Blue Ox Millworks in Humboldt County – whose past customers include national parks, cathedrals and even a U.S. president – will open its doors Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, for Craftsman’s Days, a weekend-long celebration of craftsmanship.
Mainstays of the family-friendly event include hands-on blacksmithing, woodworking and ceramic tutorials, as well as storytelling, puppetry and live music by local artists such as Kindred Spirits.
The Thanksgiving weekend event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Blue Ox Millwork State Park, at First and X streets in Eureka.
Admission cost is $8 general; children ages 12 and younger enter for free.
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Union Square Tree Lighting
What: Macy’s will host the 26th annual Great Tree Lighting, featuring an 83-foot holiday tree decorated with 33,000 twinkling LED lights and 1,000 ornaments. “American Idol” alum and singer Jordin Sparks, as well as local theater groups, will perform at the ceremony.
When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Where: Union Square Park
Full Moon Snowshoe Tours
What: Tahoe Adventure Company will guide you on a 2- to 3-mile snowshoe trek through Tahoe’s green, snow-sprinkled forests. Tahoe Adventure Company will provide snowshoes, poles, permit fees, hot drinks and snacks.
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25
Where: Tour location to be determined, Lake Tahoe area
Cost: $65 per person
Solano Turkey Trot
What: Run through Suisun Valley before your Thanksgiving feast at the Solano Turkey Trot. This family-friendly event will include 5-kilometer, 10-kilometer and children’s 1-mile races.
When: Thanksgiving Day, 5k and 10k begin at 8 a.m.; kids fun run begins at 9:30 a.m.
Where: 4000 Suisun Valley Road
Cost: $35 to $50 per registrant
What: More than 50 exhibits and vendors will show up at the Monterey County Fairgrounds as it hosts the traveling Gem Faire.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29
Where: Monterey County Fairground, 2004 Fairgrounds Road
Festival of Lights
What: Skip the Black Friday crowds and enjoy the lights of Yountville’s Festival of Lights, a tradition for 27 years. Mainstays of the event, located in the heart of wine country, will include light shows, live entertainment, holiday characters and food and wine tastings.
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Where: Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St.
Cost: Tickets $15- 25; children under 12 enter free