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MAY 2016

Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show

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...

Shallowbag Bay Shag Beach Music Festival

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

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. Expect an experience like no other featuring everything from homebrew demonstrations and beer-centric workshops hosted by industry professionals, to live music. We'll also be presenting our unique "...

JUNE 2016

Triple-S Invitational

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

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.Francis Rogallo was a NASA scientists and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the ...

Storm the Beach



Storm the Beach is a full-fledged obstacle course and adventure race held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina ocean front beaches. Storm the Beach is not your typical run and grab a medal at the finish type of obstacle race Athletes of all abilities crawl, climb, conquer obstacles such as Swamp Scum and Sandfiddler Crawl.

Where: Jennettes' Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.

When: June 12, 2016 Watch the Video Below!

  • Event shirt
  • Beach themed Medals
  • SWAG!
  • Costumes Welcome!
  • Teams and Individual registrations available
  • Post Race Beach Party
  • Stay for the Raffle!

JULY 2016

4th of July Parade

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!The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lan...

Wright Kite Festival

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!Take flight where flight first began with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoy a walk through the museum, and on the h...


Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Billfish Tournament

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....


Day at the Docks

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 ...

Outer Banks Triathalon

The SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon - the best TRI venue on the East Coast!

September 17 & 18, 2016. Registration is open.

TRI OUTER BANKS SPORTS will be the exclusive OBSE on-site Triathlon vendor. Visit them for wet suit and bike rentals and all your Triathlon needs. Call them at 252-715-3278.

OUTER BANKS BICYCLE will again be available at Transition for Bike Assist and Safety Check. Remember to check your equipment before you show up at the event site. Show up with your bike ready to race. This means pumped tires, lubed chain, bar-end plugs, gears and breaks adjusted, and seats and handlebars properly fitted.

Official 2016 SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon retail items will be available for purchase!

ESCAPE MASSAGE & YOGA - Not just for athletes!

SATURDAY 10 am - 12 pm - Escape Massage will have 2 massage therapists at the event site to soothe your aching muscles! $20 for 15 minutes. Register at Packet pick-up. Limited spaces are available.

LOST & FOUND will be located near the Packet Pick up tent.

Triathletes train for months to achieve their dream.Come to the Outer Banks Triathlon and experience the enthusiam, inspiration and skill! The Sprint Triathlon distance is perfect for those beginner triathletes. Move up to the Olympic Triathlon distance or choose the Half Triathlon distance and see if you have what it takes!

Why do they do it? Some to win, some for their best personal time and for some it's a personal goal on their bucket list. Individual athletes and relay teams exhibit various ranges of skill and expertise. The enthusiasm of the athletes is inspirational for everyone at the site whether a volunteer, a spectator or staff. Encouraging and cheering the athletes' onward is a crucial part of the day. It is 2 days of inspiration, excitement, relationships and achievements.

The swim portion will start at the Old Swimming Hole location next to the Dare County Airport on Roanoke Island. Swimmers will enjoy panoramic views of the Croatan Sound and the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and Manns Harbor Bridge. We've had requests for the address: 410 AIRPORT ROAD, MANTEO.

The bike will be an out and back course on a smooth flat road outside of Manteo and into Mashoes. (yes Mashoes...). The bike portion features a rolling hill over the Manns Harbor Bridge; a 2.65 mile long bridge over the Croatan sound. There is very little traffic and abundant views of the soundside marsh and wetlands.

The run will be flat out and back through the Airport and around the Manteo area. The Course offers a beautiful tour of the Mother Vineyard neighborhood and the north end of Roanoke Island. This is a predominantly shaded course.

Eastern Surfing Association Championship

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 annu...

Wave Jam

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. The Hatteras Wave Jam originated as a grassroots event that encouraged local windsurfers to celebrate for a couple days on the open o...

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

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...

Artrageous Art Extravaganza

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 d...



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. Food and refreshments will be provided by the Frisco and Hatteras Volunteer Fire Dep...

Mustang Music Festival

Enjoy two incredible days of music and support a great cause at the Mustang Music Festival. Several bands from all across the country will be heading to the Outer Banks to provide hours of entertainment. Food, drink, and local artists and vendors will be available, as well as information on the Festival's namesakes, the Corolla Wild Horses. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, and all pr...

Duck Jazz Festival

The festival is a one-day event, usually held in the middle of October, but usually features a good half dozen of the genre's most admired and well-loved artists. Beginning in the mid-morning hours and continuing well after the sun sets, attendees will enjoy completely fantastic music in one of the northern Outer Banks' best locales. The gates open at 10:00 am. and are wide open to the public. ...

OinkN' Oyster Roast

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)...

Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament

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

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, "Fi...

Wings Over Water

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 bir...

NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

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

Founded on the basis of fun and flight, the Outer Banks Brewtag strives to be an event chock full of education, recreation, culture, community, and wholehearted palate pleasin' for the whole family. We are hand-pickin' some of the tastiest grub in the area. We've selected the finest brews that Eastern North Carolina has to offer. We're jammin' to tunes that are just loaded with the passion and ...

Harvest Heyday

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...

Manteo Wooden Boat Show

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 ...

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

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 ...


Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

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,...

Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon

Outer Banks Marathon

TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon

Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon are USATF certified


November 11, 12 & 13 2016








4 CHALLENGES - earn extra bling!



TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon

Southern Fried Half Marathon

Southern 6 Run

Take the Challenge!

8K & 5K Yep, we have changed back to an 8K!

Family Fun Run

"The OBX is a beauty of a place and a beauty of a race. I discover new things every Year. And I've made some good friends from the Outer Banks. It is a lot of fun to catch up on the news each year when I visit. It's especially nice to be remembered and welcomed back each year." ~ D Vernes

"...after enjoying the hospitality of so many OBXers last week before, during and after my race, I'm not surprised. Y'all have done an outstanding job of promoting this race and executing every detail. This entire experience merits a High Five Fun Factor! Thank you, hope to see you next year!" ~ E. Anderson


Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend

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...

Duck Yuletide Celebration

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 a...

Elizabethan Gardens Winter Lights

A fantastic evening outing for kids, the celebration includes a lighted holiday village, gorgeously adorned entrance trees, and twinkling lights as far as the eye can see. A fantastic celebration that truly spans the season, the annual WinterLights shines a bright light on the very best of the Outer Banks during the holidays....

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight

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 p...


MARCH 2017

Kelly's Running of the Leprechauns 10K

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

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

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. This nearly week-long affair is typically held in the middle of March, and features extensive restaurant or brewery tours and tastings, sampling menus, and fantastic di...

APRIL 2017

Flying Pirate Half Marathon

Come join in the fun at one of the most uniquely entertaining running events on the East Coast. Beginning on Saturday April 16th is the easy breezy First Flight 5K followed by the Flying Pirate Half Marathon on Sunday which is sure satisfy the active swashbucklers in your crew, with a course that winds through some of the most scenic locations in the central Outer Banks. Pirate costumes are en...

Outer Banks Bike Week

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

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

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..