This Week

Holidays on Hatteras

  • Saturday, December 14th
Hatteras

Enjoy a full day of holiday fun Hatteras-style at this day-long event that’s becoming a treasured tradition for longtime visitors and locals alike. The annual Holidays on Hatteras is a celebration of the season that combines a myriad of activities and displays to create a truly unforgettable event.

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 14th 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.

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 28th - Tuesday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, January 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.

Week of December 16, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 28th - Tuesday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

The Perfect Holiday Wreath Workshop

  • Monday, December 16th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

Crafting the perfect holiday wreath is a true art form, and during this special workshop, students of all ages can learn from the pros at the Elizabethan Gardens to create a piece of décor that will brighten their door all holiday long.

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, January 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight

  • Tuesday, December 17th 8:30 AM
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.

Art of Centerpieces Workshop

  • Friday, December 20th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Manteo

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning those festive centerpieces that will be the highlight of every family meal throughout the season. Visitors who want to brighten their interior décor scheme will find a lot of tips, tricks and practical applications for making their table-scapes shine through this special program that’s hosted by the Elizabethan Gardens.

Poinsettias Workshop

  • Saturday, December 21st 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

Poinsettias are a staple of the holiday season, and during this special workshop that’s held at the Elizabethan Gardens, visitors will learn all about this colorful plant – while enjoying a free Poinsettia plant to take home as a special gift.

Week of December 23, 2019 - December 29, 2019

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 28th - Tuesday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, January 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.

Week of December 30, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 28th - Tuesday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, January 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.

New Year in The New World

  • Tuesday, December 31st 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Manteo

Ring in the New Year in the spot where the New World began at this fun and family-friendly celebration that takes place in the heart of Downtown Manteo. The New Year in The New World is a perfect destination for a family-oriented New Year’s Eve that visitors won’t soon forget, and it features a wealth of activities, attractions, and other fun to start 2020 off with a bang.

Week of December 30, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, January 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.

Week of January 6, 2020 - January 12, 2020

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, January 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.

Week of January 13, 2020 - January 19, 2020

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

  • Saturday, November 30th - Sunday, January 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold, and will get any visitor into a holiday spirit.

Week of January 20, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra

  • Saturday, January 25th 7:30 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Take a step back in time at this unique show that features one of the most acclaimed ragtime ensembles in the country. The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra will be heading to the Outer Banks for a special one-night-only show that is sure to surprise and delight audience members of all ages, and of all music tastes.

Week of January 27, 2020 - February 2, 2020

Hatteras Island Oyster Roast

  • Saturday, February 1st 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hatteras

Head to the waterfront along Hatteras village at historic Oden’s Dock for this old-fashioned oyster roast that gives back to the island’s coastal environment. The annual event features a world of fresh goodies for attendees to enjoy, which includes plenty of fresh oysters that are ready for shucking, fresh seafood chowder, cornbread, and other snacks and refreshments. There’s also a bake sale planned so that attendees can indulge their sweet tooth after they have had their fill of the array of local seafood.

Week of February 24, 2020 - March 1, 2020

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra on the Outer Banks

  • Saturday, February 29th 7:30 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Spend an incredible evening listening to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by a nationally acclaimed conductor. Recognized as one of the leading regional orchestras, The Virginia Symphony presents classics, pops and family concerts around the East Coast, and they are landing on the Outer Banks for a special one-night-only performance in February.

 

Week of March 2, 2020 - March 8, 2020

Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo

  • Saturday, March 7th - Sunday, March 8th
Kill Devil Hills

Couples who have always dreamed about a romantic wedding on the Outer Banks will want to attend this special off-season expo that shines a spotlight on all the different wedding vendors that this scenic coastline has to offer. Sponsored by the Outer Banks Wedding Association, this two-day event has become the go-to festival for visitors from all over the country who want to discover how magical it can be to get married on the OBX.

Week of March 30, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Farewell Angelina

  • Saturday, April 4th 7:30 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Everyone in the music-loving crowd will be dancing in their seats to this acclaimed all-female country group that is making a special appearance on the Outer Banks for a one-night-only show. Farewell Angelina features a powerhouse group of women with stellar vocals, dynamic songs, and incredible harmonies and instrumentals. The end result is an incredible performance that will be music to any Outer Banker’s ears.

