The OBC: May 2017 Outer Banks Calendar

It’s safe to say that the cold weather is gone and beautiful beach days are upon us for May! With the weather warming up during springs’ finest month, there’s so much to see and do on the Outer Banks. Check out the OBC for May and get out and do something new!

ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships
May 5, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Watch Surfers from ages 13 all the way to 60 and up compete in the Eastern Surfing Association Championship hosted right here on the Outer Banks at Jeanette’s Pier! Watch surfers compete on shortboards, longboards, and bodyboards at this free and fun event!


May, 12, 2017 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Enjoy a fun day for you and your children at KidsFest on May 12th. This free event is for kids ages 5 and under. There will be face painting, arts and crafts, music, and more.

For more informations visit the Children and Youth Partnership website.


Yuengling Nags Head Woods 5K
May, 13, 2017 7:00 AM

Spend the day in beautiful Nags Head Woods for the Yuengling 5K. The Double race starts at 7 AM and the main race starts at 8. Cheer on mom this Mother’s Day Weekend.

Check out the 5K Facebook page for more informationa and registration.


Artrageous Art Extravaganza And Dowdy Park Opening
May, 13, 2017 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Join in on a fun and historic event. The 28th annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza will be hosted at the new Dowdy Park in Nags Head. The theme for this year is Art Is the Heart of the Park. Artrageous is a free event for families to express their creativity. This year is special because of the grand opening of Dowdy Park.

For more information about Artrageous, visit their website.


Hang Gliding Spectacular
May, 19, 2017

Top hang gliding pilots from around the world are invited to participate in the world’s longest running Hang Gliding competitions, right here in our backyard! Experience the friendship and culture that defines the sport and community of hang gliding. There is an entry fee for pilots, but FREE for the public to watch.

For more information, visit their website.


OBX Shredfest
May 20, 2017 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The second annual OBX Shred Fest is hosted by Dare2Care OBX and build awareness for Veterans and encourages inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Outer Banks. Shred Fest will feature live music, demos by professional skateboarders, BMX riders, roller derby women, and Special Olympic athletes, food, art a silent auction, games and much more!

Visit the OBX Shred Fest website for more information.


Soundside Live Sunset Concert Series
May 25, 2017

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau will be hosting a summer concert series for 3 weeks. May 25th, June 1st, and June 8th will be the dates of the series. The series will feature a line-up of local, regional, and national artists. Local food, beer, wine, games, and vendors will be on the site for everyone to enjoy!

Tickets are free and parking is $10. For more information, visit the Visitor’s Bureau website.

Real Estate : Chic Shore Decor

Beachy decor is a no brainer when you live this close to the beach. When you buy an Outer Banks home, you’ll feel like every day is a beach day with shore decor! Check out some houses that Resort Realty Real Estate has for sale and get some beachy chic inspiration to bring the beach to your home!

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Beachy Bedroom

Make your bedroom a seaside heaven with colors as warm as a sunny day in June! Add touches of beach treasures like starfish, shells, and driftwood to have a never ending beach day. With the tan walls and carpet in the Manteo home for sale pictured above, the warm accessories make it super cozy!


Cozy Coastal Kitchen

Give your kitchen that vacation beach home feel with tan and blue details! Natural colors like the bar stools like the one pictured from Pottery Barn and the wall hanging bottle opener warm up your space while blue accents like rugs and storage give you the feel of cool ocean water! The kitchen in this Kill Devil Hills home for sale is the perfect backdrop for all your new accessories!


Dining Room Decor

Pineapples are a symbol of good friendship and hospitality, so why not decorate your dining room with them! Pineapple accents on the walls and wine glasses are fun and the blue china will make you feel like you’re right at the beach. To see more of the Nags Head home for sale above, click here!




Greys, whites, and blues make for a perfect coastal bathroom! Driftwood-esque mirrors and octopus bath mat details are essential for a fresh and clean beachy bathroom! In this newly built Nags Head home, there’s so much potential to make it your own beachy home. To see more, click here!


Beach Day Essentials

A day at the beach can solve all problems and when you come prepared for hours in the sun, it makes it even better! We’ve come up with a guide to a few beach day essentials that will ensure that you’ll have stress-free fun in the sun!


1 // Big Beach Bag

You have to have a big bag to put all of your essentials in! Any big, durable bag will do, but this bag by Billabong will definitely get everything from the car (or the house) to the sand!


2 // Radio/Bluetooth Player

A portable speaker is sure to put you in a beachy mood with your favorite radio station or a beach playlist. (You should check out our Spotify playlists if you haven’t already!) This radio/speaker combo from Sunnylife is perfect for a perfect day spent by the beach.


3 // Beach Blanket

Beach chairs are a no brainer when heading to the beach, but if you have a bigger group of friends and family, a big circle of beach chairs is no fun. A big beach blanket has enough room for everyone to sit or lay comfortably while still being able to have a view of the ocean and great conversation with everyone. The Billabong beach blanket is shown in the photo, but you can find one almost anywhere.


4 // Sandals

Going barefoot on the beach is ideal, but sometimes the sand is just way too hot. Save yourself some time and pain and wear sandals or flip flops while you’re trying to find that perfect spot on the beach! Something like the women’s Billabong sandal and the men’s Reef flip flops are perfect for weathering the scorching sand.


5 // Healthy Snacks

Unless you go to Jeanette’s Pier or Outer Banks Pier, you’re going to have to leave the beach to get a quick snack. If you’re all about getting as much beach time in as possible, pack some snacks or even a full lunch! A salad in a jar is a great, healthy meal and there’s no mess when eating it! Something nice and cool like the corn, avocado, and black bean dip pictured above is a great snack that will keep you cool in the sun too. Don’t forget to help do your part and bring an extra bag to put your trash in, lets keep the beach clean!


6 // SPF Lipbalm

We tend to often neglect our lips when we’re out in the sun. Since the skin on our lips is so thin, they can burn super easily. An SPF lip balm can protect your lips from the suns harmful rays.


7 // Sunscreen 

Last, but definitely the most important is sunscreen! Sunscreen is super important to use regularly while you’re outside. You should look for sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB rays. Sun Bum sunscreen does both and helps protect against skin aging too!