Memphis Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 16th 2016 15420 0

Need something to occupy the family on during Thanksgiving time? Need to escape the family? Need to order some food ahead of time to pick up for dinner?

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1. Things To Do

– Loflin Yard is open on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Dead Soldiers perform at 9 p.m.

Zoo Lights opens on Thanksgiving 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $7-$9 + extra for ice skating and Ferris Wheel, all ages/kid-friendly. The Zoo is closed during the day on Thanksgiving. The Zoo and Zoo Lights are open on Friday and Saturday.

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms is open nightly, including Thanksgiving, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (on weekends until 10 p.m.) It’s $20 per car (more for vans and buses) and $3-$5 for other activities like the petting zoo, camel rides, s’more roasting, all ages/kid-friendly

Turkey Trot 4 Miler benefiting the March of Dimes, Botanic Gardens, Thanksgiving Day, 9 a.m., all ages/kid-friendly

– The Enchanted Forest at the Pink Palace is open daily (but closed on Thanksgiving) and is $6 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Check here for hours.

Peabody Christmas Tree Lighting, Peabody Hotel Lobby, Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly. There are choirs all day and Santa arrives right after the 5 p.m. Duck March to turn on the tree.

Wiseacre Taproom is open on Black Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with karaoke at 6 p.m.

Memphis Made Brewing is open regular hours (Fri 4-10, Sat 1-10, Sun 1-7)

High Cotton Taproom is open regular hours on Friday.

– Ghost River Taproom will open early on Friday, from noon to 10:30 p.m. (normally they open at 4 p.m. on Fridays). They’re hosting an hilarious “An Important Meeting” gathering.

North Mississippi Allstars, Minglewood Hall, Friday, doors at 7 p.m., $20 adv./$22 day of show, all ages

– Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! play at Circuit Playhouse from Nov. 23 – Dec. 23

2. Prepared Thanksgiving Food
If you want to pick up smoked turkey, hams, or sides, here’s a list. Click on the link for information about their specific offerings. Many of these require you to order by Friday, November 18.

Bounty on Broad

Central BBQ 

Corky’s BBQ 

The Cupboard

Germantown Commissary

Gus’ Fried Chicken 

Hog Wild Catering

One & Only BBQ


Ty’s Smoke House in Bartlett

Know of other places? Leave the info in the comments!

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Larry D says:

    Hi Holly! SuperLo Foods also offers turkey, dressing, gravy, etc that can be ordered by phone and picked up before Thanksgiving. Thanks!

  2. Shannon Little says:

    Cafe Eclectic is selling pies for Thanksgiving. Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Sweet Potato. Order by 3pm November 2nd.

    The Bar-B-Q Shop is selling Smoked Turkeys. $42,95 for 12-16 lbs. Order by this Friday.

    Huey’s Midtown Kitchen Manager is selling a bunch of Thanksgiving goodies. Details:

    Holiday Ham and Deli Co. + Pimento’s Kitchen and Market offer grab-n-go, Thanksgiving sides, desserts, catering, and more:

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