This Week's Highlights

Week of March 12, 2018 - March 18, 2018

St Patrick's Day Parade

  • Sunday, March 18th
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.

Week of March 19, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Taste of the Beach

  • Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th
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.

Week of April 9, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Flying Pirate Half Marathon

  • Saturday, April 14th - Sunday, April 15th
Kitty Hawk

From runner costumes, to Expo decorations and all the way to the post-race party! Pirates Rule at the well-organized, fun race!

Week of April 16, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Outer Banks Bike Week

  • Friday, April 20th - Sunday, April 29th
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.

Week of April 23, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Outer Banks Bike Week

  • Friday, April 20th - Sunday, April 29th
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.

Duck & Wine Festival

  • Saturday, April 28th
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..

Ocracoke 5k/10k/1 Mile Family Run

  • Saturday, April 28th - Sunday, April 29th
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.

Week of May 7, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Artrageous Art Extravaganza

  • Saturday, May 12th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Nags Head

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. This full day affair which combines art, music, and the friendly spirit of the Outer Banks, is an annual tradition that began in 1989, and which has become a favorite event for visitors of all ages.

Week of May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Hang Gliding Spectacular

  • Friday, May 18th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

The 45th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is landing on the Outer Banks, and visitors are welcome to take flight on a new adventure and join in the fun. Renowned as the longest running hang gliding competition in the world, the Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is a multiple day event that combines a wealth of activities for professional hang gliders and spectators alike. The incredible air show is the cornerstone of the event, and visitors can head to the sky high dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park to check out the action. Throughout the day, an incredible display of colorful gliders will fly overhead, and lots of fun will be had at ground level as well thanks to a host of activities for competitors and everyday sightseers alike.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road - Summer Concert Series

  • Friday, May 18th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

Enjoy a little live music by some of the best bluegrass talents in the region with a special live concert that’s held on the casual front porch of the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. Pickin’ on the Porch is a summertime series of weekly concerts that will appeal to music fans of all tastes, and with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the show, this special evening performance is sure to be a memorable part of any Outer Banks vac

Coastal Gardening Festival

  • Saturday, May 19th 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Discover the joys – and occasion challenges – of gardening on the Outer Banks by attending the Coastal Gardening Festival. This annual festival that’s been going strong for 16 years and counting is a celebration of native and naturalized flora and fauna, and is a must for visitors and locals alike who appreciate the blooming landscape of the Outer Banks.

Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest

  • Saturday, May 19th 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Nags Head

Now celebrating its second year, this family friendly event is a collection of music, sports, and OBX fun, and features a full roster of activities and entertainment to keep everyone in the party smiling. Special events within the Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest line-up include multiple bands and musicians throughout the day, live demos performed by professional skateboarders and BMX riders, a special appearance by roller derby women, appearances by Special Olympics athletes, and much, much more. In addition, this year’s festivities will have a host of games for patrons of all ages, food, and local art vendors for unique and one-of-a-kind OBX treasures. The event is being headlined by the world famous band the Southern Culture on the Skids, and additional performances will occur throughout the day by local and regional favorites including Manday Huge, Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One, Fixture, Kepone Cowboys, Grace and the Dudes, Side Project & Dare2Care OBX Shredders. 

Week of May 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

7th Annual Shore Break 5K And Tide Pool Fun Run

  • Monday, May 28th 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Avon

Get your Memorial Day Vacation off to an active and sunny start by participating in the 7th annual Shore Break 5K, which is being held in the heart of Hatteras Island. During this event, runners, walkers, and anyone who wants to enjoy the local Avon sun will embark on a trek through picturesque Kinnakeet Shores on an informal course that includes paved roads, boardwalks, beach walkways, and a few fun but challenging steps over the dunes. The race finishes with an unbeatable view of the Atlantic as participants wind towards the beach, and the inevitable finish line.

