Times Turkey Trot: Before you go into a food coma on Thanksgiving, hit the road for a good run. Choose from several races, including the Wingding 5K or Turkey Trot 10K, all beginning near Clearwater High School. Bring nonperishable food items for the Religious Community Services Food Pantry. $14-$40. See tampabay.com/turkeytrot for details. (727) 562-4700.
Ferg's Birthday Bash: The St. Petersburg institution is celebrating its 21st birthday. There's no cover for the party, which includes food and drink specials and live music from the Black Honkeys and Rhythm and Quake. It starts at 6 p.m. at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4562.
Hanukkah Celebration: Chabad of Clearwater celebrates Hanukkah by lighting a menorah made of hundreds of donuts. The party also includes a latke eating competition, Jewish music, dancing and a performance by Fritzy Brothers One Man Circus. It begins at 6 p.m. at Surf Style Mega Store, 311 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 265-2770.
Get Roasted: This annual Thanksgiving eve party thrown by the party-loving 13 Ugly Men lets you get saucy before you get stuffed. With Grey Goose as a sponsor, you're sure to find lots of vodka drinks along with Ceviche's light bites. Party starts at 7 p.m. at Ceviche, 2500 W Azeele St, Tampa. $15. (813) 250-0203.
Electric Tiki Beach: The holiday heats up at Shephard's with entertainment on three stages, music by 12 DJs, drink specials and a high-tech laser show. It's 18 and older only. Doors open at 8 p.m. at Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. $10. (727) 441-6875.
Restaurant Stakeout, 9 p.m., Food An ex-boxer has used his winnings to open a restaurant that's floundering. The upside is that all the meat dishes are nice and tender.
Saturday Night Live, 9 p.m., NBC A special highlighting Thanksgiving skits over the years. Because the current cast would have some problems making the holiday funny.
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St. Petersburg Tree Lighting: Straub Park lights up the waterfront for the holidays on Friday evening, with decorations, icicle lights and festive music by the St. Petersburg Community Band. Free.
Kanye West: The most polarizing — and talked about — musician on the planet comes to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Saturday. Will fiancée Kim Kardashian tag along? $36.75-$122.25. (813) 301-2500.
Music of Pink Floyd: The Florida Orchestra joins forces with a full rock band to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon. You'll hear Money and Learning to Fly, along with music from The Wall. Vocals by Randy Jackson. Show is Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $35-75. (727) 892-3337 for toll-free 1-800-662-7286.
Christmas Town: Tampa's Busch Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland, with 80 miles of lights, real snow, Santa and train rides. It starts Friday and continues on select nights until Dec. 23. $40, $25 pass holders, $10 children (single admission); $89, $29 children (unlimited admissions). (813) 987-5600.