July has been super awesome and August is right around the corner! With summer coming to a close, the Outer Banks is full of events you need to attend. Whether you’re a local resident or just here on vacation, check out what’s going on all over the OBX in this month’s edition of The OBC!
10:00 AM @ Jockey’s Ridge Crossing – Nags Head
This fun family tradition helps benefit The Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition! Enjoy music, games, food, and of course, juicy watermelon provided by Food Lion! Admission to this event is free, but games and watermelon fun vary in price.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ Cape Hatteras Secondary School – Buxton
View work from over 50 local artists, photographers, artisans and more at the Hatteras Island Arts + Crafts show! This 2 day show features artists from all over the Outer Banks and the region of North Carolina and Virginia. You can enter a raffle to benefit local art students. Food is available at this event as well.
@ Jennette’s Pier – Nags Head
Join in and volunteer for a great cause. Surfing For Autism supports families and individuals with autism by raising money and having a fun day in the surf for a little sea therapy. For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, visit the Surfing For Autism Website.
8:00 AM @ 104 Fernando St. – Manteo
Open to all kids ages 4-17, this fun fishing tournament is free! Bait is provided, but bring your own rod and reel. Fishing is permitted from all downtown Manteo docks and an awards cookout will follow at 11:45. Salt water fishing license required for kids age 16 and up.
@ Jennette’s Pier – Nags Head
Watch some of the most talented, young surfers at the Rip Curl Grom Search! This event is free to watch, and for those who are interested in competing, you can register on Rip Curl’s website.
7:30 PM @ The Waterside Theatre – Manteo
Celebrate the 429th birthday of the first English child born in the new world! The Lost Colony presents its annual tradition of using a real baby during the August 18th show. For Virginia Dare Night, the prop baby typically used is replaced with a real baby. Many local citizens have had the honor of being part of this tradition.
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM @ Duck Woods Country Club
Sample food, meet coordinators, and more to make your special day on the OBX perfect. The OBX Wedding Fest is a great summer wedding expo to get everything in order for your wedding day. Admission to this event is only $10. For more information and ticket purchase, visit the Outer Banks Wedding Association Website.
@ Jennette’s Pier – Nags Head
Sponsored by Wave Riding Vehicles, the OBX WRV Pro surf contests brings talent of World Surf League surfers right here to the Outer Banks! This contest is free to watch and is sure to please. For more information, visit the WRV Pro website.
May is on it’s way out and everyone knows, Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer! Whether you’re visiting the Outer Banks in June or you’re a full time resident, you really need to check out the events happening all over the Outer Banks!
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Downtown Manteo
Enjoy live music, artisans, and more at the family friendly event! This event is free to all!
11:00 AM | Downtown Manteo
Crafts, games, music, and food galore; welcome to Dare Day! This 43rd annual festival is a Dare County staple. This event is free.
39450 NC Hwy 12 | Avon
This 2 day family friendly festival celebrates all things fun, healthy, and stand up paddle boarding! There will be races and a BBQ on Sunday! For more information and registration for races, visit the Paddle Palooza Facebook page.
REAL Watersports | Waves
The Wind Voyager Triple-S is recognized as the crown jewel of kiteboarding competition. You’ll see talented athletes show off their skills and talents in kiteboarding! Competitors will face-off for $50,000 in prize money and there are plenty of events and live music for all to partake in! For more information, visit the Triple-S website.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ the Soundside Event Site | Nags Head
Come out to the first ever Food Truck Showdown on the Outer Banks! Filled with yummy food, great music, and of course great beer, this event is sure to be a great time! Admission and parking to this event is free.
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ Jennette’s Pier | Nags Head
The 9th annual Family Fishing Tournament at Jennette’s Pier gives contestants a chance to catch different fish like bluefish, flounder, and speckled trout! Those who catch the longest fish in each category will receive a trophy and additional prizes. You can signup online or the morning of the event.
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM @ Dowdy Park | Nags Head
Purchase great local produce, homemade baked goods, crafts, and more at the Dowdy Park Farmers Market! This event will take place the second Thursday of each month until October so come out and support the locals!
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Soundside Event Site | Nags Head
The Soundside FunFair is a great way to kickoff your summer! Full of carnival rides, yummy food, and so much more, this great family friendly event is perfect for everyone! Entrance to the FunFair is free, but ticket’s for rides are $1 each. A book of 50 tickets is $45 and an all you can ride wrist band is $25 if purchased on the night of the event. Rides require anywhere from 2 to 6 tickets.
