Update: Things to do in Portland on Thanksgiving Day (2012)
PDX.FM will be broadcasting on Thanksgiving Day.
Robert Wagner and Sabrina Miller will be doing a Turkey Day Portland Sucks podcast, starting at 8am. In Sabrina’s twitter words, we’ll go probably until we get bored or until no one is listening anymore.
Robert promises that PDX.FM will half ass pretend to be a real radio station on Thursday, even going so far as to put a couple Fisher Price turntables to good use!
In North Portland the Little Red Bike Cafe (4823 N Lombard) will be open on Turkey Day (8am-2pm), for a good cause. Bring in winter clothes for donation, buy a cup of coffee or something off the special Thanksgiving (TBA) menu.
There’s more coffee and good causes at Coffeehouse Northwest (1951 W Burnside). According to Portland Octopus, A nice warm cup of free!:
For the third year in a row, this local coffee shop will be brewing, baking, and giving to it’s customers and community. From 8:00am – 12:00pm, this Thursday, November 26th, Coffeehouse Northwest will be giving out coffee, fresh pastries, and homemade eggnog – all on the house. This equals free Stumptown Coffee!
There will be a tip jar available, with all proceeds donated to the charity(ies) of the baristas choice. Previous charities have included theater groups and Sisters of the Road.
The Portland Coffeehouse Journal is maintaining a list of local coffeehouses open on the holiday, and their special hours.
Down the street a few blocks, avoid the holiday crowds at Powell’s Books (1005 W Burnside location) by visiting on Thanksgiving day. The store is open from 10am to 6pm.
After your visit to Powell’s, wander around downtown. Though seemingly deserted, many hotel restaurants and bars are open on Turkey Day too.
Also downtown, the Rialto (529 SW 4th) stays open 365 days a year. Play some pinball or pool while enjoying your beer. Watch football on the ginormous TVs.
The Cheerful Tortoise (1939 SW 6th) is also open, with a FREE Turkey Dinner from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Prost! Portland opens at 6pm on Turkey Day. From the Facebook page:
For those of you that won’t get enough turkey during the day, I bought over 25lbs of bird, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry chutney, green bean casserole, and ample amounts of cold bier to warm your bellies. One keg of Spaten Bock left and then it i…s on to Hacker Pschorr Munich Alt Dunkel. Prost!
BarflyBlog has a fairly comprehensive list of bars open in Portland on Thanksgiving Day.
Other neighborhood pubs and taverns that cater to real drinkers have a better than average chance of being open too. Take a walk through your neighborhood business district; you might be pleasantly surprised.
Many bowling alleys and movie theaters are open too.
It’s probably too late to make reservations at most restaurants serving up Thanksgiving Day feasts, but if you’re still looking, try your luck with the list at Portland Food and Drink: Thanksgiving Dinner Roundup 2009
The Oregon Zoo is open on Thanksgiving day, with special Beast Feasts for the animals.
On Thanksgiving weekend, come watch your favorite zoo residents dive into “dinner.” Animals receive a cornucopia of enrichment treats Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 26-29, at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Great photo opportunities — bring your camera!
TriMet buses and Max will run on Sunday schedules, the streetcar on it’s own special holiday schedule.
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