This Week's Highlights

This Week

Day at the Docks

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

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

Week of September 20, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Surfalorus Film Festival

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

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

Week of October 4, 2021 - October 10, 2021

HICF Positively Pink 5K and Fun Run

  • Thursday, October 7th
Avon

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

Week of October 11, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Week of October 18, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Wings Over Water

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

The Outer Banks, and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in particular, is known as one of the best bird watching destinations in the world, and the annual Wings Over Water celebrates this distinction like no other local festival. The weeklong event, which is held each October, features a wide range of educational programs, lectures, and opportunities to meet and greet with fellow birders. During this year's festival, attendees will also have the opportunity to go on guided birding trips, attend art and photography workshops, take a tram or kayak tour of National Wildlife Refuge, visit an ancient maritime forest, and much, much more. A complete schedule can be found online at the organization's website, and attendees should note that some programs do cost a small fee to participate.

Week of October 25, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

  • Friday, October 29th - Saturday, October 30th
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.

Harvest Heyday

  • Saturday, October 30th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Manteo

Celebrate the autumn season at Harvest Heyday, a favorite annual event at the stunning Elizabethan Gardens that invites visitors of all ages to sample the flavors, colors, and fun of the fall in one of the most scenic destinations on the Outer Banks.

Week of November 1, 2021 - November 7, 2021

Currituck Bulls and BBQ Festival

  • Saturday, November 6th 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.

Week of November 15, 2021 - November 21, 2021

Festival Latino de Ocracoke

  • Saturday, November 20th
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 22, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 26th - Saturday, November 27th
Nags Head

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

 

Ocracoke Parade of Boats

  • Friday, November 26th
Ocracoke

Ring in the holidays island-style with this seasonal parade that takes place on the waters that surrounds Ocracoke village. The Ocracoke Parade of Boats is a celebration of life on the water, and this annual procession of ships of all shapes and sizes is sure to make anyone fall in love with the coastal scene and community that calls Ocracoke Island home.

Week of November 29, 2021 - December 5, 2021

Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Friday, December 3rd
Manteo

Please take note of changes for 2020: Tradition, sparkle, laughter, and goodwill all wrapped up with holiday spirit – that is the gift of the Christmas holiday season.  This year that gift may not come in the form of a parade lined with whimsical floats or a big tree lighting ceremony but it will be a festive time full of activities highlighting and sharing traditions, both old and new. 

Week of December 6, 2021 - December 12, 2021

Wings Over Water Encore

  • Friday, December 10th - Sunday, December 12th
Manteo

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

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 11th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hatteras

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

Week of February 21, 2022 - February 27, 2022

Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival

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

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

Week of March 14, 2022 - March 20, 2022

St Patrick's Day Parade

  • Thursday, March 17th 1:00 PM
Nags Head

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

Week of March 28, 2022 - April 3, 2022

Butterfly Festival

  • Friday, April 1st - Saturday, April 30th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

The stunning butterflies of the Elizabethan Gardens take center stage at this enchanting event that is celebrating its fourth year on the Outer Banks in 2021. Back by popular demand, the Butterfly Festival at the Elizabethan Gardens will be a crowd pleaser for both the young and the young-at-heart, thanks to a colorful array of activities and events that perfectly correspond with some of the gardens’ most notable and vibrant residents.

Week of April 4, 2022 - April 10, 2022

Butterfly Festival

  • Friday, April 1st - Saturday, April 30th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

The stunning butterflies of the Elizabethan Gardens take center stage at this enchanting event that is celebrating its fourth year on the Outer Banks in 2021. Back by popular demand, the Butterfly Festival at the Elizabethan Gardens will be a crowd pleaser for both the young and the young-at-heart, thanks to a colorful array of activities and events that perfectly correspond with some of the gardens’ most notable and vibrant residents.

Week of April 11, 2022 - April 17, 2022

Butterfly Festival

  • Friday, April 1st - Saturday, April 30th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

The stunning butterflies of the Elizabethan Gardens take center stage at this enchanting event that is celebrating its fourth year on the Outer Banks in 2021. Back by popular demand, the Butterfly Festival at the Elizabethan Gardens will be a crowd pleaser for both the young and the young-at-heart, thanks to a colorful array of activities and events that perfectly correspond with some of the gardens’ most notable and vibrant residents.

Week of April 18, 2022 - April 24, 2022

Butterfly Festival

  • Friday, April 1st - Saturday, April 30th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

The stunning butterflies of the Elizabethan Gardens take center stage at this enchanting event that is celebrating its fourth year on the Outer Banks in 2021. Back by popular demand, the Butterfly Festival at the Elizabethan Gardens will be a crowd pleaser for both the young and the young-at-heart, thanks to a colorful array of activities and events that perfectly correspond with some of the gardens’ most notable and vibrant residents.

