Five Events to Keep You Busy This Thanksgiving Weekend

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Our picks for a safe, festive weekend with the family, whether you’re looking to burn off the turkey or kickstart the holiday shopping

weekend events – Gallop & Gorge 8K
While the annual Gallop & Gorge goes virtual this year, there’s still no excuse to skip on the turkey costume. Photo by Jim Kenny


Gallop & Gorge 8K
Prep for the big Thanksgiving meals or work it off afterwards during the third and final race in the Cardinal Track Club’s 11th annual Le Tour de Carrboro race series. The 8K goes virtual this year with the chance to run anytime and anywhere through Sunday. Proceeds directly support six nonprofit partners! Since the Tour’s inception, Cardinal Truck Club has donated more than $548,000.

26th Annual Open Studio Tour
Don’t miss the final weekend of this month-long event hosted by the Orange County Artists Guild. At no cost at all, art enthusiasts can browse online galleries or make virtual and in-person studio visits by appointment. (An easy way to get a head start on holiday shopping while supporting the local art community.)

The Drive-In at Carraway VIllage
This drive-in movie theater, which opened in October at the mixed-use development off Eubanks Road, screens the new animated film, “The Croods: A New Age,” all weekend long. It’s the perfect way to get out of the house, spend time with the family, and most importantly, continue to follow the new COVID-19 guidelines.


Hillsborough Hometown Holidays
Kick off this month-long festival in downtown Hillsborough with Shop Small Saturday! Participating businesses, like Antonia’s Restaurant (1/2 price bottles of wine), Melissa Designer Jewelry (10% of in-store purchases) and more – are offering specials/discounts to help kickstart your holiday shopping. As part of this event, presented by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, kids can also write a letter to Santa and drop it off at the Visitors Center on East King Street, or purchase a kit from the Hillsborough Arts Council’s gift shop to make a lantern for the annual Solstice Lantern Walk. There will also be opportunities for festive photo-ops with backdrops strategically placed at the Visitors Center, the Holiday tree, Orange County Historical Museum and other spots.

20th Annual Post Turkey Day Jam
Our area’s most celebrated musicians – Jon Shain and FJ Ventre, Rissi Palmer, Joe Newberry and Greg Humphrey – come together for a virtual concert to benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. This free show (donations encouraged!) livestreams on Cat’s Cradle‘s Facebook page and website starting at 8 p.m.

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