This Week's Highlights

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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.

OBX Bike Rally & Poker Run

  • Thursday, April 26th - Saturday, April 28th
Manns Harbor

Get into the spirit of the Outer Banks Bike Week with a series of events that literally provide miles of fun and exploring for riders of all varieties. With a home base at Vertigo Tattoo in the town of Manns Harbor, this multiple-day event features a range of activities and competitions, as well as enticing cash prices, to encourage everyone to come to the beach and enjoy the ride.

Duck & Wine Festival

  • Saturday, April 28th 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Duck

The board of directors of the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation announces the return of the Duck & Wine Festival, its annual fundraiser hosted in partnership with Coastal Cantina. The Festival will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Duck Waterfront Shops. Ticket sales go live at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 1.

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.

The Virginia Symphony on the Outer Banks

  • Saturday, April 28th 3:00 PM
Manteo

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to enjoy an incredible performance by a leading symphony and famed conductor. The Virginia Symphony is coming to the Outer Banks for a special one-afternoon-only show in one of the most acclaimed venues the coastal region has to offer.

Discovery Days - Ancestral Native American Village

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

Come of one of Hatteras Island’s most beloved museums for this unique event that puts local and national Native American culture in the spotlight. Discovery Days - Ancestral Native American Village is a unique and engaging gathering that features singing, dancing, exhibits, storytelling, arts and crafts, and a ton of other activities that will shed light on the island’s unique ties to Native Americans, and which will provide plenty of unforgettable vacation memories for visitors of all ages.

Ocracoke Island Jolly Roger 5K, Queen Anne's Revenge 10K & Blackbeard's Half Marathon

  • Saturday, April 28th 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ocracoke

Put on your best eyepatch and get ready for a fun and engaging race that traces the steps of some of piracy’s most notable characters. The Ocracoke Island Jolly Roger 5K, Queen Anne's Revenge 10K & Blackbeard's Half Marathon is an annual running event on Ocracoke Island that attracts fitness fans of all ages and abilities, and which takes the village by storm via a fun and engaging course that’s close to the shoreline.

OBAC Annual Catfish Tournament

  • Saturday, April 28th 6:00 AM
Kill Devil Hills

Put your fishing skills to the test at this annual tournament that targets one of the inshore area’s tastiest and trickiest species. The OBAC Annual Catfish Tournament is a fun and full day of fishing that allows anglers to drop a line for these coveted catches, and which includes plenty of opportunities to meet with fellow fishermen, enjoy the local landscape, and have a world of fun.

Week of April 30, 2018 - May 6, 2018

Cooking Crabs Outer Banks Style

  • Tuesday, May 1st 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hatteras

Cooking is a generations-old art on the Outer Banks, and during this special class and demonstration, visitors and locals alike can learn the secrets behind one of the islands’ most common and beloved proteins, crabs. Whether they are steamed, fried, or broiled, crabs are tasty in a myriad of ways, and have been a staple of the Outer Banks’ diet for decades and decades. Learn all about how the locals serve up this favorite dish with this fun and informative session that will whet any appetite.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, May 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship

  • Friday, May 4th - Sunday, May 6th
Nags Head

Head to the beach to catch an incredible live show that’s unlike any other on the Outer Banks with the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship. Known as a qualifier for the big USA Surfing’s Prime events and USA Surfing Championships that are held in California in June, this event attracts talented surfers from all across the region and well beyond to the heart of the Outer Banks for a truly spectacular competition.

Cinco de Mayo Backyard Fiesta

  • Friday, May 4th 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Kids of all ages will have affine time exploring the food, music, games, and fun that Cinco de Mayo has to offer at this unique celebration that’s designed with children in mind, but which family members of all ages will adore. The Cinco de Mayo Backyard Fiesta features a full line-up of activities and things to see, taste, and discover, and is a great way to explore a new culture while having a world of fun.

Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Spring Celebration

  • Saturday, May 5th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Southern Shores

The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Spring Celebration is a truly unique and engaging music series that brings beautiful classical music to the heart of the Outer Banks. Featuring talented musicians from all across the country and the world, this unique concert is a fine opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly and cultural event that will truly be music to the ears.

Kentucky Derby Party

  • Sunday, May 6th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Manteo

Grab a mint julip and don your best and most elaborate hat for this fun and truly southern event that takes place at one of the most enchanting destinations on the Outer Banks. The Kentucky Derby Party is a festive celebration that is held at the famed Elizabethan Gardens, and which features a host of revels and embellishments to coincide with the annual race, and which will benefit a number of worthy local causes.

Week of May 7, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Dare County KidsFest

  • Friday, May 11th 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Manteo

Youth Partnership for Dare County will hold its 11th Annual KidsFest on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 9:30am-12:30pm at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo (Rain Date: May 18). 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!

