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.

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

It's easy to see why vacationers fall in love with Carova. Located almost literally off the Outer Banks map, while other towns along the barrier islands of North Carolina grew and developed over the decades and became popular East Coast tourism destinations, Carova never really changed.