This Week's Highlights

Week of July 26, 2021 - August 1, 2021

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, July 28th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

Week of August 2, 2021 - August 8, 2021

All Sports Camp

  • Monday, August 2nd - Thursday, August 5th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kill Devil Hills

The All Sports Camp has been a huge hit and we are going to offer it once again. The camp hours will be 9am to 12pm. Every hour we switch to a new sport. That’s 12 different sports over the course of the camp. Each day the kids will be informed about the following day activities in case they want to bring some of their own equipment.

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, August 4th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

  • Thursday, August 5th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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.

Ocracoke Fig Festival

  • Thursday, August 5th - Saturday, August 7th
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.

Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 7th - Saturday, August 14th
Manteo

The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for 31 years, and is one of the most famous offshore fishing tournaments where only the ladies are allowed to compete.

Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 7th - Saturday, August 14th
Manteo

Head to the waterfront docks of Manteo to take part in one of the biggest offshore fishing tournaments of the year at the annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament.

Week of August 9, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 7th - Saturday, August 14th
Manteo

The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for 31 years, and is one of the most famous offshore fishing tournaments where only the ladies are allowed to compete.

Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 7th - Saturday, August 14th
Manteo

Head to the waterfront docks of Manteo to take part in one of the biggest offshore fishing tournaments of the year at the annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament.

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

  • Wednesday, August 11th - Thursday, August 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Get ready for a pirate invasion on the Outer Banks, courtesy of the two-day Outer Banks 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.

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, August 11th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

Week of August 16, 2021 - August 22, 2021

Anniversary of the Mirlo Rescue

  • Monday, August 16th
Rodanthe

Come celebrate one of the most important events in Life-Saving local history with this special day at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site in the heart of Rodanthe. The rescue of the Mirlo was one of the most legendary rescues that was ever conducted by the US Life-Saving Service, and during this special day, visitors will dive deeper into this story courtesy of a wealth of activities that will fascinate visitors of all ages.

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, August 18th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

Week of August 23, 2021 - August 29, 2021

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, August 25th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

OBX Wedding Fest

  • Sunday, August 29th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Nags Head

Couples who are dreaming of a wedding on the Outer Banks will want to make the OBX Wedding Fest their first stop. This full-day wedding fair that’s hosted by the Outer Banks Wedding Association provides access to a wealth of wedding professionals to make planning a destination OBX event a breeze.

Week of August 30, 2021 - September 5, 2021

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, September 1st 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

Week of September 6, 2021 - September 12, 2021

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, September 8th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

OBX Arts & Crafts Festival

  • Wednesday, September 8th - Thursday, September 9th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kitty Hawk

This annual show features a superb variety of creations from 25 Outer Banks artists whose specialties include painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass, fiber arts, collage, wood and more. Admission to the show is free on both days and there is plenty of free parking. In addition to the handcrafted art, you can gather information about two local charities – N.E.S.T. and Beach Food Pantry – that participate in the show. A portion of artists' entrance fees are donated to the charities. 

OBX Pridefest

  • Friday, September 10th - Sunday, September 12th
Nags Head

Head to the cool and relaxed Outer Banks in late September to join in the fun of one of the region’s most distinctive and popular area festivals. Pridefest is a three-day gay pride festival that is full of activities, food, music, and ample beach time, and which is open to all LGBTQ folks and their supporters and friends.

Outer Banks Triathlon

  • Saturday, September 11th - Sunday, September 12th
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!

Outer Banks Kite Festival

  • Saturday, September 11th - Sunday, September 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Enjoy a thrilling scene along the towering sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park as giant kites and stunt kite pilots wow the crowd at the engaging and family-friendly Outer Banks Kite Festival. Hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites, this festival features both live demonstrations and interactive activities to ensure that everyone can have a ball enjoying the high flying lifestyle on the Outer Banks.

Week of September 13, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Day at the Docks

  • Monday, September 13th - Saturday, September 18th
Hatteras

Come celebrate the history and culture 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.

2021 Lighthouse 5K Series by OBX Running Company

  • Wednesday, September 15th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants.  Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.

Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, September 18th - Sunday, September 19th
Nags Head

Get a taste of the exceptional fall fishing on the Outer Banks from a new and on-the-water perspective at this September event that will appeal to experienced anglers and kayaking newcomers alike. The annual Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament shines a spotlight on the sport of kayak fishing through a host of great prizes, exceptional fishing conditions, and plenty of fun enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and cool weather of autumn in the Outer Banks.

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 19th - Saturday, September 25th
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 20, 2021 - September 26, 2021

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 19th - Saturday, September 25th
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

  • Wednesday, September 22nd - Saturday, September 25th
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.

Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge

  • Friday, September 24th - Sunday, September 26th
Waves

Bring your rods and reels and discover how incredible the fishing on the Outer Banks can be when the temps cool and the fall season rolls around by signing up for the Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge. This popular fishing tournament takes place all across the islands, and allows anglers to pick a favorite spot, cast a line, and hopefully reel in a few big catches, as well as a few hefty cash prizes, along the way.

Week of October 4, 2021 - October 10, 2021

HICF Positively Pink 5K and Fun Run

  • Thursday, October 7th
Avon

Enjoy a breezy fall outing that starts with a light run or jog and ends with plenty of food, fun, and live music at this annual event that goes to benefit a very worthy local cause, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. The HICF Positively Pink 5K is a great outing that’s open to visitors and locals of all ages, and which shows just how fun the Outer Banks can be in the fall when everyone comes together to help out a favorite community organization.

Oink N' Oyster Roast

  • Saturday, October 9th 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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.

