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5 Out-of-the-Box Friendsgiving Ideas

November 3, 2022

For many, Friendsgiving has become a hallmark part of the holiday. Whether it’s before Turkey Day or after, this side celebration is typically enjoyed with close friends and has quickly become a cherished tradition. And while you can easily do a standard potluck, we’re here to help you spice things up this year! Check out this list of five unique places to celebrate Friendsgiving in Newport Beach.

At Marina Park

This year, eat your hearts out picnic-style! With Newport Beach’s beautiful fall weather, an outdoor celebration is never out of the question. Marina Park, often referred to as the “Window to the Bay,” is a 10.5-acre park situated on the edge of Newport Harbor. The park features plenty of grassy space to relax, including a picnic area. Bring your favorite Friendsgiving eats and enjoy a day by the bay with friends! 

On an Electric Boat

Get cozy with your favorite people on your very own electric boat. Nothing beats a sunset cruise on the bay, and Vision Electric Boat Rental in Lido Marina Village has a colorful fleet to choose from. Make your ride extra festive with a customizable balloon garland, which can be added to the top of your boat. And be sure to grab some goodies to munch on from Lido Bottle Works, like one of their tasty Bistro Boards! They also have an on-site bottle shop for those who prefer a Friendsgiving booze cruise.

On the Sand

Skip the cheffing this Thanksgiving and let OC’s The Picnic Collective do it all for you! This local company specializes in creating unique pop-up picnic experiences for a variety of occasions. Their team will set up (and take down) everything—all you have to do is gather your closest friends. They’ll bring everything from fresh flowers and decorative umbrellas to floor cushions and charcuterie boards for grazing.

In a Crystal Cove Beach Cottage

Whether you’re planning a Friendsgiving staycation or simply need a space to host your event, the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages are always a great option. These quaint bungalows each feature a full-sized kitchen, living room and a deck with oceanfront views. Enjoy a full feast with your pals in one of these charming and historic cottages in the heart of Crystal Cove.

In The Pelican Courtyard

Going all out this year? Reserve The Pelican Courtyard—a stunning yet intimate outdoor venue in the heart of Newport Beach. This unique venue is tucked away behind Seaside Gallery & Goods along Mariner’s Mile and is easily one of the city’s best hidden gems. Your guests are bound to adore The Pelican Courtyard’s European garden setting, lush greenery and twinkling lights. To reserve this space for Friendsgiving, visit

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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