Long gone are the days when Thanksgiving was reserved for just eating - in New Orleans, Thanksgiving combines food, family AND fun. From sporting events to must-see films and everything in between, get inspired by this list of things to check out this Thanksgiving.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
Broad Theater

Catch a Movie

How does dinner and a movie sound? Unwind after your Thanksgiving feast and catch a flick at the Broad Theater or head Uptown to Prytania Theatre. Make sure you save a little room for popcorn!

Thanksgiving Throwdown

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition on Thanksgiving Day, and we’re not talking about who makes the best turkey. Whether you catch it at a sports bar or the comfort of your living room couch, cheer the New Orleans Saints to victory against the Atlanta Falcons this Thanksgiving.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC
New Orleans City Park

Go for a Run at City Park

If you’re looking for a way to work off those Thanksgiving calories then look no further than the NOAC Turkey Day Race held at New Orleans City Park. This annual race is Thanksgiving fun for the entire family. Pull out your running shoes and race for a cause this Thanksgiving - with proceeds benefiting Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans.

Grab a Bite, Don’t Cook It

Take the hassle out of your holiday and dine out at one of the many restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans. From the Bywater to the Central Business District, you can find anything from traditional New Orleanian staples to Latin cuisine to appease your taste buds this Thanksgiving.

Zack Smith, NOTMC
Cafe du Monde

Have a Sweet Treat

Ditch the pumpkin, pecan and apple pies and try something new this Thanksgiving. Make your way down to the French Quarter and enjoy the most perfectly powdered pastry in New Orleans - beignets! There’s no better place to get the than Cafe du Monde, where they’re serving them 24/7, even on Thanksgiving Day.

Lend a Helping Hand

This Thanksgiving, give back to those around you by volunteering across the city. Events like the Sheriff Gusman Thanksgiving Dinner hosted at Ernest Morial Convention Center present the perfect opportunity to give back and have fun. Members of the community are invited and encouraged annually to participate in this Thanksgiving Day celebration.  

Thanksgiving Day at the Race Tracks

Festive hats and holiday attire - what’s a better way to kick off your Thanksgiving Day? Show up in your Sunday best on Thanksgiving Thursday for a holiday race for the books at the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. If you’re not a fan of the races then make your way to the slots and try your luck there.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Creole Queen

Thanksgiving on the River

Shake things up thing Thanksgiving and enjoy dinner on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen as it rows along the Mississippi River. Their spread includes traditional turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, Creole smothered greens, southern candied yams and much more. Your meal will come complete with a live jazz band performance. For more information or to book, visit here.

Have a Craft Cocktail and Premium Cigar

Whiskey & Sticks is a newly added Bayou Road favorite, perfect for game day shenanigans or just pure relaxation. Grab a group of close friends and celebrate the holiday with one of their specialty fall craft cocktails paired with a premium cigar while you unwind on Thanksgiving Day.

Justen Williams, NOTMC
Whiskey and Sticks

Have a Drink at a Local Bar

Stop by a Mid-City favorite: Shamrock. Loved by locals for its cheap drinks, good eats and nonstop beer pong and pool, this neighborhood bar is a must. With no cover charges and doors open until at least 3 a.m. Shamrock is the perfect place to end your Turkey Day with some fun. Another favorite local watering-hole is Fat Harry's on St. Charles Avenue.