Celebration for the Turkeys

Acton, California

Registration is now closed for the Acton Celebration for the Turkeys events.

Celebrate life

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so is Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys in Acton, CA. Take your pick from Saturday, November 3, or Sunday, November 4, and help us turn the tables on tradition by treating turkeys to a feast prepared just for them. Then, while enjoying our own vegan lunch, we’ll give thanks for the power of sanctuary and our friendship with these rescued ambassadors for the 46 million other turkeys raised and slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving.

Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or brand-new to animal-friendly living, this event is a festive, fun way to connect with happy rescued farm animals and start new Thanksgiving traditions. We encourage you to bring friends and family members who may not be familiar with Farm Sanctuary to experience this positive, welcoming event.

Registration is $50 for adults and $30 for children ages 4-12; children 3 and under attend free. Attendance at these events is limited and tickets are expected to sell out, so we encourage you to register today!


November 3 and November 4

  • 12 - 1 p.m.

    Event registration

  • 12 - 1 p.m.

    Thanksgiving-themed vegan lunch*

  • 1 - 1:30 p.m.

    Presentation by Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston

  • 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

    Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony

  • 1:45 - 2 p.m.

    Closing remarks by Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur

  • 2 - 4 p.m.

    Sanctuary time

  • 4:30 p.m.

    Gift shop closes and event concludes

*Allergy statement: Menu items may contain or come into contact with wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens. We cannot guarantee the food served at the event will be free of allergens. For more information, please contact Breezy Rondilone.


Catered by One Veg World

The Celebration for the Turkeys event is proudly animal-friendly, featuring the following delicious vegan foods:

• Roasted Autumn Veggie Wraps
• Cranberry Spinach Salad
• Sweet Potato Crostini
• Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

*Allergy statement: Menu items may contain or come into contact with wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens. We cannot guarantee the food served at the event will be free of allergens. For more information, please contact Breezy Rondilone.


Gene Baur

Gene Baur

Gene Baur

Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. He has written two national bestselling books. Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food was published by Simon & Schuster in 2008 and listed as one of Booklist’s top 10 Sci-Tech books, and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day was published by Rodale in 2015 and named the VegNews book of the year. Gene has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He’s been vegan since 1985 and recently started competing in marathons and triathlons, including an Ironman, to demonstrate the benefits of plant-based eating.

Susie Coston

Susie Coston

Susie Coston

Susie Coston joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in 2000, after spending six years working with a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. With more than two decades of experience working with farm animals, she is a leading authority on both their care and behavior, and she calls on both her expertise and her deep connections with these animals (she’s often referred to as “the farm animal whisperer”) to advocate for compassion for farm animals everywhere. As National Shelter Director, she oversees a team of caregivers who provide individualized care to hundreds of rescued farm animals across Farm Sanctuary’s shelter locations; she also acts as a mentor to many peers who have started their own sanctuaries and leads Farm Sanctuary’s annual Farm Animal Care Conference. She can often be found sharing the stories of her rescued farm animal friends both at speaking engagements and online.

Volunteer Opportunities

Farm Sanctuary, a source of education and inspiration for thousands of individuals each year, relies on the dedication of volunteers. We are currently seeking volunteers for both Celebration for the Turkeys events, and we would love to have your help!

Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the events: setup, parking, registration, food service, gate assistance, staffing barns, cleanup, and more.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Breezy Rondilone; be sure to mention which date(s) you are interested in volunteering.

Event sponsorship allows Farm Sanctuary to continue hosting events that educate and inspire guests to advocate for farm animals. With your help, we truly can create a more compassionate world!

$350 · Supporter
One reservation to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$1,000 · Advocate
Two reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$5,000 · Major Sponsor
Five reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$10,000 · Celebration for the Turkeys Host
10 reservations to attend the event and sponsor recognition in on-site event signage and podium announcement

Silent Auction

Farm Sanctuary’s silent auctions help raise thousands of dollars to support our work rescuing farm animals from cruelty and inspiring change in the way society views and treats farm animals. At our auctions, guests have the opportunity to bid on a selection of original artwork, vegan products, gift certificates, and more. We are currently accepting donations from compassionate artists and businesses who are interested in supporting our mission.

We are seeking the following donations:

  • Farm-animal-themed artwork
  • Vegan jewelry
  • Gift certificates or gift baskets of vegan products and services
  • Vacation packages
  • Other creative farm-animal-themed items!

Contributing artists and companies are invited to send promotional materials to be displayed for our guests, an audience interested in compassionate living. To donate, please fill out our contribution form.

Silent auctions will be held at our Celebration for the Turkeys events in Acton, CA, and Watkins Glen, NY, on the following dates:

Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Acton, CA
Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Acton, CA
Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Watkins Glen, NY
Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Watkins Glen, NY

Thank you so much for supporting our work!

Silent Auction Donors

Arbonne International
Bhava Shoes
Bradford Portraits
Compassion Co.
The Herbivorous Butcher
Hurraw! Balm
KEFFIT Scarf and Sarong
Kelli’s Vegan Kitchen
Louisville Vegan Jerky Co.
Meaningful Paws
Otto’s Empire
Roclord Studio Photography
Three Paws Gourmet
Vegan Club

Alex Agass
Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley
Jodi Chemes
Patricia Davis
Steve Dildarian
Jason Dunford
Geaux Jewelry by Margot Goldberg
Suzanne Gegna
Andrea Haag
Mark Pelham
Shannon Robinson
Lucille Smithson
Julie Steiger
Nancy Taliaferro
Dorothy Thompson
Marc Trujillo
Amy Venlos
Jacqui Zink