WOOFstock 2018

  • Friday, May 11th - Sunday, May 13th
Nags Head

Back by popular demand, WOOFstock 2018 is a great opportunity to explore one of the Outer Banks’ most stunning venues with your favorite furry family members. This full-day event that is held at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head has a world of dog-friendly activities and exhibits that are sure to make canines and their human companions smile from ear to ear.

British Cemetery Ceremony

  • Friday, 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.

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.

Annual Nags Head Woods 5K Run

  • Saturday, May 12th 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Kill Devil Hills

Come and enjoy a scenic run through some of the prettiest terrain that the central Outer Banks has to offer with this race that has been going strong for 35 years. The Annual Nags Head Woods 5K Run is a great running event that falls on Mother’s Day Weekend, and which features plenty of reasons to put on your sneakers and hit the road, and the sandy, wooded trails.

Week of May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Hatteras Village Offshore Open

  • Wednesday, May 16th - Saturday, May 19th
Hatteras

Celebrating its 24th year in 2018, the Hatteras Village Offshore Open continues to serve as the kick-off tournament for the prestigious North Carolina Governor's Cup Series, 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 Outer Banks, 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.

Nellie Myrtle's 100th Birthday Open House

  • Thursday, May 17th - Saturday, May 19th 10:00 AM
Nags Head

Head to the heart of Nags Head for this special and wholly unique event that celebrates the lifelong collection of one of the Outer Banks’ most legendary beachcombers. Nellie Myrtle spent decades combing the beaches close to her Outer Banks home, and amassed a stunning collection of shells, artifacts, and other treasures that are truly one of a kind. During this event, beachcombers are free to admire her treasures to celebrate her 100th birthday.

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

NC Bojangles Offshore Challenge Tournament

  • Friday, May 18th - Sunday, May 20th
Wanchese

The Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club proudly presents the 15th Annual North Carolina BOJANGLES Offshore Challenge Dolphin Tournament in conjunction with the L.A. Dixon Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. This is a meat-fish tournament within a tournament (TWT) event with Dolphin, Tuna, and Wahoo categories. The goal this year is to put 200+ disabled veterans and sons and daughters of fallen soldiers on the water and to raise money for their needs. This wondrous endeavor requires support of the community and businesses across the state. This is a nonprofit tournament designed to boost revenue for businesses along the coast and inland. We promote advertising for this tournament using business logos on the advertisement material, radio, and worldwide web.

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. 

Mustang Spring Jam

  • Sunday, May 20th 12:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Corolla

The 7th annual Mustang Spring Jam is landing on the Outer Banks on May 2 with a collection of fantastic bands that will have all attendees dancing. This year’s line-up is a fun mix of funk, rock & roll, and blues, and features a total six performing bands to provide one of the biggest and most entertaining shows yet, while supporting a fantastic local cause. 

Week of May 21, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Ocracoke Volunteer Firemen's Ball

  • Saturday, May 26th 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Ocracoke

The annual Ocracoke Volunteer Firemen's Ball has become a tradition for longtime Memorial Day visitors and locals alike, and newcomers are welcome to join in the fun of this special event that celebrates the island’s inherent sense of community.

Memorial Day Beach Blast

  • Sunday, May 27th 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Corolla

Take in one of the most famous landmarks in the northern Outer Banks while celebrating a sunny Memorial Day vacation in style by attending the Memorial Day Beach Blast. This afternoon concert will feature a full line-up of great live music, as well as an assortment of food and drinks, in one of the most scenic areas along the North Carolina coastline.

Week of May 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Island Art Show

  • Monday, May 28th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rodanthe

Discover a wealth of local talents from the southern Outer Banks region at the Island Art Show. Held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center in the town of Rodanthe, this indoor / outdoor event that is held rain or shine features more than 20 artists on display who represent a wide variety of mediums. Visitors will find a collection of handmade and artful cutting boards, T-shirts, phone cases, puzzles, jewelry, recycled artworks, specialty crafted hula hoops, magnets, textiles, photography, and so much more.

Rock The Cape Festival

  • Monday, May 28th 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Avon

The sixth annual Rock the Cape celebration is coming to Hatteras Island, and locals and visitors alike are welcome to join in the fun. Sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council, this far-reaching festival features a collection of events that are designed to showcase the many creative talents that live and work on the Outer Banks.

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.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

  • Tuesday, May 29th 9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
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Buxton

Enjoy a special opportunity to see Hatteras Island after hours from a bird’s eye perspective with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb. This one-night-only tour leads a small group of lighthouse visitors to the very top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to enjoy unparalleled views of the island that extend from Avon to Buxton and beyond, and which includes miles of Atlantic Ocean.

Magnolia Craft Fair at Magnolia Marketplace

  • Tuesday, May 29th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Manteo

Discover the heart of historic downtown Manteo while enjoy a shopping excursion unlike any other on the Outer Banks during this special annual event that features artists from all across the OBX area and beyond. The Magnolia Craft Fair at Magnolia Marketplace is a fun art show that hosts local artists and showcases a wealth of handcrafted items, and which gives folks an opportunity to purchase unique artworks, jewelry, and gifts that can’t be found anywhere else along the beach.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, May 30th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, May 30th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

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.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, June 1st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

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.

