This Week

Hang Gliding Spectacular

  • Thursday, May 19th - Sunday, May 22nd 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

The 50th 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.

Week of May 23, 2022 - May 29, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, May 25th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Opening Night The Lost Colony

  • Friday, May 27th 7:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Manteo

Toast the beginning of the 2022 season for one of the country’s most acclaimed outdoor dramas, The Lost Colony, with this special opening performance at the famed Waterside Theater in the heart of Downtown Manteo. The Lost Colony is the longest-running outdoor drama in America, and is an acclaimed production that tells the story of the first colonists to arrive from England to the “New World,” eventually creating a settlement just steps away from where the performance takes place.

Week of May 30, 2022 - June 5, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, June 1st 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, June 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.

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 6, 2022 - June 12, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, June 8th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Sunrise 5k & Little Crab Crawl

  • Thursday, June 9th 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.

Week of June 13, 2022 - June 19, 2022

Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 15th 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, as well as Avalon pier, Outer Banks Fishing Pier, and Nags Head Fishing Pier. It 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.

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, June 15th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Rogallo Kite Festival

  • Friday, June 17th
Nags Head

The Rogallo Kite Festival is a free and family-orientated event that features multiple 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 20, 2022 - June 26, 2022

Coastal Soccer School

  • Monday, June 20th - Thursday, June 23rd 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Kill Devil Hills

With over 5,500 soccer campers since 2007, Coastal Soccer School in the Outer Banks, NC continues to grow in popularity every year. Our soccer camps are a great place for young soccer enthusiasts who want to improve their soccer skills, make new friends, and have fun! All skill levels are welcome to attend. We offer outdoor training, indoor training, and your choice of either 1.5 or 3 hour camp duration sessions.

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, June 22nd 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Week of June 27, 2022 - July 3, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, June 29th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, July 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.

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.

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, July 6th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Week of July 11, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Coastal Soccer School

  • Monday, July 11th - Thursday, July 14th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Kill Devil Hills

With over 5,500 soccer campers since 2007, Coastal Soccer School in the Outer Banks, NC continues to grow in popularity every year. Our soccer camps are a great place for young soccer enthusiasts who want to improve their soccer skills, make new friends, and have fun! All skill levels are welcome to attend. We offer outdoor training, indoor training, and your choice of either 1.5 or 3 hour camp duration sessions.

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, July 13th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Wright Kite Festival

  • Saturday, July 16th - Sunday, July 17th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kill Devil Hills

Now celebrating its 44th 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!

Outer Banks Skim Jam

  • Saturday, July 16th - Sunday, July 17th 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 18, 2022 - July 24, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, July 20th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Week of July 25, 2022 - July 31, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, July 27th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Week of August 1, 2022 - August 7, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, August 3rd 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

  • Thursday, August 4th 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.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, August 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.

Ocracoke Fig Festival

  • Saturday, August 6th - Sunday, August 7th
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 8, 2022 - August 14, 2022

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

  • Wednesday, August 10th - Thursday, August 11th 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.

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, August 10th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Week of August 15, 2022 - August 21, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, August 17th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Week of August 22, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, August 24th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

Week of August 29, 2022 - September 4, 2022

Mustang Mornings

  • Wednesday, August 31st 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Grandy

Join us Wednesdays this summer for Mustang Mornings at the Farm. Beginning May 25, the Betsy Dowdy Equine Center will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm. Visit the farm, located on the mainland in Grandy, and meet the rescued Corolla horses currently in our care.

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, September 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.

Flying Falcon Road Race

  • Sunday, September 4th 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.

Week of September 5, 2022 - September 11, 2022

Outer Banks Kite Festival

  • Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11th 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 12, 2022 - September 18, 2022

Day at the Docks

  • Friday, September 16th - Saturday, September 17th
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 October 3, 2022 - October 9, 2022

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, October 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.

Week of October 10, 2022 - October 16, 2022

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

  • Saturday, October 15th 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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 17, 2022 - October 23, 2022

Wings Over Water

  • Tuesday, October 18th - Sunday, October 23rd
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 22nd 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 2022 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 24, 2022 - October 30, 2022

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

  • Friday, October 28th - Saturday, October 29th
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.

Week of October 31, 2022 - November 6, 2022

First Friday in Manteo

  • Friday, November 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.

Week of November 21, 2022 - November 27, 2022

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 25th - Saturday, November 26th
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 26th 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.

Week of December 5, 2022 - December 11, 2022

Wings Over Water Encore

  • Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th
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 10th 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 12, 2022 - December 18, 2022

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight

  • Saturday, 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.