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

 

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

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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

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

Island Farm Pumpkin Patch

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

Kelly’s Running of the Leprechauns 10K

Outer Banks Annual Event
2316 S. Croatan Highway, Kelly's Restaurant, 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

Kites with Lights and Hangin' with Santa

Outer Banks Annual Event
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

Manteo Preservation Trust's Holiday Tour of Homes

Outer Banks Annual Event

Manteo Preservation Trust is a group dedicated to bringing awareness to the public of the cultural, architectural and historic heritage of Roanoke Island. Every year, its central fundraiser is the Holiday Tour of Homes, during which homes and other structures on the island are beautifully decorated and open to tour. The tour route is usually easily walkable, and a local bike shops also donates bikes... read more

Manteo Preservation Trust is a group dedicated to bringing awareness to the public of the... read more

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction of the Outer Banks

Outer Banks Annual Event
5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk
(757) 361-0000

Bring together great chefs and a fantastic cause, and you can imagine why this annual function, held at the Outer Banks Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, is a must-attend event. Several of the Outer Banks’ top chefs gather to whip up delectable dishes for guests to sample along with a selection of fine wines. Between all the wining, dining and entertainment, Signature... read more

Bring together great chefs and a fantastic cause, and you can imagine why... read more

Mustang Music Festival

Outer Banks Annual Event

This event is happily anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Rock, funk and blues (and some music in between) blast out from the double main stage on the ground of Whalehead and other locations in Corolla for this two-day event. The bands start the event in the mornings and make sure it lasts into the wee hours of the night. And while you’re... read more

This event is happily anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Rock, funk and... read more

Mustang Spring Jam

Outer Banks Annual Event
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