2023 Cape Cod Thanksgiving Events

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There are plenty of Cape Cod Thanksgiving Events to keep both the locals and out-of-town guests happy! Whether you are cooking your own meal, having it catered or eating out, there are plenty of options available across Cape Cod and the Islands.

Local farms and bakeries also offer the best ingredients for you to cook your own great Thanksgiving feast.  After the turkey and pumpkin pie are cleared away, there are lots more events for the Cape Cod Thanksgiving weekend that kick off the holiday season.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving Events

11/18/23 America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade

thanksgiving eventsOn November 18th in the 27th annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving parade occurs in Plymouth. The opening ceremony at Plymouth Rock begins at 9:30am and the parade follows at 10am.

There The parade aims for a chronology of the growth of America, starting with the Native Americans meeting the pilgrims. There are floats, drum and bugle corps, military bands, and more.

The Day continues with the Hometown Family Festival on the Waterfront, which includes a Children’s Pavilion and a Reenactment Village, with plenty of food and drink vendors throughout the day. The festivities close with the National Drum & Bugle Corps Concert at the historic Memorial Hall at 6:30pm.

cape cod thanksgiving11/21/23  Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Orleans Branch of the Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary is hosting their annual pie sale in the Mugar Building lobby. The sale begins at 10 am and will last until either 3 pm or whenever all the pies sell out, so make sure to get there early.

Not only will these delicious home-made pies cross one thing off your to-do list, but the proceeds from this event go towards Cancer Services at the Cape Cod Hospital. Certainly a win-win!

11/23/23 Chatham Turkey Trot

cape cod thanksgiving eventsIf you’re looking to get some exercise before a Cape Cod Thanksgiving feast, the Chatham Turkey Trot will be kicking off at 8 am on 2023 Thanksgiving Day with day-of registrations. At 8:30 the one-mile family fun run will start at the corner of Huron Drive and Seminole Way. The 5K race will start around 9:15.

If you are not able to run in person, you can join the Virtual Turkey Trot The race averages 1,000 or more runners each year and raises funds are donated to the Lower Cape Outreach Council.

11/24/23 Heritage Museum’s Gardens Aglow

Starting the 24th of November, the Heritage Museum and Gardens will put on their stunning Gardens Aglow. The event is a stunning display of lights sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Act fast- this event is always a sell-out!

11/23/23 National Day of Mourning

day of mourningOn 2023 Thanksgiving Day many indigenous people will gather in Plymouth for the National Day of Mourning. This day is observed by some indigenous tribe members who view Thanksgiving as a celebration of a historically inaccurate fantasy. The National Day of Mourning remembers the devastation of colonization for native people, and the cultural loss and harm that befell their ancestors as a result. The demonstration is organized by the United American Indians of New England, and has been held for over 50 years. Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will be in attendance.

The National Day of Mourning will take place on Thursday, November 23, 2023 at Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, at 12:00 PM sharp. Since 1970 a tradition has been set with a communal march through the historic district of Plymouth followed by a community social. The National Day of Mourning is a solemn and spiritual and is also a highly political day with room for speeches and free expression.

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11/23/23 Nantucket Atheneum’s Cold Turkey Plunge

If you’re looking for a shock or some brisk water, consider joining in the Nantucket Atheneum’s Cold Turkey Plunge at 10am Thanksgiving morning. The tradition, now in its 22nd year, will return to Children’s Beach.  The event will still serve as a fundraiser for programs, materials, and services at the Atheneum’s Weezie Library for Children.

11/24/23 Mashpee Tree Lighting

The Mashpee Tree Lighting Ceremony will happen on the Friday after Thanksgiving. So, after celebrating a Cape Cod Thanksgiving, be sure to swing by the Mashpee Commons in the plaza outside Siena Restaurant. The event will run from 3:30pm  to 5 pm and is a perfect event for the whole family. There will be complimentary mini donuts and hot chocolate, caroling, a visit from Santa, and the tree lighting.