OBX Paddle Palooza

  • Saturday, June 2nd - Sunday, June 3rd
Avon

Whether you are a newcomer or a SUP champ, the OBX Paddle Palooza has a little something for everyone in the family, with a celebration of the fun, healthy, and family-oriented activity that has taken the Outer Banks by storm – stand-up paddle boarding. Held on the shores of Avon on Hatteras Island, this two-day festival features a ton of activities and events for paddlers of all ages and skill levels, and is a great way to explore the gorgeous shorelines of the Outer Banks while enjoying a little exercise, and while having a ball.

Outer Banks Annual Food Truck Showdown

  • Sunday, June 3rd
Nags Head

Hungry visitors will want to make sure they attend the Outer Banks Annual Food Truck Showdown – a new event on the OBX that is already garnering plenty of attention and anticipation. Featuring a wide array of food trucks, area eateries, breweries, entertainment, and so much more, this filling festival is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with any visitors who have an appetite for fresh, local, and ultimately delicious Outer Banks fare.

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.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 6th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Annual Family Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, June 9th 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Nags Head

Kick off the summer season on the Outer Banks while making wonderful memories that will last well after your vacation is over by participating in the Annual Family Fishing Tournament. Celebrating its 8th year in 2018, this fun and family-oriented event is a great way to foster, grow, and share a love of fishing along the North Carolina coastline.

Week of June 11, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, June 12th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, June 13th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 13th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

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.

Women's Arm Wrestling Tournament

  • Thursday, June 14th 6:14 AM
Ocracoke

Ocracoke Island is a community that loves to have a little fun and put on a show, and at this annual event, newcomers will be surprised at the pageantry, the laughs, and the all-around good times that highlight this engaging and wholly unique event. The Women's Arm Wrestling Tournament is an annual event that is as much about spectacle as it is actual strength, and which is an entertaining competition that will have everyone on their feet and rooting for their favorites.

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

  • Friday, June 15th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Manteo

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

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.

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.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, June 19th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

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.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 20th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

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.

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

  • Friday, June 22nd 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Manteo

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

OBX SUP Race - Manteo

  • Saturday, June 23rd 9:00 AM
Manteo

Grab a paddleboard and get ready for one of the hottest races along the Outer Banks with this seasonal SUP competition that allows local and visiting watersports fans to let their talents shine. The OBX SUP Competition is an engaging and wholly fun event that features a scenic course in the heart of the Outer Banks, as well as plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow SUP enthusiasts.

Week of June 25, 2018 - July 1, 2018

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, June 26th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, June 27th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 27th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Toby Mac with NewSong

  • Wednesday, June 27th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Manteo

Come experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to see 6-time Grammy Award winner TobyMac, along with 30 year veterans, and creators of WinterJam, NewSong in a historic waterfront venue on the Outer Banks! June 27th at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Show starts at 7:15pm Tickets are available at: https://www.itickets.com/register/new/394947

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.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

  • Thursday, June 28th 9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
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Buxton

Enjoy a special opportunity to see Hatteras Island after hours from a bird’s eye perspective with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb. This one-night-only tour leads a small group of lighthouse visitors to the very top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to enjoy unparalleled views of the island that extend from Avon to Buxton and beyond, and which includes miles of Atlantic Ocean.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, June 28th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

  • Friday, June 29th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Manteo

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

Week of July 2, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, July 3rd 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

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.

Independence Day 1850 At Island Farm

  • Wednesday, July 4th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Manteo

Take a step back in time to the Outer Banks of the mid-1800s, and celebrate Independence Day in a historical fashion, with a visit to The Island Farm. Located in the heart of Manteo, The Island Farm is a unique attraction that takes visitors on a tour of what life was like for island residents more than 150 years ago. Featuring a wealth of historic homes with period artifacts, live farm animals, and costumed interpreters who explain what life was like for these original locals, The Island Farm is both an educational and utterly fascinating attraction for visitors of all ages.

Town Of Duck 4th Of July Parade

  • Wednesday, July 4th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Duck

Take part in an annual Independence Day celebration that captures the local spirit of Duck and the Outer Banks with this fun and fantastic parade that caps off with plenty of good times by the waterfront.

208th Army Band Concert

  • Wednesday, July 4th 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Manteo

Enjoy the fireworks display with a rousing roster of patriotic music with a special performance by the 208th Army Band. The concert is free to the public, and visitors will enjoy fantastic music in addition to amazing fireworks over the water when the skies get dark.

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.

The Town Of Kill Devil Hills Fireworks Show

  • Wednesday, July 4th 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Visitors can keep the Independence Day celebration going strong with this special fireworks display in the heart of the central Outer Banks that’s sponsored by the Town of Kill Devil Hills, and which is held at the scenic Avalon Pier.

