Downtown Digest: Turkey Trot, small business block party and holiday season kickoff

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What’s up downtown Phoenix? It’s your guide to downtown events, T.J. Triolo! It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to think about things you’re thankful for. If you live downtown, then you can be thankful for all the opportunities for things to do here, particularly when I send some your way!

Phoenix Turkey Trot
Thursday Nov. 28
Starts at 6 a.m.
Starts at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
1700 W. Washington St.
Here’s something to help you not feel so guilty about eating all that turkey and stuffing: a Thanksgiving-themed running race with multiple distances and age groups available! Whether you want to run one mile, a 5K or a 10K race, all three options are available, plus races specifically for kids. Now for the most important part: There are awards for different costume categories, and yes, this includes “Best dressed turkey.” Gobble gobble indeed. Tickets cost $8-$50.

Arizona International Auto Show
Thursday Nov. 28-Sunday Dec. 1
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Automotive technology is changing a lot lately, complete with Tesla unveiling a new truck that looks like something out of a science fiction movie. The Phoenix International Auto Show has the latest and greatest cars coming together, with more than 500 new cars on display and more than 75 to test on local roads. I’ve seen the road test cars with special stickers on them driving around downtown last year, and some of them I’d love to drive myself. Can I just have a nice, newer car for a little bit and not have to worry about my ancient car breaking down for once? Tickets cost $10 online, $11 at the gate.

Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday Nov. 28
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
The Salvation Army puts on a Thanksgiving dinner annually for those who can’t afford to host their own or don’t have a place to go for it. If you or someone you know has no Thanksgiving plans and could use a nice dinner in their life, then this is the perfect chance to do so. No one should have to spend a major holiday like Thanksgiving alone! This event also features activities for the whole family. Admission is free.

CitySkate Grand Opening and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday Nov. 29
3-11 p.m.
1 E. Washington St.
CitySkate is kicking the holiday season off with a special tree lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving. The ceremony features Santa and Mrs. Claus, professional figure skaters and a light show. Also, of course, there is ice skating for anyone wanting to take part. You’d probably be best off trying not to imitate the professional figure skaters though; I know for me that would probably end with a trip to the hospital. Admission to the event is free.

850zip Small Business Saturday Scavenger Hunt & Block Party
Saturday Nov. 30
2-6 p.m.
Portland Parkway Park
Portland St. between Central and Third Avenues
November 30 is Small Business Saturday, and to celebrate, small business loyalty program 850zip is partnering with 16 businesses for a block party with a scavenger hunt element. Businesses will provide a demonstration or sample of what they provide. Whether that’s food, drinks or something else, there’s a variety to see and do here! Non-profit partners will also be at the event as well, including Keep Phoenix Beautiful and the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. This event is free, scavenger hunt participants must be 21+.

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