10/27/2011 01:42 pm ET Updated Dec 25, 2011

Thanksgiving In Maine: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in Maine is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Maine and one opportunity to give back to others.

Maine Thanksgiving Events Map

Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Get out and do some Christmas shopping at the Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show during Thanksgiving weekend in Brewer. Crafts include jewelry, wood and glass decor, pottery, photographic prints, gourmet treats and much more. Admission is $1.50 at the door. The event is sponsored by United Maine Craftsmen, a nonprofit organization that promotes arts exhibits throughout the state.

203 State St., Brewer, ME 04412

Gasping Gobbler 5K Road Race

Run for your supper! Or before it, anyway. The Gasping Gobbler 5K Road Race in Augusta, Maine's capital city is an annual event held on Thanksgiving Day, before everyone gets too stuffed. The race benefits Cony High School Athletics. The entry fee is $20 for preregistration or $22 if registering the day of the race. The first 100 registrants receive a T-shirt, and the overall male and female winners are awarded trophies -- and a complete meal.

60 Pierce Drive, Augusta, ME 04330

Volunteer: Adopt-A-Family Sponsor

The Salvation Army of Greater Portland provides needed services to children, families, singles and seniors. Every Thanksgiving, the organization sponsors an Adopt-A-Family program, which is a worthwhile volunteer opportunity to help those in need during the holiday season. Individuals, families or groups are asked to provide a Thanksgiving meal or toys and/or clothing for Christmas to a needy senior or family. This is a chance to spread the holiday spirit and help those in the community who are less fortunate.

297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, ME 04101 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In Maine: Video

Runners participate in the Gasping Gobbler 5K Road Race in Augusta, Maine.

Did we miss a Maine Thanksgiving event? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Want other great Thanksgiving events and volunteering opportunities? Check out TurkeyQuest and our coverage in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.

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