Ocrafolk Festival

  • Friday, June 1st - Sunday, June 3rd
Ocracoke

Get your toes tapping with an island celebration of musicians, storytellers, artisans, local food, and so much more by joining in the community-wide fun of the Ocrafolk Festival. This full weekend event is held in the heart of Ocracoke Village, with multiple performances and activities happening around virtually every corner of Silver Lake Harbor.

Triple-S Invitational

  • Saturday, June 2nd - Friday, June 8th
Waves

Known as the crown jewel of wakestyle kiteboarding competition all around the world, the Triple-S Invitational is one of the best opportunities for Outer Banks visitors to see the world’s best boarders compete in one of the most heated and spectacular competitions on the beach. Held over the course of 7 days on Hatteras Island – which is renowned as one of the top kiteboarding destinations in the world – the Triple-S tournament pits the most famous kiteboarders on the planet against each other in a high-stakes event that promises plenty of aerial acrobatics and amazing displays of skills and agility.

 

Dare Day Festival

  • Saturday, June 2nd 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Manteo

Enjoy one of the most scenic corners of the Outer Banks while joining in the fun of one of the longest running festivals in Manteo by attending the 43rd annual Dare Day Festival. This full-day event is held along the downtown waterfront, and features a wide array of activities and attractions that shine a spotlight on the local Manteo culture. Live music will kick off at around 11:00 a.m., with the original Rhondels – a famed soul and beach music band - on the Downtown stage. Throughout the day, there will also be a number of events designed for water and OBX lovers of all ages, including the now famous Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs, the locally beloved “Anything that Floats but a Boat” Race, the Raingutter Regatta, a new-in-2018 Kids Zone, and the annual competition for the best cake and pie in Dare County with a coveted blue ribbon prize.

Week of June 4, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Triple-S Invitational

  • Saturday, June 2nd - Friday, June 8th
Waves

Known as the crown jewel of wakestyle kiteboarding competition all around the world, the Triple-S Invitational is one of the best opportunities for Outer Banks visitors to see the world’s best boarders compete in one of the most heated and spectacular competitions on the beach. Held over the course of 7 days on Hatteras Island – which is renowned as one of the top kiteboarding destinations in the world – the Triple-S tournament pits the most famous kiteboarders on the planet against each other in a high-stakes event that promises plenty of aerial acrobatics and amazing displays of skills and agility.

 

National Running Day

  • Wednesday, June 6th 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Southern Shores

National Running Day is a special event which is held on the first Wednesday in June, and which brings together runners from all around the country to celebrate and declare their inherent love of running. The day is a perfect vehicle for lifelong runners to reaffirm their dedication to the sport, and it’s also a way for newcomers and beginners to kick start a passion for running of their own.

Week of June 11, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Sunrise 5k & Little Crab Crawl

  • Thursday, June 14th 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Nags Head

Start your Outer Banks vacation with a burst of energy and a little sunshine on the sand with this family-friendly racing event that highlights the best views on the beach. The Sunrise 5k & Little Crab Crawl takes place along the oceanfront shores of Nags Head, and is a great way for walkers, joggers and runners to enjoy a little friendly competition and comradery with fellow active visitors and locals while taking in a scenic OBX sunrise over the Atlantic.

Soundside FunFair

  • Thursday, June 14th - Wednesday, June 20th
Nags Head

Kick off your summer vacation in style by popping by one of the most entertaining events of the season which also benefits a fantastic cause – the 3rd Annual Soundside FunFair. This multi-day event creates a good old fashioned carnival atmosphere along the waterfront in Nags Head with a wealth of activities and attractions that are sure to leave everyone smiling.

Rogallo Kite Festival

  • Saturday, June 16th
Nags Head

The Rogallo Kite Festival is a free and family-orientated event that features two days of kite flying to honor Francis Rogallo, NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing. His initial 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. To celebrate this innovator, visitors will be treated to a full day of kite-flying fun in one of the best destinations on the East Coast for high flyers, Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Storm the Beach

  • Sunday, June 17th
Nags Head

Storm the Beach is a full-fledged obstacle course and adventure race held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on the ocean front beaches. Storm the Beach is not your typical run and grab a medal at the finish type of race. Athletes of all abilities crawl, climb, and conquer obstacles such as Swamp Scum and the Sandfiddler Crawl. Save the date and come to the Outer Banks to join the fun in the sun!
There’s nothing like it!

