Hosting or visiting family and friends in Athens, GA this Thanksgiving? Whether your Thanksgiving meal plans involve going out to eat or staying in to cook, several Athens restaurants and shops are hosting special events this Turkey Day to ease your stresses!

Thanksgiving Athens Farmers Market

Heirloom Cafe will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Farmers Market on Wednesday, Nov. 21, providing you with the opportunity to pick up any last minute provisions you might need before Turkey Day! Starting at 11 a.m. and running until 2 p.m., stop by their Chase Street location and visit your favorite local vendors selling produce, gourmet cheeses and breads, and much more. Come stock up on fresh, delicious staples that will not only impress family and friends but will also minimize effort and mess in the kitchen! 

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting 

Heirloom Café will hold its 2nd Tuesday Wine Tasting on Nov.13 at 6 p.m. An array of wines have been selected for you to pair with your holiday meal. Come out to the wine tasting and find the perfect wine for your holiday feast.

FIVE Bar Thanksgiving Feast

Leave the cooking and cleaning at home this Thanksgiving and come spend the holiday with the FIVE Bar family! Enjoy their full Thanksgiving Feast free of charge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. While donations are not required to partake in the feast, all proceeds from the evening will benefit Project Safe, an Athens-area organization working to end domestic violence through everything from prevention and educational programs to a vast network of safe houses. 

Graduate Athens Thanksgiving Buffet

Save the stress this Thanksgiving and make plans to dine at Graduate Athens Thanksgiving Buffet! Bring the whole family to Graduate Athens for a delicious buffet, featuring salads, a carving station, desserts and more. Tickets start at just $29.50 for adults and half priced for kids aged 5-12. Seating will occur from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can accommodate most any schedule, so do not delay and reserve your spot today!

Thanksgiving Lunch at Redfearn Grille

Offering a fantastic spread of all your holiday favorites, Thanksgiving Lunch at the Redfearn Grille is sure to be a wonderful meal. The meal will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don't hesitate and make your reservation today so you don't miss out on this delicious Turkey Day event!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday: you get to consume a week's worth of food in one sitting, watch football and spend quality time with family and friends. The holidays are now in full swing, and while many eyes are on Christmas, Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Athens offers plenty of dining options for Turkey Day and there are plenty events you can attend either before or after the feast. For the shoppers out there, visit one of the many local shops so you can stock up on local gifts for the holidays while continuing to support Athens businesses on Small Business Saturday!

Regardless of what your plans are while you are in Athens, your holiday in the Classic City is sure to be an exciting bash so make your plans today!

This article was originally authored by Tristan Otto, Fall 2017 Communications Intern. Alvieann Chandler updated it on November 8, 2018.