Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club annual fishing tournament is one of the longest-running tournaments on Hatteras Island, and is easily one of its most treasured traditions. The tournament and the Anglers Club itself dates back to 1957, and both were founded as an initiative to alert Eastern Seaboard anglers that surf fishing is at its best in the Outer Banks in fall. Today, the fishing tournament is easily one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast, and also one of the most recognizable, with roughly 120 teams from all across the country participating every year.

This year's tournament will be held from November 5th to November 8th, and will kick off with an evening open house, followed by a Thursday night tackle show and Saturday evening awards ceremony.

On Saturday, the club also hosts an individual fishing tournament that's open to the public, with free entry for fishermen under 16 years of age. The fee to enter the grand tournament as a team is roughly $330, but the rewards are big, and spots tend to fill up fast. For more information on the tournament and to find out how to register, become a judge, or simply participate in the festivities, anglers can visit the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club's website at As one the Hatteras Island's oldest and most popular annual events, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament is a legendary fall fishing bonanza that attracts and entices anglers from all along the East Coast. With great weather, great fishing, and plenty of good company, this tournament shows no signs of losing its 60+ year run as one of the best fishing tournaments on the beach.

Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon

Though barely a decade old, the annual Outer Banks Marathon is quickly becoming one of coastal North Carolina's fastest growing and best-attended events. Covering a scenic section of the Outer Banks that runs from the borders of Kitty Hawk to Roanoke Island, this marathon and half-marathon trail breezes through the Jockey's Ridge State Park, crosses over the Washington Baum Bridge, and reaches the finish line in historic Downtown Manteo. The marathon is also the North Carolina USA Track & Field State Championship race and a Boston Marathon qualifying race, which makes it a popular course for die-hard runners and newcomers alike. Along the route, runners will be greeted by local sponsors, handing out water and cheering the runners on as they rush from one mile to the next, and will also encounter some of the best scenery the ‘Banks has to offer. A large section of this track borders the Nags Head Woods or the Albemarle Sound, making it one of the most undeniably gorgeous racing routes on the coast.

Visitors who don't want to tackle the full marathon can get their adrenaline pumping by participating in the Southern Fried Half Marathon, the Southern 6 Run, the 10K & 5K, and the Family Fun Run. Prices to join a race vary, depending on the event, and races take place at different times during the two-day festivities, which run from November 7th until November 9th. For more information, runners can visit the event's website at, and can sign up for the race of their choice online as well at Quickly developing a reputation as one of most scenic marathon race courses on the circuit, the Outer Banks Marathon is a fantastic fall event that is sure to take any participant's breath away.

19th Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot

Rev up a hearty appetite for Thanksgiving Dinner by running in the town of Duck's 19th Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot. This Thanksgiving Day event has become a tradition in Duck, with attendees donning turkey-themed hats and apparel, and having a great time cruising through some of the town's most scenic wooded and waterfront neighborhoods. Held this year on November 27th, the Turkey Trot is wide open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, and proceeds benefit the ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot Charitable Endowment. Due to the popularity of this nearly 20-year annual run, spots tend to ill up fast, and interested participants are advised to register on as soon as possible. With that being said, spectators are also welcome at the event, and can cheer on the runners from the Duck Town Park, or from the comfort of a local vacation rental home balcony. Serving as a great way to work up an appetite for the ensuing Thanksgiving meal, this early morning "trot" is quickly becoming one of Duck's favorite off-season traditions.

  • November 27, 2014

Elizabethan Gardens WinterLights

The annual WinterLights event at the Elizabethan Gardens is a must-see for any December local or visitor who wants their holiday celebration to truly shine.

The event essentially features a full month of an illuminated Elizabethan Gardens, with hours that extend well into the night, and a delightful display of hundreds of thousands of sparkling Christmas Lights scattered throughout the extensive outdoor space. This year's WinterLights celebration begins with the Grand Illumination on November 29th, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Throughout the event, visitors will enjoy soaking up the unending rows of festive lights, evening bonfires and hot coca, and seasonal gift shop and plant sales. After the inaugural lighting, the event generally runs five days a week, (Tuesdays through Saturdays), from December 2nd until January 3rd, with extended Garden hours of operation from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

A fantastic evening outing for kids, the celebration includes a lighted holiday village, gorgeously adorned entrance trees, and twinkling lights as far as the eye can see. Admission prices run around $14 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-17, and free for children 5 and under, with special discounts for Elizabethan Garden members and friends. A fantastic celebration that truly spans the season, the annual WinterLights shines a bright light on the very best of the Outer Banks during the holidays.