Week of February 17, 2020 - February 23, 2020

Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival

  • Friday, February 21st - Sunday, February 23rd
Hatteras

Celebrate the pristine and stunning landscape of Hatteras Island in the wintertime with this annual festival that is celebrating its second year in 2020. The Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival is celebrating its inaugural year with a full line-up of fascinating and family-friendly events, which includes local tours, bird walks, informative sessions, food-oriented celebrations, and a world of homegrown fun in the heart of Hatteras Island.

Week of April 6, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Flying Into Spring And Easter EGGstravaganza

  • Friday, April 10th - Saturday, April 11th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Come enjoy the spirit of the Easter holiday on the Outer Banks while taking advantage of National Kite Month at this fun and family-friendly event that joyfully combines these two celebrations. The Flying Into Spring And Easter EGGstravaganza festival is a great way to take in the fresh spring air along the coastline, while participating in a myriad of games, displays, and a little kite action at one of the best spots on the East Coast for high flying.

Week of April 20, 2020 - April 26, 2020

WOOFstock

  • Saturday, April 25th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Nags Head

Back by popular demand, WOOFstock 2020 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.

Week of April 27, 2020 - May 3, 2020

Kentucky Derby Party

  • Saturday, May 2nd 3:00 PM - 8:00 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 4, 2020 - May 10, 2020

Dare County KidsFest

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

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

Artrageous Kids Art Festival

  • Saturday, May 9th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Nags Head

At the annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza, everyone can enjoy a little hands-on creativity with lots of interactive displays, live demos, and fun artistic activities for the young and the young at heart. This full day affair which combines art, music, and the friendly spirit of the Outer Banks, is an annual tradition that began in 1989, and which has become a favorite event for visitors of all ages.

Week of May 11, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Hang Gliding Spectacular

  • Thursday, May 14th - Monday, May 18th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

The 48th 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.

OBX Shred Fest

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

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

Week of May 18, 2020 - May 24, 2020

Hang Gliding Spectacular

  • Thursday, May 14th - Monday, May 18th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

The 48th 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.

OBX Paddle Palooza

  • Saturday, May 23rd
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 event 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.

Week of May 25, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Outer Banks Annual Food Truck Showdown

  • Sunday, May 31st 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Nags Head

Hungry visitors will want to make sure they attend the Outer Banks Annual Food Truck Showdown – a fairly 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 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020

Dare Day Festival

  • Wednesday, June 10th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Manteo

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

Sunrise 5k & Little Crab Crawl

  • Thursday, June 11th 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 11th - Sunday, June 14th 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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 4th 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 15, 2020 - June 21, 2020

Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 17th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nags Head

Share a love of fishing with the youngest members in your vacationing party with this special fishing tournament that’s designed with youth anglers in mind. The Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, is an annual fishing tournament that takes place on the famous Jennette’s Pier, and which is open to all anglers ages 16 and under. The age groups for competitors are 4-9 years old and 10-16 years old, and trophies as well as rod and reel combos are awarded to the largest fish caught by a girl and boy angler for the day. Participants in the “catch and release” tournament can enjoy a full morning of fishing before going to a celebratory and awards lunch close to the pier.

Rogallo Kite Festival

  • Friday, June 19th - Sunday, June 21st
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 29, 2020 - July 5, 2020

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

  • Thursday, July 2nd - Sunday, July 5th
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.

Independence Day 1850 At Island Farm

  • Saturday, 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 Manteo Independence Day Fireworks

  • Saturday, 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.

Annual Festival of Fireworks

  • Saturday, July 4th
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.

Week of July 6, 2020 - July 12, 2020

Wright Kite Festival

  • Saturday, July 11th - Sunday, July 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Now celebrating its 42nd 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 20, 2020 - July 26, 2020

Light Up The Night

  • Wednesday, July 22nd 8:30 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.

