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 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.

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates
Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Home of the Crab Leg & Lobster Buffet! Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a great stop for an all you can eat affordable dinner extravaganza. The buffet offers over 100 different items. It even serves Jumbo Alaskan crab legs and Jumbo steamed shrimp, something you will not find on any other buffet in the OBX. The buffet offers a variety of seafood and non seafood options. Try some of Jimmy’s seafood options and load your plate with blackened tuna, Louisiana crawfish, steamed scallops and mussels, fried oysters and deviled crabs. Not in the mood for seafood? Fill your plate with steak, pineapple glazed ham, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, and fettuccini Alfredo to name a few. The buffet also offers a kid section. Let your kids load their plates with chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and corn dog nuggets. Don’t forget dessert! The buffet also offers soft serve ice cream and a plethora of baked goods. 

 

It’s been 22 years since Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet opened its doors for the first time. Since that inaugural summer, the goal has remained the same: provide customers with a tasty, fresh array of seafood full of Caribbean flavor.

 

Elizabeth Dowless and her husband Jerry had always worked in restaurants in the Outer Banks, so when the opportunity to open Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet with a couple of friends arose, it was an easy yes. The Dowlesses bought out the business in 2003, excited to turn Jimmy’s into an Outer Banks staple. When Jerry passed away later that year, Dowless knew she wanted to continue pursuing their dream on her own.

 

Dowless went all in on the concept of a fresh, flavorful seafood buffet and her hard work paid off. Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a beloved fixture of Outer Banks dining, with customers returning year after year for the fresh fare.

 

“Customers keep in contact with me throughout the winter. I get people every day asking me when we’re opening for the season, and customers book their vacations around our opening,” Dowless says. “I absolutely love getting to see familiar faces come back to see us each year. I love seeing them lose their minds over the buffet! Their excitement is what I love most about my job.”