Annual Outer Banks Events

The Outer Banks plays host to an array of events each year, and some are just so good that they keep returning. Winter or summer, rain or shine, it isn't hard to find a nearby Outer Banks annual event. You may want to go to a music festival, arts and crafts fair, fun run, triathlon or marathon, fundraiser or family friendly festival, and this is your trusty compilation of what's happening when and where. Outer Banks events range from the arts to sports, community to exclusive and most everything else in between. 

Annual Outer Banks Events in Every Town

Annual Outer Banks EventsEvery town prides itself on its annual events, and they're all presented with the utmost care and planning. Just attending one or two of them might have you second guessing if you're really on the Outer Banks or somehow got whisked away to the artsy Chelsea district in Manhattan. We have our share of galas with attendees in formal attire; there are Outer Banks events where you end up covered in sand, wet and proud of your athletic accomplishment; we have refined jazz festivals, day-long rock/folk events and days full of Outer Banks beach music. These events are bursting with culture that is local to this area, and we're inviting you to come be a part of them. Check out our listings below to find an Outer Banks annual event that captures your interest.

Annual Outer Banks Events by Category or Month


4th of July Celebration in Ocracoke

Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke

Ocracoke Village will celebrate the Independence Day 2016 with fireworks! After six years without a pyrotechnic show, the island community is bringing this patriotic tradition back to its holiday festivities. The rockets will light up the sky on the evening of Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 9:15pm to kick-off the two-day celebration of our nation’s birthday.


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4th of July in Duck

Join the Town of Duck as they celebrate this nation’s birth with an inclusive parade, live music and more. Visitors and locals from all over the beach come to Duck to check out and enjoy the parade and other festivities. The parade includes floats, decorated cars, dog walkers and people showcasing their talents to delight the crowd. After the parade, head over to... read more

4th of July in Manteo

The community of Manteo comes together every year to celebrate this nation’s birth with day-long festivities, and you’re invited to this family-friendly Outer Banks annual event. You can begin your day with a trip to Island Farm to experience an 1850s 4th of July. Interact with the farm’s animals, listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, play games and eat some... read more

Alice Kelly Fishing Tournament

Ladies, gather your fishing poles and your finest crew members. It’s time to fish for a cure with the Alice Kelly Fishing Tournament. This Outer Banks annual event, whose home base is Pirate's Cove Marina, invites teams of women to come out to Roanoke Island for a weekend of fishing and good times. Participants get to start the event with registration of competitors and teams... read more

Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Attention jazz lovers in the area! Grab a chair and your family, friends or dog and come to Duck Town Park for a day devoted solely to jazz. One of the most anticipated music events of the year is the Duck Jazz Festival, held the second Sunday in October over Columbus Day weekend. Every year talented artists from all over the region come... read more

Annual Senior Citizen Arts and Crafts Fair

Come see the work of regional artists at the Annual Senior Citizen Arts and Crafts Fair. This two-day festival displays all different kinds of mediums of new and returning artists. All ages are welcome, and admission tickets are excellent prices. Check out these talented artists’ work. The event is sponsored by the Outer Banks Woman’s Club, and proceeds benefit scholarship funds and community... read more

Billfish Tournament

The Annual Billfish Tournament, based out of Pirate's Cove in Manteo, is one of the most anticipated fishing tournaments on the Outer Banks. It’s a week of fishing, friends and fun -- in fact, it’s like a festival and fishing tournament combined. There will be food, beverages, live music and plenty of fishing, everything that you could possibly need! You’ll start the week with a... read more

Christmas Past at Island Farm

Discover how Christmas was celebrated in the 1850s with a trip to Island Farm on Roanoke Island on the second Saturday in December. You can kick your visit off with a visit from Saint Nick, arriving by an ox-drawn wagon. Join him on a wagon ride around the farm’s peaceful trails. If you get cold, mosey into the farmhouse where you can get... read more

Dare Days

Downtown Manteo, Manteo

Dare Days will be 41 years old in 2016! The annual town festival that's always held on the first Saturday of June is a mix of music, craft and food vendors, dance, magic shows, a petting zoo, spacewalk and The Rain Gutter Regatta. The morning starts with a Blessing of the Day and ends with a big-name music group with people dancing in the streets.... read more

Day at the Docks

Here at the Outer Banks we love our seafood – the tuna, mussels, oysters, grouper, scallops, mmmm . . . we could go on and on about it. Have you ever thought about the seafood that you catch, buy or eat? Hatteras Island’s Day at the Dock is an event to celebrate seafood and answer all of your questions about it. Learn how... read more

Duck Yuletide Celebration

Meet at the Town Green on the first Saturday in the month for an afternoon of caroling, live holiday music, hot cocoa and a visit from the jolly ol' elf himself! Duck kicks off their celebration of the holiday season with live holiday music, carolers, the lighting of the Town’s Crab Pot Tree and delicious treats. Santa delights spectators as he shows up... read more

Easter Eggstravanganza at the Elizabethan Gardens

This event has become an Outer Banks spring tradition – and there could be no more beautiful setting than the Elizabethan Gardens in full bloom! What better way to enjoy spring than with an enormous egg scavenger hunt, photo opps, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, visits from Sir Walter “Peter” Wabbit, make and take crafts, gift certificates, stuffed... read more