Annual Outer Banks Events

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4th of July Celebration in Ocracoke

Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-6711

Ocracoke Village celebrates Independence Day 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, a vintage... read more

Ocracoke Village celebrates Independence Day with a two-day celebration and fireworks. Ocracoke's family-oriented,... read more

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Advice 5K Turkey Trot

1711 Duck Road
Scarborough Lane Shoppes
Duck
(252) 255-1050

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

Give thanks for physical activity by participating in the Advice 5K Turkey Trot.... read more

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Christmas Past at Island Farm

1140 U.S. Highway 64
Manteo
(252) 473-6500

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

Discover how Christmas was celebrated in the 1850s with a trip to Island... read more

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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

Dare Days celebrates its 42nd year in 2017. The festival, always held in downtown Manteo... read more

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Day at the Docks

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

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Duck Jazz Festival

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

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

Attention jazz lovers in the area! Grab a chair and your family, friends... read more

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Duck Yuletide Celebration

1200 Duck Road
Duck Town Park
Duck
(252) 255-1286

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 music, carolers, the lighting of the town’s Crab Pot Tree and delicious treats. Santa delights spectators as he... read more

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

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Easter Eggstravanganza at The Elizabethan Gardens

1411 National Park Drive
Manteo
(252) 473-3234

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

This event has become an Outer Banks spring tradition, and there could be... read more

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Festival Latino de Ocracoke: Unidad y Celebración

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

Produced by Ocracoke's Latino residents in partnership with Ocracoke Alive, the second annual Latino Festival de Ocracoke will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, 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. 

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Frank Stick Memorial Art Show

300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Manteo
(252) 473-5558

Dare County’s longest-running art show has been attracting visitors and artists, new and returning ones, for more than 30 years. Held at the Dare County Arts Council on Roanoke Island, this art show of fine art ranging from conceptual to realistic has become a local tradition. You’ll have the chance to display or view work from a variety of different mediums including oils,... read more

Dare County’s longest-running art show has been attracting visitors and artists, new and... read more

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From Garden to Hearth at Island Farm

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

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Harvest HayDay at The Elizabethan Gardens

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

This is one of the most fun fall traditions on the Outer Banks.... read more

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Hatteras Island Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament

57174 Saxon Cut Drive
Hatteras Marlin Club
Hatteras
(252) 986-2454

This week-long fishing tournament seeks to bring families to Hatteras Island for a week of fishing, socializing, fun and more. A cookout kicks off the week, and participants spend their first day enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and each others’ company. The following days are fish-filled, and crews can spend anywhere from three to five days on the water. While the teams are out... read more

This week-long fishing tournament seeks to bring families to Hatteras Island for a week of... read more

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Hatteras Storytelling Festival

56658 N.C. Highway 12
Hatteras Village Civic Center
Hatteras
(252) 986-2109

Are you up for a day or two of Outer Banks-themed legends and lore? North Carolina’s storytelling masters gather up in Hatteras Village for two days of spinning tales. You can listen to personal accounts, tall tales, glorified historical events and more. These storytellers' stories are rich with North Carolina’s history and culture. The storytellers often also hold other occupations including authors, musicians, historians and... read more

Are you up for a day or two of Outer Banks-themed legends and lore? North... read more

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Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

Hatteras Civic Center
56658 N.C. Highway 12
Buxton
(252) 986-2579

Grab the best anglers in your crew and start dreaming of a seafood dinner. The Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament takes advantage of Hatteras’s superior beaches for surf fishing. Teams of six or fewer people come together for a day of friendly competition, beach time and fishing. And you don’t have to be an angler to enjoy this Outer Banks event; it’s fun to... read more

Grab the best anglers in your crew and start dreaming of a seafood... read more

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Island Farm Pumpkin Patch

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

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Kelly’s Running of the Leprechauns 10K

2316 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head
(252) 441-4116

Lace up and join hundreds of other runners and walkers as they complete this 10K course through the Town of Nags Head and Nags Head Woods Nature Conservancy. Get your heart pounding and blood flowing as you take in the scenery of springtime on the Outer Banks. What better way is there to celebrate the Irish than by running as groups of volunteers... read more

Lace up and join hundreds of other runners and walkers as they complete... read more

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Kites with Lights and Hangin' with Santa

3933 S. Croatan Highway
Jockeys Ridge Crossing Shopping Center
Nags Head
(242) 441-4124

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, so start celebrating immediately by visiting Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Santa Claus will be there on Friday and Saturday, excited to meet all of the children coming to visit. On Saturday evening, after a meaningful conversation with the jolly ol' elf, head over to Jockey’s Ridge to see the giant... read more