Week of October 11, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, October 16th - Sunday, October 17th
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.

Week of October 18, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Wings Over Water

  • Tuesday, October 19th - Sunday, October 24th
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 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.

NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

  • Wednesday, October 20th - Saturday, October 23rd
Avon

Registration is currently open for the 12th Annual North Carolina Beach Buggy Association’s (NCBBA) Red Drum Tournament, which is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, October 20-23. The tournament features more than $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

The tournament offers miles of naturally isolated fishing grounds along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, allowing anglers to maintain social distance while enjoying the exceptional fall fishing conditions of the Outer Banks. Anglers fish from ORV Ramp 23 to Ramp 38, and possiblly Ramps 43 and 44 if judge availability permits. Anglers may fish where they please within the tournament boundaries, as there are no station assignments during the 60 hours of wide-open fishing. This year’s banquet and awards ceremony may be subject to restrictions by state or local authorities in regard to group gatherings, depending on the state of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bluegrass Island Festival

  • Thursday, October 21st - Saturday, October 23rd
Manteo

Head to Roanoke Island in the scenic month of May to enjoy some of the best music of the year at the popular Bluegrass Island Festival. This annual festival has rapidly blossomed into one of the most anticipated music events along the Outer Banks, and attendees will be treated to a wealth of acclaimed bands, from legendary national acts, to homegrown bluegrass performers who will have everyone’s toes tapping.

Week of October 25, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Hatteras Village Haunted Trail

  • Friday, October 29th - Saturday, October 30th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hatteras

Each year, the Sea Breeze trail becomes a haunted terror for those who choose to enter. Past themes include "Clowns in the Woods", "Moon Over Hatteras" and "Barrel of Bones", based on a local legend. Participants meet at the Hatteras Civic Center and are transported to the trail. Admission is $5 per person. Join us if you dare!

OBX Wind

  • Saturday, October 30th - Saturday, November 6th
Avon

Head to Hatteras Island for one of the biggest windsurfing events in the country with the annual OBX-Wind Competition. Held on multiple days during one of the prime local seasons for wind-based watersports, this incredible series of events will entice windsurfers of all skill levels to meet and mingle with their colleagues, have some fun on the water, and enjoy a race or two that is truly challenging, engaging, and which can only be found on the Outer Banks.

Week of November 1, 2021 - November 7, 2021

OBX Wind

  • Saturday, October 30th - Saturday, November 6th
Avon

Head to Hatteras Island for one of the biggest windsurfing events in the country with the annual OBX-Wind Competition. Held on multiple days during one of the prime local seasons for wind-based watersports, this incredible series of events will entice windsurfers of all skill levels to meet and mingle with their colleagues, have some fun on the water, and enjoy a race or two that is truly challenging, engaging, and which can only be found on the Outer Banks.

Flying Falcon Road Race

  • Friday, November 5th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Southern Shores

Get a head start to your fall fun with this lightly competitive road race that is open to active visitors of all ages. Hosted by the Kitty Hawk Elementary School, the Flying Falcon Road Race is a great way for residents and vacationers to get into the local spirit while cruising through some of the more scenic sections of the central Outer Banks.

Week of November 22, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot

  • Thursday, November 25th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Duck

Start a Thanksgiving holiday by participating in one of the Northern Outer Banks’ favorite traditions – the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot. This event which is now in its 25th year in 2021 attracts visitors and locals alike who want to run, walk or “trot” before diving into their afternoon Thanksgiving feast.

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 26th - Saturday, November 27th
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.

 

Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show

  • Friday, November 26th - Saturday, November 27th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Buxton

Get into the holiday spirit while perusing a far-reaching range of arts and crafts that are delightfully one-of-a-kind with this seasonal event that always attracts locals and visiting shoppers alike. The Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show showcases a wide variety of talented regional artists and craftsmen, and is a favorite destination for holiday shoppers of all tastes who love to find those perfect coastal gifts and treasures.

Kites With Lights

  • Saturday, November 27th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nags Head

Ignite your holiday spirit with this special annual event that combines the natural beauty of the Outer Banks with twinkling Christmas lights for an unforgettable display and seasonal experience. The Kites With Lights event is hosted by the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store that’s just across the street from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the beautiful landscape of twinkling kites with the iconic massive sand dunes of the park in the background will be a sight that spectators won’t soon forget.

Week of December 6, 2021 - December 12, 2021

Wings Over Water Encore

  • Friday, December 10th - Sunday, December 12th
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 11th 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.

Week of December 13, 2021 - December 19, 2021

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight

  • Friday, December 17th
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, and a wealth of activities throughout the day that will delight aviation fans of all ages.

Week of February 7, 2022 - February 13, 2022

Starry Nights in Hatteras

  • Friday, February 11th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Hatteras

Starry Nights is an event for children and adults who are interested in the amazing night skies. On Friday evening a visiting astronomer will give a presentation about the Hatteras night sky at the Hatteras Village Civic Center followed by viewing the stars. On Saturday there will be a free children's program with a portable planetarium. 

Week of February 21, 2022 - February 27, 2022

Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival

  • Saturday, February 26th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hatteras

The Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival in the beautiful village of Hatteras, will be back for the third year for 2022! It celebrates the diverse waterfowl resource native to the island. During festival, you will find carvers, artists, vendors and many demonstrations such as a live raptor show, historical bus tours of the village, a bird watching cruise, an interactive duck exhibit and much, much more. Gold Tickets are available and holders gain admission to the amazing "Fin, Feather and Bourbon" social on Friday evening, featuring small plates and local seafood and a Sunday Brunch. Day pass tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children over 5, which includes lunch. Gold Tickets are $50 for the whole weekend.