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.

Annual Festival of Fireworks

  • Wednesday, July 4th 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Corolla

Celebrate the birth of America with live music, a wealth of summertime foods and games, and an incredible fireworks display over the Currituck Sound at the 26th Annual Festival of Fireworks.

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.

Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run

  • Wednesday, July 4th 8:30 AM
Nags Head

Put your running, jogging and even hiking abilities to the ultimate test via this race that may be short, but which features one of the highest climbs that the Outer Banks has to offer. The Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run features one of the most unique courses on the coastline, and includes a unique challenge of climbing the dunes that are located within the Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Island Art Show

  • Thursday, July 5th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rodanthe

Discover a wealth of local talents from the southern Outer Banks region at the Island Art Show. Held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center in the town of Rodanthe, this indoor / outdoor event that is held rain or shine features more than 20 artists on display who represent a wide variety of mediums. Visitors will find a collection of handmade and artful cutting boards, T-shirts, phone cases, puzzles, jewelry, recycled artworks, specialty crafted hula hoops, magnets, textiles, photography, and so much more.

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.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, July 5th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

  • Friday, July 6th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Manteo

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, July 6th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

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.

Hatteras 5k Race Series

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

Start your vacation with an engaging run, jog, or walk through one of the prettiest neighbors in the town of Avon with this weekly summertime race that will entice active vacationers of all ages. The Hatteras 5k Race Series is held every Monday in the prime summer season, and is a great and engaging way to explore everything that this island has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and stellar views.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, July 10th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, July 11th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, July 11th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, July 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

  • Friday, July 13th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Manteo

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

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.

Hatteras 5k Race Series

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

Start your vacation with an engaging run, jog, or walk through one of the prettiest neighbors in the town of Avon with this weekly summertime race that will entice active vacationers of all ages. The Hatteras 5k Race Series is held every Monday in the prime summer season, and is a great and engaging way to explore everything that this island has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and stellar views.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, July 17th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, July 18th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, July 18th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, July 19th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

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

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

Roxy Beach Day

  • Friday, July 20th 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Waves

Ladies can hit the sand in style during this fun-filled beach day that’s all about having a blast in the sun and experiencing the cool ocean weaves. Open for girls and women of all ages, Roxy Beach Day combines a wealth of activities at the beach with some cool ways to have a great time on and off the sand.

Outer Banks Skim Jam

  • Saturday, July 21st - Sunday, July 22nd 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Spectators and active watersports fans alike are welcome to head out to the beach near Jennette’s Pier to catch a spectacular on-the-water show by some of the best skimboarders on the East Coast.

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.

Hatteras 5k Race Series

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

Start your vacation with an engaging run, jog, or walk through one of the prettiest neighbors in the town of Avon with this weekly summertime race that will entice active vacationers of all ages. The Hatteras 5k Race Series is held every Monday in the prime summer season, and is a great and engaging way to explore everything that this island has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and stellar views.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, July 24th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

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.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, July 25th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Carolina Boat Builders Tournament

  • Wednesday, July 25th - Saturday, July 28th 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 combines multiple days of angling action with some exceptional events that highlight the best of the Outer Banks

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, July 25th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, July 26th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

  • Friday, July 27th 9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
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Buxton

Enjoy a special opportunity to see Hatteras Island after hours from a bird’s eye perspective with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb. This one-night-only tour leads a small group of lighthouse visitors to the very top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to enjoy unparalleled views of the island that extend from Avon to Buxton and beyond, and which includes miles of Atlantic Ocean.

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

  • Friday, July 27th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Manteo

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

Annual One-Design Regatta

  • Saturday, July 28th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

The town of Manteo has a rich history that’s connected to sailing and life on the water, and competitive sailors and spectators alike can celebrate this heritage with the Annual One-Design Regatta.

Week of July 30, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Fisherman’s Camp

  • Monday, July 30th - Friday, August 3rd 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Manteo

Young visitors can enjoy a full week of fishing at some of the hottest spots in the central Outer Banks at this day camp that’s designed for budding anglers. The Fisherman’s Camp, which is orchestrated by the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island, will feature a full week of fishing from local piers, the surf, and the sound waters, and will hopefully result in plenty of great “fish stories” for everyone involved.

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.

Hatteras 5k Race Series

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

Start your vacation with an engaging run, jog, or walk through one of the prettiest neighbors in the town of Avon with this weekly summertime race that will entice active vacationers of all ages. The Hatteras 5k Race Series is held every Monday in the prime summer season, and is a great and engaging way to explore everything that this island has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and stellar views.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, July 31st 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

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.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, August 1st 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, August 1st 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, August 2nd 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Summer Youth Sailing Camp

  • Friday, August 3rd 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Manteo

The Outer Banks has a rich sailing culture that seemingly begins and ends in Manteo, and young visitors who want to join in the fun, and who want to get their toes wet in a new sport, can sign up for the weekly Summer Youth Sailing Camp which is held every Friday all summer long.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, August 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

Sandbar 5K Race

  • Sunday, August 5th 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Kitty Hawk

Start your day with a beautiful sunrise over the ocean and an ensuing trek through one of the prettiest corners of the central Outer Banks with this charity race that features great views, and a great cause. The Sandbar 5K Race is a fast-paced loop along the beach of Kitty Hawk, and is a fun way to give back to the community while enjoying the gorgeous scenery that the Outer Banks has to offer.

