Top 5 Local Ways to Celebrate Friendsgiving This Year

Not headed ”home” for the holidays? Check out these five Cincinnati area Friendsgiving gathering ideas instead.

Whether you can’t head home for the holidays or simply prefer to spend time with your chosen family instead, we have five Cincinnati area Friendsgiving events to help make this Thanksgiving your best yet.

1- Head to Brink Brewing Company for its annual Friendsgiving event. The brewery provides the turkey and gravy at no cost, but asks attendees to bring a side to share. Gather around the community table for a great night of food, beer, and friends. Hoping to give back? Brink will also collect coats for the homeless to be donated to the Cincinnati chapter of St. Vincent de Paul.

5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, (513) 882-3334.

2- Take a drive over the bridge and sing along to tunes with friends before you arrive at the Brighton Center Friendsgiving. This year, the celebration will be held at New Riff Distillery in Newport. The event, benefiting the Brighton Center, will feature live music by local rock band BackBeat, appetizers, a silent auction, raffles, distillery experience tours, and more.

24 Distillery Way, Newport, (859) 261-743.

3- We all know the best part of Thanksgiving is the food. But what if you could have all the perks of a traditional holiday meal as a part of a unique experience and without all the work? Thanks to BB Riverboats you can. Take the Thanksgiving Day Cruise with friends and treat yourselves to a delicious feast in a stunning environment that everyone will be sure to enjoy.

101 Riverboat Row, Newport, (800) 261-8586

4- Before you eat mountains of potatoes and turkey, get an early start to your holiday. Grab your running shoes and dash over to Paul Brown Stadium to participate in the 2019 Thanksgiving Day Race. Run (or walk!) your way to the finish line while raising money for local charities. After your workout, compare your run time with friends over a Friendsgiving dinner.

5 Paul Brown Stadium Way, downtown

5- Why mess with tradition? Put on your chef’s hat and host a Friendsgiving potluck. Pull out your best recipes, collect your best ingredients (we recommend a stop at Findlay Market), and cook up a holiday feast your family would be proud of! Pro tip: The host is usually responsible for the turkey, but don’t be afraid to ask friends to bring a side for everyone to enjoy.

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