Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Week(end) 2013 in Orlando: Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2013

Papa Pilgrim plotted his revenge against that kid who dunked him in the mashed potatoes.... 
We've got your holiday week(end) covered. Get ready to eat, dance, walk, and drink this Thanksgiving in Orlando!  (And don't miss Redlight's craft beer pairings article for your Thanksgiving dinner.)

Tuesday, November 26th

Free pies and wine? YES. Cork & Olive (955 W State Rd 436, Altamonte) will be serving a sampling of delicious pies paired with the perfect wine! Free tasting, and no reservation is required. AND, if you happen to be in Altamonte for Black Friday shopping, they'll have more wine samples and free turkey sandwiches. Because, why not?

Wednesday, November 27th

What's cooler then spending Thanksgiving with your folks? Hitting up the Night B4 Thanxgiving Block Party at Wall Street Plaza first! (They spelled Thanksgiving with an 'x' so it has to be cool, right?)

Not your scene? How about the 1st Annual Gobble Hobble bar crawl in downtown Orlando?  Pre-order your $5 tickets for a free drink at four different bars, or get a $10 day-of ticket.
7:00 - 8:30 Check in/ The Basement Orlando
10:30 - 11:30 The Attic Orlando 

Peek-A-Boo Lounge 5 Year Anniversary is happening at Stardust Lounge this Wednesday. Check out a live burlesque show starring Babe Blue Starr. Because what's more "Thanksgiving" than scantily clad burlesque dancers? Cover is $7; reservations recommended.

Join the Smiling Bison's first Family Thanksgiving Eve Tradition with good music and good food for everyone to feast on. Music by Orlando classic country band Giddy Up Go with Americana Singer/Songwriter Hannah Harber playing an opening set! 10:30pm Show. Full dinner menu available until 10:00pm. Late night menu available afterwards. No cover.

Celebrate the night before Thanksgiving at Lil Indies in Mills50 with mulled wine and music by PRYPYAT (a really nice duo of cello and guitar). FREE show, 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 28th

Happy Thanksgiving! In anticipation of stuffing your face silly, join in on the Turkey Trot 5K. This annual holiday 3.1-mile run has participants trotting around downtown Orlando in support of Seniors First. Be there at 8:00am.

Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Flow - Fundraiser & Food Drive. Join the Warrior One team for a 75-minute power yoga session at 9:00am to raise funds and food for needy local families. Pre-register online to make your donation & reserve your spot today!

Vegan/Non-Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner at Drunken Monkey. Three chances to get in on this: 1:00pm, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm. Looking for company this Thanksgiving? Don't miss DM's sit-down holiday dinner, with dishes including Tofurky, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Only a few spots left, call now to reserve a spot: 407.893.4994, $24.99 (over our $20 limit, but they've had $5 off coupons on their counter for the past week or so!).

Friday, November 29th

Need a break from your Black Friday shopping (Blackest Friday at A Comic Shop includes insane deals and free comics!)? Head over to Black Friday Breakfast at The Geek Easy for some awesome movies, an extra special breakfast menu and drink specials. Two menus include waffles, toast, bacon, eggs, and home fries. Just what you need after a long night of stuffing your face. 9:00am - 12:00pm.

Harpist Bizarre Quartet is a live bass, flute and guitar sounds at the Morse Museum. November through April, the Morse provides FREE ADMISSION every Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with live music from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on select Friday nights including this one!

This Friday at 8:00 p.m. is the 2nd Annual Black Friday Blowout at Audubon's Stardust Video & Coffee featuring local bands Alligator Indian, Fortune Howl, Michael Parallax, Bayou Stepson, and Moon Jelly. (One of these band names we made up. Can you guess which one?)

From Friday, November 29th, through December 23, stop by and see Theatre Downtown's production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $16.

Saturday, November 30th

Try fabulous wines during Audubon Park Garden District's upcoming Small Business Saturday Wine Walk, featuring wines curated by Sara Matthews of Redlight Redlight and kombucha from Skyebird. $10 donation.

Movie buffs who want to avoid long lines at the movie theater should check out the Alafaya Library's showing of Vertigo, with coffee, doughnuts, and discussion afterwards; 10:30 a.m.

Crealdé School of Art is having its 14th Annual Holiday Sale this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For even more art, don't miss The Falcon's Celeste Brown Art Show, starting at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The first day of Hanukkah fall on Thanksgiving Day this year, so don't miss a special Chanukah on the Park at Winter Park's Central Park starting at 7:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy traditional and modern singing (Jewish rock, anyone?), dancing, and lots of good food.

Did you know that Saturday is Small Business Saturday? Come out and support your favorite local businesses. For example, check out all the shops and special deals Thornton Park stores are offering at the Thornton Park District's Small business Saturday.

Sunday, December 1st

Ugh, last day of relentlessly delicious face-stuffing and glorious time off (at least we hope you got some of each!). Let the Orlando Philharmonic ease that transition back into the real world and remind you that the holidays are only just beginning. Stop by Central Park at 4:00 p.m. for the Orlando Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert. Don't forget to bring non-perishable food items!

Later that night, come to the Timucua White House for The Flying Horse Big Band's version of Nutcracker, this Sunday at 7:30 p.m.


  1. If you go to Drunken Monkey, they have a $5 off coupon on the counter!