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.

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!

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.

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.

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.–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.

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.

Parade starts at 1 pm at MP 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen St. and Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Road) and continues north to Driftwood St. Held annually, the St. Patrick’s Day parade starts at Mile Post 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen Street and South Virginia Dare Trail.

Come join Outer Banks Sporting Events for the Running of the Leprechauns. Outer Banks Sporting Events is excited to add this 5K and 10K race to their line-up of amazing race events. Registration is open Friday evening for the race from 4-7 pm at Rooster’s Southern Kitchen. Enjoy an Irish-themed after party and the Get Lucky Costume Contest! The after-party at Outer Banks Sporting Events has Sweet Potato Biscuits, Irish Stew & Beer. Come for the run and stay for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday! Each finisher receives a Finishers Medal and an event shirt. Awards are presented for the top 3 Male and Female finishers in each of the two distances.

Gain access to over 120 premier local wedding professionals at the annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend. Over the weekend, attendees tour the most sought after wedding venues on the North Carolina coast, receive discounts at restaurants and hotels, and can take advantage of other perks generously offered by OBXWA vendors! Find out more at:

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 one of the Outer Banks’ most popular festivals!