9 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Indiana

The holiday season means many different things to many people. Whether it’s a mad day of Black Friday shopping, sightseeing in museums, or just quiet time (or not so quiet as we’re watching sporting events) spent with family and friends. Get ready for an exciting holiday as we present our 2023's 9 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Indiana.

The Slippery Noodle Inn, Indianapolis, IN

For a little twist on your holiday weekend, check out the Slippery Noodle Inn. Founded in 1850, it is Indiana's oldest bar. Come hang out, jam a little to some blues, and enjoy the atmosphere. There is no cover charge. You must be 21 years of age with a valid ID, and their website states if you are 27 or younger, at least two picture IDs are required, so be sure to have proper identification. You don't want to miss the fun!

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Arts, Indianapolis, IN

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Arts, located in downtown Indianapolis, offers an opportunity to explore. The museum's mission is "to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history, and cultures of the American West and indigenous peoples of North America."

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Moore’s Pie Shop, Kokomo, IN

Moore's Pie Shop's homemade pies have been a long-time favorite for holidays and year-round. With such unique flavors, from gooseberry to the traditional pumpkin pie, you'll be sure to make Moore's pies part of your holiday and everyday table. If you're not a pie fan, check out their custom cakes and cupcakes selections. Brides-to-be might consider Moore's as a contender in their wedding celebration.

Valparaiso Turkey Trot, Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso Turkey Trot has been a holiday tradition in Valparaiso since 2003. People from Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois participate in this event. This event is sponsored by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation with proceeds going to mental health and wellness programs. The race consists of a 10K and 5K walk/run.

Indiana University-Bloomington vs. Purdue University football

Like a little football over the holiday weekend? Who doesn’t? The game will be held in West Lafayette but will be aired on ESPN2, so tune in! Whether you’re a Hoosier or a Boilermaker, be sure to check out the game and watch as two Indiana powerhouses face off. 

Applewood Farms, Highland, IN

If you're looking for a fresh turkey instead of buying a frozen one at your local grocer, check out Applewood Farms. It has been a family business for years. Turkeys are fed gourmet feed and are federally inspected. Pickup or delivery is available with options for delivery coast to coast.

Kokomo Rescue Mission, Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Rescue Mission holds its annual Thanksgiving Day Banquet at Grace United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Many families have started a tradition of volunteering to serve Thanksgiving dinner to those less fortunate. The mission has been in operation in Kokomo since 1953.

Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, Michigan City, IN

For something unique and out of the way, visit Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, where you can find the perfect gift for your loved ones (or yourself!). Coach, American Eagle, Book Warehouse, and Brooks Brothers are just a few retailers in this outlet mall near beautiful Lake Michigan. Come check out the Black Friday deals!

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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