Week of August 6, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, August 6th 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.

Hatteras 5k Race Series

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

Start your vacation with an engaging run, jog, or walk through one of the prettiest neighbors in the town of Avon with this weekly summertime race that will entice active vacationers of all ages. The Hatteras 5k Race Series is held every Monday in the prime summer season, and is a great and engaging way to explore everything that this island has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and stellar views.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, August 7th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, August 8th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, August 8th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, August 9th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Surfing For Autism

  • Friday, August 10th
Nags Head

Surfing For Autism is an Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness event that uses the beauty of the Outer Banks to provide children with an amazing experience and an opportunity to ride the waves.

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.

Outer Banks Photography Tour

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

Amateur and professional photographers alike who want to head to the most scenic spots that the islands have to offer will want to sign up for this unique and multiple-day tour where the local landscape always steals the scene. The Outer Banks Photography Tour is an in-depth, summertime excursion that uncovers some of the most beautiful spots for photography along the beach and miles beyond, and is a great exploration for anyone who wants to capture a few gorgeous photos, and equally stunning views.

Milky Way & Night Photography on the Outer Banks Photo Tour

  • Friday, August 10th - Sunday, August 12th
Buxton

Discover how beautiful and captivating the Outer Banks can be after hours with this special two-day tour that shows photographers of all skill levels how to capture the beauty of the islands at night. The Milky Way & Night Photography on the Outer Banks Photo Tour takes full advantage of the dark skies of Hatteras Island through an in-depth tour and class that covers some of the region’s most notable landmarks, as well as some of the most beautiful landscapes along the coastline.

Youth Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, August 11th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

Let the young anglers in your family enjoy a day of fun and fishing on the water by taking part in the 4th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament in the heart of downtown Manteo.

Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

  • Sunday, August 12th - Monday, August 13th
Manteo

The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for nearly 30 years, and is one of the most famous offshore fishing tournaments where only the ladies are allowed to compete.

Week of August 13, 2018 - August 19, 2018

Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

  • Sunday, August 12th - Monday, August 13th
Manteo

The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for nearly 30 years, and is one of the most famous offshore fishing tournaments where only the ladies are allowed to compete.

Hatteras 5k Race Series

  • Monday, August 13th 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.

Hatteras 5k Race Series

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

Start your vacation with an engaging run, jog, or walk through one of the prettiest neighbors in the town of Avon with this weekly summertime race that will entice active vacationers of all ages. The Hatteras 5k Race Series is held every Monday in the prime summer season, and is a great and engaging way to explore everything that this island has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and stellar views.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, August 14th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

OBX Pirate Festival

  • Wednesday, August 15th - Thursday, August 16th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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.

Lighthouse 5K

  • Wednesday, August 15th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Corolla

Enjoy a little active fun in the sun while exploring some of the coolest and most scenic corners of the northern Outer Banks with this special running event that’s held on Wednesdays in the heart of Corolla.

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

  • Wednesday, August 15th 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Corolla

Head to one of the prettiest spots in Corolla for an engaging cornhole tournament that will engage competitive family members of all ages. This weekly summertime tournament is sponsored in part by the Currituck Travel & Tourism department, and with cool prizes for winners as well as a stunning venue on the grounds of the Whalehead Club, it’s sure to be an enjoyable addition to any Outer Banks vacation.

Rip Curl Grom Search Surf Contest

  • Thursday, August 16th - Saturday, August 18th
Nags Head

Younger surfers who want to enjoy a little competition while meeting and greeting with fellow surfing enthusiasts from all across the region will want to sign up for this event which puts the talents of young surfers in the spotlight. The Rip Curl Grom Search Surf Contest is a special surfing competition that’s designed for kids 17 years old and under, and which features multiple categories for girls and boys who want to compete along the waves of the Outer Banks.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, August 16th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

100th Anniversary Of The Mirlo Rescue

  • Thursday, August 16th
Rodanthe

2018 marks a very special year in local Outer Banks history, as it is the 100th Anniversary Of The Mirlo Rescue – one of the most famous rescue operations in the long legacy of the Life-Saving Service, which was the predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard. Visitors can mark this important milestone by attending a special event at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station – which is where the rescue was launched - and by participating in a wealth of educational programs, talks, activities, and plenty of fun things to do for visitors of all ages.

