having Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, or having all or part of your meal catered, lets you leave the cooking and dirty dishes to someone else. Have a relaxing meal at one of these great restaurants and caterers serving Thanksgiving dinner in the Salt Lake area. There are both ​fine dining and less expensive options.