Holiday Guide: The Quintessential Thanksgiving in Oregon
With how much culture and excitement Oregon offers, it should come as no surprise that we’ve got some seriously awesome events in store for Thanksgiving. When it comes time to pick up that fresh, locally-raised turkey, grab your made-from-scratch pumpkin pie, participate in a turkey trot, and donate to a cause, check out this quintessential Thanksgiving itinerary in Oregon.
Wherever you are in Oregon, spending the night before the holiday catching up with visiting friends and family at the local bar is one of the best ways to spend your time. If you’re in Oregon City, we recommend the Highland Stillhouse, one of Oregon’s best whiskey pubs. They’re open late and have a fun, amiable atmosphere.
Thanksgiving is not the time to start tracking calories—it’s the time to enjoy all the sweet treats that life has to offer. If you’re anything like us, that means pie. Enjoy delicious sweet and savory homemade pies from Random Order Pie Bar in Portland. They always have seasonal guest star flavors, so make sure to check out the case.
The Pierce Family Ranch sells free-range and GMO-free turkeys for $4.50 a pound. While this might be a little more expensive than at your local grocery store, knowing where your food comes from is often worth the slight extra. You’ll be amazed how delicious it is.
Ashland, Oregon, hosts an annual Festival of Lights parade every year the Friday after Thanksgiving. The festivities start at 4 p.m. and continues on into the night with Santa leading the parade.
Washington Square Mall is the place to be on Black Friday. Keep in mind: Oregon doesn’t have local or state sales tax, so the lines may be extra-long with visitors from neighboring states coming to take advantage of the cheaper prices. But with over 170 stores and Oregon’s largest Nordstrom, there’s little reason not to give the Washington Square Mall a shot.
Whether you’re a die-hard Oregon Ducks fan or a true-blue Oregon State Beaver, you’re sure to enjoy their epic Saturday clash. The two teams will play each other at 4 p.m. the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
The museum at Tamastslikt is an immersive experience centered on bringing visitors through the last 10,000 years of Oregon history. Specifically, the museum celebrates the Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse native American tribes.
The Oregon Zoo in Portland hosts its annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. This four-mile fun run cuts through Washington Park and ends inside the zoo. Each year, the Oregon Road Runners Club raises around $25,000 to benefit the zoo animals from entry fees.
Meals on Wheels is one of the better-known charities in the United States, but don’t assume that means they already have everyone they need. Sign up today to help organize Thanksgiving donations and become a delivery person.
Stop by Eugene, Oregon, to experience the Oregon Wine Country’s Territorial Wine Trail. Participating wineries hold open houses and invite patrons in to taste the wares. It’s the perfect way to wind down a Thanksgiving evening.