10:00 AM @ Kitty Hawk Kites | Nags Head
See large kite displays and learn how to fly different kites at the Rogallo Kite Festival! This event is free to the public and perfect for families and kids of all ages!
9:00 AM @ Kitty Hawk Kites Manteo Location | Manteo
This event is perfect for the avid SUP boarder and those who just want to watch! Competitors can pre-register online for $25 and day of registration will be $35. For more information, visit Kitty Hawk Kites website here.
Memorial Day represents so much to us in America. We take the time to remember those who have fallen serving our country and communities, we spend time with family and friends, and we also get a first taste of summer fun. If you’re lucky enough to be spending your Memorial Day weekend on the Outer Banks, take advantage of the beautiful weather and great events happening around town!
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Historic Corolla Park
This free family friendly event is full of fun and music! Enjoy music from local Outer Banks bands and get ready to dance! Food and beverage vendors will be on site so bring your beach chairs, sit back, and enjoy! No outside alcohol or coolers are permitted.
8:00 AM, Koru Village Beach Klub in Avon
A fun run for the whole family, the Shore Break 5K takes you through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores, wooden bridges, and the beautiful beaches of Avon! Runners of all levels are welcome and all proceeds for this race goes toward the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. The Tide Pool Fun Run is held on the beach and is held right after the 5K at 9 AM. Following the races are a post race party featuring a pancake breakfast and Carolina Brewery beers for runners that are 21 and up. For more information and registration, visit the website here.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo-Community Center
View arts, crafts, and more from over 20 local Outer Banks artisans! Admission to this event is free so you can buy super cool works ranging from fine art, photography, surf art, and more! Each art show throughout the season benefits a local cause!
7:45 PM, 1409 National Park Drive
View one of the Outer Banks’ finest treasures and Americas longest running outdoor drama. The Lost Colony opens back up for its 81st season! Learn about what happened to the first English colony to inhabit America as they mysteriously disappeared off of Roanoke Island. Tickets for adults start at $20 and kids under age 5 are free! For more information and ticket purchases, visit the Lost Colony website.
Haven’t planned your Memorial Day getaway to the Outer Banks yet? No problem! At Resort Realty, we offer plenty of homes that are perfect for your family. Whether you’re looking to hideaway just for the weekend or stay an entire week, we’ve got you covered! See all the homes Resort Realty has to offer you and start planning your Memorial Day weekend (or week) today!
If you are a first time visitor to the Outer Banks, planning the perfect vacation can be a little overwhelming. With so much to see and do but such little time, it can be a lot especially if you’ve never visited the Outer Banks before! Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a list of places to go, things to see, and more to help you out on your first visit to the Outer Banks!
The Outer Banks is full of places to explore and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of small town life. Downtown Manteo features a ton of local shops and restaurants that you must visit. Plus, Roanoke Island Festival Park is just a short walk over the bridge. You can see what life was like for English soldiers in 1585 and even tour a real, working representation ship, The Elizabeth II! The Duck Waterfront Shops features a bunch of great local shops and an amazing view of the sound! If you’re in Corolla, historic Corolla Village is a must visit as well. On a nice, breezy, spring or summer day, getting outside and taking a stroll around these Outer Banks gems with your family is priceless!
From the Wright Brothers National Monument to Jockey’s Ridge, the Outer Banks is full of rich history that is all tied together. The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are the perfect places to go if you’re interested in learning more about the Lost Colony and see gorgeous array of flowers. The Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, and Cape Hatteras lighthouses are must-sees as well!
Whether you have your own 4 wheel drive vehicle or need to rent one, you have to go to Carova or Cape Hatteras for a first time off-road beach experience! Carova and Hatteras Island both feature pristine, undeveloped beaches that are sure to please the first time Outer Banker.While 4WD beaches in Corolla and Carova don’t require a permit, the Cape Hatteras National seashore does. You can find more info here on how to obtain a permit. If 4WD isn’t your style, take a horseback ride with Equine Adventures and see the beauty that Hatteras Island has to offer!
If you’re looking to find the best local food, look no further! Outer Banks Voice has a great Best of the Beach guide for the best seafood, breakfast, donuts and more, making it easy for you to find the best local eats on the beach! Duck Donuts, Run Down Cafe, and Hurricane Mo’s are just a few great places that made the list so be sure to check them all out!
