December 2016

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight

Date TBD
Kill Devil Hills

Enjoy an uplifting experience at the exact location where aviation was born at the annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight at the impossible-to-miss Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. This day-long celebration honors the birthplace of flight, with a commemoration that coincides with the precise time that the first successful launch took place. The ceremony includes a presentation of colors, a professional rendition of the National Anthem, and an official welcome by Superintendent Barclay Trimble. Educational sessions featuring renowned historians, a keynote address, and an aviation "Fly-by" are all part of the festivities as well, making this celebration a must-see event for any aviation enthusiast. Included with the cost of an admission ticket, the annual commemoration of the Wright Brothers is a well-loved Outer Banks tradition that will inspire all who attend.

March 2017

Kelly's Running of the Leprechauns 10K

March 11, 2017
Nags Head

Kelly's 8th Annual Running of the Leprechauns 10K will be held on Saturday March 12, 2016. This is an in-and-out course beginning at Kelly's Restaurant at 2316 S. Croatan Highway at the 10.5 Milepost in Nags Head. All net proceeds benefit the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

St Patrick's Day Parade

Date TBD
Nags Head

For an Outer Banks celebration that revolves around family fun, and encompasses the best of the Outer Banks' spirit, make plans to catch a good glimpse of the Outer Banks St. Patrick's Day Parade. With moderate temperatures and plenty of southern hospitality, this event can kick-off a fantastic week-long vacation or spring break on the Outer Banks.

Taste of the Beach

Date TBD
Nags Head

Food lovers should make a date with the Outer Banks in March, as every year for one fantastic weekend, the restaurants on the Outer Banks get together to entice and please foodies with the annual Taste of the Beach event.

April 2017

Outer Banks Bike Week

Date TBD
Harbinger

For a beach bike week that's big on hospitality but also provides ample room to roam, head to the Outer Banks. With miles of new terrain, incredible views, and lots of bike-friendly businesses welcoming two-wheel guests, it's no surprise that the Outer Banks is gaining recognition as one of the East Coast's best destinations for a fun beach bike week.

Ocracoke 5k/10k/1 Mile Family Run

Date TBD
Ocracoke

Check out the Ocracoke annual 5k, 10k and 1 mile family run event. More than $100,000 has been raised for Ocracoke non-profits. Both 5k and 10k courses have been professionally certified.

Duck & Wine Festival

Date TBD
Duck

Join us as several local restaurants showcase their creative talents using Duck donated once again by local charitable organizations and their teams of helpers; lots of friends and visitors; and wines provided by Coastal Cantina at the Waterfront Shops in Duck. Scott Foster and Dan Lewis, chef/owners of Coastal Provisions, Coastal Cantina and Cravings once again hosted this annual festival..

May 2017

Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show

Date TBD
Nags Head

The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Games is a true example of what hang gliding is all about, fun! Originally named the 1st Annual Tactile Meet, the Spectacular has endured over 40 years of continuous years of fun flying, good times and the creation of life long friends. The competition is scheduled each year during the third week of May. Over 60 competitors from all over will travel to Kitty Hawk Kites on the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina to fly, party and meet old and new friends!

Shallowbag Bay Shag Beach Music Festival

Date TBD
Manteo

Several bands come together in Roanoke Island Festival Park's outdoor stage for a fun day of music. Parking for the event is located at Manteo High School and a shuttle service to the island will be provided. Shuttles run every 10 minutes. Vendors will be selling beer, wine, soda and food all day.

OBX Brewfest

Date TBD
Nags Head

OBX Brewfest seeks to inspire and showcase the area's culinary, performing, and visual arts through a craft beer culture event boasting over 80 tasty libations from around the United States.

June 2017

Triple-S Invitational

Date TBD
Waves

The event features an amazing lineup of talented riders who compete in Surf, Slicks and Sliders for the overall Triple-S Crown. With the best riders in the world, plus 7 Parties/7 Bands and all events open to the public, the Triple-S will reign supreme as the #1 kiteboarding event in the world.

Rogallo Kite Festival

Date TBD
Nags Head

The Rogallo Kite Festival includes two days of kite flying to honor Francis Rogallo, NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hang gliding and his designs have carried over into the stunt kites, power kites and hang gliders that are flown today.

July 2017

4th of July Parade

Date TBD
Duck

Celebrate American independence in Duck at the annual 4th of July Parade. Immediately following the parade, join us at the Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, for live music from Just Playn' Dixieland, cold refreshments, and the awarding of the parade trophies!