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Cape Cod Thanksgiving Dinners

Ocean’s Edge enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at The Mansion, serving from 12-4, although the last seating is at 3:30pm. Prices: $134 per adult, $45 per child (5-12).

Captain Seafoods Bar & Grill in Sandwich offers pre-made Thanksgiving dinners with family of 4. Orders need to be placed by November 13th for pick up on November 22nd.

Pelham House Resort offers an elegant and delicious thanksgiving meal. From an exclusive cocktail hour and raw bar to a whole slew of great dishes, it’s sure to be a Thanksgiving to remember!

The Dan’l Webster Inn offers a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with salmon, filet mignon and vegetarian options or pre-made Thanksgiving Dinners to go; must pre-order by 11/20.

The Yarmouth House offers a three course dinner starting at noon on Thanksgiving Day for a three- course dinner, with takeout and delivery options offered.

The Chatham Bars Inn will offer a Grand Thanksgiving Buffet, but also can order a Dinner To Go either pre-cooked or cook-at-home packages.

In South Wellfleet, PB Boulangerie Bistro makes Thanksgiving easy with take away dinners! Their menu includes turkey, sides like salad, fall veggies, apricot sausage stuffing, bread, and desserts! This year the Bistro will be open for a prix fixe dinner service on Thanksgiving day -November 23rd- from 2pm-7:30pm!

The Old Yarmouth Inn offers dine in and take out dinners for Thanksgiving. They offer 7 entree choices from traditional turkey and duck to prime rib and filet mignon.

In Provincetown, Napi’s will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner plus more from their menu from 1pm to 8:00pm.

In Orleans, The Barley Neck will offer a buffet this year for Thanksgiving meals. Best to make a reservation.

Thanksgiving Dinners on Nantucket

The Nantucket Hotel will be offering “A Grand Thanksgiving Feast.” The meal will feature traditional dishes, dishes from the sea, and entertainment! The meal is $125 per person.

Bartlett’s Farm on Nantucket offers an a la carte Thanksgiving Catering menu for pick up, as well as their market items for those last-minute ingredients if you’re cooking yourself.

Faregrounds and Pudley’s Pub will have a Thanksgiving Buffet from noon to 7 pm and also take-out options. Call 508-228-4095 for reservations!

Company of the Cauldron will offer pick-up Thanksgiving Dinner starting at $141 per person.

The Corner Table Cafe offers Thanksgiving Specials from platters to pies,for pick-up.

The Green Market offers a Thanksgiving menu for pick up that includes charcuterie, free range turkey, and pies!

Wicked Island Bakery offers pies, and individual cheesecakes in addition to other Thanksgiving items!

Martha’s Vineyard Thanksgiving Dinner

Bettini at the Harborview Hotel will be serving dinner from 12 pm to 7 pm. Call for reservations at 774-563-5205. The meal is a four-course dinner with a magnificent view of the water!

In Edgartown, the Black Sheep has an extensive Thanksgiving a la carte menu ranging from breakfast breads, apps, to main courses, side dishes, and desserts.

Morning Glory Farm offers a wide range of ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast with many vegan and gluten-free options. From soup stocks and quiche to turkey and even flowers, the farm has you covered!

The Scottish Bakehouse in Vineyard Haven offers a Thanksgiving-To-Go menu of great items including many local and organic options.

Juice by the Sea is taking pre-orders  for a vegan, gluten-fee Thanksgiving Dinner available for pickup in Oak Bluffs.

Katama General Store will make your Thanksgiving baking easy from their sage dinner rolls to Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust.

Pie Chicks in Vineyard Haven offers lots of great pies, including gluten free options.

Other November Events on Cape Cod

Once the table has been cleared of your Cape Cod Thanksgiving, the Holiday Season officially begins with some end-of November events. Be sure to check out other November Events our listing of Holiday Craft Fairs.




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