Thanksgiving City: 15 Pre-Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving Events This Weekend All Across NYC

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If you'll be leaving the city for a family get-together, this weekend may be the hot time to meet up with some friends for a pre-Thanksgiving fun time!

African Thanksgiving

Friday, November 16 at 7:00pm — Lerner Broadway Room — 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, New York, NY 10027 9207

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Columbia University's African Students Association is proud to present our annual "African Thanksgiving" celebration happening November 16th, 7pm-11pm in Lerner Broadway Room. African Thanksgiving presents an opportunity for all members of the diaspora at Columbia/Barnard to come together and enjoy great food, performances, music, and even better company all in the spirit of giving thanks! So come ready to pop out and have fun! 

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting Dinner

Friday, November 16 at 7:00pm — KOLO KLUB — 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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Join us as we create our own spin on Thanksgiving as we pair 8 wines with 4 delicious courses inspired by our favorite holiday..  Discover what wine styles go with which courses , which wines are a sure bet to bring to anyone's house for the biggest eating and drinking day of the year ..  Award Winning Pinot Noirs and Delicious Zinfandel's are just 2 of the wines in the line up, more details to come.  $65.00 per person (Includes tax & gratuity)  Space is Limited  Any questions on the menu or special dietary restrictions please email

A Trap Kitchen Thanksgiving

Friday, November 16 at 7:00pm — Kinfolk — 94 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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Trap Kitchen & Kinfolk Presents: A Trap Kitchen Thanksgiving — Enjoy a special Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the fixin's on another return of Compton's own Trap Kitchen Chef's Spank and News in the heart of Brooklyn.  We will be laying out a special spread for the limited dining event celebrating the food's of Thanksgiving made the Trap way. Thanksgiving Style Dinner: $40.00 Trap Kitchen Cookbook: $25.00 Trap Kitchen T-Shirt: $25.00 Trap Kitchen Full Meal Deal Bundle (Thanksgiving Dinner, Cookbook, and T-Shirt): $80.00

Kids Thanksgiving Juice & Paint Event

Saturday, November 17 at 6:00pm — Plaster Galaxy — 2208 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229

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Thanksgiving Juice & Paint Event ! Art is a form of expression for a child, let your kid get as creative as they want here! Easy fun way for your kids to make new friends from our community! Price : $30 per child Location: Plaster Galaxy 2208 Avenue U, Brooklyn NY 11229 Ages 5-12 Pizza & Juice Party for kids while the art dries!

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Saturday, November 17 at 12:00pm — Christopher Columbus Gardens — 455 9th Street, Hoboken, Nj 07030

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Join your neighbors for a family-friendly Thanksgiving Luncheon! It's a time to be thankful for family, friends, and community, and we hope you'll join us. Please register if you plan to attend so we can prepare enough food! If you have any questions, please reach out to Matt at 201-754-5271 or email

NYSoM Thanksgivingpalooza In Brooklyn

Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm — Moore Street Market — 110 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Gobble Gobble! NYSoM presents our first ever NYSoM ThanksgivingPalooza on Saturday November 17th from 2-5pm @ Moore Street Brooklyn in Williamsburg NYSoM ThanksgivingPalooza will be a pre-Thanksgiving event featuring NYSoM Thanksgiving Raffles (Turkey, Pies & other Thanksgiving Items to be giving away in raffles and contests)Turkey Trot (Weather permitting) An appearance by Thomas the Turkey Thanksgiving Crafts & Activities & Much Much More! Free! All are Welcome@ Moore Street Markets located @ 110 Moore Street Brooklyn, NY 11206

Free Community Meal

Saturday, November 17 at 1:00pm — Evergreen Baptist Church — 455 Evergreen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Come on out for a free community Thanksgiving meal at Evergreen Baptist church complete with all the fixings and dessert!

The Holiday Harvest Tasting

Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm — Union Square Wine & Spirits — 140 4th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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The Harvest tasting is upon us! Join us as we present our annual pre-holiday Harvest tasting, an afternoon of wine and spirit delights, with dozens of bottles uncorked throughout a four-hour pouring frenzy. Attendees looking for ideas on just what to pour at the Thanksgiving table will find close to eight dozen different wines and spirits from around the world uncorked for your appraisal. The tasting is comprised of two pour sessions, each with a unique array of wines. Session One will last from 2-4pm, and after a brief reset hiatus, Session Two will begin at 4:30 pm and last until 6:30 pm.

R.Vino Presents: Winesgiving!

