This Week's Highlights

Week of March 12, 2018 - March 18, 2018

St Patrick's Day Parade

  • Sunday, March 18th
Nags Head

For an Outer Banks celebration that revolves around family fun, and encompasses the best of the Outer Banks' spirit, make plans to catch a good glimpse of the Outer Banks St. Patrick's Day Parade. With moderate temperatures and plenty of southern hospitality, this event can kick-off a fantastic week-long vacation or spring break on the Outer Banks.

Week of 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!

Week of May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Coastal Gardening Festival

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

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

Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest

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

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

Week of May 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

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.

Dare Day Festival

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

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

Week of June 11, 2018 - June 17, 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.

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.

Week of July 2, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

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

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

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.

Week of August 6, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Ocracoke Fig Festival

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

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

Week of 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.

Week of September 17, 2018 - September 23, 2018

Surfalorus Film Festival

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

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

Week of 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.

Week of October 15, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

  • Saturday, October 20th
Nags Head

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of the fall season, with plenty of fresh seafood, storytelling, and activities to keep everyone fully entertained. This all-day event takes place at the waterfront Event Site in Nags Head, and is a family-friendly outing that will make anyone fall in love with this staple of the Outer Banks’ culinary cuisine.

Week of October 22, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

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

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

Halloween International Film Festival

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

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

Week of November 5, 2018 - November 11, 2018

Festival Latino de Ocracoke

  • Saturday, November 10th 11:00 AM
Ocracoke

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

Week of November 19, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Hangin' With Santa

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

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

 

Week of December 3, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Wings Over Water Encore

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

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

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

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

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