31 Oct 2016

A November to remember in the Carolinas

There are so many places to explore in the Carolinas! Consider these places to go and things to do in November:

Places to go

The Whirligig Festival home is an energetic street festival focusing on arts and whirligigs. You’ll be in the company of 20,000 of your new best friends when you travel to Wilson, NC the first full weekend of November.

Feeling artsy? The 22nd Annual Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour will be held November 5-6 and 12-13, with 82 artists at 66 studio locations throughout Orange County, NC.

At the Carolina Renaissance Festival, history comes alive in Mecklenburg County with medieval entertainment, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting and feasting. Save room for a giant turkey leg. The festival is open every weekend through November 20.

North Carolina Comicon will take place November 11-13 in Durham. An all-inclusive event run by industry professionals who love comics, it mixes everything from unique instruction for aspiring creators and fan costume contests, to charity events, signings and activities for all ages.

On November 19 in Raleigh, the 21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration will feature musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes. Learn about the state’s Native American culture, past and present, through craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, food and more.

Places to shop

The Hickory Furniture Mart After Market Sale takes place after the Wholesale Market from November 11-13 in High Point. Take advantage of deep discounts and one-of-a-kind samples and overruns not available anywhere else in the world.

Kick off the holiday season with a visit to the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte. The 10-day show runs November 10-20, so you’ll have plenty of time to shop until you drop at 400 merchant and craft booths. Of course you’ll find holiday food, decor, local wines and Santa.

The 35th Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival happens November 19-20. Join the largest pottery community in the U.S. as artists come together to sell their wares.

Also on November 19-20, you can shop at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market for fine arts and crafts.

Places to eat and drink

A nip in the air means that Carolina seafood is in season. Get ready to Shuck and Peel on November 12 in downtown Hickory, NC. You’ll find steamed and fried oysters and shrimp, clam chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers and craft beer on the menu.

Also on November 12, journey to the Mushroom Mountain Farm in Easley, SC for a daylong cultivation event, including a home-cooked breakfast and lunch. Your fee covers instruction, hands-on activities, an oyster fruiting kit and shiitake log to take home.

The Arts Center of Clemson will host TRIO: Arts, Food & Spirits on Thursday, November 17. Get your tickets now for a unique sensory experience that includes a beer and wine tasting, food extravaganza and Holiday Art Sale showcasing local artists.

You’ll need a reservation for the third annual Flavors of Fall Dinner dinner on November 19 at Shelton Vineyards near Winston-Salem, NC. Enjoy Chef Paul’s special menu for the evening, along with your favorite Shelton Vineyards wines.

What’s on your agenda for a November outing in the Carolinas? Please share with us!

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