Island Art Show

  • Friday, August 17th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rodanthe

Discover a wealth of local talents from the southern Outer Banks region at the Island Art Show. Held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center in the town of Rodanthe, this indoor / outdoor event that is held rain or shine features more than 20 artists on display who represent a wide variety of mediums. Visitors will find a collection of handmade and artful cutting boards, T-shirts, phone cases, puzzles, jewelry, recycled artworks, specialty crafted hula hoops, magnets, textiles, photography, and so much more.

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 August 20, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, August 21st 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

Kid’s Day in the Park at Whalehead

  • Thursday, August 23rd 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Corolla

Let the kids have a little fun off the sand at this special event that combines a world of fun, games and activity in one of the most picturesque destinations in Corolla village. 

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

  • Sunday, August 26th 9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
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Buxton

Enjoy a special opportunity to see Hatteras Island after hours from a bird’s eye perspective with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb. This one-night-only tour leads a small group of lighthouse visitors to the very top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to enjoy unparalleled views of the island that extend from Avon to Buxton and beyond, and which includes miles of Atlantic Ocean.

OBX Wedding Fest

  • Sunday, August 26th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Southern Shores

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 27, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, August 28th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

  • Wednesday, August 29th - Monday, September 3rd 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Known as one of the most highly anticipated surf contests on the Outer Banks as well as the East Coast, the WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest is a thrill for participants and spectators alike, thanks to a stellar location in the town of Nags Head, and a world of talented riders competing for the title of OBX champ.

Island Art Show

  • Thursday, August 30th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rodanthe

Discover a wealth of local talents from the southern Outer Banks region at the Island Art Show. Held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center in the town of Rodanthe, this indoor / outdoor event that is held rain or shine features more than 20 artists on display who represent a wide variety of mediums. Visitors will find a collection of handmade and artful cutting boards, T-shirts, phone cases, puzzles, jewelry, recycled artworks, specialty crafted hula hoops, magnets, textiles, photography, and so much more.

Week of September 3, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Labor Day 5k/1 Mile

  • Monday, September 3rd 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Kill Devil Hills

Add a little active exploration to your vacation by participating in this annual event that marks the end of the summer running season on the Outer Banks. The Labor Day 5k/1 Mile is a fun and engaging run that veers through the heart of Kill Devil Hills, and which presents plenty of stunning scenery along the way, and ample reasons to come out and discover this coastal community.

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

  • Wednesday, August 29th - Monday, September 3rd 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Known as one of the most highly anticipated surf contests on the Outer Banks as well as the East Coast, the WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest is a thrill for participants and spectators alike, thanks to a stellar location in the town of Nags Head, and a world of talented riders competing for the title of OBX champ.

Avon Farmers Market

  • Tuesday, September 4th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Avon

Enjoy an opportunity to load up on arms of fresh produce and some distinctively unique crafts with a visit to this sunny farmers market in the heart of Hatteras Island. The Avon’s Farmer’s Market features several dozen visitors from around the area that specialize in homemade goodies, and is a unique addition to the summer landscape that will attract visitors of all good tastes.

OBX Arts & Crafts Festival

  • Wednesday, September 5th - Thursday, September 6th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kitty Hawk

Check out the OBX Arts & Crafts Festival in early September at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk with 25 local artists featuring painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, glasswork, fiber and textile arts, collage, metalwork and more.

OBX Arts & Craft Festival

  • Wednesday, September 5th - Thursday, September 6th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kitty Hawk

Come discover the many talented artisans and craftsmen that call the Outer Banks home at this annual event that brings a world of gorgeous artworks and gifts to one central locale. The OBX Arts & Craft Festival is an annual show that highlights a superb variety of creations from local Outer Banks artists, and which raises awareness for two important charities in the coastal region.

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.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, September 7th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

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.

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.

Cape Hatteras Wave Classic

  • Saturday, September 15th - Friday, September 21st
Waves

Head to the waves of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to catch this epic competition that combines powerful waves with incredible athletic ability. The Cape Hatteras Wave Classic is a waves-focused kiteboarding event that features some of the best conditions for incredible action along the Hatteras Island beaches.

Currituck Heritage Festival

  • Saturday, September 15th 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Powells Point

Embark on an adventure off the Outer Banks shoreline for this fun annual event that’s held in the heart of the Currituck Mainland. The Currituck Heritage Festival is a veritable celebration of All Things Inner Banks, with a wealth of activities, fun and games for kids, and a famous BBQ competition that will have all attendees ready to dive into this North Carolina staple.

HICF Chowder Cookoff

  • Saturday, September 15th
Hatteras

Bring an appetite and a love of fresh coastal fare to this event which corresponds with the annual Day at the Docks Festival, and which is a favorite celebration of the incredible flavors of Hatteras Island. The HICF Chowder Cook-off has been a highly anticipated contest for roughly 10 years that pits area chefs against each other for the title of “Best Chowder on the Island.” Best of all, the event also allows visitors to taste a variety of fresh samples that are sure to satisfy any craving for local flavor.

