For many, Thanksgiving means gathering with loved ones to spend time together. While some people spend the holiday at home, it’s also a great time to show appreciation for your friends. In recent years, Friendsgiving has become a popular trend among the younger generations, but hosting a dinner party isn’t always the easiest. Here are a few staff picks of ways to celebrate Friendsgiving in SF–minus all the post-dinner dishes.
1. plan a picnic in a lovely park
SF is known for its beautiful parks, and while late November is cold and rainy in many places, we can get lucky with SF weather around Thanksgiving. Whether you want to venture into Golden Gate Park or grab some takeout and hang out in Dolores, it’s an easy way to spend time with your friends while enjoying SF.
2. Have a special Thanksgiving meal at a local restaurant
If you and your friends don’t have plans on Thanksgiving day, and cooking a traditional meal doesn’t sound like your type of fun, you can treat yourself to a meal out. Many SF restaurants have specialized Thanksgiving options for those who want to celebrate without making a mess in the kitchen. We recommend getting a reservation in advance.
3. Check out one of SF’s many upcoming markets
The weekends around Thanksgiving are absolutely bustling with markets. There’s no shortage of options, from two creative-focused markets at Fort Mason, including the massive West Coast Craft, which is always a big hit, to a chocolate market in Golden Gate Park. You can start your holiday shopping early or enjoy the lively atmosphere with friends.
4. Grab a drink at happy hour
If making plans with your friends requires multiple calendar consultations, you might be in favor of some convenient after-work drinks as a way to celebrate your friendship. Plus, the happy hour prices are always appreciated since the holidays are often an expensive time of the year. Check out our recommendations for happy hours in SF here.
5. Go ice skating at Union Square
Lucky for us, the Union Square ice rink opened in early November. If you’re looking for a seasonal activity with friends, we recommend hopping on the ice. You can reserve your tickets online, and general admission costs $20 for a 1-hour session with skates included.