Outer Banks Performances

“The play is the thing,” declares Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare’s famous play. Yes it is, William, yes it is. And the Outer Banks recognizes this as evidenced by their wide offerings of different performances throughout the year. Whether you are a seasoned thespian or just starting to gain a little appreciation for the theater, Outer Banks performances are available to entertain you. One of the oldest and perhaps most well-known performances on the Outer Banks is The LC [The Lost Colony], which tells the famous story of the mysterious disappearance surrounding the English settlement on Roanoke Island. This performance is presented in an open-air theater in Manteo, so you’ll feel like you’re right in the midst of colonists as they try to make their way in the New World. You can also check out the Theatre of Dare, which brings plays to the community organized and produced by locals or independent performances by actors from The LC. If you’d prefer a melody to a stage, be sure to check out the musicians at Manteo’s First Friday festivals, Roanoke Island Festival Park and Molasses Creek’s Deepwater Theater and Music Hall in Ocracoke. Browse through the below listing of Outer Banks performances and get ready to applaud.


Outer Banks Attractions by Area

Corolla | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Attractions by Category

Elizabethan Gardens

Outer Banks Performances
1411 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64) next to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo
(252) 473-3234

Designed by two of America’s foremost landscape architects to pay tribute to America’s first English colonists, The Elizabethan Gardens is a rare treasure and a beloved Outer Banks attraction. It’s a haven of verdant, flourishing growth and natural prosperity. The gardens are in bloom year round with azaleas, dogwoods, roses, camellias, daphne, a variety of annuals and herbs and much more. Adding exquisite touches are... read more

Designed by two of America’s foremost landscape architects to pay tribute to America’s first English... read more

First Fridays in Manteo

Outer Banks Performances
Downtown Manteo, Manteo

First Friday is a family-oriented festival held in downtown Manteo on the first Friday of every month from April through December. From 6 to 8 p.m. downtown Manteo’s sidewalks come alive with a wide variety of musical performances and festive activities for all ages. Individual shops and restaurants frequently do their own celebratory activity such as live music, special sales, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Dare County... read more

First Friday is a family-oriented festival held in downtown Manteo on the first Friday of... read more

Lost Colony

Outer Banks Performances
1409 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64), Waterside Theatre, Manteo
(252) 473-2127

More than 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England, in an attempt to settle on Roanoke Island. They vanished just two years later. The only clue left behind was the word “CROATOAN” carved in a tree. The Lost Colony is their story. This outdoor drama is the longest-standing Outer Banks attraction, celebrating its 80th season in 2017!

Written by Pulitzer... read more

More than 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England, in... read more

Ocracoke Alive

Outer Banks Performances
Island-wide, Ocracoke

Ocracoke Alive, Inc. was formed to enrich the Ocracoke Island community by serving the cultural and artistic needs of the island. Through fundraising and donations, this group has rejuvenated the musical, educational and artistic vein of the community by organizing and sponsoring multiple events throughout the year including the annual Ocrafolk Festival, Skipjack Wilma Lee, community plays and school programs.

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Outer Banks Performances
1 Festival Park, Across from the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 475-1500

Did you know that the first Roanoke Island settlements predate the Jamestown settlement of 1607? The Roanoke Island settlements took place 20 years earlier, between 1585 and 1587. Though the Roanoke Island colonies didn’t prove successful as far as longevity, they were the foundations of English-speaking life in America and provided much-needed information about the New World that helped the later colonies succeed. Roanoke Island... read more

Did you know that the first Roanoke Island settlements predate the Jamestown settlement of 1607?... read more