TRI Swim Bike Run

  • Saturday, September 15th - Sunday, September 16th
Nags Head

Put your biking, swimming and running skills to the ultimate test during this event that takes advantage of the brilliant fall weather along the coastline, as well as the gorgeous scenery of the Outer Banks. TRI Swim Bike Run is a multi-faceted race to the finish line that includes Olympic, Sprint, & Half Triathlon Distances, as well as relay teams and individual spots, to create a customized course that will challenge athletes of all skill levels.

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.

Cape Hatteras Wave Classic

  • Saturday, September 15th - Friday, September 21st
Waves

Head to the waves of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to catch this epic competition that combines powerful waves with incredible athletic ability. The Cape Hatteras Wave Classic is a waves-focused kiteboarding event that features some of the best conditions for incredible action along the Hatteras Island beaches.

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.

Pridefest

  • Friday, September 21st - Sunday, September 23rd
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.

Week of September 24, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

  • Monday, September 24th 9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
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Buxton

Enjoy a special opportunity to see Hatteras Island after hours from a bird’s eye perspective with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb. This one-night-only tour leads a small group of lighthouse visitors to the very top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to enjoy unparalleled views of the island that extend from Avon to Buxton and beyond, and which includes miles of Atlantic Ocean.

Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge

  • Friday, September 28th - Sunday, September 30th
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 that’s now in its second year 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.

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.

Jim Mulford Red Drum Tournament

  • Saturday, September 29th 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Nags Head

Take advantage of the spectacular fall fishing while enjoying an opportunity to reel in a few prizes at this annual tournament where the red drum steals the scene. The Jim Mulford Red Drum Tournament focuses on red drum catches, and is an engaging tournament that launches from one of the Outer Banks’ favorite destinations for anglers and sightseers alike, Jennette’s Fishing Pier.  

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.

Island Art Show

  • Thursday, October 4th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rodanthe

Discover a wealth of local talents from the southern Outer Banks region at the Island Art Show. Held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center in the town of Rodanthe, this indoor / outdoor event that is held rain or shine features more than 20 artists on display who represent a wide variety of mediums. Visitors will find a collection of handmade and artful cutting boards, T-shirts, phone cases, puzzles, jewelry, recycled artworks, specialty crafted hula hoops, magnets, textiles, photography, and so much more.

Outer Banks Parade of Homes

  • Thursday, October 4th
Duck

Discover a veritable treasure trove of homes that are scattered along 60 miles of pristine barrier island coastline with this special annual event that attracts thousands of visitors from all across the region who want to see what’s new and amazing on the Outer Banks home front. The Outer Banks Parade of Homes is a four-day event that visitors can explore at their leisure to discover new structures, new builders, or just to be inspired for their own coastal residence by the sea.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, October 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

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 a Saturday night concert, a full day of music Sunday and plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Oink N' Oyster Roast

  • Saturday, October 6th 12:00 PM - 6:00 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.

HICF Positively Pink 5K and Fun Run

  • Saturday, October 6th
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.

Week of October 8, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Stars Of The Grand Ole Opry

  • Tuesday, October 9th 2:00 PM
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Manteo

Visitors can get a taste of the glitzy country music scene of Branson, Missouri without ever leaving the islands of the Outer Banks via this special one-day-only performance that features familiar faces, great music, and plenty of laughs. The Stars of the Grand Ole Opry show features the all-star cast of the Ozark Jubilee, and will include a host of familiar Opry tunes and fun that will have everyone’s toes tapping.

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

The NC VIP Fishing Tournament

  • Monday, October 22nd 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Nags Head

At the NC VIP Fishing Tournament, the VIP stands for Very Important People as well as Visually Impaired Persons, and this tournament is a truly unique fishing event that ensures everyone can join in the fun of fall fishing on the Outer Banks. Held at Jennette’s Pier, which is well known as one of the best spots along the Outer Banks to drop a line, this tournament is the largest service project of its kind in the world, and is a great opportunity for VIPs everywhere to reel in some amazing catches, and some great times.

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.

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show

  • Saturday, October 27th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

Enjoy a day at the Manteo waterfront and see wooden boats displayed in the water and on the grounds of the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum at this special event that pays homage to the region’s deep ties to maritime history and culture.

Week of October 29, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Haunted House

  • Wednesday, October 31st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Manteo

Enjoy an evening of history, mystery, and a few spooky surprises along the way at this Halloween-themed event that takes place at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, and which will be a wonderfully scary and engaging event for “kids” of all ages.

OBX Veterans Week

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, November 11th
Manteo

Through arts, music, and miles of fun, the Outer Banks celebrates visiting and local veterans alike through this special event that has a wealth of ways to stay entertained while discovering the heart of the islands’ cultural scene. OBX Veterans Week is an annual event which honors veterans and their families through live concerts, cool activities and arts in downtown Manteo, and so much more.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, November 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

Week of November 5, 2018 - November 11, 2018

OBX Veterans Week

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, November 11th
Manteo

Through arts, music, and miles of fun, the Outer Banks celebrates visiting and local veterans alike through this special event that has a wealth of ways to stay entertained while discovering the heart of the islands’ cultural scene. OBX Veterans Week is an annual event which honors veterans and their families through live concerts, cool activities and arts in downtown Manteo, and so much more.

