November Events Calendar

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Events are subject to changes and cancellations.

November 2011

November   > Elizabeth City
Arts of the Albemarle Exhibits & Gallery
Visit the Gallery where you will find exhibitions, original artwork, unique handcrafted items and photography. The resident Encore Theatre Company produces three shows per year with about twenty performance nights. Arts of the Albemarle

November   > Camden County
Hiking, biking, birding, boating, fishing the Great Dismal Swamp
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Trails are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. The refuge headquarters is located at 3100 Desert Road in Suffolk, Virginia. The headquarters is closed on federal holidays; the hiking and biking trails remain open. Fishing and boating are permitted year-round on Lake Drummond. A Virginia fishing license is required. Access is via the Feeder Ditch, which connects Lake Drummond with the Dismal Swamp Canal. A public boat ramp is located north of the Feeder Ditch on the Dismal Swamp Canal. Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
November  > Currituck County
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month at Mackay Island NWR
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
November  > Windsor
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Roanoke River NWR Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Windsor
Small Game Hunting on Roanoke River NWR
Hunt administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
November  > Windsor
Waterfowl Hunting on Roanoke River NWR
Hunt administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Hyde County
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Mattamuskeet NWR
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Columbia
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Pocosin Lakes NWR
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
November > Hyde County
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Swanquarter NWR
Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Columbia
Small Game Hunting on Pocosin Lakes NWR
Refuge permit required. Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Hyde County
Waterfowl Hunting on Mattamuskeet NWR
Refuge permit required. Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Wilmington
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Thalian Hall
November   > Wilmington
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
There are permanent and featured exhibits along with special programs too numerous to list in this calendar. Be sure to check out their exhibits and events calendar when planning your to-do list. Admission charged. Cape Fear Museum
November   > Wilmington
Cameron Art Museum
The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 special exhibitions annually; monthly family and children's programs (Kids @ CAM); weekly interdisciplinary, public programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics... more info: Cameron Art Museum
November   > Beaufort
Down East FolkArts Society Contra Dance
The Down East FolkArts Society sponsors contra dances once a month at Duke Marine Lab. Dances include live music (jigs, reels and old time tunes) and a caller who teaches and prompts every dance.
November   > Beaufort and Morehead City
American Music Festival
This multi-concert chamber music series is performed at the NC Maritime Museum and other venues around the Crystal Coast.
November   > Cedar Island
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month at Cedar Island NWR
Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Nags Head
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Jockey's Ridge State Park. Learn more about the natural, cultural and historical history of Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Outer Banks at the park's exhibit hall. Find out what dunes are made of, how they are created and how they are shaped. Contact the park office or check online: Jockey's Ridge State Park
November   > Kill Devil Hills
KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios
KDH Cooperative is an artist operated gallery featuring local works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, furniture, candles, pottery, photography, mosaic, glass and metal. There are over 45 juried artists, many of whom assist in running the gallery. The gallery's specialty is art made by local artists on the Outer Banks and nearby areas. Several artists work on site in their studios and our blacksmith can be seen working at his forge outside most days. We offer art classes and workshops for all ages. Check our website for current schedules and to see some of the artists featured at the co-op!
November   > Carova Beach
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Currituck NWR
Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Hatteras Island
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Pea Island NWR
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Carova Beach
Waterfowl Hunting on Currituck NWR
Administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Roanoke Island
The Art Gallery at Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island Festival Park. Hosts monthly changing exhibits featuring renowned artists. Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm.
November   > Roanoke Island
North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island
The NC Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island will offer a variety of maritime skills, boatbuilding, sailing programs and workshops throughout the year in the Creef Boathouse. Junior Sailing will be offered mid-June through early August ( each is a five-day session). Visit the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and learn the history of the screw-pile lights.
mid-February thru late Dec  > Manteo
History, Arts and Fun - All Rolled Into One!
Enjoy daily programs about the Elizabeth II, in the Settlement Site and in the interactive Roanoke Adventure Museum. A docudrama in The Film Theatre entitled The Legend of Two-Path, art shows monthly in The Art Gallery, gifts at The Museum Store, picnic areas, marsh-side boardwalks, a fossil pit, and more. Roanoke Island Festival Park
November > Hyde County
Mattamuskeet Lake open to fishing and boating.
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Harkers Island
Cape Lookout Lighthouse Open House
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse will open for one day by reservation, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Reserve by date specified on their web page. Space is limited, five people only per group, all climbers must be over 8 years, under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Mid-April thru Late November > Rodanthe, Hatteras Island
Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Programs
Storytelling, crafts, children's programs, special events, knot-tying and tours are offered. Visit for details.
mid-April thru mid-December > Wilmington
Farmers' Market
The City of Wilmington, in cooperation with the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, announces the opening of the Farmers' Market at Halyburton Park. Regional produce, plants, herbs, cut flowers, seafood and more will be featured weekly, with special events and promotions to be held throughout the year.
November > Gates County
Merchants Millpond State Park
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Merchants Millpond State Park, one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities. Massive cypress & gum trees covered with Spanish moss form a canopy for the dark waters of the 750-acre cypress millpond ~ a wilderness sanctuary for wetland wildlife. Contact the park office or check online: Merchants Millpond
September - December > Windsor
Deer Hunting on Roanoke River NWR
Hunt administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
November   > Columbia
Deer Hunting on Pocosin Lakes NWR
Refuge permit required. Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
November 03 - 06 > Hatteras Island
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament
November 05 - 07 > Hamilton, Martin County
Annual Fort Branch Battle Re-enactment
One of the oldest and largest annual Civil War battle re-enactments in North Carolina. Located on the Roanoke River just south of the town of Hamilton in northeastern North Carolina.
November 06-07 > Camden County
Holly Days Festival of Gifts
Annual Holiday crafts show. Fine crafts sold at reasonable prices. Homemade goodies and edibles available. Nominal admission fee. For more info, contact: Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
November 06 > Wilmington
St. Stan's Polish Festival
There will be traditional Polish cuisine, entertainment, children's games, raffles, live & silent auctions, craft sale, dancing, music and great fun!
November 06 > Morehead City
It's similar to the "Antique Road Show" at The History Place in downtown Morehead City. Bring in those treasures that you'd like to know about, and antique experts of eastern North Carolina will tell you what they know about them! 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Come early! This is a popular annual event. Crystal Coast TDA
November 06 > Edenton
Edenton Annual Bass Tournament
Edenton Tourism
November 09-14 > Outer Banks and Hyde County
Wings Over Water
Discover the diverse habitats and wildlife of the Outer Banks. Bird and paddle the marshes and coasts of North Carolina's barrier islands. Listen for red wolves and look for black bear in pocosin forests and open fields. Walk the beaches and learn about this fragile, yet harsh environment.

