Outer Banks Annual Events - Local Culture & History

On this page you will find the annual local culture and history events on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Annual Events by Category or Month

 

4th of July Celebration in Ocracoke

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
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 Manteo

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
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

Anniversary of the Wright Brothers' First Flight

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
1000 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 473-2111

One of the Outer Banks’s biggest claims to fame is the 12 seconds in 1903 that revolutionized the world. The Wright Brothers’ first flight in Kill Devil Hills broke barriers in technology and paved the way for aviation developments. Join the First Flight Society for their annual celebration of Orville and Wilbur Wrights’ achievements on the anniversary of the first flight. Admission to the Wright... read more

One of the Outer Banks’s biggest claims to fame is the 12 seconds in 1903... read more

Brewtag

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
6800 S. Croatan Highway, Soundside Event Site, Nags Head
(877) 359-8447

Wait ... kegs can fly?! Who knew? Kitty Hawk Kites knows because they sponsor this fun (and funny) festival every October. Various groups around the Outer Banks create "flying" machines out of 1/6 kegs (empty ones) and whatever contraption they can come up with that might – emphasis on the word might – fly off a platform. It's a ton of fun to watch. When... read more

Wait ... kegs can fly?! Who knew? Kitty Hawk Kites knows because they sponsor this... read more

Creepy in Corolla Trunk or Treat

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
1100 Club Road, Corolla
(252) 453-9040

Is it true that old buildings really are spookier? Find out for yourself at Creepy in Corolla. This annual event is organized each year by Whalehead and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. The two attractions, Currituck beach businesses and residents come together to create a family friendly Halloween experience in Historic Corolla. Children sporting their Halloween attire begin the night at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, which... read more

Is it true that old buildings really are spookier? Find out for yourself at Creepy... read more

Currituck Heritage Bulls & BBQ

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
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 Local Culture & History
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

Day at the Docks

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Docks, Hatteras

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

Here at the Outer Banks we love our seafood – the tuna, mussels,... read more

Evening Lantern Tours: Draped in Black; Victorian Death Rituals

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
Island Farm, Manteo
(252) 473-6500

Let Island Farm show you a darker side of the Victorian era. Their annual Evening Lantern Tours explore the death rituals and traditions that accompanied loss and mourning during the mid-19th Century. Once night sets in on Roanoke Island, you’re transported back in time to the home of a grieving widow. Learn her story and the bygone ways that families dealt with loved ones’ deaths.... read more

Let Island Farm show you a darker side of the Victorian era. Their annual Evening... read more

From Garden to Hearth at Island Farm

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
1140 U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-6500

Take a step back in time to a Roanoke Island winter in the 1850s. Island Farm invites you to celebrate fall food traditions as they share with visitors how coastal families prepared for winter two centuries ago. Learn about and try your hand at hearth cooking, food preservation and candle making. You can shuck some corn and do a little shelling too. In... read more

Take a step back in time to a Roanoke Island winter in the... read more

Garden to Hearth

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
1140 U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-6500

After the Thanksgiving meal’s been finished and the table is clear, Island Farm maintains the spirit of harvest and fall food traditions. Garden to Hearth is an annual event that explores the traditions that surrounded heritage cooking and food preservation during the 1800s. Learn how early settlers in the Outer Banks preserved their food and readied themselves for winter with the help of costumed interpreters... read more

After the Thanksgiving meal’s been finished and the table is clear, Island Farm maintains the... read more

Island Farm Pumpkin Patch Saturdays

Outer Banks Local Culture & History
1140 U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-6500

Every Saturday in October finds kids and families at Island Farm on Roanoke Island riding in the ox-drawn wagon to the pumpkin patch to find their special one. After picking out the perfect pumpkin, children can make a corn husk doll, dip candles, stuff a scarecrow, play with 19th-century toys and games, check out the farm animals and more. You might even... read more

Every Saturday in October finds kids and families at Island Farm on Roanoke... read more