When visiting the Outer Banks, staying in a vacation rental home is your best option. It’ll save you money, keep you comfortable, and give you a space to bond and relax with family and friends. At Resort Realty, we have the perfect home for you no matter what your needs. From luxury homes to cozy condos, make your first and future Outer Banks vacations special and rent with Resort Realty! Browse over 500 Outer Banks vacation homes online or talk to one of our amazing vacation specialists at (800) 458 – 3830.
March came in like a lion…and is going out like a lion! With all the Nor’Easters we’ve had, we’re ready for the warmth and sunshine that April is sure to bring! Along with great weather on the OBX, April brings great events too. Check out the best Outer Banks events and what’s going on throughout April right here!
10 AM – 5 PM @ The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Learn about German U-Boats off the North Carolina Coast, different shipwrecks, diving experiences, underwater photography, and more! Professional divers and underwater archaeologists will educate you at this free and informative symposium! For more info call 252-986-0720, email email@example.com, or visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum website.
Calling all runners! This famous OBX race is perfect for you! The First Flight 5K and Flying Pirate Half Marathon is a great event for all to participate and attend. The First Flight 5K takes place on April 14th at the Wright Brothers Memorial at 7:30 AM. The Flying Pirate Half Marathon starts at 7 AM on April 15th at 5300 Woods Road and ends at the end of Nags Head woods! For more information and registration, visit the OBX Sporting Events Website.
The biggest windsurfing event in America is held right here on the OBX! Enjoy watching or taking part in windsurfing competitions and clinics all around Hatteras Island! From long distance to freestyle, there is an event for everyone. Participation prizes will be awarded as well! For more information and updates, visit the OBX Wind website!
Bikers and bike enthusiasts, this is the week for you to come visit the Outer Banks! With different events all over the OBX, there’s so much for you to do! Over 100 vendors, live music, pig pickins, and more are all happening during this exciting week! For more information, visit the Outer Banks Harley Davidson website.
1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke NC
Explore Ocracoke and run for a good cause! Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K, and Fun Run that occur on Saturday, April 28th and half marathon that takes place that Sunday. All finishers will receive a medal and runners in the 5K and 10K will receive a t-shirt. Join in on the 2nd Annual Lt. Maynard’s (famous for his defeat of Black Beard 300 years ago) Challenge and run on both days! All proceeds benefit Ocracoke Community Radio, Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters Club, and the Ocracoke Community Park. For more information, visit the Run Ocracoke website.
Get ready for a weekend full of green! The Outer Banks during St. Patrick’s Day is a weekend for friends, family, fun, and even a little leprechaun magic! See everything St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the OBX has in store!
March 17th @ 8:00 AM | 2234 S Lark Street, Nags Head
Run to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Choose from either a 5K or 10K run! Each finisher will receive a medal and an event t-shirt. There will also be awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in both distances. After the race, enjoy the Irish-themed after party including Irish stew, sweet potato biscuits, beer, and a costume contest! For more information and registration, visit the OBSE website.
March 17th @ 2:00 PM| Outer Banks Brewing Station
Participate in a Leprechaun themed beer mile at The Brewing Station! The St. Paddy’s 1 Mile Beer Run is chip timed with a backyard party after! The run is strictly 21 and up. Prizes will be awarded to the overall fastest female and male. Wear your St. Patrick’s Day best and get ready to race! The Beer Run is limited to 100 participants and price is $30 per person. To register, visit the OBX running company website!
March 18th @ 1:00 PM | Starts @ Bladen St.
Enjoy a classic Outer Banks tradition! The 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is full of fun, friends, floats, and candy! The parade route starts at the intersection of Bladen St. and Virginia Dare Trail and ends at Driftwood Street. The parade will start at 1 PM. You can find parking and a good seat along the route, but be sure to get there early!
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks! Restaurants like Mulligan’s and The Jolly Roger feature St. Patrick’s Day dishes, specials, and live music to get you into the spirit!
St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the Outer Banks is full of fun! Why not take the time to come visit? Resort Realty has many homes available for spending St. Patty’s Day weekend on the beach! Stay for a week and attend some of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach events or just come for a weekend stay in a home that allows partials! Whatever you decide, Resort Realty has you covered!
There’s no doubt that everyone is ready for the warmth and brightness of spring! With the average temperature on the Outer Banks ranging from 65 degrees during the day and around 50 at night during March and April, you can get out and explore all the OBX has to offer! Plus, less crowds will make your visit more enjoyable! If you’re planning a spring break trip to the Outer Banks, Resort Realty has you covered. With a full list of things to do, places to see, amazing food to eat, and more; see what you should be doing this spring break on the OBX!
