Start Thanksgiving With a Bang at These Hudson Valley Events

Dance, eat, or run your way into the season at a local Turkey Day trot or holiday happening.


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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the prime time to think about how to celebrate Turkey Day. Lucky for us, the Hudson Valley is full of fests to rev up excitement for the food-centric celebration. Take a browse through our guide for turkey trots that benefit local communities, a dance party on Thanksgiving Eve, a holiday tour that takes you back in time, and even an educational program that keeps the family fun going all weekend long. 


Columbia County  

Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party

Chatham Brewing, Chatham
November 27, 9 p.m. – midnight

Get moving and grooving before the food coma settles in at Chatham Brewing's Thanksgiving Eve dance fest. With tunes by DJ Intell Hayesfield and brews from the Columbia County favorite, the party is a happening pre-Turkey Day to-do.


Dutchess County 

Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club Turkey Trot

Arlington High School, LaGrange  
November 28

Come out to Arlington High School before your Thanksgiving feast to participate in one of four races. More experienced runners can give the 25K a shot, while fitness enthusiasts can test their endurance in the five and two-mile runs. Children can participate as well with the one-mile kids run. Awards will be given out based on age groups.   



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Rhinebeck Ferncliff Forest Turkey Trot 

9 Astor Dr, Rhinebeck 
November 28

Kickstart the Thanksgiving festivities and register for Rhinebeck’s Turkey Trot.  At the beginning of the event, runners can snack on refreshments like bagels, fruit, and drinks. The racer who wears the best Thanksgiving-related costume wins a prize. All money raised goes to the forest fund to support projects and expenses at Ferncliff Forest.   


Greene County 

Totally Awesome 80s Party 

The Shamrock House, East Durham 
November 27

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest party days of the year, so celebrate by stepping back in time to the age of leather jackets and leg warmers. Break out a plain black t-shirt or an all-leather ensemble for this 80s-themed extravaganza. Bring your dancing shoes because music will be playing all night.   


Orange County  

Thanksgiving Tours

Brick House Museum, Montgomery
November 16, 12-4 p.m.

Dive headfirst into the holidays and traverse the historic Brick House Museum in Montgomery before Thanksgiving arrives. Just for the season, the 1768 abode decks the halls – and the 10 rooms and dining room – with festive period decor. In the kitchen, free refreshments refuel attendees once the tour wraps.


Wallkill East Rotary Turkey Trot 

The Galleria at Crystal Run, Middletown 
November 28

Do you want to burn some calories before Thanksgiving dinner? If so, sign up for the seventh annual Wallkill East Rotary Turkey Trot. All proceeds go to the Wallkill Rotary Club and the charities it supports. Participants who dress up in the best costume and wear the most memorable hat may even win a prize.  



Rensselaer County 

71st Annual Troy Turkey Trot 

Fourth St, Troy 
November 28, 8 a.m.

This turkey trot is one of the oldest races in the county. It started in 1916 as a remembrance run for veterans and has continued annually since 1964.  All participants receive a t-shirt, while finishers of the 10K, 5K, mile, and walk take home awards. Cash prizes are up for grabs for 10K and 5K runners in the categories of gender, age, and teams. If you don’t think you have a shot at placing in the race, you can still win a cash prize by participating in the costume contest. Judges base votes on creativity, presentation, and functionality.  


Rockland County  

Thanksgiving Weekend at the Wildlife Education Center

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson 
November 29 – December 1, 12-4 p.m.

After the tryptophan wears off, venture to Cornwall-on-Hudson for a family-centric weekend. The educational event teaches children about what animals eat and invites them to meet and greet furry friends. Kids and parents can also shop nature-themed gifts and even sponsor an animal for the holidays.



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Ulster County  

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting

Windmill Wine and Spirits, Saugerties
November 17 

Don't make a faux pas with a passé wine pairing this Thanksgiving. To find the vino of your dinner table dreams, head to Windmill Wine and Spirits for expert selections. Come with questions or, better yet, a menu, then walk away with a vintage that guests will wow about when the turkey carving goes down.


New Paltz Turkey Trot

Water Street Market, New Paltz 
November 28

This annual trot returns to New Paltz on Thanksgiving morning to support the Family of New Paltz’s Food Pantry and Crisis Services. Arrive in costume, since prizes are given to participants who don the most creative garb. Children 12 and under can enjoy the famous half-mile Mashed Potato Fun Run, while grown-up participants can enter the 5K race, which uses chip timing for a fourth year in a row. At the end, all runners are photographed at the finish line and can download the images for free off the event's website. Awards are based on age group and gender for first, second, and third place.  

Related: Give Back to the Community at Hudson Valley Food Pantries

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