Outer Banks Events

Flying into Spring and the Easter EGGstravaganza

April 10, 2020 — April 11, 2020
Celebrate National Kite Month and the start of spring with Kitty Hawk Kites! Experience the sights of our massive 30- to 100-foot kites flying high over Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Across the street from the dunes outside Kitty Hawk Kites, take your picture with the Easter Bunny, and let your kids join in our annual Jockey’s Ridge Crossing Easter Egg Hunt!

Spring Hang Gliding Camp

April 19, 2020 — April 26, 2020
Learn to fly with a group of like-minded students. Immerse yourself in hang gliding for the week. Lessons daily, lodging included. Hang 1 or Hang 2 training available. For more information, call Kitty Hawk Kites at 252-441-2426.

KidsFest at Roanoke Island Festival Park

May 8, 2020 9:30 am — May 8, 2020 12:30 pm
This fun free event is all about the kids! KidsFest features hands-on crafts, face painting, bubbles, ice cream and snowballs, arts and crafts, music and more! Bring a picnic lunch and hangout at Roanoke Island Festival Park! This event is free and open to the public! For more information visit www.darekids.org or call 252-441-0614.

Hang Gliding Spectacular

May 14, 2020 — May 18, 2020
Come be a part of the oldest continually held hang gliding competition in the country. We’ll fly on Jockey’s Ridge Friday through Sunday, and at the Cotton Gin on Monday.

Soundside Funfair

June 11, 2020 5:00 pm — June 14, 2020 11:00 pm
The annual Soundside FunFair is back again in Nags Head! Enjoy this summer kick-off carnival to benefit the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County! From 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on June 13th through the 16th enjoy carnival rides, games, fair food, and of course tons of fun! For more information, contact Children & Youth Partnership at darekids.org/events or call at (252) 441-0614.

Rogallo Kite Festival

June 19, 2020 — June 21, 2020
Francis Rogallo was a NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hang gliding, and his designs have evolved into the development of paragliders, stunt kites, power kites, kiteboarding kites, and hang gliders that are flown today. We invite you to join us and fly a kite at the annual Rogallo Kite Festival to celebrate Francis Rogallo and his many accomplishments. Kitty Hawk Kites and friends will be displaying amazing 30 – 100 ft kites, including a 100-foot octopus, 80-foot panda and a 50-foot fish, on top of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Join us and fly a Read More

OBX Slam Kayak Fishing Tournament

June 27, 2020 — June 27, 2020
Kick off a fantastic summer of fishing with your fellow kayak anglers and Kitty Hawk Surf Company at the OBX Slam Kayak Fishing Tournament. This event will be a slam style tournament targeting Drum, Flounder and Trout, and is a great warm up event for the annual Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament in September.

Wright Kite Festival

July 11, 2020 — July 12, 2020
Take flight where flight first began with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoy a walk on the hallowed grounds where Wilbur and Orville took their historic first flight in 1903, then come join us for some fun flight of your own. Large 30– to 100-foot kites, including a 100-foot octopus, 80-foot panda and a 50-foot fish, will be flying high on display. We invite you to come fly kites of your own, take FREE stunt and power kite flying lessons, and bring the kiddos to our kite making station. Admission to the park is $7, but participation in the Read More

Light up the Night

July 22, 2020 — July 22, 2020
Join Kitty Hawk Kites at Waves Village Watersports Resort on Tuesday, July 24th for our annual Light up the Night event! Come enjoy free NOCQUA watersports demos, light up games and toys and a movie under the stars on the big screen. (Bring a blanket!) Strap a NOCQUA light onto the bottom of your stand-up paddleboard and make playing on the water at night more fun than in the daylight! We’ll have plenty of demo stand up paddleboards for you and your group to enjoy a trip on the Pamlico Sound.