Wright Kite Festival

Date TBD
Kill Devil Hills

Walk through the museum and gain knowledge of the birthplace of aviation and then put this knowledge to the test outside with Kitty Hawk Kites. Large kites will be on display throughout the weekend, joining in the sky with the Wright Memorial!

August 2017

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

Date TBD
Nags Head

Celebrate summer with Kitty Hawk Kites and support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition at the 10th Annual OBX Watermelon Festival on Thursday, August 4 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head.

Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

Date TBD
Nags Head

Always a good time, and luring some of the best anglers on the East Coast, the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Billfish Tournament presents the women anglers of the Outer Banks and the East Coast with a chance to shine, and win some nice purses in the process.

September 2017

Day at the Docks

Date TBD
Hatteras

The highlight of the event is a tie between the annual chowder contest, which pits the best restaurants of Hatteras Island against each other and allows lucky attendees to taste them all and declare a winner, and the Blessing of the Fleet, which closes the Day at the Docks event. During the Blessing of the Fleet, a slow parade of local fishing and charter boats chug their way along the Pamlico Sound and the waterfront around sunset, while they are blessed in both spoken word and song. Free to the public, this event is a must for everyone who has an appreciation of good seafood, great waterfront views, and the culture and local history of Hatteras Island.

Eastern Surfing Association Championship

Date TBD
Nags Head

Of course, you don't have to be a surfer to enjoy the show, and the public is welcome to attend, spread out a beach blanket, and watch the East Coat's most talented surfers perform in some of the best surf conditions in the country. For a little on-the beach entertainment, or to watch your favorite local or regional surfers compete against the greats, make plans to hit the beach during the annual ESAs.

Wave Jam

Date TBD
Waves

Windsurfing fans will want to plan a trip to Hatteras Island in mid-September for the annual Hatteras Wave Jam, a fantastic event that includes both the sport's best windsurfers as well as newcomers who just want to spend a day enjoying the Atlantic waves.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Date TBD
Manteo

The music lasts from around 11:00 a.m. until midnight, with several dozen musicians sharing the stage. Attendees are encouraged to purchase both tickets and lodgings well in advance, as despite its off-season timing, this event tends to fill up fast. If your dream idea of a vacation involves laying back in your most comfortable beach chair and taking in the best bluegrass acts the region has to offer, then you'll definitely want to set an October weekend aside for a vacation for the Outer Banks newest, and potentially most popular local festivals, the Bluegrass Festival.

Artrageous Art Extravaganza

Date TBD
Kill Devil Hills

At the annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza, everyone can enjoy a little hands-on creativity with lots of interactive displays, live demos, and fun artistic activities for the young and the young at heart. The family-friendly environment features regionally acclaimed artists showing and selling their works, as well as plenty of food vendors and live music throughout the event. Proceeds from the day-long festival go to benefit the Artrageous Scholarship Fund, cultural arts programs in the Outer Banks community, and art education programs in the Dare County Schools. For a celebration that is sure to appeal to all the art lovers In the family, the Artrageous Art Extravaganza is not to be missed.

October 2017

Mustang Music Festival

Date TBD
Corolla

The East Coast’s premier music and arts festival returns October 7-8 to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Featuring two sets from moe., plus appearances by Lettuce, G Love & Special Sauce, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Mike Dillon Band, Fruition and more, this family-friendly event offers a little something for everyone…especially if great music in a picturesque setting is your thing! Mustang Music Festival also features a KidZone, Craft Beer Garden, and an  Artisan Market. Tickets start at just $40 and are on sale now.

Hatterasity

Date TBD
Hatteras

Bluegrass is coming to Hatteras Island, thanks to a four-day block party known as Hatterasity. Inspired by the success of Manteo's annual Bluegrass Festival, typically held in September, this musical celebration will be heldin October and will feature a fantastic group of acclaimed musicians and bands.

Duck Jazz Festival

Date TBD
Duck

The 10th Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC returns to Duck on Columbus Day weekend in 2016. The multi-day event starts on Friday October 7th with a family-friendly Movie on the Green. Saturday October 8th, enjoy a concert with Frank Vignola following with a Live Jam along the sound. On Sunday, October 9, 2016, enjoy the main event, a free, non-ticketed, day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. with live music starting at 11:00 a.m. and food and soft drinks available for purchase, Chairs will be available for rent on-site. The festival will take place rain or shine. Attendees are invited to bring food, coolers, chairs, blankets and well-behaved dogs. For event updates, follow Duck Jazz Festival on Facebook and Twitter, and use #duckjazz on your posts and pictures.

