Thanksgiving week is full of activities between cooking, eating and starting your holiday shopping. But if you’re looking for more to do this week – either for grown up fun or just something to keep the kids busy during the long weekend – we got you covered!

Thanksgiving Day Brunches and Buffets

Center for Visual & Performing Arts Brunch


If your family would prefer for someone else to do the cooking on Thanksgiving, the Region is happy to oblige! Below you’ll find some of the places serving brunches or buffets on Thanksgiving:

Work off that Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey Walk at Friendship Botanic Gardens

If you want to burn off the calories from your meal, we have a couple of options for you:

  • Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City has a Thanksgiving Turkey Walk where you can embark on a turkey count scavenger hunt and view their Native American Heritage Garden where demonstrations will be taking place.
  • Indiana Dunes National Park is offering a Black Friday Opt-Outside Hike at West Beach, a Turkey Trot Hike on Saturday or Pinhook Upland Trail Hike on Sunday. 
  • If you prefer to walk while starting some of your Christmas shopping, head out to Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Michigan City for their After-Thanksgiving Weekend SaleLubeznik Center for the Arts nearby has their Holiday Artisan Market going on as well.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Santa photos at A Christmas Story Comes Home

Over the weekend there are plenty of other events for you and your family to enjoy. Below are just a few of those!

More Things to Do with the Family

Ice Skating at Deep River Waterpark

Still need more to do? Alright, here are some other ideas to keep the family busy this weekend:

For the 21 and Over Crowd - Black Wednesdays and Fridays at the Breweries

St. John Malt Brothers

The local breweries are prepared to start your holiday off right with specials and entertainment the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Here are some suggestions:

If you prefer to wait to enjoy your craft beer on Black Friday, here are some options:

However you decide to fill your Thanksgiving Week along the south shore of Lake Michigan, we hope you enjoy it!