Week of April 6, 2020 - April 12, 2020

OBX Wind

  • Saturday, April 11th - Saturday, April 18th
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 April 13, 2020 - April 19, 2020

OBX Wind

  • Saturday, April 11th - Saturday, April 18th
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 Pirate Half Marathon

  • Saturday, April 18th - Monday, April 20th
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 20, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Flying Pirate Half Marathon

  • Saturday, April 18th - Monday, April 20th
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 27, 2020 - May 3, 2020

OBX Rod And Custom Festival

  • Friday, May 1st - Saturday, May 2nd
Kill Devil Hills

Automobile enthusiasts can meet and greet with fellow aficionados while exploring some of the most stunning coastlines that North Carolina has to offer at this two-day festival that features a wide array of ways to have fun. The OBX Rod And Custom Festival is a special celebration of vintage and antique cars that will boast a host of family-friendly activities, from local food, to cruise-ins, to displays that will impress car fans of all tastes and ages.

Week of May 4, 2020 - May 10, 2020

Dare County KidsFest

  • Friday, May 8th 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Manteo

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County will hold its 13th Annual KidsFest on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9:30am-12:30pm at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. This annual event is a FREE and fun-filled day where children, ages five and under, can enjoy face painting, bubbles, ice cream and snowballs, arts and crafts, music, large vehicles, and much more!

Artrageous Kids Art Festival

  • Saturday, May 9th 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.

Married to Broadway

  • Saturday, May 9th 7:30 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Enjoy an evening listening to decades of Broadway hits by the stars who made them famous at this special performance that’s landing on the Outer Banks, courtesy of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. Ron Sharpe and Barbra Russell met and married when they were playing the leads in Les Misérables, and their hit show, Married to Broadway, features favorite songs from their signature musical, as well as many more hits that will have audience members transported to the bright lights of New York City and beyond.

Week of May 11, 2020 - May 17, 2020

British Cemetery Ceremony

  • Monday, May 11th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ocracoke

Visitors can pay tribute to the fallen heroes of Ocracoke’s past at this special and inspired ceremony that pays homage to the heroes who lost their lives off the island’s coast. Orchestrated by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Ocracoke community, the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary 16-04, the National Park Service, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the annual British Cemetery Ceremony is a historic and landmark event that honors Ocracoke’s tumultuous past.

Hatteras Village Offshore Open

  • Tuesday, May 12th - Saturday, May 16th
Hatteras

Celebrating its 26th year in 2020, the Hatteras Village Offshore Open continues to be one of the most popular fishing tournaments of the year along the southern Outer Banks, and is a fantastic chance to discover how incredible fishing off the Hatteras Island coastline can be. Based in the small town of Hatteras village on the southern edge of the island, this multiple-day tournament attracts anglers from all across the East Coast, and is one of the most anticipated fishing events of the year for folks throughout the Outer Banks, and miles beyond.

Bluegrass Island Festival

  • Wednesday, May 13th - Saturday, May 16th
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.

OBX Shred Fest

  • Saturday, May 16th 1:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Nags Head

Now celebrating its fourth 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, the 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. 

Week of June 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020

Dare Day Festival

  • Wednesday, June 10th 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 45th 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 Kids Zone, and the annual competition for the best cake and pie in Dare County with a coveted blue ribbon prize.

Week of June 15, 2020 - June 21, 2020

Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 17th 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, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, 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.

Week of July 20, 2020 - July 26, 2020

Carolina Boat Builders Tournament

  • Friday, July 24th - Saturday, July 25th 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Manteo

Join in the fun of one of the summer’s most highly anticipated fishing tournaments while supporting a wonderful local cause by signing up for the Carolina Boat Builders Tournament. Held during the end of July – which is a prime time of year for exceptional fishing – this tournament that celebrates its 20th year in 2020 combines multiple days of angling action with some exceptional events that highlight the best of the Outer Banks.