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, so start celebrating immediately by visiting Kitty... read more

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Mustang Spring Jam

777 Sunset Boulevard
Timbuck II Shopping Village
Corolla

An eclectic mix of bands hailing from the region and other Southern cities come together in Corolla for an afternoon and night of jamming. It’s a low-key event of good music and good fun. All proceeds from the event go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. It’s hard to beat music for a cause. This event is usually... read more

An eclectic mix of bands hailing from the region and other Southern cities... read more

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New World Festival of the Arts

Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Downtown Manteo Waterfront
Manteo
(252) 473-5558

Dare County Arts Council's two-day festival on downtown Manteo’s waterfront features artists from all over the country. While some are new to festival each year, many are returning. You can find exhibitions of all sorts of media ranging from watercolors, drawings, acrylics, photography, jewelry and pottery. While the festival is a juried show, you still have the opportunity to buy directly from the... read more

Dare County Arts Council's two-day festival on downtown Manteo’s waterfront features artists from... read more

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OBX Pridefest

Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Downtown Manteo Waterfront
Manteo

Come one, come all to OBX Pridefest on the Manteo waterfront. This weekend annual event is an awesome time to celebrate with the LGBTQ community. Starting on Friday and going through Sunday, you can check out live music, a LGBTQ wedding expo, touring productions, sponsoring restaurants, nightly club dancing, a main festival, performances featuring drag kings and queens and more. You might want... read more

Come one, come all to OBX Pridefest on the Manteo waterfront. This weekend... read more

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Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival

Howard Street and School Road
Ocracoke
(252) 921-0260

Since 2000 the Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival has rapidly become the highlight of a spring trip to Ocracoke. The annual festival is always scheduled for the first full weekend in June. Along with the music and storytelling on multiple stages, there is a square dance, craft fair, fundraising auction, programs just for kids, a Sunday morning gospel sing and regional food.

 

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Oink 'n' Oyster Roast

3833 N. Croatan Highway
Longboards Island Grill
Kitty Hawk
(252) 489-9198

There are few better ways to celebrate the start of oyster season than with an oyster roast and North Carolina barbecue. For more than 15 years, First Flight Rotary Club has sponsored the Oink and Oyster Roast as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations in Dare County. This event is open to everyone with a love of oysters and a hearty appetite. The First... read more

There are few better ways to celebrate the start of oyster season than... read more

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Outer Banks Latin Festival

109 Veterans Drive
First Flight Middle School Athletic Field
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 261-6160

Vamos, y’all! It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with the Outer Banks Latin Festival. Held in mid-September at the First Flight Middle School Athletic Field, the annual Latin Festival offers a day of immersion in Hispanic culture. Sample authentic cuisine, watch traditional dances, listen to live music and browse through a market filled with artisanal wares. Don’t forget to brush up on your... read more

Vamos, y’all! It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with the Outer Banks... read more

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Outer Banks Seafood Festival

6800 S. Croatan Highway
Soundside Event Site
Nags Head
(252) 441-8144

Do you ever wonder about the abundant amounts of seafood caught and consumed on the Outer Banks? Well, wonder no more. The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is an event that will educate, entertain and feed you. What more could you want? The local bounty of the sea and the tradition of fishing that puts it on our tables are celebrated at this festival... read more

Do you ever wonder about the abundant amounts of seafood caught and consumed... read more

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Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo

100 Veterans Drive
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 423-3222

Soon-to-be-wed couples have a great time at this annual Outer Banks event. Every year hundreds of Outer Banks wedding vendors present their wares and services to help attendees create the wedding ceremonies of their dreams. You’ll have the opportunity to visit and tour some of the East Coast’s most popular wedding venues, ranging from picturesque beaches to woodsy vineyards. You’ll also receive discounts... read more

Soon-to-be-wed couples have a great time at this annual Outer Banks event. Every... read more

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Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament

2000 Sailfish Drive
Pirate's Cove Marina
Manteo
(252) 305-3610

The annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament, based out of Pirate's Cove Marina 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... read more

The annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament, based out of Pirate's Cove Marina in Manteo, is... read more

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Rock the Cape Festival

40920 N.C. Highway 12
Avon
(252) 473-5558

Rock the Cape is a day-long art and music festival that brings musicians, artists and art enthusiasts to Hatteras Island. You can purchase tickets ahead of time or the day of for a full day of music, art exhibits, live art demonstrations and crafts and activities for children. The whole family can enjoy this event. You will find businesses, galleries, artists and civic... read more

