This Week

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.

Big Fall Plant Sale

  • Saturday, September 25th 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Manteo

Fall is an ideal time to start plotting a sunny spring garden and a stunning overall landscape, and gardening enthusiasts can enjoy deep discounts on everything they need to get to get their hands dirty at this Big Fall Plant Sale that is held at one of the best places for local blooms, the Elizabethan Gardens.

Week of September 27, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament

  • Friday, October 1st - Saturday, October 2nd
Manteo

Join in the fun of one of Manteo’s favorite fishing traditions with the annual Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament. Celebrating its 22nd year in 2019, this family-friendly event is a great way to foster a love of fishing while enjoying one of the coolest small towns in the central Outer Banks.

Week of October 11, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Fall Transition Workshop

  • Wednesday, October 13th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

As the summer winds down and the temperatures start to cool, it’s an ideal time to get out to the garden and to start planning your fall landscapes. During this special workshop that’s held at the Elizabethan Gardens, visitors will learn all about how to make the most out of the shoulder season weather, and to start planning a beautiful backyard, front porch, or other area that will stay pretty throughout the season.

Week of October 18, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Bluegrass Island Festival

  • Thursday, October 21st - Saturday, October 23rd
Manteo

Head to Roanoke Island in the scenic month of May to enjoy some of the best music of the year at the popular Bluegrass Island Festival. This annual festival has rapidly blossomed into one of the most anticipated music events along the Outer Banks, and attendees will be treated to a wealth of acclaimed bands, from legendary national acts, to homegrown bluegrass performers who will have everyone’s toes tapping.

Week of October 25, 2021 - October 31, 2021

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.

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show

  • Saturday, October 30th 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 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.

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 30, 2022 - June 5, 2022

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 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.

Week of August 8, 2022 - August 14, 2022

Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 13th - Friday, August 19th
Manteo

Head to the waterfront docks of Manteo to take part in one of the biggest offshore fishing tournaments of the year at the annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament.

Week of August 15, 2022 - August 21, 2022

Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 13th - Friday, August 19th
Manteo

Head to the waterfront docks of Manteo to take part in one of the biggest offshore fishing tournaments of the year at the annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament.

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Serving our customers on the Outer Banks since 1994, Big Buck's ice Cream is dedicated serving you “The Best.” We offer a full line of super-premium ice cream products, smoothies, chocolates, and custom-made ice cream cakes! 2 locations are open all year: Kitty Hawk, at Buccaneer's Walk Shopping Center and Manteo, at The Waterfront Shops.

 

We offer a full line of Espresso Drinks from Hot Vanilla Cappuccinos and Hot Chocolate to Iced Caramel Lattes & Frozen Mochas, all made to order. Big Buck’s fresh fruit smoothies are lactose-free and made to order. Also offering lactose-free sorbets made from the best fruits available. Old time favorites are sure to please! Choose from a delicious collection of milkshakes, sundaes and banana splits.

 

Savor the moment with our Homemade Chocolate! Chocolates are made daily in each location. We offer a large selection from Dark to Milk to White. Milk Chocolate Oreos & Almond Toffee, Dark Chocolate Berries and Cherries Clusters & Hand-dipped Peppermint Patties with a Drizzle of White Chocolate, Extra-Dark Sea Salt Caramels & our famous homemade caramel chocolate pretzels oh & don’t forget the ever-popular caramel pecan turtle, just to name a few treats!

 

Belinda Pleva grew up serving ice cream out of her parent’s shop. She loved being part of what she calls “a happy business.” “I love it when people come into the shop and you hand them something, and it makes them smile,” Pleva says. “That moment when you hand an ice cream cone over to a little kid and their eyes just light up. That’s what I love about the ice cream business.”

 

In 1994, Pleva opened up her own ice cream and chocolate shop, Big Buck’s Ice Cream, in the brand-new Timbuk II Shopping Center in Corolla. Business was good, but something was missing.

 

“I was never satisfied with the ingredients in the ice creams and chocolates you could purchase back then. I wanted to serve my customers delicious flavors with ingredients they could actually pronounce,” Pleva says.

 

Pleva took a trip to Italy to study the gelaterias. She fell in love with the incredible flavors, and when she returned home to the Outer Banks, she began working tirelessly to perfect the flavors in her own ice cream.

 

Big Buck’s homemade ice cream combined the flavors of the Italian gelaterias and the richness of American ice cream. It quickly became a tourist favorite. After having the same unsatisfactory experience with the readymade chocolates she was selling, she also took a trip to Brussels to learn more about making handmade chocolates. Pleva brought the chocolate-making experience right back with her, and the result was the finest quality of chocolates on the Outer Banks.

 

After her huge success in the Corolla shop, Pleva was able to open up three more shops—one in Kitty Hawk, one in Manteo and one in Duck.

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