OinkN' Oyster Roast

Date TBD
Kitty Hawk

Saddle Up to a hearty plate of Eastern North Carolina's favorite fare at the annual Oink N' Oyster Roast. Held at the Longboards Island Grill in Kitty Hawk, and sponsored by the First Flight Rotary Club, this annual feast is a delicious way to support a range of non-profit organizations while filling an amorous appetite for local seafood. There will be a full pig, (cooked for hours on a smoker), platters of fresh oysters, and plenty of side dishes including hush puppies, slaw, and other southern favorites, so all a patron has to do is pull up a seat, pour an accompanying brew, and enjoy. Tickets can be purchased online. Any tickets purchased online can be picked up at the event's check-in desk. Oink & Oyster Roast T-Shirts and Aprons will also be available for sale, (both online and at the event itself.) A tasty annual event that's always a crowd pleaser, the Oink & Oyster Roast is a popular and filling way for OBX locals and visitors alike to simply relax pig out for a very good cause.

Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament

Date TBD
Hatteras

The group which hosts the tournament, Capitol City Four Wheelers, is based out of Virginia and is always looking for new members who love and promote safe 4WD accessible driving. For an October surf fishing tournament that revolves around driving along the incredible beaches of Hatteras Island, the Capitol City Surf Fishing Tournament is certainly one to watch.

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Date TBD
Nags Head

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of the fall season, with plenty of fresh seafood, storytelling, and activities to keep everyone fully entertained. This all-day event takes place at the waterfront Event Site in Nags Head, and is free to the public. Highlights include a Kids' Zone, live music throughout the day, boat exhibits, cooking demonstrations, "Fish House" Olympic events, and much more. Vendors will be on hand offering plenty of local fare to sample and enjoy, from local arts and crafts to hot clam chowder and ice cold raw oysters. Celebrate the heritage of the Outer Banks seafood industry, and enjoy this educational and thoroughly entertaining event.

Wings Over Water

Date TBD
Rodanthe

The Outer Banks, and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in particular, is known as one of the best bird watching destinations in the world, and the annual Wings Over Water celebrates this distinction like no other local festival. The weeklong event, which is being held each October, features a wide range of educational programs, lectures, and opportunities to meet and greet with fellow birders. During this year's festival, attendees will also have the opportunity to go on guided birding trips, attend art and photography workshops, take a tram or kayak tour of National Wildlife Refuge, visit an ancient maritime forest, and much, much more. A complete schedule can be found online at the organization's website, and attendees should note that some programs do cost a small fee of roughly $20 - $25 dollars.

NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

Date TBD
Nags Head

Open to everyone, and historically one of the most popular and well-loved surf fishing tournaments on the beach, the original Red Drum Tournament may have a new name and a new organizer, but it is still one of the best reasons for anglers in-the-know to make an October visit to the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Brewtag

Date TBD
Nags Head

Don’t miss this “only on the Outer Banks” competition in which 15 teams will attempt to fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest, competing for bragging rights as they write another chapter of OBX aviation history. The teams –with geographic representation from the Outer Banks; Raleigh, New Bern, Edenton, Charlottesville, VA and points in between – have been diligently working for months, perfecting their handmade flying contraptions. Distance is key but style and creativity is also essential.

Manteo Wooden Boat Show

Date TBD
Manteo

Enjoy a day at the Manteo waterfront and see wooden boats displayed in the water and on the grounds of the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. Registration is open to allowner built or restored and professionally built or restored wooden boats, including power, sail, and row or paddle. All proceeds help with our youth sailing program. Enjoy wooden boats displayed in the water and on the grounds of the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum.

Harvest Heyday

Date TBD
Manteo

Celebrate the autumn season at Harvest Heyday, a favorite annual event at the stunning Elizabethan Gardens that invites visitors of all ages to sample the flavors, colors, and fun of the fall. The all-day event features a world of activities that are designed with the Garden's youngest visitors in mind. Patrons will enjoy a number of games and crafts, including stuffing a scarecrow, educational stations, face painting, a hay bale maze, and hay rides through the Gardens that regularly depart throughout the day. There will also be plenty of music, story-time hour, and bonfires with hot cider and pumpkin pie to get everyone in an autumn mood. This event is free for members and friends of the Elizabethan Gardens. For more details on Harvest Heyday, and other fall-worthy events at the Elizabethan Gardens, (including their annual end-of-season plant sales), visit the Garden's website. Truly one of the most beloved annual celebrations on Roanoke Island, the Harvest Heyday is a crowd-pleasing event that is sure to charm and entertain Outer Banks visitors or all ages.