Saturday, November 17 at 6:00pm — Corks on Columbus — 313 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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Join Certified Sommelier Richard Hughes for a pre-thanksgiving gathering at a high quality shop on the Upper West Side. Before we sit down with our families later this month, come taste the perfect wines to bring to the table whether you're having Beans, Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes..Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, You name it! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, all wines featured at the tasting will be 10% off for purchase! Invite some friends, and of course there will be a variety of cheeses and fruits to enjoy! Dress Code: Feel free to dress casually and comfortably for the evening! Things to bring: Just yourself and a thirst to enjoy and learn, whether you're new to wine or a world class taster!

Cornell Holiday Happy Hour

Friday, November 16 at 6:00pm — Slate NY — 54 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

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The new Minority ILR Alumni Association Council invites you to our inaugural Holiday Happy Hour Event. We encourage you to come out and network with the Cornell community. Come see old friends and make new ones.  The event will be located at Slate NY, where there are a number of different happy hour drink specials to choose from. In the holiday spirit, we will be collecting cash or check donations to support City Harvest for Thanksgiving. City Harvest is one of New York's largest food rescue organizations, feeding over 1 million New Yorkers in need at food pantries, soup kitchens and other local establishments. We hope to see you come out and celebrate the holiday season with us! Feel free to share this invite with other Cornell Alumni in the area. 

MCN's Thanksgiving Packathon

Saturday, November 17 at 11:00am — Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew — 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

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This Thanksgiving, let's be sure that everyone has a delicious meal to look forward to. Join MCN's assembly line of volunteers as we scoop, seal and pack 10,000 meals for New Yorkers around the city. What is a Packathon?  A packaton is a food packing event in which volunteers assemble bags of the following dry ingreadients: lentils, quinoa, rice, cumin, pink Himalayan salt. The bags are weighed, sealed and packaged into boxes. Each bag contains 10 meals. This pack-a-thon will be conducted in partnership with the HUNGER VAN. Please note: - HUNGER VAN will arrive at the host location with all the supplies and one meal prep Supervisor/Coach - Volunteers will be instructed by the Supervisor/Coach; what to do and how to prepare meals to go on the HUNGER VAN - It would take 2 to 3 hours to complete the meal prep project - All meal prep will be with dry ingredients - no cooking or cooking skills required! - Meals Distribution - Volunteers can follow the HUNGER VAN in their own transportation for meals distribution (not required)   We need all hands on deck! All are welcome! Please sign up to volunteer. 

Thanksgiving Meal And Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm — 378 Throop Ave — 378 Throop Avenue Community Room, Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan, together with Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation, will host an interactive cooking demonstration, followed by a traditional meal just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The event is free and open to the public. Information about affordable and healthy meals, recipes, and health resources will be provided to participants. The event is made possible with support from Brooklyn Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr.

Zero Waste Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 17 at 1:00pm — Queens Botanical Garden — 43 50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

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This Thanksgiving show gratitude to the earth (and your wallet) by joining our special guests, Chef Denzell and JJ from All.Things.Cooked, to hear kitchen tips for a zero waste Thanksgiving, from carrot top to turkey bone. We’ll demo delicious and eco-friendly recipes and share our favorite ways to waste-proof your holiday. All.Things.Cooked is a cooking experiment aimed to appreciate food nose to tail, root to stem. Registration required. Drop-ins welcome upon availability.

Soutoura First Annual Thanksgiving Gala

Saturday, November 17 at 7:00pm — 4W43 — 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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Soutoura provides financial and moral support to destitute families in Senegal. Come join us for a Thankgiving Dinner Gala to benefit disadvantaged women and children in need of medical care.

10 Nexus Salon: Thanksgiving Edition

Saturday, November 17 at 2:30pm — 10 Nexus New York Salon — 40 North 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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‘Thankful’ is defined as being “conscious of benefits received”, ‘Gratitude’ as “appreciative of benefits received”. It is a way of expressing appreciation with or without an act. Oftentimes, we’d like to enter the holiday season reflective, reconnecting with ourselves and our loved ones. We invite you to take a moment with us to unwind, to reflect on the meaning of gratitude and the fullness of our lives together, to begin the holidays with a positive and restful mindset. The afternoon of November 17, let’s welcome a Thanksgiving that allows us to be appreciative of those gifts life has granted us: the gift of our bodies & minds, our community, our home, nature, and our failures as well as triumphs. What is 10 Nexus? 10 Nexus is a space for meaningful conversations on what matters most. Our candlelit salons explore a theme or idea through 3 to 5 main questions on a Conversation Menu. Past topics include: Life Purpose & Values, Home, and Transformation. Read more: This Thanksgiving Salon is open for up to 30 people and is potluck-style. Bring friends and an open mind. The more the merrier. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


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