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

 

Easter Eggstravanganza at The Elizabethan Gardens

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

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 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. 

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, 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

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 Storytelling Festival

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

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

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 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