Welcome to the super-sized Thanksgiving weekend event roundup! Before you feast on the big meal, start a new tradition with the kids giving back to those who need it, see the famous Macy’s parade live in person, or get the endorphins flowing with a kids’ run. Then skip the sales on Black Friday to see the holiday lights return to the Bronx. But that’s not all. Check out the rest of our top picks for extended weekend fun – scroll down!

Photo: Mimi O’Connor


Dragons Love Tacos
A musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books! “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Dragons love all sorts of tacos — except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Sat. Event Details.

The Sorceress
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present the First Yiddish Production Ever Done in America. The Sorceress, starring an innocent young heroine, her dashing fiancé, a devious stepmother, and a scheming witch that takes its audience into a world of illusion, intrigue, and suspense. Sun. Event Details.

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer
It’s back! The 23rd annual Flatiron Cheer features a free hot beverage, a chance to spin to win on the Flatiron prize wheel for a gift from a local business, and pick up a “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” tote bag full of neighborhood discounts. Plus, enjoy this year’s stunning art installation, Ziggy. Sun. Event Details.


The Giant Hoax – a New Musical
Travel back to 1869 with Emily, “Stub”, P.T. Barnum, and a prehistoric petrified giant on a musical journey you won’t soon forget! Emily, a bright young girl with an overactive imagination, has run away from home to prove that there are wonderful things in the world out there! Before long, she finds herself in the employ of a shady showman, and befriends a petrified giant. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Minecraft Earth Launch Party
This one-of-a-kind experience celebrates the newest Minecraft craze: Minecraft Earth. Fans will get to see life-sized Minecraft statues, and try their hand at this new mobile AR game. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Marching bands, musical numbers, and of course, those iconic balloons… it’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Totally a NYC bucket list item, cross this one off your list and feel the magic of the season while watching the parade pass by. Thurs. Event Details.

Gobble Gobble Give
On Thanksgiving morning volunteers sort donations, box up warm food, and go out into the community to deliver care packages to New Yorkers in need. It’s a wonderful tradition to start with your entire family. Thurs. Event Details.


Little Activists Folk Song Sing-A-Long
Folk music is an important way to preserve history from the People’s perspective, and kids will love fluttering handmade props and keeping the beat with a rainbow of percussion instruments in this drop-in sing-a-long. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
The 7th Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar gives you many reasons to shop local this year: handpicked top-notch makers, awesome food and drinks, craft activities for the kids, free gift wrapping, a professional photo booth and more good times for the whole family. Sun. Event Details.


Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K
Start Thanksgiving off with some extra endorphins before sitting down to the big meal. The Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K races feature a scenic, flat and fast 5K loop around Flushing Meadows Park and a post-race pancake breakfast. Thurs. Event Details.

Gingerbread Lane 2019
Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses, the record-holder of the Guinness World Records for largest gingerbread village, made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo are set to return bigger, brighter, and greener than ever before. The zoo is bringing back the holiday tradition for the first time since 2007. The dazzling light displays will cover several acres of the zoo in a walk-through experience with wildlife-themed LED displays, custom Asian lanterns, and animated light shows on the historic Astor Court. Thurs. – Sun. Event Details.

Symbiosis Scenes
Create scenes of symbiosis in a diorama to highlight your favorite plant or animal partnerships. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

NYC Winter Lantern Festival
The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is back to transform Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden into a whimsical world of light.There will be over 1,000 lanterns on display, sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art! Thurs.-Sun. Event Details.

–Jesseca Stenson


featured image: Mimi O’Connor