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SEPTEMBER 2015

Outer Banks Triathalon

Free North Carolina BBQ and beer are provided for all participants at a post-race party, and additional spectator food is available for purchase. Whether you're undergoing one of the most challenging athletic events the Outer Banks has to offer, or simply want to sit on the sidelines and cheer along your favorites, the Outer Banks Triathlon is one of the toughest but most gorgeously located spo...

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 ...

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...

OCTOBER 2015

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 ...

Hatterasity

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....

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...

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 ...

NOVEMBER 2015

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

Though barely a decade old, the annual Outer Banks Marathon is quickly becoming one of coastal North Carolina's fastest growing and best-attended events. Covering a scenic section of the Outer Banks that runs from the borders of Kitty Hawk to Roanoke Island, this marathon and half-marathon trail breezes through the Jockey's Ridge State Park, crosses over the Washington Baum Bridge, and reaches ...

DECEMBER 2015

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....

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...

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...

2016

FEBRUARY 2016

Duck & Dine 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..

MARCH 2016

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 dining events at the best restaurants on the beach. The popularity of the Taste of the Beach in recent years has caused the event to expand from a two-day weekend into a Thursday - Sunday event, allowing patrons more opportunities to sample all of restaurants, (and fantastic tasting menus), that are featured during the event.

Attendees can purchase tickets from the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, and then the sky is the limit as dozens of restaurants open their doors to Taste of the Beach patrons. Special events include extensive tasting menus, cheese selections, tequila and wine tastings, and a chowder contest that features entries from at least two dozen of the best restaurants on the beach. After sampling the menus, participants can vote on their favorites, and prizes are given out in a number of categories ranging from Best in Show to People's Choice and Chef's Awards.

Anyone who looks at an OBX menu and wishes they could order absolutely everything, or who loves an excuse to simply taste their way through an Outer Banks vacation, should definitely make plans to attend the annual Taste at the Beach event. With dozens of restaurants competing to please patrons with their very best dishes, it's a safe bet that all attendees will leave happy, full, and completely satisfied.

APRIL 2016

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....

Flying Pirate Half Marathon

Come join in the fun at one of the most uniquely entertaining running events on the East Coast. The Flying Pirate Half Marathon and First Flight 5K is sure to satisfy the active swashbucklers in your crew, with a breezy course that winds through some of the most scenic locations in the central Outer Banks. The course is essentially the first 13.1 miles tract of the full marathon which is held ...

ESA Mid Atlantic Regional Surfing Championships

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...

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....

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....

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

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 ...

Summeritaville Music Event

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Kitty Hawk Kites, Waves Village Watersports Resort, and The Outer Banks Hospital are pleased to present the Annual Summeritaville Music Event. This event features live music, food and craft vendors, a craft beer and wine garden, beach bucket raffle, kid's activities, watersports and skill toy demos, and more. Ticket prices are modest and can be purch...

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...

AUGUST 2016

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....

New World Festival of the Arts

The two day festival is open to artists from throughout the country. The juried show will exhibit original works from 75 artists from throughout the east coast. Over a dozen artists are new to the show this year and are extremely excited to be a part of such a unique and established Festival. Exhibitors include watercolors, oil & acrylic, graphics, drawings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, and...