With Thanksgiving coming up soon, the weather is beginning to turn to the Outer Banks winter trends. We seem to have a bit of a nor’easter brewing right off the coast this evening with the majority of the wind and rain predicted for tomorrow. Then, as is typical, the storm will track north before curving out to sea.

After the storm moves out, though, the weather is looking pretty good right through Thanksgiving weekend—and that’s great because one of the best, most fun festivals of the year occurs the Saturday after Turkey Day.

That’s November 24 this year.

The Big Curr-Shuck has a simple concept. Show up at Sanctuary Vineyard at the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, eat as many freshly steamed oysters as possible, have some barbecue, listen—or dance—to music from the best of the local bands, drinks some wine or have a glass or two of local beer and generally have a good time.

Sanctuary Vineyards is owned and managed by the Wright family, the same folks who own the Cotton Gin, and typical of any event held there, it’s very family friendly. Yes, there is beer and wine, but there will be plenty for kids to do as well, including hayrides.

Sanctuary Vineyards sponsors hold a number of events throughout the year, but the Big Curri-Shuck has become the somewhat of a signature event. It could be all the oysters, or the music, or maybe just that it’s right after Thanksgiving and it’s a wonderful way to wrap up the holiday weekend.

The event does sell out, so don’t wait on buying tickets. Click here for ticket information.