Week of August 3, 2020 - August 9, 2020

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

  • Thursday, August 6th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Celebrate summer with Kitty Hawk Kites and support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition at the annual OBX Watermelon Festival. This beloved local celebration that’s held at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head features a wealth of activities for visitors of all ages, and is the perfect way to toast the peak of the summer season on the Outer Banks.

Ocracoke Fig Festival

  • Friday, August 7th - Saturday, August 8th
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 August 10, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

  • Wednesday, August 12th - Thursday, August 13th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Get ready for a pirate invasion on the Outer Banks, courtesy of the two-day Outer Banks Pirate Festival. This festival that will be held next to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the central Outer Banks town of Nags Head promises plenty of swashbuckling good times and activities, and will be a memorable event for young and old salty visitors alike.

Anniversary of the Mirlo Rescue

  • Sunday, August 16th 10:00 AM
Rodanthe

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

Week of August 17, 2020 - August 23, 2020

Virginia Dare's Birthday

  • Tuesday, August 18th 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Manteo

The Elizabethan Gardens celebrates the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World, with special discounted rates on admission to the gardens, as well as a wealth of activities that will delight young and old visitors alike. On Virginia Dare's Birthday, the rate to enter the gardens will drop with $2 off admission to commemorate Virginia's 431st birthday in 2019. 

Week of September 7, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Day at the Docks

  • Friday, September 11th - Saturday, September 12th
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.

Outer Banks Kite Festival

  • Saturday, September 12th - Sunday, September 13th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

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

Week of September 21, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Outer Banks Jeep Jam

  • Friday, September 25th - Saturday, September 26th
Nags Head

Jeep fans can head to the Outer Banks for one of the biggest regional events of the year for Jeep lovers – the Outer Banks Jeep Jam. Taking place over the course of a cool September weekend, this grand event features live music, kids activities, raffles and giveaways, food and drink, and an endless number of ways to meet and greet with fellow Jeep lovers.

Week of October 12, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

  • Saturday, October 17th
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 19, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Wings Over Water

  • Tuesday, October 20th - Sunday, October 25th
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.

Outer Banks Brewtag

  • Saturday, October 24th 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Nags Head

A celebration of flight and beer, OBX Brewtag is modeled after the whimsical and entertaining Red Bull Flutag, translated to “flying day” in German. With OBX Brewtag, the general premise is the same, although rather than human-powered flying machines, Brewtag contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest.

Admission to the OBX Brewtag in 2020 is free for everyone, and the sky is the limit as to how creative your homemade flying contraption can be! Individuals and teams are welcome.

Admission to the event is FREE to the general public. A rather crafty selection of local and regional beer and food will be available for purchase that day. This family-friendly event will also feature plenty of activities for the kiddos!

Week of October 26, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

  • Thursday, October 29th - Sunday, November 1st
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.

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show

  • Saturday, October 31st 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 November 2, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Flying Falcon Road Race

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

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

Festival Latino de Ocracoke

  • Friday, November 6th - Sunday, November 8th
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 23, 2020 - November 29, 2020

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 26th - Thursday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

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

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 27th - Saturday, November 28th
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.

 

Kites With Lights

  • Saturday, November 28th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nags Head

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

Ocracoke Parade of Boats

  • Saturday, November 28th
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 30, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 26th - Thursday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

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

Week of December 7, 2020 - December 13, 2020

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 26th - Thursday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

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

Week of December 14, 2020 - December 20, 2020

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 26th - Thursday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

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

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight

  • Thursday, December 17th
Kill Devil Hills

Enjoy an uplifting experience at the exact location where aviation was born at the annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight at the impossible-to-miss Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. This day-long celebration honors the birthplace of flight, with a commemoration that coincides with the precise time that the first successful launch took place, and a wealth of activities throughout the day that will delight aviation fans of all ages.

Week of December 21, 2020 - December 27, 2020

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 26th - Thursday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

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

Week of December 28, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Thursday, November 26th - Thursday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

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