 

Week of June 18, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Soundside FunFair

  • Thursday, June 14th - Wednesday, June 20th
Nags Head

Kick off your summer vacation in style by popping by one of the most entertaining events of the season which also benefits a fantastic cause – the 3rd Annual Soundside FunFair. This multi-day event creates a good old fashioned carnival atmosphere along the waterfront in Nags Head with a wealth of activities and attractions that are sure to leave everyone smiling.

Annual Under the Oaks Art Festival

  • Tuesday, June 19th - Wednesday, June 20th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Corolla

Peruse a colorful array of vibrant artworks and crafts while enjoying the postcard-perfect setting on the grounds of the Whalehead Club by attending the 17th Annual Under the Oaks Art Festival.

Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 20th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nags Head

Share a love of fishing with the youngest members in your vacationing party with this special fishing tournament that’s designed with youth anglers in mind. The Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament is an annual fishing tournament that takes place on the famous Jennette’s Pier, and which is open to all anglers ages 16 and under. The age groups for competitors are 4-9 years old and 10-16 years old, and trophies as well as rod and reel combos are awarded to the largest fish caught by a girl and boy angler for the day. Participants in the “catch and release” tournament can enjoy a full morning of fishing before going to a celebratory and awards lunch close to the pier.

Sunset 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin

  • Thursday, June 21st 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Nags Head

Take advantage of an opportunity to enjoy two of the things coastal North Carolina is known for - fantastic beaches and barbecue – with this racing event that combines a wealth of OBX activities in a single and fun-filled evening. The Sunset 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin is held at the stunning Jennette’s Pier in the heart of Nags Head, and is a fun and lightly competitive race that cruises by the beaches and soundside regions where the sunset is at its natural best. Walkers, joggers, and runners are all welcome to attend, and to enjoy the scene while engaging on a fast-paced tour of the central Outer Banks.

Week of June 25, 2018 - July 1, 2018

SUPtastic SUP Competition

  • Thursday, June 28th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

Want to test your paddling skills against local and visiting SUP fans, or just enjoy one of the most scenic on-the-water courses in the central Outer Banks? Then you’ll want to make sure that this engaging event that’s designed for sports fans and water lovers is on your upcoming OBX vacation itinerary.

Nags Head 5k / 1 Mile Beach Race

  • Thursday, June 28th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Nags Head

Visitors who want to enjoy an active morning exploring the beach scene by the famed Jennette’s Pier while engaging in a little family-friendly competition will want to sign up for this annual summertime event that’s becoming a favorite race of the warm weather season. The Nags Head Beach 5k Race, which is sponsored by Village Realty, is a fun run through the sand that takes joggers, walkers and runners on a cool course through the heart of scenic Nags Head.

Week of July 2, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

  • Tuesday, July 3rd - Wednesday, July 4th
Ocracoke

Head to the tiny coastal village of Ocracoke for a big Independence Day celebration that includes fireworks, a parade, and plenty of family fun.

7th Annual Freedom 5k

  • Wednesday, July 4th 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Kill Devil Hills

Start your Independence Day celebration with a refreshing run along one of the most naturally scenic routes on the beach with this event that has attracted scores of active locals and vacationers alike. The 7th Annual Freedom 5k Presented by Sun Realty is a popular racing event that takes place in the heart of the Outer Banks, and which encompasses a beautiful course that launches from the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall. A post-race celebration immediately follows the event, and includes a nice supply of 4th of July appropriate eats – including watermelon, apple pastries, and light refreshments. A one-mile Fun Run also takes place, which is perfect for kids and adults alike who just want a little exercise and a prime opportunity to admire the local views.

