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Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020-style in Arlington

It’s no secret that this year has been unlike any other, to put it mildly. And while the big Thanksgiving gatherings may not be happening in the same way, Arlington establishments are making sure you still get to enjoy turkey day – in a variety of creative ways.

Virtual 5K Turkey Trot 

Many people like to get that head start on burning off Thanksgiving dinner calories by participating in a morning Turkey Trot. This year, however, the 15th annual Arlington Turkey Trot will take on a virtual format – available to registered runners anytime Thanksgiving week. Use the official turkey trot route or choose one of your favorites – it’s up to you! This year’s race honors and benefits several Arlington non-profits as well – it’s a chance to give thanks for the organizations that really help serve our community.  

The virtual trot theme is a very popular one nationwide as well. There are nearby chapters of the 2020 Revenge of the Bird Virtual 5k Turkey Trot, America's Largest Virtual Turkey Trot that offer a similar run opportunity – get your family flock together and hit the road!

Baba Zastava-Sidecar
Cocktails at Baba in Clarendon
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue restaurant Thanksgiving spread
Smokecraft Thanksgiving spread


A number of Arlington restaurants have chosen not to have the big Thanksgiving feast on site this year, as the need for physical distancing and cooler weather has limited capacity – particularly for larger groups. However, that doesn’t mean you need to forego your favorite restaurant’s Thanksgiving specialties. Check out these options for a fabulous Thanksgiving at Home. 

  • Ballston neighborhood favorite Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company is offering one-stop-shop Thanksgiving to take home. Choose from Rocklands’ extensive special holiday menu of traditional items, BBQ favorites, sides and desserts, let them know how many people you’re planning for, and the Rocklands team will take care of everything. Just be sure to order in advance, as quantities are limited. 
  • Continuing the BBQ theme, check out Clarendon’s new Smokecraft Modern Barbecue’s special Thanksgiving takeout menu and order either a set menu or customize your own Thanksgiving feast with a smoked turkey and/or prime rib, butternut squash soup, bourbon mashed potatoes and lots more. Just be sure to order by Sunday, November 22 to ensure your family feast.
  • If Thanksgiving with an Italian flair is what’s on the menu in your household, Sfoglina Rosslyn is offering a special Thanksgiving to Go menu – where you can get all the delicacies from Chef Fabio Trabocchi to serve at home. 
  • Local favorite Liberty Tavern’s dining room may be closed on Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the traditional Thanksgiving favorites from this Arlington icon. Liberty to Go offers a full customizable Thanksgiving feast for pickup, with all of the traditional favorites plus some add-ons, including gnocchi, salmon and more to give your table a little something extra. Order online in advance to ensure your favorites are ready to go. 
  • For dessert, don’t forget to stop by Livin’ the Pie Life along Lee Highway – the shop will be doing advance curbside pickup of Thanksgiving treats whether you need them for your home table or you’re taking them to a physically-distanced dinner at Grandma’s. Choose from traditional T-day favorites like various varieties of apple or pumpkin pie, or get creative with praline or chocolate chess. There are even vegan and gluten-free options! 
Sweet Potato Gnocchi from Lyon Hall

Dine-In Thanksgiving 

If the big family dinner just isn’t in the cards this year and you just don’t want the big feast for a smaller group at home, there are several Arlington restaurants that are offering physically-distanced dine-in options on the big day. Just be sure to reserve in advance, as obviously, space will be limited. 

  • In Falls Church, the cozy French bistro La Cote d’Or is offering an in-house Thanksgiving dinner for your family to enjoy the holiday with a French twist. Enjoy either the traditional turkey fare or an a la carte menu of French cuisine. 
  • Pasta lovers can simply head to Rosslyn for an upscale Celebration of Thanksgiving dinner at Sfoglina Rosslyn, where celebrity chef Fabio Trabocchi and his team will offer plenty of traditional Thanksgiving flavors along with the full regular menu (two words: mozzarella bar).  
  • While its sister restaurant Liberty Tavern focuses on the to-go side, Clarendon’s Lyon Hall is open for in-person dining on Thanksgiving with a prix-fixe menu. There’s the traditional turkey dinner, but there are also some of Lyon Hall’s signature favorites, from oysters to hangar steak or short ribs, for those who are craving something a bit different.
Thanksgiving Spread at Copperwood Tavern

Black Friday Holiday Shopping Specials, Curbside Pickup & Outdoor Fun 

Get a head start on holiday gifts and decor on Black Friday. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City opens early for everyone seeking Black Friday deals, and several stores are offering curbside pickup to help you cross off that shopping list while still staying physically distanced. Contactless curbside pickup is also available for numerous stores next door at Pentagon Row, where you can stroll outside to make your choices in the open air or enjoy a cozy bowl of pho or warm shepherd’s pie to warm up at one of the many restaurants offering outdoor seating. Skip shopping and head straight to the Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating rink for a spin on the ice in a festive atmosphere. 

Ice Skating in Pentagon Row

For local one-of-a-kind stores, curbside pickup is also now available from many of the retailers at the Village at Shirlington, where you can find everything from toys and furniture to specialty soaps and much more. Check out The Pick-Up for places to park curbside after placing your order online. 

Holiday decor in Shirlington