Annual Outer Banks Events

Including Your Favorite 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. Ok, maybe that's a stretch, but we are pretty proud of them. 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

 

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

Halloween International Film Festival

Outer Banks Annual Event
1803 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills
R/C Theatres Movies 10 number
(252) 441-5630

When it comes to getting into the Halloween spirit, few ways beat a scary movie marathon. In the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve at the Outer Banks, film industry profession, cinephiles and horror-genre fans gather to do just that. The annual Halloween International Film Festival is a three day event that brings a variety of independent film submissions, filmmakers and a hefty dose...read more

When it comes to getting into the Halloween spirit, few ways beat a scary movie...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 Christmas Parade

Outer Banks Annual Event
N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village

Every small town needs a quintessential holiday celebration, and Hatteras Island is no exception. During one of the first Saturdays in December, Hatteras’s businesses, residents, the fire department, U.S. Coast Guard and nonprofit organizations come together for an all-inclusive Christmas parade experience. As twilight falls spectators line the streets and watch the procession of decorated vehicles and floats roll from Teach’s Lair Marina and through...read more

Every small town needs a quintessential holiday celebration, and Hatteras Island is no exception. During...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

Holiday at the Museum

Outer Banks Annual Event
59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras
(252) 986-0720

True to the spirit of Hatteras Island and the close-knit community, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hosts an annual holiday bash to celebrate the season and the local island community’s endless resilience. The Holiday at the Museum offers attractive activities for visitors of all ages. Children can work on their letters to Santa and create holiday crafts to take home. Local vendors and artisans...read more

True to the spirit of Hatteras Island and the close-knit community, the Graveyard of the...read more

Holiday Chefs Challenge

Outer Banks Annual Event
2000 Sailfish Drive, The Pavilion at Pirate's Cove, Manteo
(252) 261-2756

Watch – and taste – as the top chefs on the Outer Banks battle it out to turn canned food into culinary masterpieces. The Annual Holiday Chefs' Challenge is a fundraiser for the Beach Food Pantry that brings all of the excitement and energy from cooking show competitions right to Manteo. Participating chefs have 60 minutes to prepare a dish that uses items the Food...read more

Watch – and taste – as the top chefs on the Outer Banks battle it...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

International Windsurfing Tour

Outer Banks Annual Event
39450 N.C. Highway 12, OceanAir Sports, Avon
(252) 995-5000

If you’re a windsurfing fiend or have a serious appreciation for the sport, the annual Hatteras Wave Jam is an Outer Banks event that shouldn’t be missed. The Wave Jam is part of the U.S. East Coast Windsurfing Competition and Tour featuring the top national and international windsurfers. There are all different levels of competition to add variety to the event. Hatteras is...read more

If you’re a windsurfing fiend or have a serious appreciation for the sport,...read more