This Week's Highlights

This Week

Soundside FunFair

  • Thursday, June 14th - Wednesday, June 20th
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 3rd 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.

Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament

  • Wednesday, June 20th 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, 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.

Sunset 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin

  • Thursday, June 21st 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Nags Head

Take advantage of an opportunity to enjoy two of the things coastal North Carolina is known for - fantastic beaches and barbecue – with this racing event that combines a wealth of OBX activities in a single and fun-filled evening. The Sunset 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin is held at the stunning Jennette’s Pier in the heart of Nags Head, and is a fun and lightly competitive race that cruises by the beaches and soundside regions where the sunset is at its natural best. Walkers, joggers, and runners are all welcome to attend, and to enjoy the scene while engaging on a fast-paced tour of the central Outer Banks.

Week of June 25, 2018 - July 1, 2018

Nags Head 5k / 1 Mile Beach Race

  • Thursday, June 28th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Nags Head

Visitors who want to enjoy an active morning exploring the beach scene by the famed Jennette’s Pier while engaging in a little family-friendly competition will want to sign up for this annual summertime event that’s becoming a favorite race of the warm weather season. The Nags Head Beach 5k Race, which is sponsored by Village Realty, is a fun run through the sand that takes joggers, walkers and runners on a cool course through the heart of scenic Nags Head.

Week of July 2, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular

  • Wednesday, July 4th 9:25 PM - 10:00 PM
Nags Head

Head to the heart of Nags head for this special 4th of July fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean that will leave all beach-goers breathless. The Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular will be held on the evening of Independence Day, and is sure to be a show-stopping aspect of any Outer Banks vacation.

Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run

  • Wednesday, July 4th 8:30 AM
Nags Head

Put your running, jogging and even hiking abilities to the ultimate test via this race that may be short, but which features one of the highest climbs that the Outer Banks has to offer. The Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run features one of the most unique courses on the coastline, and includes a unique challenge of climbing the dunes that are located within the Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Week of July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Outer Banks Skim Jam

  • Saturday, July 21st - Sunday, July 22nd 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 30, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

  • Wednesday, August 1st 10:00 AM
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.

Week of August 6, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Surfing For Autism

  • Friday, August 10th
Nags Head

Surfing For Autism is an Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness event that uses the beauty of the Outer Banks to provide children with an amazing experience and an opportunity to ride the waves.

Outer Banks Photography Tour

  • Friday, August 10th - Sunday, August 12th
Nags Head

Amateur and professional photographers alike who want to head to the most scenic spots that the islands have to offer will want to sign up for this unique and multiple-day tour where the local landscape always steals the scene. The Outer Banks Photography Tour is an in-depth, summertime excursion that uncovers some of the most beautiful spots for photography along the beach and miles beyond, and is a great exploration for anyone who wants to capture a few gorgeous photos, and equally stunning views.

Week of August 13, 2018 - August 19, 2018

OBX Pirate Festival

  • Wednesday, August 15th - Thursday, August 16th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Get ready for a pirate invasion on the Outer Banks, courtesy of the two-day OBX 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.

Rip Curl Grom Search Surf Contest

  • Thursday, August 16th - Saturday, August 18th
Nags Head

Younger surfers who want to enjoy a little competition while meeting and greeting with fellow surfing enthusiasts from all across the region will want to sign up for this event which puts the talents of young surfers in the spotlight. The Rip Curl Grom Search Surf Contest is a special surfing competition that’s designed for kids 17 years old and under, and which features multiple categories for girls and boys who want to compete along the waves of the Outer Banks.

Week of August 27, 2018 - September 2, 2018

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

  • Wednesday, August 29th - Monday, September 3rd 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Known as one of the most highly anticipated surf contests on the Outer Banks as well as the East Coast, the WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest is a thrill for participants and spectators alike, thanks to a stellar location in the town of Nags Head, and a world of talented riders competing for the title of OBX champ.

Week of September 3, 2018 - September 9, 2018

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

  • Wednesday, August 29th - Monday, September 3rd 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Known as one of the most highly anticipated surf contests on the Outer Banks as well as the East Coast, the WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest is a thrill for participants and spectators alike, thanks to a stellar location in the town of Nags Head, and a world of talented riders competing for the title of OBX champ.

Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition

  • Saturday, September 8th 10:00 AM
Nags Head

Visitors and locals alike will love scoping out the incredible feats performed at the annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition – one of the most anticipated sporting events of the fall. The Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition is a regional kite competition that brings some of the nation’s best kite fliers right to the Outer Banks’ backyard, and visitors can watch all the action from the amazing natural venue of Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Week of September 10, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Kitty Hawk Surf Company Kayak Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, September 15th
Nags Head

Put your angling and paddling skills to the test with this unique Outer Banks fishing tournament that puts the rapidly growing sport of kayaking fishing in the spotlight.

TRI Swim Bike Run

  • Saturday, September 15th - Sunday, September 16th
Nags Head

Put your biking, swimming and running skills to the ultimate test during this event that takes advantage of the brilliant fall weather along the coastline, as well as the gorgeous scenery of the Outer Banks. TRI Swim Bike Run is a multi-faceted race to the finish line that includes Olympic, Sprint, & Half Triathlon Distances, as well as relay teams and individual spots, to create a customized course that will challenge athletes of all skill levels.

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 16th - Saturday, September 22nd
Nags Head

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the best surfers on the East Coast go head to head at this “grand finale” event that is renowned as one of the best surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard.

Week of September 17, 2018 - September 23, 2018

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 16th - Saturday, September 22nd
Nags Head

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the best surfers on the East Coast go head to head at this “grand finale” event that is renowned as one of the best surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard.

Pridefest

  • Friday, September 21st - Sunday, September 23rd
Nags Head

Head to the cool and relaxed Outer Banks in late September to join in the fun of one of the region’s most distinctive and popular area festivals. Pridefest is a three-day gay pride festival that is full of activities, food, music, and ample beach time, and which is open to all LGBTQ folks and their supporters and friends.

Week of September 24, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Jim Mulford Red Drum Tournament

  • Saturday, September 29th 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Nags Head

Take advantage of the spectacular fall fishing while enjoying an opportunity to reel in a few prizes at this annual tournament where the red drum steals the scene. The Jim Mulford Red Drum Tournament focuses on red drum catches, and is an engaging tournament that launches from one of the Outer Banks’ favorite destinations for anglers and sightseers alike, Jennette’s Fishing Pier.  

Week of October 15, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

  • Saturday, October 20th
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 22, 2018 - October 28, 2018

The NC VIP Fishing Tournament

  • Monday, October 22nd 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Nags Head

At the NC VIP Fishing Tournament, the VIP stands for Very Important People as well as Visually Impaired Persons, and this tournament is a truly unique fishing event that ensures everyone can join in the fun of fall fishing on the Outer Banks. Held at Jennette’s Pier, which is well known as one of the best spots along the Outer Banks to drop a line, this tournament is the largest service project of its kind in the world, and is a great opportunity for VIPs everywhere to reel in some amazing catches, and some great times.

Week of November 19, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Outer Banks Running Club OBX Gobbler 5K & Fun Run

  • Thursday, November 22nd 9:00 AM
Nags Head

Start your Thanksgiving Day with a little action before you start digging into the turkey feast with this annual run that features a family-friendly course, and plenty of ways to explore the local Outer Banks communities. The Outer Banks Running Club OBX Gobbler 5K & Fun Run is an engaging and scenic trek through the Village of Nags Head which is open to runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages, and which is sure to be a great kick-off to Turkey Day for everyone in the crew.

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 23rd 10:00 AM
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.