What to do on Thanksgiving 2022 Weekend in Fresno

This Thanksgiving 2022, go big and do something special with your family or friends instead of just another thanksgiving dinner at home. While we love homemade cooking with all our hearts, there’s nothing like creating new memories during a family trip! Fresno has a lot in store for locals and tourists alike on Thanksgiving weekend. From traditional thanksgiving events like Turkey Trot to ballet performances, there are all kinds of fun things to do on Thanksgiving in Fresno.

Create new family traditions this Thanksgiving weekend:

Freno’s Annual Turkey Trot

Kick off Thanksgiving 2022 with a morning run and enjoy feasting over the weekend — guilt-free. Recruit your family and friends, too, and make Fresno’s Annual Turkey Trot your new Thanksgiving tradition. It’s a fun and healthy way to bond, plus you’ll be helping feed a family as all donations from the event will benefit the Central California Food Bank.

There are 3 events for the Turkey Trot: The first is the 5k Run/Walk, 2k Not-timed Walk, and the Virtual Run Turkey Trot. The race starts at 8am, and you can only register online. There’s no Race Day registration. At 7:30am, there’s a costume contest and the largest family contest, so bring your entire clan and put on your best costume. And if you’re confident with your Turkey Talk, let Fresno hear you gobble at the Talk Turkey contest. This Thanksgiving event guarantees family-friendly fun! Visit the event’s website to sign up and donate.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater

Here’s a great Thanksgiving activity: dinner and theater altogether. Enjoy a sumptuous meal and watch Good Company Players’ production of Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. It’s a feast for all the senses. Catch the show on November 25, Friday,  and November 26, Saturday, at 7:30pm. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. On Sunday, November 27, there will be 2 shows. The brunch service starts at 11am, and the pre-show performance begins at 1pm. For the Dinner service, the food will be served at 5pm, and the pre-show Cabaret starts at 7pm.

Visit Good Company Player’s website for more information about the play and the Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre’s website to purchase tickets.

The Nutcracker 2022 at William Saroyan Theater

An all-time Christmas favorite for kids and adults and one of the world’s most performed ballet productions, catch The Nutcracker at William Saroyan Theatre Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center on November 26, Saturday. The matinee is at 1pm, and the evening performance is at 6:30pm. The holiday classic will be featuring the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. Start your holiday early and bring along your family and friends in this enchanting performance originally written by E.T.A. Hoffmann featuring beautiful scores by Tchaikovsky. Get your tickets here.

Fort Washington Farmers Market

If you’re visiting Fresno this Thanksgiving weekend, don’t forget to drop by Fort Washington Farmers Market. It opens on Sunday, November 27, from 9am to 2am. Stroll along Friant and North Fort Washington Road and enjoy a wide variety of fresh, local, and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other produce. You will also find freshly baked bread, donuts, cookies, pastries, and other desserts; and yummy bites and sumptuous eats like acai bowls, sushi, tacos, hummus and a whole lot more brought to you by local food makers. Fort Washington Farmers Market is now considered the largest California Certified Farmers Market in the region. Be a part of this local celebration of Fresno’s agricultural bounty and shop at Fort Washington.


Book a memorable thanksgiving adventure at Fresno City Inn. We are just a short walk from Blackstone Ave., so you’re near some of Fresno’s hip restaurants and the city’s best attractions too. Click below for bookings, or call us at 559-222-4445 for reservations.

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