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

Date TBD
Ocracoke

Come to Ocracoke for a Pirate Halloween! The Ocracoke Pirate Jamboree is an annual, two-day event is highlighted by an all-day, family friendly, Pirate Encampment by Blackbeard's Pirate Crew on Ocracoke. Come see what Pirate Life was truly like in this true to life 17th and 18th encampment. Wear your costumes and enjoy activities such as: a Scallywag School for Kids, Strolling Minstrels, Sword Fights, Black Powder Demonstrations, The Pirate Bazaar, Beer Gardens, and lots of other Pirate activities. The Event culminates with a 3 Ship Pirate Battle on Silver Lake - watch the cannons roar as Black Beard meets his fate. Plus, many of other Halloween Activities to enjoy throughout the weekend.

November 2017

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

Date TBD
Hatteras

On Saturday, the club also hosts an individual fishing tournament that's open to the public, with free entry for fishermen under 16 years of age. The fee to enter the grand tournament as a team is roughly $330, but the rewards are big, and spots tend to fill up fast. For more information on the tournament and to find out how to register, become a judge, or simply participate in the festivities, anglers can visit the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club's website. As one the Hatteras Island's oldest and most popular annual events, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament is a legendary fall fishing bonanza that attracts and entices anglers from all along the East Coast. With great weather, great fishing, and plenty of good company, this tournament shows no signs of losing its 60+ year run as one of the best fishing tournaments on the beach.

The Big Curri-shuck

Date TBD

Start off oyster season in a major way - join us at Sanctuary Vineyards and Winery in Jarvisburg on Saturday, November 26 from 12-5 PM for The Big Curri-Shuck. All you can eat steamed oysters are the main attraction. We'll also have steamed crabs and BBQ while they last. Of course we'll have local wine and beer sampling, music from Croatan Highway and Dave Cynar Band and a signature wineglass is yours to keep. Live music, new wine releases and delicious local oysters? We'll see you there!

December 2017

Duck Yuletide Celebration

Date TBD
Duck

Back by popular demand, the Town of Duck invites visitors and locals alike to help them ring in the holiday season with this weekend-long celebration of all things festive. Local shops and merchants will keep their doors open late for holiday shoppers, and local restaurants will sponsor a Tapas crawl. The town green will be honored with a special visit by Santa, and visitors can enjoy a full afternoon and evening filled with live music, sing-alongs, and the lighting of the town's official "Crab Pot Tree." For a celebration that is miles wide and boosts the holiday spirit of everyone in the community, the Duck Yuletide Celebration is not to be missed.

The Night Before Christmas

Date TBD
Manteo

One of the world’s most beloved children’s poems teams up with one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars as legendary entertainer Mickey Rooney narrates “The Night Before Christmas” presented by Rainbow Puppet Productions. The production features an original score by Rainbow Puppet Productions founder David Messick who adds “this show is filled with so many wonderful things of my favorite Christmas memories. There’s Christmas Eve services with all the beautiful music, a Santa Claus parade with St. Nick appearing on a firetruck, gingerbread cookies, music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and the voice of Christmas television specials- Mr. Mickey Rooney. Tickets are $5- ages 2 and younger are free.   They may be purchased in advance at Ticket Sales or the day of the event. Roanokeisland.com.

Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend

Date TBD
Duck

Get into the holiday spirit "Outer Banks style" by visiting the charming town of Manteo during the Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend. This special weekend celebration, held in Early December, is the result of a partnership among some of the historic town's favorite attractions and organizations, namely the Elizabethan Gardens Board of Directors, The Island Farm, and the Manteo Preservation Trust. As a result, off-season Roanoke Island visitors will enjoy an inside look at some of the community's favorite sites and historic homes, which are all decked out with a festive holiday decor. Attendees will enjoy full access to community open houses at the Roanoke Island Farm, the Elizabethan Gardens, and a number of historic residences that are all part of the Holiday Tour of Homes. The event coincides with the start of the WinterLights celebration at Elizabethan Gardens, making it an extra special adventure for locals and visitors alike on the hunt for an inspired way to get into the holiday spirit. A fun outing that is celebrated throughout this historic Outer Banks town, the Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend is sure to put any vacationer into a festive and downright merry mood.

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Henry's Restaurant

Henry's Restaurant

Henry’s Restaurant offers down home, simple food done Outer Banks style. This is the kind of delicious food grandmothers of North Carolina have been cooking for generations. You’ll feel like you're visiting family with the comfort food and the restaurant’s nautical-style decor. The kid-friendly and casual restaurant has been serving hearty portions to locals and visitors since 1989. Breakfast is what Henry’s does best, although it’s a wonderful restaurant for lunch and dinner as well. Start your day with incredible hotcakes, omelets, biscuits, french toast, eggs benedict, breakfast sandwiches, and even fried trout, served 7:00am to 1:00pm daily.