Annual Outer Banks Events

Each year brings an array of Outer Banks events to these beaches. Some of them are just so good that they return the following year, then the next and so on. These annual Outer Banks events range from those just starting to make a name for themselves to others that people mark their calendars for a year in advance. With the abundance of Outer Banks events that are always going on, you can probably guess several annual spectacles are often included in the mix. Winter or summer, rain or shine, it isn't hard to find nearby annual Outer Banks events. 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. As a whole annual Outer Banks events offer something for people of all ages and interests. Go to art shows or athletic competitions, foodie fun to music festivals, holiday festivities or cultural celebrations – there’s something for everyone here.

Annual Outer Banks Events are Everywhere

Every 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 you’re invited to come be a part of them. Check out our listings below to see which annual Outer Banks events capture your interest.

Annual Outer Banks Events by Category or Month

 

ESA Eastern Surfing Championships

Outer Banks Annual Event
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Jennette's Pier, Nags Head
(302) 988-1953

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. For more information about the current... read more

Hit the beaches for an exciting day at the ESA Eastern Surfing Championships.... read more

Festival Latino de Ocracoke: Unidad y Celebración

Outer Banks Annual Event
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 on Veterans Day weekend 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. 

Flying Pirate Half Marathon and First Flight 5K

Outer Banks Annual Event
(252) 255-6273

Calling all swashbucklers, buccaneers and everything in between to lace up your finest running shoes and enjoy a great race through some beautiful scenery. You and the members of your crew can walk, jog or run in this half marathon or 5K that’ll take you through the picturesque maritime forest in Nags Head Woods, along the Albemarle Sound and around the Wright Brothers... read more

Calling all swashbucklers, buccaneers and everything in between to lace up your finest... read more

Frank Stick Memorial Art Show

Outer Banks Annual Event
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 in February, 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... read more

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

From Garden to Hearth at Island Farm

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

Hang Gliding Spectacular

Outer Banks Annual Event
300 W. Carolista Drive, Jockeys Ridge State Park, Nags Head
(252) 441-4124

For more than 40 years, professional hang gliders have met up at Jockey’s Ridge and the Currituck County Airport in May for four days of hang gliding competitions and socializing with friends. It’s also an event just to watch, even if you’re not soaring on wind drafts. More than 60 competitors travel from all over the country to the annual Hang Gliding Spectacular... read more

For more than 40 years, professional hang gliders have met up at Jockey’s... read more

Harvest HayDay at The Elizabethan Gardens

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

Hatteras Island Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

Hatteras Village Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

Outer Banks Annual Event
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 Hatteras Village 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... read more

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

Hotline Festival of Trees

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

Island Farm Pumpkin Patch Saturdays

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

Kayak Fishing Tournament

Outer Banks Annual Event
3933 S. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk Surf Co., Nags Head
(252) 441-6800

Kitty Hawk Surf Company's annual Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament is held in mid-September. This is a great way to explore the scenic waterways of the Outer Banks. Where else can you gently float near a heron while also reeling in a fish? After garnering your bounty of fish, head back to land to enjoy a cookout and awards ceremony. The $40 registration... read more

Kitty Hawk Surf Company's annual Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament is held in... read more