Town of Manteo Independence Day Fireworks

  • Wednesday, July 4th 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Manteo

The Town of Manteo will host an incredible display of fireworks over the water on 4th of July that will make any Independence Day celebration truly memorable. Launched over the Roanoke Sound and Shallowbag Bay, visitors can find a spot along the downtown docks or a seat at the famed Roanoke Island Festival Park to catch an incredible show with a stunning backdrop.

4th of July Celebration at Avon Pier

  • Wednesday, July 4th 9:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Avon

Celebrate your Independence Day with a bang at the Avon Pier and Avon Beach Klub on Hatteras Island. The 4th of July celebration will feature a collection of events which includes corresponding radio shows on the island's local station, Radio Hatteras FM 101.5 and 99.9, and an incredible front row view of the fireworks display from the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.

Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular

  • Wednesday, July 4th 9:25 PM - 10:00 PM
Nags Head

Head to the heart of Nags head for this special 4th of July fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean that will leave all beach-goers breathless. The Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular will be held on the evening of Independence Day, and is sure to be a show-stopping aspect of any Outer Banks vacation.

Independence Beer Mile

  • Thursday, July 5th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Join the Outer Banks Brewing Station in a fun Independence Day weekend run that presents plenty of reason to celebrate. This adult 21 and over celebration starts with a refreshing brew before an easy-going, mile-long jog, walk or run around the heart of the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills.

Week of July 9, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, July 9th 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Avon

Get a Hatteras Island morning started off right with a cool run, jog, or even walk through the heart of the southern Outer Banks via this engaging race that will attract runners and joggers everywhere. The Hatteras 5k Race Series features a gorgeous track through the centrally located Kinnakeet Shores, as well as plenty of incentives to strap on the running shoes and join in the fun.

Wright Kite Festival

  • Saturday, July 14th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Now celebrating its 40th year, the Wright Kite Festival is a celebration of aviation that takes place where flight began – the Wright Brothers Memorial. Walk through the sprawling grounds of the museum and gain a little 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!

Week of July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, July 16th 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Avon

Get a Hatteras Island morning started off right with a cool run, jog, or even walk through the heart of the southern Outer Banks via this engaging race that will attract runners and joggers everywhere. The Hatteras 5k Race Series features a gorgeous track through the centrally located Kinnakeet Shores, as well as plenty of incentives to strap on the running shoes and join in the fun.

Week of July 23, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, July 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Avon

Get a Hatteras Island morning started off right with a cool run, jog, or even walk through the heart of the southern Outer Banks via this engaging race that will attract runners and joggers everywhere. The Hatteras 5k Race Series features a gorgeous track through the centrally located Kinnakeet Shores, as well as plenty of incentives to strap on the running shoes and join in the fun.

Light Up The Night

  • Wednesday, July 25th 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Rodanthe

Make a calm and quiet Hatteras Island evening a little brighter with this special event along the waterfront in Rodanthe. Light up the Night, which is hosted by the soundfront Kitty Hawk Kites Store, will feature a collection of activities, games, and even an outdoor movie under the stars, and will shine a spotlight on how cool Hatteras Island can be after hours.

Week of July 30, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, July 30th 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Avon

Get a Hatteras Island morning started off right with a cool run, jog, or even walk through the heart of the southern Outer Banks via this engaging race that will attract runners and joggers everywhere. The Hatteras 5k Race Series features a gorgeous track through the centrally located Kinnakeet Shores, as well as plenty of incentives to strap on the running shoes and join in the fun.

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

  • Wednesday, August 1st 10:00 AM
Nags Head

Celebrate summer with Kitty Hawk Kites and support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition at the annual OBX Watermelon Festival. This beloved local celebration that’s held at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head features a wealth of activities for visitors of all ages, and is the perfect way to toast the peak of the summer season on the Outer Banks.

Week of August 6, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, August 6th 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
more dates....
Avon

Get a Hatteras Island morning started off right with a cool run, jog, or even walk through the heart of the southern Outer Banks via this engaging race that will attract runners and joggers everywhere. The Hatteras 5k Race Series features a gorgeous track through the centrally located Kinnakeet Shores, as well as plenty of incentives to strap on the running shoes and join in the fun.