Rock the Cape is a day-long art and music festival that brings musicians,... read more

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Small Fry Tournament

2000 Sailfish Drive
Pirate's Cove Marina
Manteo
(800) 367-4728

Come out to Pirate’s Cove Marina and spend a pleasant summer day engaged in a family-friendly fishing tournament. The Small Fry Tournament is one of the Outer Banks's only annual fishing tournaments that’s just for kids. There are two age groups: 3-8 and 9-15. The participants spend the day putting their fishing skills to the test, and the event concludes with awards being... read more

Come out to Pirate’s Cove Marina and spend a pleasant summer day engaged... read more

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St. Patrick’s Parade, Party & Irish Dancing

Beach Road, Milepost 11 to 13, Nags Head
Kelly's Restaurant, 2316 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head
(252) 441-4116

St. Patrick’s Day is a fine holiday, bringing people together to celebrate all things Irish. While you might be familiar with some of the country’s popular celebrations, did you know that the largest St. Paddy’s Day parade between NYC and Savannah takes place right here in Nags Head on the Beach Road? So don your green and head out for a day of... read more

St. Patrick’s Day is a fine holiday, bringing people together to celebrate all... read more

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Storm the Beach

7223 S. Virginia Dare Tr., MP 16.5
Jennette's Pier
Nags Head
(252) 255-6273

Storm the Beach is far from your average running event and it’s even more fun. As their motto states, “Run, crawl, jump, carry, endure” your way through this obstacle course on the beach in Nags Head. Get your group together to compete in this popular challenge event. Climb up walls, crawl under obstacles, wade, walk or run. It’s like a giant beach playground.... read more

Storm the Beach is far from your average running event and it’s even... read more

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Stumpy Point Oyster Feast

238 Bayview Drive
Stumpy Point
(252) 473-5869

Forget “the world is your oyster!” Ät the Stumpy Point Oyster Fest, the oyster is your world. For more than 30 years, this all-you-can-eat oyster festival has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Celebrate a chilly February day with friends, family, homemade desserts and your favorite bivalves. Whether you want your oysters steamed or fried is entirely up to you, and... read more

Forget “the world is your oyster!” Ät the Stumpy Point Oyster Fest, the... read more

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TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon

Ends in Downtown Manteo
Manteo
(252) 255-6273

These two races helped put the Outer Banks on the map as an athlete’s paradise! The varying terrain, mild weather and scenic route attract top runners every year. But there’s more to it than just a marathon and half-marathon — the guest speakers, clinics, expo, family activities, surrounding events and more have helped shape this into one of the most popular running events... read more

These two races helped put the Outer Banks on the map as an... read more

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Under the Oaks Festival

1100 Club Road
Corolla
(252) 453-9040

Enjoy an upscale summer art festival in Corolla with the annual Under the Oaks Art Festival. More than 100 artists present their work and crafts at this two-day outdoor festival. You can participate in the art auction, and kids can partake in children’s activities while basking in the shade of the live oaks at the Whalehead estate. Vendors from local restaurants provide food... read more

Enjoy an upscale summer art festival in Corolla with the annual Under the... read more

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Whalehead Wednesdays Wine Festivals

1100 Club Road
Corolla
(252) 453-9040

Up for a sophisticated evening activity? Check out Whalehead Wednesdays Wine Festivals happening from June through the end of September. Every Wednesday evening during the summer months you can sample a variety of wines and some delicious food from eateries while you watch the sun set over the Currituck Sound. Different solo artists and bands provide live music every week, so you’ll get a taste... read more

Up for a sophisticated evening activity? Check out Whalehead Wednesdays Wine Festivals happening from June... read more

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WinterLights

1411 National Park Drive
Manteo
(252) 473-3234

The Elizabethan Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Walk outside along the whimsical path lit by Christmas lights and cheery holiday characters, and you’ll pull your coat a little tighter around you because there’s no way you’re going inside yet. This is your chance to revel in the beauty of the holiday season. The gardens are embellished with thousands... read more

The Elizabethan Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Walk... read more

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Wright Kite Festival

1000 N. Croatan Highway
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Kill Devil Hills
(877) 359-8447

Learn about flight where the Wright brothers first took theirs. At the Wright Brothers National Memorial, you’ll learn to fly a stunt or power kite and watch the experts display their skills. Watch as the sky becomes filled with vibrant colors from the kites. Whether you want to fly your own kite or watch the professionals put on performances with their kites that... read more

Learn about flight where the Wright brothers first took theirs. At the Wright... read more