Outer Banks Annual Events - Festivals

On this page you will find the annual festivals on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Annual Events by Category or Month

 

4th of July Celebration in Ocracoke

Outer Banks Festivals
Island-wide, Ocracoke
(252) 928-6711

Ocracoke Village celebrates Independence Day with a family-oriented, fun-filled annual event offering many activities for all ages. Gather around Silver Lake Harbor on the evening of July 3 to enjoy a traditional Ocracoke Square Dance and fabulous fireworks display. July Fourth kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony at the school circle followed by the annual Sand Sculpture Contest. Other activities include lighthouse tours, a vintage car... read more

Ocracoke Village celebrates Independence Day with a family-oriented, fun-filled annual event offering... read more

4th of July in Duck

Outer Banks Festivals
1200 Duck Road, Duck Town Park
(252) 255-1234

Join the Town of Duck as it celebrates this nation’s birth with a parade, live music and more. Visitors and locals from all over the Outer Banks 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

Join the Town of Duck as it celebrates this nation’s birth with a... read more

4th of July in Manteo

Outer Banks Festivals
Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 473-2133

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 event. You can begin your day with a trip to Island Farm to experience an 1850s-style Independence Day. Interact with the farm’s animals, listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, play games and eat some watermelon. In the afternoon... read more

The community of Manteo comes together every year to celebrate this nation’s birth... read more

Currituck Heritage Bulls & BBQ

Outer Banks Festivals
Currituck County Rural Center, 184 Milburn Sawyer Road, Powells Point
(252) 453-9040

Celebrate Currituck’s down-home, country culture with barbecue and a rodeo. The Currituck Heritage Bulls & BBQ is an annual fall event that brings excitement and family friendly fun to Currituck residents and visitors of all ages – no native ties required. The People’s Choice BBQ and Kansas City BBQ Competition are the cornerstones of this event. Local restaurants and barbecue experts battle it out for... read more

Celebrate Currituck’s down-home, country culture with barbecue and a rodeo. The Currituck Heritage Bulls &... read more

Dare Days

Outer Banks Festivals
Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 473-2133

Dare Days celebrates its 44th year in 2019. The festival, always held in downtown Manteo on the first Saturday of June, is a mix of live music, craft and food vendors, dance and activities for all ages. The morning starts with a Blessing of the Day and ends with a big-name music group with people dancing in the streets. In between you can also watch... read more

Dare Days celebrates its 44th year in 2019. The festival, always held in downtown Manteo... read more

Duck Jazz Festival

Outer Banks Festivals
1200 Duck Road, Duck Town Park, Duck
(252) 255-1234

Attention jazz lovers! 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 in October over Columbus Day weekend. Every year talented artists from all over the country come together to wow concertgoers with their... read more

Attention jazz lovers! Grab a chair and your family, friends or dog and... read more

Duck Yuletide Celebration

Outer Banks Festivals
1200 Duck Road, Duck Town Park, Duck
(252) 255-1286

Meet at the Town Green on the first Saturday in December 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 music, carolers, the lighting of the town’s Crab Pot Tree and delicious treats. Santa delights spectators as he shows... read more

Meet at the Town Green on the first Saturday in December for an... read more

Festival Latino de Ocracoke: Unidad y Celebración

Outer Banks Festivals
120 Schoolhouse Road, Ocracoke School, Ocracoke
(252) 921-0260
(252) 588-2242

Produced by Ocracoke's Latino residents in partnership with Ocracoke Alive, the annual Latino Festival de Ocracoke is held in early November at Ocracoke School and Ocracoke Community Center. This celebration features music, dance, games, arts and food from the many regions of Mexico and Latin America. 

Halloween International Film Festival

Outer Banks Festivals
1803 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills
R/C Theatres Movies 10 number
(252) 441-5630

When it comes to getting into the Halloween spirit, few ways beat a scary movie marathon. In the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve at the Outer Banks, film industry profession, cinephiles and horror-genre fans gather to do just that. The annual Halloween International Film Festival is a three day event that brings a variety of independent film submissions, filmmakers and a hefty dose... read more

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Harvest HayDay at The Elizabethan Gardens

Outer Banks Festivals
1411 National Park Drive, Manteo
(252) 473-3234

This is one of the most fun fall traditions on the Outer Banks. Stroll around The Elizabethan Gardens, which are beautiful at any time of the year. Take a hayride through the gardens, twist and turn through the hay bale maze, stuff a scarecrow, make an educational craft, get your face painted, listen to music and stories and more. And when the chilly... read more

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Hotline Festival of Trees

Outer Banks Festivals
600 S. Croatan Highway, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 473-5212

The annual Festival of Trees is an ideal way to spread holiday cheer while benefiting the nonprofit 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... read more

The annual Festival of Trees is an ideal way to spread holiday cheer... read more

Jockey's Ridge State Park Holiday Lights

Outer Banks Festivals
300 W Carolista Drive, Nags Head
(252) 441-7132

Jockey’s Ridge is all aglow in the month following Thanksgiving. The opening weekend for Jockey’s Ridge State Park Holiday Lights coincides with Kitty Hawk Kites’s annual event, Kites with Lights, on the beloved sand dune and adds even more sparkles to the sky. Outer Banks businesses, organizations and residents congregate in the park’s parking lot for a tailgate-style light display. Come admire the lights and... read more

Jockey’s Ridge is all aglow in the month following Thanksgiving. The opening weekend for Jockey’s... read more