Thanksgiving on the Sandbar

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Thanksgiving on the Sandbar

Thanksgiving events and food on Ocracoke.

Find out which Ocracoke businesses are open in November on our What's Open page! 

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This story will be updated as needed with more information, so check back!

NC remains in Phase 3 of COVID restrictions. Effective 5 p.m. Nov. 13, the indoor mass gathering limit is 10 people.

As North Carolina eases COVID-19 restrictions, the NC Department of Health and Human Services and local public health officials are asking people that leave home to remember the Three W’s – Wear. Wait. Wash.

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th:

Thanksgiving on the Sandbar

8am: Turkey Trot! Ocracoke is hosting another 5K Turkey Trot this year! It will still be unofficial, and untimed. It will look different, but it will still be fun!! So we can space out properly, the race will start at the big NPS parking lot by the mainland ferries/base docks/boat ramp. Sponsored by Angie’s Gym and 1718 Brewing Ocracoke. However, in light of needing to move the race to a different start location, and to minimize large group gatherings, the sponsors will not be serving the delicious brew. As always, this event is free. However, if you would like a really cool scarf to commemorate your race, please register officially to secure yours. Registration is $25 and scarves are limited to the first 50 registrants. Get your Thanksgiving started off right! A little wobble, then a little gobble! Register here:

Ocracoke Oyster Company (252-928-0020) is serving Thanksgiving Dinner in three seatings: at Noon, 2pm, and 4pm. The full dinner with dessert will be plated this year (no buffet.) Seating is limited; reservations recommended. Walk-in service not guaranteed. (See poster for more info.)

Black Friday, November 27th, is safe and fun on Ocracoke! 

Most shops will be open with mask requirements and customer limits. We appreciate the visitors who do their Christmas shopping on the island. It's the last hurrah for the retail season!

Thanksgiving on the Sandbar

5:30pmHoliday Lights Boat Parade kicks off the Christmas season on Friday, November 27th from 5:30–6:30pm. View the boats from all around the harbor. In the interest of keeping safe and social distanced, we won't be hosting treats on the dock this year. All boats are welcome to enter -- light 'em up and cruise around the harbor! Contact Sundae Horn (me) at 252-921-0283 if you need lights or an inverter or battery-operated lights.  

Saturday, November 29th:

Last day of season for Ocracoke Seafood Company; Howard's Pub; Dajio Restaurant & Bar

Sunday, November 27th: 

Last day of the season for Ocracoke Coffee Co., 7am-Noon. 

Planning ahead....

Christmas is coming, too! Remember to check our calendar page to find out all about the island happenings (or non-happenings) during COVID.

Ocracoke Preservation Society will be holding our annual Wassail Party this year…except it will be an entirely virtual event. They will host a Facebook Live event starting at 5pm, Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Quilt Raffle Drawing at 5pm and Lighting of the OPS Community Christmas Tree in the yard of OPS at 5:15pm. Please join in from wherever you are!

The Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association has announced that they won't hold the annual Oyster Roast this year. Better luck for 2021!

Get creative! The Annual "Ocracoke Through Your Eyes" show will feature small works by local artists – maybe you! The annual "Ocracoke Through Your Eyes" Art Auction will be happening January 23, 2021! But things will be a little different....the auction will be completely online. Bidding will take place as usual over the course of several days prior to January 23, then on that day, deadlines will be set for each piece and the bidding will be final. There will be no in person bidding and no live event. If you would like a canvas or two, please let us know and we will happily mail them to you. Send your requests for canvases to

Check out the Ocracoke Current calendar for more events and information! We're on Twitter and Instagram, too! 


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