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

Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

  • Wednesday, November 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Get your Thanksgiving off to a fun and active start with this event that combines a little fitness with a world of exceptional brews. The Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile is a great Wednesday precursor to the Thanksgiving Day feast, and it entails a drink-and-run course that beer lovers and runners alike will enjoy to the fullest.

Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot

  • Thursday, November 22nd 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 23rd year attracts visitors and locals alike who want to run, walk or “trot” before diving into their afternoon Thanksgiving feast.

Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Run

  • Thursday, November 22nd 8:00 AM
Hatteras

Get your Turkey Day celebration off to a fun and fast-paced start with this annual event that is quickly becoming a highlight of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Run is presented by the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF), and is a great opportunity to support a favorite local cause while enjoying miles of fun in the heart of Hatteras village.

Outer Banks Running Club OBX Gobbler 5K & Fun Run

  • Thursday, November 22nd 9:00 AM
Nags Head

Start your Thanksgiving Day with a little action before you start digging into the turkey feast with this annual run that features a family-friendly course, and plenty of ways to explore the local Outer Banks communities. The Outer Banks Running Club OBX Gobbler 5K & Fun Run is an engaging and scenic trek through the Village of Nags Head which is open to runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages, and which is sure to be a great kick-off to Turkey Day for everyone in the crew.

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.

 

Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show

  • Friday, November 23rd - Saturday, November 24th 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.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

  • Friday, November 23rd 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Ocracoke

No need to spend all of Thanksgiving Day in the kitchen if you are staying on Ocracoke Island – the Ocracoke Oyster Company has your southern feast waiting and ready to eat. Now celebrating its 6th year in 2018, the annual Thanksgiving Buffet has become a favorite event for local islanders and visitors alike, and is a great Thanksgiving Day spread that includes all the classic dishes, as well as a few coastally inspired options to enjoy the full flavor of the southern Outer Banks.

Week of November 26, 2018 - December 2, 2018

Duck Yuletide Celebration

  • Saturday, December 1st
Duck

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, in addition to an array of activities that are designed to ring in the season with style.  

Holiday Tour of Homes

  • Saturday, December 1st 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Manteo

Discover the beauty and heritage of Manteo while enjoying a dose of holiday spirit with the 14th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, which is hosted by the Manteo Preservation Trust. During this seasonal tour, visitors will be treated to an inside look of some of this town’s most charming and historically relevant homes while sampling light refreshments and exploring the heart of Manteo.

Week of December 3, 2018 - December 9, 2018

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, December 7th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Manteo

Manteo’s vibrant downtown scene is on full display during this monthly event that highlights the area’s businesses, restaurants and galleries that makes this central Outer Banks community so unique. The First Friday in Manteo is held every month on the initial Friday of the month, and is a street festival that will make any new visitor fall in love with this charming coastal community.

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.

Week of December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge

  • Thursday, December 13th 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Southern Shores

Discover how creative the talented chefs of the Outer Banks region and beyond can be with this fundraising event that puts a unique and timely spin on the traditional cook-off challenge. During the Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge, area chefs will compete head-to-head to whip up truly delicious dishes with canned foods that are traditionally found in stock at the local Beach Food Pantry. With lots of new tastes to discover, and a worthy cause at the heart of the event, this wintertime celebration is a great way to give back while enjoying a truly distinctive and tempting meal.

Week of December 17, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight

  • Monday, 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.

Week of December 24, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Working Watermen's Oyster Roast, Shrimp Steam and Seafood Stew Fundraiser

  • Saturday, December 29th
Ocracoke

Toast the holiday season with lots of down-home flavor and big piles of seafood with this annual event that has attracted locals and visitors with great tastes for more than a decade. The Working Watermen's Oyster Roast, Shrimp Steam and Seafood Stew Fundraiser is held in between Christmas and New Year’s, and is a perfect opportunity for off-season visitors to experience all the delicious coastal fare this small community is known for.

Week of December 31, 2018 - January 6, 2019

New Year in The New World

  • Monday, 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 2019 off with a bang.

Week of December 31, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Battle at the Beach - High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament

  • Sunday, January 6th
Kill Devil Hills

Wrestling teams from all over the local Outer Banks coastline and well beyond will head to the beach for this annual championship that is popular with area high schools, sporting enthusiasts, and spectators alike. The Battle At The Beach - High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament has become a highly anticipated tournament that takes place in the heart of the central Outer Banks, and which features a number of local teams to get fans cheering and ready for some great match-ups.

Week of January 7, 2019 - January 13, 2019

Week of January 14, 2019 - January 20, 2019

Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo

  • Saturday, January 19th - Sunday, January 20th
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.