OBX Pirate Festival

  • Wednesday, August 8th 10:00 AM
Nags Head

Get ready for a pirate invasion on the Outer Banks, courtesy of the two-day OBX Pirate Festival. This festival that will be held next to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the central Outer Banks town of Nags Head promises plenty of swashbuckling good times and activities, and will be a memorable event for young and old salty visitors alike.

Ocracoke Fig Festival

  • Friday, August 10th - Saturday, August 11th
Ocracoke

Take a stroll along any shaded street in Ocracoke village and you’ll naturally notice the town’s love of all-things fig. Fig trees are everywhere in this coastal town, and during this annual celebration, visitors and locals alike can celebrate the fig through a myriad of  music, dancing, history, activities, and of course, plenty of fig goodies.

Week of August 13, 2018 - August 19, 2018

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, August 13th 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
more dates....
Avon

Get a Hatteras Island morning started off right with a cool run, jog, or even walk through the heart of the southern Outer Banks via this engaging race that will attract runners and joggers everywhere. The Hatteras 5k Race Series features a gorgeous track through the centrally located Kinnakeet Shores, as well as plenty of incentives to strap on the running shoes and join in the fun.

Virginia Dare Faire

  • Saturday, August 18th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Manteo

Join The Lost Colony and the National Park Service for a family-friendly special event that celebrates the birthday of one of the most famous residents in the Outer Banks – Virginia Dare.

Virginia Dare Night

  • Saturday, August 18th 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Manteo

Once a year, The Lost Colony holds a special performance that commemorates the birthday of the first English Child born in the New World, Virginia Dare, and over the years this unique event has come to be known locally as Virginia Dare Night.

Week of September 3, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Hatteras Village Invitational

  • Thursday, September 6th - Saturday, September 8th
Hatteras

Surf fishing along the shoreline of Hatteras Island is truly unparalleled, and local and vacationing anglers alike can enjoy a full weekend of casting and reeling in the good coastal catches at this fishing tournament that attracts anglers from all around the country.

Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition

  • Saturday, September 8th 10:00 AM
Nags Head

Visitors and locals alike will love scoping out the incredible feats performed at the annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition – one of the most anticipated sporting events of the fall. The Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition is a regional kite competition that brings some of the nation’s best kite fliers right to the Outer Banks’ backyard, and visitors can watch all the action from the amazing natural venue of Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Week of September 10, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Day at the Docks

  • Friday, September 14th - Saturday, September 15th
Hatteras

Come celebrate the tradition of Hatteras Island’s working watermen at this annual event in the heart of Hatteras Village that has become a tradition for fall visitors and locals alike. Day at the Dock takes place along the waterfront that’s adjacent to the village marinas, and is a delightful combination of fresh seafood and good eats, live demonstrations, working commercial fishing boats, live music, kids activities and more, and is a true and authentic sample of what life on Hatteras Island is all about.

Outer Banks Triathlon

  • Saturday, September 15th - Sunday, September 16th
Manteo

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!

Kitty Hawk Surf Company Kayak Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, September 15th
Nags Head

Put your angling and paddling skills to the test with this unique Outer Banks fishing tournament that puts the rapidly growing sport of kayaking fishing in the spotlight.

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 16th - Saturday, September 22nd
Nags Head

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the best surfers on the East Coast go head to head at this “grand finale” event that is renowned as one of the best surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard.

Week of September 17, 2018 - September 23, 2018

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 16th - Saturday, September 22nd
Nags Head

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the best surfers on the East Coast go head to head at this “grand finale” event that is renowned as one of the best surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard.

Surfalorus Film Festival

  • Thursday, September 20th - Saturday, September 22nd
Manteo

Surfers, filmmakers, movie buffs, nature fans, and curious visitors alike can all come together for an incredible film festival that celebrates all things aquatic. Presented by Cucalorus and the Dare County Arts Council, this three-day celebration of coastal North Carolina marine culture is sure to impress movie fans of all varieties, with an array of local and regional films that highlight life by the coastal waters.

