Thanksgiving Day and weekend in Reno bring us options for dining out, dining in, and participating in a variety of family friendly events and diversions. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it's a time when activities revolve around lots of good food and visiting with family and friends.
Thanksgiving Day Dining at Reno and Lake Tahoe Casinos and Restaurants
Thanksgiving Dinner You Don't Have To Cook
Don't have the time or energy to prepare a big Thanksgiving Day dinner? There are several options available to you for a prepared Thanksgiving Day dinner without all the work.
If you do happen to be cooking and need some last-minute items, check these supermarkets open on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Dinner Natural, Organic, and Vegetarian Ingredients
If your Thanksgiving Day dinner preferences favor using natural, organic, or vegetarian ingredients, Reno has sources for Thanksgiving meal preparation where you can obtain a wide variety of these items.
Thanksgiving Family Events & Things To Do
Here are just a few of the things you to do during the Thanksgiving weekend...
- November 20 - January 1 - "Aladdin and His Lamp" at the Eldorado
- November 20 - Rink on the River Opening Day
- November 20 - Reno Holiday Tree Lighting
- November 22 - Scheels Turkey Trot
- November 23 - December 23 - "Polar Express" on the V & T Railroad
- November 23 and 24 - Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary
Opportunities to Share Your Thanksgiving Bounty
- Evelyn Mount's Community Outreach
- St. Vincent's Food Pantry Seeking Donations for Thanksgiving Dinner
- Food Bank of Northern Nevada
- Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission
- Toys for Tots Gift Drive
- Salvation Army of Reno
- Non-Profit Organizations Thrift Stores
Black Friday - Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping
Black Friday in Reno is the busiest shopping day of the year. Most of the big stores and shopping malls will be open early and stay open for extended hours. Shoppers will find lots of bargains on all kinds of merchandise as retailers try to make the best of tough economic times for lots of Reno residents.
Thanksgiving Weekend Sporting Events at UNR
- November 16, 17, 18, and 28 - Nevada Wolf Pack Men's Basketball - World Vision Classic
- November 23 and 24 - Nevada Wolf Pack Women's Basketball - John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic
Thanksgiving Weekend Skiing
Most Reno / Lake Tahoe ski resorts and areas plan to be open shortly before or by Thanksgiving Day, including Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Boreal, Heavenly, Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Sugar Bowl. If there is enough snow, you'll also be able to mount family outings to some of our local snow play areas. Get the latest information from our ski areas and snow play articles.
- Reno / Lake Tahoe Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Areas and Resorts
- Reno / Lake Tahoe Cross-Country Skiing Areas and Resorts
- Reno / Lake Tahoe Snow Play Areas
Thanksgiving Weekend Travel
Airport information, the best gas prices, and driving distances for your Thanksgiving travel...
- Reno - Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
- Reno Gas Prices
- Driving Times and Distances from Reno / Sparks Within Nevada
- Driving Times and Distances from Reno / Sparks to California Cities
Reno Parks and Recreation Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
- Northwest Pool
- Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center & Pool
- Neil Road Recreation Center
- Teglia's Paradise Park Activity Center
- McKinley Arts & Culture Center
- Southside Cultural Center
- Sibayan R.E.C.
- Evelyn Mount NECC Pool
- Rosewood Lakes Golf Course (Seasonal)
- Idlewild Pool (Seasonal)
- Traner Pool (Seasonal)