November events

November Events on The Outer Banks

We have compiled a list of great upcoming events in November on the OBX! From Turkey Trots to Hangin’ With Santa-there is something for everyone!

Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge

Southern Shores

Discover how creative the talented chefs of the Outer Banks region and beyond can be with this fundraising event that puts a unique and timely spin on the traditional cook-off challenge. During the Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge, area chefs will compete head-to-head to whip up truly delicious dishes with canned foods that are traditionally found in stock at the local Beach Food Pantry. With lots of new tastes to discover, and a worthy cause at the heart of the event, this wintertime celebration is a great way to give back while enjoying a truly distinctive and tempting meal.

More details here.


Wags and Whiskers Gala


Join in the fun of one of the biggest and grandest parties of the year with the glittering Wags and Whiskers Gala. Celebrating its 9th year in 2019, this collaborative gala that helps raise funds for a variety of local animal-oriented causes is filled with food, drink, music, and plenty of great times, and is always one of the most anticipated social events in the Outer Banks year after year.

More details here.

Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show


Get into the holiday spirit while perusing a far-reaching range of arts and crafts that are delightfully one-of-a-kind with this seasonal event that always attracts locals and visiting shoppers alike. The Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show showcases a wide variety of talented regional artists and craftsmen, and is a favorite destination for holiday shoppers of all tastes who love to find those perfect coastal gifts and treasures.

More details here.


Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute!

Kill Devil Hills

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Beach Boys at this concert that brings their classic hits to vivid life. Sail On is one of the region’s most critically acclaimed and authentic Beach Boys Tribute Bands, and this special one-night-only performance will have everyone dancing in the aisles, and fondly remembering the classic songs that tie in perfectly with life on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Nags Head, NC

Join us for the Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown on Sunday, November 24 from 11:30am to 3:30pm. Our event is guaranteed to be a tummy-tempting, toe-tapping good time as food trucks, breweries and musicians show off their talents at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Place your vote for the tastiest truck and see who drives off with the Showdown Champion Belt. Visit our Facebook Page for up-to-date info.

Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

Kill Devil Hills

Get your Thanksgiving off to a fun and active start with this event that combines a little fitness with a world of exceptional brews. The Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile is a great Wednesday precursor to the Thanksgiving Day feast, and it entails a drink-and-run course that beer lovers and runners alike will enjoy to the fullest.


Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot


Start a Thanksgiving holiday by participating in one of the Northern Outer Banks’ favorite traditions – the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot. This event which is now in its 24th year attracts visitors and locals alike who want to run, walk or “trot” before diving into their afternoon Thanksgiving feast.

Poulos Family Christmas

Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

8th Annual Surfin’ Turkey 5k & Puppy Drum 1/2 Mile Fun Run

Thursday, November 28, 2019 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hatteras, NC

Run this beautiful 5K course through the historic fishing village of Hatteras to support the youth of Hatteras Island. The proceeds from this race support the Hatteras Island Youth Education fund (HIYEF). HIYEF provides funding for educational opportunities and enrichment in Hatteras Island schools. To register and for more information:

Garden To Hearth; Heritage Cooking And Food Preservation


Cap off a delicious Thanksgiving holiday on the beach with this special two-day event that is held at one of the Outer Banks’ favorite historic attractions. The “Garden To Hearth; Heritage Cooking And Food Preservation” event focuses on food, family, and history with a myriad of activities and cooking-related traditions that will make a visit to the Island Farm even more special, and more memorable.

Hangin’ With Santa & Kites With Lights

Nags Head

Ignite your holiday spirit with this special annual event that combines the natural beauty of the Outer Banks with twinkling Christmas lights for an unforgettable display and seasonal experience. The Hangin’ With Santa & Kites With Lights event is hosted by the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store that’s just across the street from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the beautiful landscape of twinkling kites with the iconic massive sand dunes of the park in the background will be a sight that spectators won’t soon forget.

Ocracoke Parade of Boats


Ring in the holidays island-style with this seasonal parade that takes place on the waters that surrounds Ocracoke village. The Ocracoke Parade of Boats is a celebration of life on the water, and this annual procession of ships of all shapes and sizes is sure to make anyone fall in love with the coastal scene and community that calls Ocracoke Island home.

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens


The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.


Art Show at Argyle’s

Kitty Hawk

This art show at Argyle’s will feature assorted canvases with liquid acrylic designs, wood items, paintings, and some painted holiday items by local artists. They will have liquid acrylic tables available for order.

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