Did we mention how GORGEOUS the weather is during the spring on the OBX? It’s the perfect time to get out and stroll the beaches, explore Jockey’s Ridge, or even drive on the 4 x 4 beaches in Corolla or on Hatteras Island! With less people visiting this time of year, you’ll be able to enjoy the great weather with very few crowds.
The Outer Banks is full of so many unique stores and shops. Take advantage of the great weather and stroll some of the outdoor shopping centers like the Outer Banks Malland The Waterfront Shops in Duck! Treat yourself while you’re on spring break!
If you ask any local on the Outer Banks, they’ll tell you that the best part of spring is that the great local restaurants open back up for the season! With new openings, and less crowds, there won’t be as long as a wait for you and your crew to try a new OBX eatery!
When there are less crowds on the Outer Banks, you get the opportunity to visit places like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the North Carolina Aquarium, and more without long lines and hectic groups. Take the time to stroll through the aquarium and see the new exhibits or try to spot wild horses on the empty Corolla beaches.
The Lost Colony is one of America’s longest unsolved mysteries with 115 men, women, and children vanishing with no trace. On your visit this spring break, learn more about the mystery of the Lost Colony at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Ghost tours! For more information on special events, visit the Lost Colony website.
Planning your spring break getaway to the Outer Banks can be super exciting. Even more exciting? Lower rates on rental homes! Before the peak season starts, even the most luxurious homes can be super affordable for your stay! Whether you’re looking for a condo for a weekend retreat or a large and luxe home for a whole week spent relaxing on the beach, Resort Realty has you covered! With over 500 homes to choose from and so many great activities to take part in, why wouldn’t you plan your spring break on the Outer Banks? View all of the homes Resort Realty has to offer and either book online or give us a call at (800) 458-3830 to talk to one of our amazing vacation specialists!
While the grand opening was on Wednesday, February 28th, the Outer Banks is still buzzing over the arrival of Publix! If you’ve ever been to the Outer Banks, you know that we have no shortage of grocery stores, however, Publix isn’t just another grocery store, they’re the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the United States! With so many different food options for different individuals with dietary restrictions and a taste for the uncommon or just for the basic need of great produce and more, Publix is your place to go! See just a glimpse of what the grand opening of the Outer Banks Publix held!
Publix is located in First Flight Square right next to Lowe’s. The address is 1530 N. Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills NC. If you’re staying in any of our Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk vacation rental homes, check out Publix for all of your vacation grocery needs!
February is coming to a close and March (and spring) will be here before we know it! With the weather beginning to warm up, there are so many events popping up all over the Outer Banks. Check out everything there is to do and see on the Outer Banks in this months’ edition of the OBC!
5:00 PM – 9:00 @ The Sanderling Resort
Calling all brides! The Outer Banks Vendors Meet and Greet is your opportunity to meet with talented photographers, videographers, event coordinators, and more for your big day! Everything you need to plan the perfect wedding on the OBX is all in one place. You don’t need to be a Sanderling bride to attend this can’t miss event. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, visit the Sanderling website.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ The Outer Banks Brewing Station
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Leprechaun themed beer mile at The Brewing Station! This race is chip timed with a backyard party after! The run is 21 and over only and prizes will be awarded to the overall fastest female and male. Wear your St. Patrick’s Day best and get ready to run! Run is limited to 100 participants and price is $30 per person. To register, visit the OBX running company website!
From Bladen St. + Virgina Dare Trail intersection to Driftwood St. @ 1 PM
Enjoy an Outer Banks tradition! The 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is full of fun, friends, and most importantly, candy! The parade route starts at the intersection of Bladen St. and Virginia Dare Trail and ends at Driftwood Street. The parade will start at 1 PM so find parking along the route and get a good seat early!
Recurring Daily @ Participating Restaurants
4 full days of food and fun, the Outer Banks Taste of The Beach weekend allows you to try different food and drink from multiple local restaurants! From wine dinners to tapas, this weekend is full of it all! Over 60 events are offered at over 30 different venues. Event pricing can range from $10 to $105. For a list of all events and vendors, visit the Taste of The beach website.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM @ The Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills
A day of family fun, come out to the Dare County Parks and Recreation Easter EGGstavaganza! From 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, kids can take part in face painting, egg spoon races, ring toss, and so much more. Even better, this event is FREE to the public!
