5 ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in Birmingham besides eating turkey

Why not catch a view like this on Thanksgiving? Photo via Oak Mountain State Park on Facebook

Thanksgiving is here! While many of us will be cooking and devouring delicious food all day, if you’re looking to change things up there are several options for you in Birmingham. Read on to find out more. 

1) Get Your Beer on at Cahaba Brewing Company’s Beersgiving Bonanza

Pour me one, please. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Company on Facebook

 If you’re wondering what to do the night before Thanksgiving, here’s your answer. Created to kick off the holiday season, Cahaba Brewing’sBig & Barrel-Aged Beersgiving Bonanza is happening on Wednesday, November 27. There will be strong beers will be on tap, live music from Tragic City and food trucks to grab a bite.

When: November 27, 12PM-6PM


Where: Cahaba Brewing Company. 4500 5th Ave. South Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222

2) Register to Run in the Sam Lapidus Montclair Run or other Birmingham Race

The 43rd annual Sam Lapidus Montclair Run is Thursday, November 28 in Birmingham. Photo via Levite JCC of Birmingham on Facebook

What better way to start off the day of overeating than by going for a run with the fam? If this sounds appealing to you, there are several runs on Thanksgiving Day. 

3) Take a Hike at One of Birmingham’s Parks

I love a good hike at Oak Mountain. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now 

Have you seen REI’s #OptOutside marketing campaign for Black Friday? It’s encouraging people to go outside instead of going shopping. In Birmingham, you can hop on the trend early by getting outside on Thanksgiving. Hit the trails at Oak Mountain State Park or Red Mountain Park—both are open! 


Red Mountain Park 

Hours: 7AM-5PM

Location: 2011 Frankfurt Dr., Birmingham, AL 35211

NOTE: Welcome Center and ropes courses will be closed on Thanksgiving.


Oak Mountain State Park

Hours: 7AM-5PM

Location: 200 Terrace Dr., Pelham, AL 35124


NOTE: Use the front entrance. All park facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, including The Oaks Golf Course, The Grille, The Main Office, Campground Store and Demonstration Farm.

4)  Give Back

There are many ways to give back in Birmingham on Thanksgiving Day and in the coming weeks. Check them out below.

  • Jimmy Hale Mission has several volunteer opportunities on Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. 
  • Meals on Wheels delivers hundreds of meals to homebound seniors every day. Sign up to deliver a meal this holiday season.
  • The Community Kitchens is a nonprofit that serves meals at St. Andrews and Grace Episcopal Church in Woodlawn. Their calendar is full on Thanksgiving day, but you can find more volunteer opportunities here

5) Sing Karaoke at Mom’s Basement

Karaoke at Mom’s Basement. Photo via Mom’s Basement on Facebook

After you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal and caught some z’s on the couch, consider a trip to Mom’s Basement (the bar, not downstairs) for some karaoke Thanksgiving night. The bar opens at 7PM.


When: Thursday, November 28, 9PM

Where: Mom’s Basement. 4411 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, Alabama 35222

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Did we miss any events? Let us know @BhamNow.