The festival offers over 85 programs in themes ranging from paddling and wildlife photography to birding, natural history, and more! This festival is traditionally set during the shoulder season when rates are lower for accommodations, traffic is light and the weather is mild. Birding trips range from those geared toward beginners to experts who are searching for a life-list species. There are more than 400 species that can be found on the Outer Banks, of which more than a quarter of a million acres is in conservation in Dare County alone!

The region offers some of the country s best paddling for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. From tannin-fed cypress swamps to endless marsh mazes, it is possible to paddle the region for a lifetime yet still study charts at night, discovering unexplored areas. Registration currently is open for an assortment of water trips escorted by leaders who are familiar with the various areas. Physical demands range from open water with wind exposure, to short distances with excellent wind protection.
November 12-14 > Elizabeth City
Mistletoe Show
Christmas craft show Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County Tourism
November 19 > Columbia
Soul Food Celebration
All Tyrrell County churches are invited to have their best cooks participate in an old-fashioned dinner on the ground with gospel and patriotic music. Please join us at the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
November 20 > Beaufort
Jumble Sale at the Beaufort Historic Site
Crafts, food, arts, antiques, holiday gifts and more are offered community market style, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, on the Beaufort Historic Site. Admission is free. Beaufort Historic Site
November 21 > Beaufort
Community Thanksgiving Feast
A traditional turkey dinner is provided by some of the area's finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Admission fee. Beaufort Historic Site
November 22 - 23 > Wilmington
Wilmington Railroad Museum Train Show & Sale
There will vendors selling train-related items, free model train clinics, G Scale, O Scale and N Scale operating layouts and a special area with remote control trains for the kids. All proceeds benefit the Wilmington Railroad Museum.
November 25 > Carolina Beach
Island of Lights Light-Up Celebration
The light up ceremony officially begins the month long "Island of Lights Festival." Local entertainment and refreshments provided. Free, 6:30pm
Last week of November thru December > Carolina Beach
Walking Tour of the Lake
One mile magical walk around Carolina Beach Lake. Local community groups will have lighted displays, luminaries and caroling. Island Of Lights Festival
Late November thru Late December > Wilmington
Enchanted Airlie
Airlie Gardens will be the setting for magical evenings of illumination and wonderment when it is transformed into Enchanted Airlie on weekends during the holiday season. Beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing until Christmas Eve the Gardens will be open from 5 PM until 9 PM. Airlie Gardens will welcome visitors to revel in an evening of simple pleasures- strolling on foot through a glittering landscape of twinkling oaks and lighted displays. Merrymakers can partake in traditional holiday delights: beverages, sweets, & savories for purchase, Santa visits, Cape Fear Model Railroad Club's train layouts, musical performances, and one of a kind gifts including Christmas decorations. There will be something special for all ages, a perfect family outing in a showcase garden. Admission charge. Airlie Gardens
November 25 > Duck
Annual Turkey Trot
Annual benefit 5K run and walk. Open to all ages and abilities!
November 25-26 > Nags Head
Kitty Hawk Kites Hangin' with Santa & Kites with Light
Children can have their photo taken with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider, set up at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. The photos are free while supplies last, or you can take your own! Kitty Hawk Kites
November 27 > Wrightsville Beach
North Carolina Holiday Flotilla
The Flotilla features a lighted parade of sailboats, motorboats, and yachts decorated for the holidays that cruise along Banks Channel.
November 27 > Emerald Isle
Emerald Isle Holiday Parade
Emerald Isle Holiday Parade and Lighting of the Tree. Crystal Coast TDA



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