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ The Whalehead Club
Run, bike, and run on the Outer Banks! This duathlon is welcome to all ages and skill levels and the registration fee is $70. The run course will take you through the historic villages of Corolla and the bike portion is a 28 mile bike ride through Northern Corolla including by the Currituck Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club. Each participant will receive a finisher award and a post race party will follow! For registration, click here.
8:00 PM @ The Waterside Theater in Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Learn more about one of America’s longest running mysteries. Join ghost hunters that have discovered paranormal activity on the site of The Lost Colony. See where ghost appearances have occured and learn more about the story of The Lost Colony of 1587. Adult tickets are $20, children ages 6-10 are $15, and children under 5 are free. For more information, visit the Lost Colony website.
10:00 AM @ Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head
Kites, Easter egg hunts, and an appearance from the Easter Bunny, this FREE event will get you in the Easter spirit! Fly Into Spring with Kitty Hawk Kites! Enjoy the kite festival on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Easter Egg hunts will be happening all throughout Jockey’s Ridge! For more information, visit the Kitty Hawk Kites website!
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ The Elizabethan Gardens
The largest egg hunt on the beach! Have fun at the Easter Eggstravaganza hosted by The Elizabethan Gardens! Members of The Gardens get in free, non-members pay standard admission. One child under 5 is admitted free with each paying non-member. Activities include egg spoon races, hat contest, musical acts, dancers, and more! Bring your own Easter basket for collecting eggs and prizes! This event begins at 10:00 AM. For more information, visit The Elizabethan Gardens website.
Cheers to a new year! It’s 2018 and with the new year comes new Outer Banks events. While we’re well into the off-season now, there’s still plenty to do on the beach! Check out everything happening on the Outer Banks in this months edition of The Outer Banks Calendar.
Recurring Daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM // North Carolina Aquarium, Manteo
‘Tis the season for giving! Help out the furry friends at the Outer Banks SPCA and donate to the Santa Paws Pet Supply Drive. This is the last week for donations and they’re direly needed. Donate a bag of dry pet food weighing at least 7 pounds and receive free admission to the Aquarium that day! Anyone that donates any pet food item, toy, or cleaning product will have a chance to win a painting created by the river otters at the Aquarium! For more information and a list of most needed items, visit the Outer Banks SPCA website.
Fridays & Saturdays 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM // The Elizabethan Gardens – Manteo
This month is the last month to check out all of the sights and magic that WinterLights has to offer! With beautiful flowers and illuminated plants and trees, WinterLights is an event that you need to see. Open this month only on Fridays and Saturdays, admission for adults is $11, youth ages 6-17 are $9, and children 5 and under are $6. For more information, call The Elizabethan Gardens at (252) 473-3234 or visit The Elizabethan Gardens website.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM // Rooster’s Southern Kitchen, Kill Devil Hills
Sample bourbon and snack on tapas-style appetizers for a good cause! For a $25 donation, guests will sample 6 different types of bourbon. 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. The Outer Banks Relief Foundation helps assist people and families that struggle financially due to a debilitating disease or illness. To secure your space, visit Rooster’s Southern Kitchen with cash or local check of $25 per person payable to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. For more information about the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, visit their website.
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM // North Carolina Aquarium – Manteo
Reduce, reuse, and recycle with the North Carolina Aquarium. Drop off clean, dry plastic film and bags to the Aquarium to help save the environment and keep our beaches and oceans clean! Collections will be happening the second Tuesday of every month so start off 2018 with a helping hand and drop off all the plastic bags you have!
Recurring Daily @ 10:00 AM // First Flight Middle School & High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Planning your Outer Banks dream wedding? The Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo is the place to be. During Wedding Weekend, see over 200 wedding professionals and the opportunity to tour the most wanted wedding venues! Also get discounts at local restaurants and shops, plus, enter the Dream Wedding Giveaway! General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $45. For more information, visit the Outer Banks Wedding Association website.
November is almost gone and December is upon us! The Outer Banks turns into a winter wonderland during the month of December. With so many things to do and see this holiday season, you and your family will create memories that last a lifetime! Check out the December events on this month’s Outer Banks Calendar.
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM @ The Elizabethan Gardens // Manteo
A month full of sights and lights, come out to the opening night of Grand Illuminations of Winter Lights starting November 24th! With thousands of holiday lights, festive food, drink, and fun, these lights will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit! For prices and dates, visit the Elizabethan Gardens website.
6:00 PM in Downtown Manteo // Manteo
Join in on a Manteo Holiday tradition! The annual Lighting of the Christmas tree is a free family fun event! Full of live music, performers, and even hot chocolate! Watch the grand Christmas tree light up the night sky and light the flame of your holiday spirit this year.
