Jim Ambler and Caitlin McGinty appear in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins,” opening Nov. 25 in Foster City. (Courtesy Mark & Tracy Photography)

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Day 5K, Turkey Trot, SF Botanical Garden, SF Zoo, Mary Poppins, Holiday Tree Lightings

THURSDAY, NOV. 24

S.F. Botanical Garden: Free admission is offered on Thanksgiving Day at the “living museum,” which has 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces; also, the living exhibit “Butterflies & Blooms” has recently been re-installed. [7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

S.F. Zoo: Open daily, the park and gardens are home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals (representing more than 250 species). [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sloat Boulvard at Great Highway, S.F.]

Thanksgiving concert and vegetarian dinner: Badarikashrama, a spiritual and cultural center in the East Bay, hosts its annual Thanksgiving gathering, including a concert by Srikanth Chary followed by a vegetarian meal with multicultural dishes. [3 p.m., 15602 Maubert Ave., San Leandro]

Turkey Trot: Registration is officially closed for the 14th annual Thanksgiving Day event, which includes a five-mile Turkey Trail Trot (run), three-mile Pilgrim Promenade (walk) and 100 meters Kid’s Gobbler Chase. [7 a.m., Polo Field, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Thanksgiving Day 5K: The run (or walk) along the Embarcadero and under the Bay Bridge benefits local food banks. [8 a.m., China Basin Park, Third Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard, S.F.]

Japanese Tea Garden Tour: City Guides hosts the stroll through the five-acre, world-famous site, which offers information about its icons and the family that lived there. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

Vegan No Thanksgiving Protest: Direct Action Everywhere hosts the free potluck event (participants are asked to bring a vegan dish) for those seeking an alternative to traditional holiday observances. [11 a.m., Delores Park, Delores & 16th streets, S.F.]

The Eagle Huntress: The inspiring documentary is about a 13-year-old girl who becomes the first female in generations of her Kazakh family to practice the endeavor, and who rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down for centuries. [2:30, 4:50 and 7:15 p.m., Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

Mary Poppins: Hillbarn Theatre opens its family-friendly production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s high-flying musical. [8 p.m., 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The 52nd annual event showcases a 50-foot tree and hosts live music, Santa visits, snow and activities for kids. [4 to 8 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Macy’s Tree Lighting: Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc and Bay Area choirs perform at the 27th event. [6 p.m., Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F.]

Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland: In its 37th year, the event includes a marketplace with arts and crafts, snow sledding, a tree-lighting ceremony and a 5 p.m. parade. [Noon to 8 p.m., Fourth Street, San Rafael]

Winter Walk: Union Square opens its seasonal holiday pedestrian plaza, with special events including food vendors, live performances and appearances by the Macy’s SPCA window puppies. [Stockton Street, between Eliis and Geary streets, S.F.]

Yountville Festival of Lights: The 28th annual event is filled with food and wine tasting, holiday music, and a “town and tree lighting.” [3 to 6 p.m., Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St., S.F.]

Shotgun RepFestival
: Shotgun Players, celebrating their 25th anniversary, are presenting encores of all five of their 2016 season’s shows in a weekly repertory rotation, beginning with Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and running through Jan. 22. [8 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley]

From Generation to Generation: Opening today and subtitled “Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art,” the exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum includes work by about 25 artists grappling with “memories that are not their own” and exploring how artists “determine how to represent truths related to ancestral and collective memory.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

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