Celebrate the 4th of July with your friends and family in historic Manteo! The festivities will start at the Old Courthouse at 3:00 p.m. with the national anthem and special guests, followed by the wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, and apple pie contest. Plus, there will be fun and games for the whole family across the street at the Davis Lot! Music at 4:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Stage, and the featured entertainment at the Boathouse Stage starting at 7:00 p.m. Of course, it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks at dark, and there is nothing brighter than the shooting stars over the waters of Shallowbag Bay. Come join us for a fantastic Fourth in downtown Manteo!

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Nags Head! The Town of Nags Head’s annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular will take place at Nags Head Pier at 9:25 p.m.  The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes. The pier is located at 3335 South Virginia Dare Trail near Mile Post 11.5. For updates, visit Nags Head Facebook post Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills presents its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show. Fireworks begin at Dark and will be held at Avalon Pier. This event will also be livestreamed on the town’s YouTube and Facebook pages. This event is made possible by a grant from The Outer Banks Visitor Bureau.

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Corolla! Join Currituck Travel & Tourism at Historic Corolla Park for our Independence Day Celebration with loads of fun family activities and food provided by local vendors. Activities begin at 5:00 pm and conclude with fireworks at dusk. Admission is free and free parking is available at the park until lots are full. Please note that no coolers, alcohol or on-street parking is permitted. The Historic Corolla Park boat ramp is closed this day with no docking allowed. Dogs are permitted on leashes.

Get a chance to see custom cars, cruise-ins, static displays, and more at the OBX Rod & Custom festival! This event is family friendly and occuring daily all weekend! For more information, visit the OBX Rod & Custom site here.

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/

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

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 Grind showcasing up-and-coming 12 and under “Shredders”. Shred Fest is brought to you by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the Outer Banks Voice, Max Radio of the Carolinas, and To The T Public Relations. https://www.outerbanks.org/event/obx-shred-fest/875/

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/

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

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/

First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival held the first Friday of each month, April through November from 6pm to 8pm in Historic Downtown Manteo along the Waterfront. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans, and much more. Dare County Arts Council also hosts an exhibition opening reception which is free and open to the public. Many shops and restaurants do individual celebrations inside their establishments, offering their own live music, unique merchandise, special sales and light refreshments. https://www.outerbanks.org/event/manteo-first-friday-celebrations-%2b-music/2024/