Many young professionals these days can’t take every holiday off to be with family or have time to make a huge dinner. If you’re one of those young professionals, you might be wondering what to do on Thanksgiving Day! Well, living in Atlanta, you have plenty of options. Here are a few of the activities or dinners you can go to next Thursday:

The Chinese Lantern Festival

You can head to Centennial Olympic Park after dinner to catch the lantern festival for this year’s theme ‘Into The Wild’. You’ll not only be able to choose a beautiful hand-made lantern depicting your favorite animal, but you’ll also have your choice of authentic Asian foods, live music, performances, merchandise booths, and more! Festivities begin at 6 PM, and tickets are sure to run out! Grab yours online here.

Invesco QQQ Half Marathon and 5K

If you want to get some exercise in before your Thanksgiving dinner, get to Georgia State Stadium that morning for the 38th annual half marathon and 5K. One of Atlanta’s longest-running traditions, the race winds through the city’s most historic areas following the course of the 1996 Olympic Game’s marathon. Starting time is 7:30 AM for the half marathon, and 7:45 for the 5K. Read more about the races

Thanksgiving Dinner at Davio’s

Not everyone loves to cook their own Thanksgiving meal! If you are one that tends to burn foods easily, maybe try dinner at Davio’s next Thursday. The Northern Italian steakhouse is a wonderful staple of Atlanta’s fine dining, and their fantastic executive chef, Michael Penaranda, is preparing a special Thanksgiving dinner menu. They will be serving your classic turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and the like. Although, if you aren’t a fan, their regular dinner menu will be available as well. Prices are set per guest, adults at $65 a head and children eating for $23 per tot. Don’t wait too long to decide, go ahead and set a reservation now before they fill up!

Thanksgiving Brunch at The Waldorf Astoria

Some people enjoy getting a head start and eating an early Thanksgiving lunch, instead of a dinner. Or, maybe you would like to start eating even earlier, and want a brunch. Well, you can do that in style this year, at the very first annual Thanksgiving Brunch in the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead! Executive Chef Christophe Truchet has crafted a menu hitting all the traditional Thanksgiving staples, while adding his own twist! You can read the full menu and buy your tickets here.

Tiny Lou’s Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’d prefer to stay a little more on the east side of Atlanta, one option is to eat at Tiny Lou’s! The lovely French restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Hotel Clermont, and they’re doing a pre-fixed menu, special for Thanksgiving Day. They’ll only be open from 3 PM to 8 PM, so I recommend getting your reservation now!

Atkin’s Park Restaurant and Bar

You don’t have to put on your fancy pants for Thanksgiving if you don’t want to. Head to Atkins Park for a traditional, but relaxed, dinner. They have a special menu set up for the day, starting at 4 PM. Adults are eating at $30 a head, young adults $18, and tots are $10. Reservations are highly suggested! Seating will be limited, so read more details and how to get your spot saved here.

Falcons vs. Saints

Whether you plan to cook at home or go out to eat, most people can agree one thing they have to do on that last Thursday in November is watch the football game. Well, this year you can watch our home team play here at Mercedes-Benz Stadium! No matter if you have tickets to the game, plan to watch from a bar, or maybe just on your couch, try to remember to cheer on our Falcon’s after you cut into that turkey. Inman Park sports bar, Hampton + Hudson, will be playing the game with drink specials and a Thanksgiving Day snack menu for a post-dinner party.

We at West Main hope that whatever you have planned next week, it is a great holiday for everyone. Listen out for our next blog post to read about Atlanta’s festive events coming in December. Happy Thanksgiving!