November 28: Thanksgiving events in SF 

click to enlarge The 56th annual San Francisco International Auto Show gets rolling. Major automobile manufacturers display their 2014 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans.
  • The 56th annual San Francisco International Auto Show gets rolling. Major automobile manufacturers display their 2014 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans.
Who’s in town

Electro-house DJ and two-time Grammy nominee Morgan Page brings his Morgan Page Presents tour to San Francisco. [9 p.m., Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Museums

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: The Museum features true things that are odd or highly unusual. Attractions include the Odditorium and the Marvelous Mirror Maze. [10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 175 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Tours

Japanese Tea Garden: The tour, hosted by San Francisco City Guides, looks at the history and icons of the 5-acre Japanese Tea Garden. [1 p.m.; meet inside garden entrance, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Whole Shebang: The stroll, led by Foot Tours, explores San Francisco’s history-rich Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown and North Beach. [10 a.m.; meet at Huntington Park, on Nob Hill, S.F.; details/RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Holiday giving

Curbside collection: St. Anthony Foundation is holding its curbside collection drive. Donations of food (turkeys, pantry items) and warm clothing (including new socks) go to residents in need. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 150 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Thanksgiving meals: Glide serves free Thanksgiving meals to people in need. Breakfast (7 to 8:30 a.m.) and dinner (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) are available. Also today: a celebration (10 a.m.) with the Rev. Cecil Williams. [330 Ellis St., S.F.]

Animals

Meet the reindeer: The San Francisco Zoo presents its annual Reindeer Romp attraction. Guests can meet four reindeer and learn about how these creatures of the north live in the wild. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Marine life: The Aquarium of the Bay contains about 20,000 aquatic animals, from sharks to octopi to starfish. Exhibitions include “Otters: Watershed Ambassadors.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beach Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Auto show

The 56th annual San Francisco International Auto Show gets rolling. Major automobile manufacturers display their 2014 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Local activities

Native event: The International Indian Treaty Council hosts its Indigenous Peoples’ Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering. Speakers and performances are on the bill. [Alcatraz Island; first boats from Pier 33 leave at 4:45 a.m.; www.treatycouncil.org]

Thanksgiving trot: The Turkey Trail Trot includes a 5-mile run and walk, a 3-mile walk, a “Kids Gobbler Chase,” and prizes. It benefits Lowell High School’s track and field team. [8 a.m., Polo Field, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.turkeytrailtrot.com]

Menorah lighting: A lighting of the Bill Graham Menorah, celebrating the second night of Hanukkah, takes place in Union Square. [Gathering at 4:30 p.m.; lighting at 5 p.m.; 333 Post St., S.F.]

Trace: Chef Jason Rea is featuring a four-course Thanksgiving feast ($85). A baby-beet salad leads off the meal. Wild-mushroom soup follows. Next up is turkey with the fixings. Dessert is a sundae. [W San Francisco, 181 Third St., S.F.; (415) 817-7836]

Film

Philomena: Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman searching for the son she was forced to give up for adoption decades earlier in this British drama. [2, 4:40, 7:20 and 9:45 p.m., Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

12 Years a Slave: Abducted and sold into slavery, a free black man struggles to stay alive and retain his dignity in this fact-based drama set in the mid-19th-century United States. [1:20, 4:15, 7 and 9:40 p.m. at Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F.; 2:05, 6 and 8:45 p.m. at Presidio 4, 2340 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Outdoors

Ice rinks: Ice skating rinks are open at the Embarcadero and Union Square. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

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