Week of September 24, 2018 - September 30, 2018

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

  • Saturday, September 29th 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

Food, drink, and history are all deliciously combined at The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival – a unique afternoon event that features plenty of decadent tastes and fun for foodies of all varieties.

Week of October 1, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

  • Wednesday, October 3rd - Saturday, October 6th
Manteo

Music lovers everywhere have started to flock to the Outer Banks in the fall for this “New” tradition that adds a roster of acclaimed bands with one of the prettiest venues along the North Carolina coastline. The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and this year’s event is no exception, with a number of regionally and nationally famous bands already signed up to perform in the multi-day event.

Duck Jazz Festival

  • Saturday, October 6th - Sunday, October 7th
Duck

The Duck Jazz Festival is quickly becoming one of the most beloved music events in the northern Outer Banks, and this October’s event promises to be better than ever with two full days of music, and plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Week of October 15, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Wings Over Water

  • Tuesday, October 16th - Sunday, October 21st
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 to participate.

Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, October 20th - Sunday, October 21st
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

  • Saturday, October 20th
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 a family-friendly outing that will make anyone fall in love with this staple of the Outer Banks’ culinary cuisine.

Week of October 22, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

  • Thursday, October 25th - Sunday, October 28th
Ocracoke

Come to Ocracoke Island for a Pirate Halloween! The Ocracoke Pirate Jamboree is an annual and multiple day event that is highlighted by a family-friendly Pirate Encampment by Blackbeard's Pirate Crew on Ocracoke Island, and an ensuing world of fun on the southern Outer Banks.

Halloween International Film Festival

  • Thursday, October 25th - Saturday, October 27th
Kill Devil Hills

Get your Halloween off to a deliciously spooky start with this unique film festival that’s celebrating its 3rd year on the Outer Banks. The Halloween International Film Festival is a multi-day event that features a wide array of independent movies from all over the region and the world, and which caps off each series of films with a wealth of spooky activities that will get everyone into the seasonal spirit.

Week of November 5, 2018 - November 11, 2018

Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon

  • Saturday, November 10th - Sunday, November 11th
Kitty Hawk

TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon - Outer Banks 8K | Buccaneer 5K | Southern 6 | Family Fun Run - Outer Banks Half Marathon is a USATF certified course. This great race is...

Festival Latino de Ocracoke

  • Saturday, November 10th 11:00 AM
Ocracoke

Celebrate the vibrant Latino community on Ocracoke Island which has been growing and thriving in the past 20 years with this special festival that features a wealth of tempting foods, arts and crafts, music, activities for kids, and much more. Held at the Ocracoke School during the day and the Ocracoke Community Center at night, this festival deliciously combines education and effortless fun to present a day that visitors of all tastes will adore.

Week of November 19, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 23rd 10:00 AM
Nags Head

Get a head start on the holiday season with this post-Thanksgiving event that offers a world of fun for visitors of all ages. Held at the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head, this two-day event features amazing shopping, activities, demos and displays, and - of course - a visit by old St. Nick himself to allow kids to get a jump start on their Christmas lists.

 

Week of December 3, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Wings Over Water Encore

  • Friday, December 7th - Sunday, December 9th
Manteo

Visitors who missed the annual Wings Over Water festival - or who just want a second opportunity to admire the hundreds and thousands of birds that flock to the Outer Banks – won’t want to miss this special weekend where these feathered visitors are once again in the spotlight. The Wings Over Water Encore event is a weekend-long celebration of the many wintering waterfowl that are found at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and beyond, and is a great way for birders to discover the off-season beauty of the OBX.

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 8th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hatteras

Join in the fun of one of the most festive celebrations on Hatteras Island with this annual Christmas parade that has become a decades-long tradition for locals and holiday visitors alike. The Hatteras Island Christmas Parade combines local businesses, fire departments, the US Coast Guard, and non-profit organizations in a joyful and small-town parade that will inspire anyone to get into the holiday spirit.