• Saturday, October 16th 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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.

The cost for the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is minimal, and there’s certainly a lot to love and explore at this central and soundfront event. Highlights of the annual Seafood Festival include a Kids' Zone, live music throughout the day, boat exhibits, cooking demonstrations,  and much more - including and especially the food. Vendors will be on hand offering plenty of local fare to sample and enjoy, from local arts and crafts to hot clam chowder and ice cold raw oysters, and more than a dozen restaurants from the Outer Banks will be present with a wealth of local goodies. Celebrate the heritage of the Outer Banks seafood industry, and enjoy this educational and thoroughly entertaining event that puts one of the Outer Banks’ biggest claims to fame in the spotlight.

Event Schedule for October 16th, 2021 10:30am - 6:00pm

10:30 a.m. GATES OPEN

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Out ‘N the Cold

12:00 noon – Opening Ceremonies

12:30 p.m. – Southern English Band

1:45 p.m. – Johnny Waters Band

3:00 p.m. – No More Room Band

4:30 p.m. – The Patriot Band



What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your Photo ID as well as your ticket, if already purchased. The festival is being held in a large open field, so closed toed shoes and long pants are recommended. Also don’t forget your sun screen and sun glasses. No high heel shoes. However, the event will be held rain or shine, so rain gear is advised.

May I bring my dog(s)?

Pets are not allowed at this event unless they are service animals.

May I bring my cooler?

Outside coolers are not allowed at this event. A variety of food and drink will be offered on site.

May I bring my blanket, towel or lawn chair?

Blankets, towels and chairs are encouraged for use in the viewing area of the music stage.

Can I park on site?

There will be NO parking onsite. Handicap parking is available at certain parking lots and is covered under the Directions and Parking page on the Outer Banks Seafood Festival website.

Where can we park and is there a fee?

Please refer to the Direction tab on the Home page for parking sites. There will be no charge for parking at these sites or for the shuttle to the festival from these parking sites.

Do you provide transport for on site persons with limited mobility?

Yes. There will be beach wheelchairs on a first-come, first served basis for those needing assistance.

Are there bathrooms on site?

Port-o-potties will be available on site including those for persons with disabilities.

Is this event suitable for my entire family?

Yes, this is a family-friendly event.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No, alcohol may not be brought on-site. Beer and wine are available for sale with a valid ID. Proper identification is required, and the Outer Banks Seafood Festival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to any attendee.

Do you accept personal checks?

No, only cash, credit cards and debit cards are accepted for admission and Seabucks sales. Food and beverage vendors accept Seabucks only.

How much is the admission fee?

There is a $5 admission fee. Children under 12 will be admitted free with a paying adult. Admission tickets can be purchased locally or they are available on this site.

What are Seabucks?

Seabucks are tickets that are used the day of the festival to purchase food and beverages. They can also be used to purchase Outer Banks Seafood Festival merchandise. They are $1 each and can be purchased either on-line in advance or at the event.

Will non-seafood dining options be available?

Yes. Non-seafood options will be available.

What if it rains?

The event is held rain or shine. The Outer Banks Seafood Festival reserves the right to postpone, cancel and/or evacuate events due to adverse weather conditions.

Can I get a refund if it rains?

No – All ticket purchases are final and nonrefundable.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area.

Are credit cards accepted?

We will accept Visa, Master Charge and Discover as well as cash on the day of the festival.