10:00 AM in Downtown Manteo // Manteo
Let the fun continue at the Manteo Christmas Parade! Listen to the Manteo High School Banks, see floats from local companies and organizations, and don’t forget the candy! The route begins at Manteo High School and concludes in Downtown Manteo.
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Duck Town Park // Duck
The town of Duck is ready for Santa! Come out to Duck Town Park for holiday music, sweet treats, and so much more. Santa will arrive on the Duck Fire truck and will be greeting all the good boys and girls at the Duck Town Hall! This event is free to the public. For more information visit the Town of Duck website.
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Outer Banks Brewing Station // Kill Devil Hills
Enjoy live music, silent auction, and over 40 local artists selling their goods at the Outer Banks Brewing Station! Come out and find the perfect Christmas gift and even take advantage of the brunch and lunch menus the Brewing Station has to offer! This event is free to the public but make sure you bring enough to spend on food and the local vendors.
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Elizabethan Gardens // Manteo
Enjoy WinterLights with your pooch! From 6-9 PM guests will receive a free dog stocking for their pup! Plus, if you bring a donation for the Outer Banks SPCA, you’ll receive $3 off your admission! All dogs must be updated on the Elizabethan Garden Dog Policy to enter.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse // Buxton
Climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for free! The lighthouse will be open for local residents and visitors to climb. Children wanting to climb must be at least 42″ tall and children under the age of 12 must be escorted by someone 16 years old or older. For more information, visit the Cape Hatteras National Park website.
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM @ The Roanoke Island Aquarium
Join in on a little festive fishy fun at the Roanoke Island Aquarium! Make holiday crafts, decorate cookies, and sing a few Christmas carols with the aquarium staff. Great White Fishmas is included with regular admission to the aquarium.
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM @ First Assembly Church // Manteo
Find local handmade crafts, jewelry, decor, and so much more at the Island Craft show! Yummy BBQ plates and desserts will be available to purchase and enjoy. There will be raffles with great prizes plus 25 indoor booths to shop at! Admission is one non-perishable food item.
8:30 AM @ Wright Brothers National Memorial // Kill Devil Hills
Honor the history of flight during the 114th anniversary of flight! The formal program begins at 9:00 AM commemorates the Wright brothers achievement in the advancement of flight. Park fees will be waived the day of the celebration.
5:00 PM to 12:00 AM in Downtown Manteo // Manteo
No New Years Eve plans? No problem! Come to downtown Manteo to ring in the new year! Downtown Manteo will be transformed into a street fair party full of local food, live music, and even an early ball drop for kids!
November is just around the corner! More fall Outer Banks events are happening up and down the beach. While you’re here enjoying autumn on the Banks, check out some great local events! (Plus, fun events are just one more reason to start planning your next Outer Banks vacation!)
Recurring daily @ participating restaurants
Enjoy 3-course meals at some of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks! Restaurants like Rooster’s Southern Kitchen, Owens’, and many more are offering meals at either $20 or $35 for you to savor. This event is recurring daily and ends with Oystoberfest! For more event information and tickets, visit the Outer Banks Restaurant Week website.
Recurring daily @ Jennette’s Pier
Watch up and coming USA Junior Olympic surfers compete and train! This event is free and occurs daily!
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk
A shrimp lovers paradise! Come to the Outer Banks Shrimp Cook-Off and sample shrimp dishes prepared by local chefs. Guests can sample all shrimp dishes and vote for their favorite! Tickets are $25 and benefit the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research. Visit the event site here for more information.
The Outer Banks Marathon is upon us! This 26.2-mile run is a Boston Marathon qualifier. TowneBank is sponsoring this running event plus shorter runs like the Southern Fried Half Marathon, Southern 6, Take the Challenge!, 8k, 5k, and fun runs! For more information, visit the Marathon site here.
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ Avon Fishing Pier
The PBR Classic Fishing Tournament at Avon Pier is a red drum and blue-fish based event! The tournament will benefit the American Legion. The entry fee for the tournament is $90 ($60 for annual pier pass holders). For more information and tournament registration, visit the website here.
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg
All you can eat steamed oysters?! Yes, please! The Big Curri-Shuck has all you can eat steamed oysters and steamed crabs and BBQ while it lasts. Local wine and beer sampling will be happening as well. Plus, live local music! To purchase tickets, visit the Sanctuary Vineyards website.