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! https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/fly-into-spring/

Easter Eggstravaganza

April 11, 2020 10:00 am — April 11, 2020 1:00 pm
Egg spoon races, hat contest, musical acts, dancers, special visit from Sir Walter “Peter” Wabbit, make and take crafts, egg roll race, find special prize eggs to win: prizes, gift certificates, stuffed animals and more! Please bring your own Easter Basket for collecting eggs and prizes. This event has become an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring an egg scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, story time, educational crafts, games, music, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun. https://www.elizabethangardens.org/events/easter-eggstravaganza-2020/

OBX Wind

April 11, 2020 — April 18, 2020
Held by OceanAir Sports, Hatteras Island will host one of the biggest windsurfing events in the country with the annual OBX Wind Competition. Held on multiple days during one of the prime local seasons for wind-based watersports, this incredible series of events will entice windsurfers of all skill levels to meet and mingle with their colleagues, have some fun on the water, and enjoy a race or two that is truly challenging, engaging, and which can only be found on the Outer Banks. https://oceanairsports.com/pages/obx-wind

Outer Banks Bike Week

April 18, 2020 — April 26, 2020
Join in the fun around the Outer Banks all week. All-day group rides available, registration starts at 9:00 am each day. All rides are FREE. Arrive early, only 40 bikes ride per day! Visit Outer Banks HOG on Facebook for more information. https://www.outerbankshd.com/know-one-of-the-best-spring-riding-rallies-on-east-coast--bike-week


April 18, 2020 10:00 am — April 18, 2020 1:00 pm
For the love of dogs! WOOFstock is a family event for two legs and four, in fact canines enter free. One dog and one child free with each paid adult ticket! Funds from this event support the Elizabethan Gardens & Outer Banks SPCA. WOOFstock also features local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family with contests (and first place prizes) for dogs. WOOFstock also features concessions, music; pet-health and happiness related exhibitors and concessions available for both dogs and humans. Watering station for dogs will be provided. *All dogs must be on a leash, well-behaved, have a current rabies vaccination and be on a non-flex leash. https://www.outerbanks.org/event/woofstock-2020/5371/

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. https://www.kittyhawk.com/adventures/hang-gliding/becomeapilot/hang-1-camp/

Kentucky Derby Party

May 2, 2020 3:00 pm — May 2, 2020 8:00 pm
Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits two fantastic Outer Banks non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens and Dare Education Foundation.Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous desserts, hat contests and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the RUN FOR THE ROSES broadcast live on the lawn. For tickets, call 252-473-3234. The event will take place out of doors, on the Great Lawn of The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. https://www.elizabethangardens.org/events/derby-party-2020/

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. https://outerbanksthisweek.com/childrenandyouth/services/kids-fest-2015

Bluegrass Island Festival

May 13, 2020 — May 16, 2020
Make your plans today for Blue Skies...Blue Water & Bluegrass at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival! Music lovers from all over the world flock to the Outer Banks for this tradition that adds a roster of acclaimed bands with one of the most beautiful venues anywhere, and has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets and lodging well in advance, this event tends to fill up fast. If your dream vacation involves laying back in your most comfortable beach chair and taking in the best bluegrass acts the country has to offer, grab your tickets for the Read More

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 tandem at the Cotton Gin on Monday. https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/hang-gliding-spectacular/

OBX Shred Fest

May 16, 2020 1:30 pm — May 16, 2020 8:30 pm
Shred Fest is an annual fundraiser for Dare2Care OBX that builds awareness for Veterans and encourages inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the Outer Banks community, while supporting programs for these groups. The family-friendly event will feature live music on two separate stages by multiple bands including the return of the Dare2Care OBX Shredders.  There will also be demos by professional skateboarders, BMX riders, and roller derby women plus food, beverages, raffles, art, and the Dare2Care Community Corner.  This year’s Shred Fest will have several new activities including the Community Pop Up Shop, a “Ladies Only SK8” session, and an invite only Grom Read More

Band in the Sand 5K

May 23, 2020 5:30 pm — May 23, 2020 8:00 pm
Kick off the Memorial Day Weekend BAND IN THE SAND! Challenge yourself with a run on the sand.  Bring the whole family out for a fun 5K or 1K from Jennette's Pier among the glowing light of tiki torches along this out and back course! Cross the finish line to the rockin' good time sounds of a live band, cold beer and a cook out!  Meal/Band ticket available for spectators or a more leisurely evening! https://obxse.com/band-sand

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

May 31, 2020 11:30 am — May 31, 2020 4:00 pm
Join us for the Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown! This family friendly event is guaranteed to be a tummy-tempting, toe-tapping good time as local and regional food trucks, breweries and musicians show off their talents at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Place your vote for the tastiest truck and see who drives off with the Showdown Champion Belt. https://www.outerbanks.org/event/outer-banks-food-truck-showdown/1541/

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. https://www.outerbanks.org/event/soundside-funfair/874/

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. https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/obx-slam-kayak-fishing-tournament/

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. https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/light-up-the-night/

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! https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/outer-banks-watermelon-festival/

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. https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/outer-banks-pirate-festival/

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! https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/outer-banks-kite-festival/

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! https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/obx-kayak-fishing-tournament/

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 https://www.kittyhawk.com/adventures/hang-gliding/becomeapilot/hang-1-camp/.  

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 https://www.kittyhawk.com/adventures/hang-gliding/becomeapilot/hang-1-camp/.  

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, and this family-friendly event will also feature plenty of activities for the kiddos! https://www.obxbrewtag.com

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! https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/kites-with-lights/