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 Independence Day 2017 with a two-day celebration and fireworks. Ocracoke's family-oriented, fun-filled annual event offers many activities for all ages. Gather around Silver Lake Harbor on the evening of July 3 to enjoy a fabulous fireworks display. The 4th kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony at the school circle followed by the annual Sand Sculpture Contest. Other activities include lighthouse tours,... read more

Advice 5K Turkey Trot

Give thanks for physical activity by participating in the Advice 5K Turkey Trot. For more than 20 years, runners and walkers have started their Thanksgiving Day off the right way with this enjoyable event. Run, jog or walk your way through the 5K route in the village of Duck as you’re cheered on by groups of enthusiastic volunteers and supporters. It’s one way... read more

Annual Hotline Festival of Trees

The annual Festival of Trees is an ideal way to spread holiday cheer while benefiting Outer Banks Hotline. It includes several days of events, including a bazaar, live music, children's activities and more. At the gala on Saturday night you can browse through all of the business-sponsored and decorated trees while you enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and coffee and live holiday tunes filling... 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

Carolina Boat Builders Tournament

This two out of three day fishing tournament is a low-key Outer Banks event of fishing and socializing. After the initial day of cocktails, a captains’ meeting and mingling, teams head out from Pirate's Cove to compete for the best offshore catches. Fishing starts in the morning and continues well into the afternoon. This tournament concludes with an awards banquet and silent auction.... 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 off your visit with a visit from Saint Nick, who arrives 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... read more

Dare Days

Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 473-2133

Dare Days celebrates its 42nd year in 2017. The festival, always held in downtown Manteo on the first Saturday of June, is a mix of music, craft and food vendors, dance, magic shows, a petting zoo, a 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 source of seafood that you buy or eat? Hatteras Island’s Day at the Docks is an event to celebrate seafood and answer all of your questions about it. Learn how seafood affects... read more

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

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. The Town of Duck kicks off its 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... 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. The event features an egg scavenger hunt, photo ops, a homemade bake sale, an egg roll on the Great Lawn, visits from Sir Walter “Peter” Wabbit, make and take crafts, gift certificates, stuffed animals, bake sales and more. All... read more

ESA Eastern Surfing Championships

Hit the beaches for an exciting day at the ESA Eastern Surfing Championships. Watch some of the best amateur surfers on the East Coast come to Nags Head to show their skills during this competition. The Outer Banks annual event is open to all ages. Cheer on the participants as they put their abilities to the test. If you yourself are a surfer,... read more