Week of April 25, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Butterfly Festival

  • Friday, April 1st - Saturday, April 30th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

The stunning butterflies of the Elizabethan Gardens take center stage at this enchanting event that is celebrating its fourth year on the Outer Banks in 2021. Back by popular demand, the Butterfly Festival at the Elizabethan Gardens will be a crowd pleaser for both the young and the young-at-heart, thanks to a colorful array of activities and events that perfectly correspond with some of the gardens’ most notable and vibrant residents.

Week of May 2, 2022 - May 8, 2022

OBX Rod And Custom Festival

  • Friday, May 6th - Saturday, May 7th
Kill Devil Hills

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

Week of May 9, 2022 - May 15, 2022

OBX Shred Fest

  • Saturday, May 14th
Nags Head

Now celebrating its fourth year, this family-friendly event is a collection of music, sports, and OBX fun, and features a full roster of activities and entertainment to keep everyone in the party smiling. Special events within the Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest line-up include multiple bands and musicians throughout the day, live demos performed by professional skateboarders and BMX riders, a special appearance by roller derby women, appearances by Special Olympics athletes, and much, much more. In addition, the festivities will have a host of games for patrons of all ages, food, and local art vendors for unique and one-of-a-kind OBX treasures. 

Week of May 30, 2022 - June 5, 2022

Ocrafolk Festival

  • Friday, June 3rd - Sunday, June 5th
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 4th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Manteo

Enjoy one of the most scenic corners of the Outer Banks while joining in the fun of one of the longest running festivals in Manteo by attending the 45th annual Dare Day Festival. This full-day event is held along the downtown waterfront, and features a wide array of activities and attractions that shine a spotlight on the local Manteo culture. Live music will kick off at around 11:00 a.m., with the original Rhondels – a famed soul and beach music band - on the Downtown stage. Throughout the day, there will also be a number of events designed for water and OBX lovers of all ages, including the now famous Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs, the locally beloved “Anything that Floats but a Boat” Race, the Raingutter Regatta, a Kids Zone, and the annual competition for the best cake and pie in Dare County with a coveted blue ribbon prize.

Week of June 27, 2022 - July 3, 2022

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

  • Saturday, July 2nd - Monday, 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. The highlight of the Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration is the annual amazing fireworks display over the Silver Lake Harbor after the sun goes down. Visitors will find plenty of seating all around the harborfront docks, and can bring along beach chairs, towels, blankets, and everything they need to enjoy the show.

Week of July 4, 2022 - July 10, 2022

Town of Manteo Independence Day Fireworks

  • Monday, July 4th 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

  • Monday, 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.

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

  • Saturday, July 2nd - Monday, 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. The highlight of the Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration is the annual amazing fireworks display over the Silver Lake Harbor after the sun goes down. Visitors will find plenty of seating all around the harborfront docks, and can bring along beach chairs, towels, blankets, and everything they need to enjoy the show.

H2OBX Waterpark
Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

Nor’ Banks Sailing & Watersports beautiful location and top-of-the-line equipment, together with a friendly and professional staff make it one of the premier water sports centers on the Outer Banks. Nor’ Banks sound front location has a huge grassy lawn, restrooms, showers, a 200 foot pier and plenty of room for you to spend the day.

 

Since 1979 Nor’ Banks has been one of the finest sailing operations on the East Coast offering Flying Scots, Hobie Cats and quality private sailing instruction for all ages. Their custom private lessons are excellent for sailors looking to brush up on their skills, those new to the sport and for families that want to share time on the water together.

 

Nor’ Banks has continued to expand over the years and now offers one of the most complete water sports centers on the Outer Banks. This is truly one-stop shopping for water sports! Nor’ Banks boasts new equipment every year and a strong commitment to your fun and safety.

You can rent the latest WaveRunners from Yamaha or explore a giant labyrinth of marsh islands and cruise the secluded shores of Dew’s Island in search of wild Spanish mustangs on an epic WaveRunner Tour.

 

Captain James and crew are back aboard Icarus II, Nor’ Banks’ big yellow parasail boat, and Captains Ken and Sean are guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of participants and spectators alike on their private wake boarding, waterskiing and tubing charters.

 

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has become one of the most popular and fastest growing water sports in the country and Nor’Banks is a great place to paddle. With shallow, warm water and a sandy bottom, their location is an ideal spot to learn. Nor’ Banks offers SUP rentals and clinics, as well as double and single kayaks rentals as well as the new Hobie Mirage Eclipse SUP and Mirage Drive kayaks. New for 2017, Nor’ Banks even has high-end fiberglass and epoxy surfboard rentals.