Nov 09, 2018
Planning to visit this Fall and wondering what to do in Outer Banks in November? We’ve compiled a list of local happenings for all ages and interests. It may be the off-season, but the weather is mild and there are plenty of things to do in the OBX.
Things to do in the Outer Banks in November
Outer Banks Half Marathon Weekend
- Date: Friday, November 5th through Sunday, November 7th
- Time: Begins at 1:00 pm on Friday
- Best For: Runners and Family Fun
Lace up your running shoes for the biggest race weekend the Outer Banks has to offer! From the half marathon 13.1 mile distance to the Kids Fun Run, there’s a race for all ages during this weekend of family fun.
The festivities begin on Friday afternoon in Nags Head with the race expo and packet pickup.
Super Saturday starts at 7:30 am with the Surf Pediatrics 5K & Fun Run for the little racers in your family. A family-friendly after party will follow the races.
On Sunday, the TowneBank Outer Banks Half Marathon starts and ends at Nags Head’s Soundside Event Site and includes a fun after party.
The Big Curri-Shuck
- Date: Saturday, November 27th
- Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 pm
- Best For: Grown ups
Head just a few miles over the Wright Memorial Bridge to Sanctuary Vineyards for a fun day of live music and great food. Oyster season is among us, and the Big Curri-shuck features all-you-can-eat steamed oysters. BBQ and crabs are also available until they run out. Live music, wine tastings, and new wine releases are also included in the $50 ticket price.
Thanksgiving Day 5Ks in OBX
- Date: Thursday, November 22nd
- Time: morning – varies depending on which race you choose
- Best For: Runners, families, anyone wanting to burn calories before the feast
There’s a Thanksgiving Day 5K nearby no matter what OBX town you are staying in, so no excuses!
- Corolla, NC: Twiddy is proud to sponsor the Thanksgiving Day 5K at the Whalehead Club in Corolla this year. This race is expected to sell out, so get the family registered soon if you haven’t already.
- Duck, NC: The 25th annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot in Duck rewards the fastest runners with a pie! In celebration of the event’s 25th year, a community concert will be held on the Town of Duck Green during packet pickup from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021
- Nags Head, NC: If you are staying in Nags Head, check out the Outer Banks Gobbler 5K and Fun Run, also happening on Thanksgiving Day.
Kites With Lights
- Date: Saturday, November 27th
- Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Best For: Families
Kitty Hawk Kites presents this annual event that kicks off the holiday season on the Outer Banks. Several large kites decorated with holiday lights will fly high over Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune on the east coast. At 5:00 pm, the Jockey’s Ridge solar Christmas tree that sits high atop the dune will be lit for the first time this holiday season.
Find your Thanksgiving Feast
- Date: Thursday, November 25th
- Time: varies depending on which restaurant or take-out feast you choose
- Best For: Hungry people
We’ve gathered a list of OBX restaurants that will be offering turkey, all the fixins and much, much more. If you don’t want to cook or do dishes during your Thanksgiving getaway, consider heading to one of these restaurants for your Thanksgiving Day family feasts, or pre-order a feast to take and cook at your vacation home.
Go Shell Hunting In November
There are many fun things happening all over the Outer Banks in November, but the beach still takes center stage. The weather is generally mild, sunny, and perfect for strolling on the beach. With fewer people on the beaches during the Fall, you may find some extra special Outer Banks souvenirs to take home with you. Check out our guide to shelling on the Outer Banks for more information on the types of shells you may find on our beaches.