What to do in the Outer Banks in November

Planning to visit soon 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 there’s plenty of things to do all year round in the OBX! 


Things to do in the Outer Banks in November


obx marathon

Outer Banks Marathon Weekend

  • Date: Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th
  • Time: Begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday
  • Best For: Runners and Family Fun


Lace up your running shoes for the biggest race weekend the Outer Banks has to offer! From the full marathon 26.2 mile distance to the diaper dash, there’s a race for all ages during this weekend of family fun.

The festivities begin on Friday evening in Kill Devil Hills with the race expo and packet pickup.

Super Saturday starts at 7:30 am with the Outer Banks 8K, followed by the 5K, Fun Run, and a Diaper Dash for the littlest racers. Face painting, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, and cornhole are just some of the fun activities included at this family-friendly event.

On Sunday, the marathon and half marathon start in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head and end in downtown Manteo with the most fun post-race party around.


Jack Brown's


Fall Charity Cornhole Tournament at Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

  • Date: Saturday, November 17th
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Best For: Family Fun


Location is key! Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint in Kill Devil Hills has the perfect backyard for cornhole. They are hosting their very first cornhole tournament to benefit the Beach Food Pantry. Registration for teams of two starts at 2:00 pm and the $10 entry fee goes directly to the Beach Food Pantry. Featured brewery reps will be on hand.


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!

Wild Turkey 5K


Hangin’ With Santa & Kites With Lights

Kitty Hawk Kites


  • Date: Friday, November 23rd to Saturday, November 24th
  • Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday and 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday
  • Best For: Families


Holiday cheer kicks off on the Outer Banks at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head for the Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights event. Santa will be present for visits and pictures both days. On Saturday beginning at 4:00 pm, 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.

Jockey's Ridge


The Big Curri-Shuck



  • Date: Saturday, November 24th
  • 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 courtesy of I Got Your Crabs in Kitty Hawk. Live music, wine tastings, and new wine releases are also included in the $40 ticket price.


Find your Thanksgiving Feast

  • Date: Thursday, November 22nd
  • Time: varies depending on which restaurant you choose
  • Best For: Hungry people


We’ve gathered a list of 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 Thanksgiving Day family feasts.


Lifesaving Station RestaurantThe Lifesaving Station

Location: Duck

Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thanksgiving Day Menu


red sky cafeRed Sky Cafe

Location: Duck

Time: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Dinner Menu


captain george's seafood restaurantCaptain George’s Seafood Restaurant

Location: Kill Devil Hills

Time: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Thanksgiving Buffet Menu


owens restaurantOwen’s Restaurant

Location: Nags Head

Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thanksgiving Day Menu



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. The weather is perfect for many Outer Banks activities. Bring the whole family along to celebrate the holiday together on the OBX! 

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