This Week

Red Wolf Revival screening

  • Friday, January 24th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Manteo

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting two free screenings of Red Wolf Revival (2015), a documentary by Roshan Patel and Nestbox Collective.  The film captures the story of the United States’ most endangered canid, the red wolf, and the last remaining members of its wild population.

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!

Week of May 11, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Bluegrass Island Festival

  • Wednesday, May 13th - Saturday, May 16th
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.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

  • Wednesday, May 13th - Saturday, May 16th
Manteo

Music lovers everywhere have started to flock to the Outer Banks 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 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.

Week of June 29, 2020 - July 5, 2020

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.

Week of July 20, 2020 - July 26, 2020

Carolina Boat Builders Tournament

  • Friday, July 24th - Saturday, July 25th 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Manteo

Join in the fun of one of the summer’s most highly anticipated fishing tournaments while supporting a wonderful local cause by signing up for the Carolina Boat Builders Tournament. Held during the end of July – which is a prime time of year for exceptional fishing – this tournament that celebrates its 20th year in 2020 combines multiple days of angling action with some exceptional events that highlight the best of the Outer Banks.

Week of August 3, 2020 - August 9, 2020

Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 8th - Friday, August 14th
Manteo

The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for 31 years, and is one of the most famous offshore fishing tournaments where only the ladies are allowed to compete.

Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 8th - Friday, August 14th
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 10, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 8th - Friday, August 14th
Manteo

The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for 31 years, and is one of the most famous offshore fishing tournaments where only the ladies are allowed to compete.

Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament

  • Saturday, August 8th - Friday, August 14th
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 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 October 26, 2020 - November 1, 2020

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.