OBX Watermelon Festival

August 6, 2020 — August 6, 2020
Celebrate summer with Kitty Hawk Kites and support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition at the annual OBX Watermelon Festival on Thursday, August 1 at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head. Enjoy games, food, face painting, tie-dye shirt making, arts and crafts activities, and TONS of watermelon fun. OBX Watermelon Festival is free for guests to attend; however, the purchase of tickets is required to play and eat! Compete in classic competitions like seed spitting and watermelon eating – and the not-so-classic watermelon ice cream eating competition provided by Scoops. Bring the family by for a day of summertime fun! All Read More

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

August 12, 2020 — August 13, 2020
Ahoy, Mateys! Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Pirates of Blackbeard’s Crew and mates will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Come learn the vast history of pirates on the Outer Banks and participate in Scallywag School to see if your little ones have what it takes to be a part of Blackbeard’s crew.

Outer Banks Kite Festival

September 12, 2020 — September 13, 2020
A regional kite festival that brings some of the nation’s best stunt kite pilots right here to our backyard. Come out and join us for two days of kite flying fun for the whole family. Enjoy massive display kites flying high, including a 100-foot octopus, 80-foot panda and a 50-foot fish, and participate in FREE stunt and power kite lessons given by pros. On Sunday, come watch world-class displays of artistry and skill with kite flying set to music, synchronized performances, and more!

Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament

September 19, 2020 — September 20, 2020
Join Kitty Hawk Surf Company for the “main event” of the year! The 6th Annual Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament features fantastic prizes for the best kayak anglers on the Outer Banks. This event is a slam style tournament targeting Drum, Flounder and Trout. Last year the Grand Prize was a Hobie Outback kayak, and Kitty Hawk Surf Company is looking to go big again this year!

Fall Hang Gliding Camp #1

September 20, 2020 — September 27, 2020
Learn to fly with a group of like-minded students. Immerse yourself in hang gliding for the week. Lessons daily, lodging included. Hang 1 or Hang 2 training available. For more details, call (877) 359-8447 or visit the Kitty Hawk Kites website.  

Mustang Rock and Roast

October 17, 2020 — October 18, 2020
Come out to the Mustang Rock and Roast for a weekend full of music, oysters, and barbecue! Hosted at Mike Dianna's Grill Room, bands such as Big Daddy Love, Galaxy Dynamite, and Urban Soil will be performing for all to see and enjoy. For more information and ticket purchases, visit the Mustang Rock and Roast website!

Fall Hang Gliding Camp #2

October 18, 2020 — October 25, 2020
Learn to fly with a group of like-minded students. Immerse yourself in hang gliding for the week. Lessons daily, lodging included. Hang 1 or Hang 2 training available. For more details, call (877) 359-8447 or visit the Kitty Hawk Kites website.  

6th Annual OBX Brewtag

October 24, 2020 — October 24, 2020
How far can a keg fly? Hosted by the Rogallo Foundation, this event is a celebration of flight and beer. Brewtag teams from all over the east coast compete to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest. The sky is the limit as to how creative your homemade flying contraption can be! Individuals and teams are welcome. A rather crafty selection of local and regional beer and food will be available for purchase that day. This family-friendly event will also feature plenty of activities for the kiddos! The Rogallo Foundation was created to honor Francis and Gertrude Read More

Annual Advice 5K Annual Turkey Trot

November 26, 2020 9:00 am — November 26, 2020 12:00 pm
Calling all turkey trotters! Now in its 23rd year, the annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot is as traditional as pumpkin pie! On Thanksgiving morning, visitors and locals alike gather in the family-friendly town of Duck to build up an appetite for that post-race Thanksgiving dinner. An Outer Banks tradition for all ages and abilities...the annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot is a non-sanctioned 5K loop, beginning on Scarborough Lane and finishing with refreshments, music, and prizes at the post-race party presented by Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe, Sweater Box Confections, and Wave Pizza Café. https://www.advice5kturkeytrot.com/

Hanging with Santa + Kites with Lights

November 27, 2020 — November 28, 2020
Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa and a festive hang glider, cocoa and baked goods, and a light show with kites on Jockey’s Ridge are just a few of the fun and festive things going on... not to mention all the amazing holiday sales! Share all your Christmas wishes and get your picture taken with Santa at Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head midday on Friday, November 29 and on Saturday afternoon, November 30. Have some fun with Santa’s elves and try out classic Read More