Things to do on the Outer Banks July 4-12, 2014

Well, despite Hurricane Arthur bringing a large wallop to the Outer Banks today, there’s still plenty of activities and events to enjoy this week on the Outer Banks.  Things to do range from outdoor activities to annual events for kids.  Without further ado, I present to you my picks of OBX activities this week, July 4-12, 2014.

Free Fishing Day

free-obx-fishing-day-no-licenseWell, Friday morning may be a washout… but don’t let that stop you from a little late afternoon/evening fishing.  This is the one day a year that the NC Wildlife Resources Commission allows everyone to fish without a license and it needs taken advantage of!  (This counts for crabbing too)

Outer Banks Fireworks

obx-fireworks-showThey aren’t going to be on July 4th, but they’ve been rescheduled and are making for a whopping 3 nights of enjoyment!  See our updated OBX fireworks guide to find out where the shows are Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights!

The Lost Colony Free Kids Night

the-lost-colonyA person very close to me always says: “If it’s for FREE, it’s for ME!”  What wise words!  Every Monday in July you can bring the kiddos out to The Lost Colony outdoor drama and get a free ticket for them with each paying adult.  To boot, the show starts a half hour earlier at 7:30pm compared to 8:00pm. Wowee!

Brew Thru Concert Series Presents: LIVE

brew-thru-summer-concertLive is really good live!  (Had to say that) You can go see Live perform live this week at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Thursday, July 10, 2014.  Holding the rest of the puns back the band is really good and the facility is a remarkable place to see a concert.  The good folks at Brew Thru are doing concerts all summer long and it makes for a great mid-week evening out!

All Kinds of SUP

bic-sup-one-design-seriesThere really is all kinds of SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) going on this weekend on the Outer Banks.  July 10 is the BIG SUP One Design Series, where first timers and professionals alike paddle all around together.  Kitty Hawk Surf Co. is the sponsor and while the event is free and open to the public, you’ll need to sign up at their Duck location at 10am for it.

suptasticOur other SUP event is “SUPtastic”, a WPA sanctioned paddleboard race that starts at the bridge in Roanoke Island Festival Park and goes through Shallowbag Bay and around the park.  More information can be found here.

Thanks for reading all!  Here are links for more July OBX events, annual Outer Banks events, and our entire Outer Banks blog.  See you next time!

Things to do on the Outer Banks this Week l June 28-July 4, 2014

Outer Banks Events This Week: June 28-July 4

It’s vacation time! Here are a few things going on this week on the Outer Banks for you and your family to attend. From concerts, to stand up paddle contests, to 4th of July fireworks, it will be a wonderful week for all!

outer-banks-sup-seriesOuter Banks SUP Series

The OBX Sup Series is brought to you by Farmdog Surf School and Wicked Oceans. Whether you have been shredding waves your whole life or just beginning, Farmdogs welcomes everyone! Registration is $25 and goes from June 28-29. Portion of proceeds will benefit Nags Head Ocean Rescue and Surfrider Foundation.

andy-woodhullThe Comedy Club: Andy Woodhull with JF Harris

From the Television screen all the way to the stage here on the Outer Banks, Andy fills the room with laughter. With his 2012 album being named top 10 comedy albums of the year, this will be a great show for everyone!  Check him out July 1-3 and July 5th. Located on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills.

duck-summer-concert-seriesConcert in the Duck Town Park: Donovan Carless and the Posse

Pack a cooler, blanket, chairs and enjoy the vibes of Donovan Carless. This is the perfect way to end your day at the beach enjoying live music as the sun goes down. Show begins around 6:30pm. Each week they mix up the bands to give a full variety. This event is free and open to the public!

outer-banks-and-you-cover“Outer Banks and You” LIVE!

Southern Shores Realty’s official company song “The Outer Banks and You” sung by Jamie Trent will be apart of the Outer Banks Jubilee’s performance on July 3, 2014. This is will be a variety show and a night full of fun for everyone in the family. If you love the Outer Banks, you will love this song and performance.

freedom5k3rd Annual Freedom 5k

What better way to start Independence Day than running a 5k together with your family? This race is located in Kill Devil Hills and offers several distances for all ages. Swag bag, finisher medals and after party all in celebration of your completion and 4th of July! Race time starts 7A.M. at 102 Town Hall Drive.


indepence-day-1850Independence Day 1850

Island Farms welcomes you to celebrate Independence Day! Bring all of the family, a picnic, blanket, and any drinks you would like. Enjoy this larges grassy lawn as we commemorate our nation’s birth. There will be musket-fire, a variety of games, and reading of the Declaration of Independence.

obx-fireworks-show4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations

What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than fireworks on the beach? The Outer Banks does its best to put on an amazing show every year. Each town has it’s own laws, limits and times but will leave you and your family staring at the sky in amazement. Don’t forget about the town parades in the morning. This is all the information you need on your 4th of July celebrations!

killerdunes2milerKiller Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run

Located at the infamous Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Start your 4th of July by charging the dunes of Jockey’s Ridge with your family by your side. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting, preserving,  and enhancing Jockey’s Ridge. Start time is 8:30am. Medals, t-shirts, and post race fun is all included!

Not coming to the Outer Banks this week? Check out our July and August Events to see what’s happening during your vacation. Thankfully, when you rent through Southern Shores Realty, you also get AWESOME discounts. Be sure to check out our GUEST REWARDS program for discounts on all kinds of activities on the Outer Banks!

Things to do on the Outer Banks this Week | June 21-27, 2014

movies-on-the-soundMovies on The Sound

June 27 marks the last movie in Nags Head, NC this summer for the Movies on the Sound series.  This week’s showing: Mary Poppins!  Take the whole fam and pack the car for only $10 at the Outer Banks Event Site (6800 S. Coratan HWY).  The series moves to Duck, NC starting July 11, 2014.

whalehead-wine-festivalWhalehead Wine Festival

On Wednesday, June 25, head up to the Currituck Heritage Park and Whalehead Club to get your wine on!  Channel your inner Wino from 3pm-7pm with a bevy of samples and tastings for only $25.  Local vintners will be present so you can get a true taste for the region.

brewthru_obxbeerBrew Thru Concert Series

Thursday, June 26 kicks off the 2014 BrewThru Summer Concert Series with a performance by Bruce Hornsby!  No, this is not a joke like our Michael Bolton escapade of April Fool’s Day.  The concert takes place at Roanoke Island Festival Park and tickets can be purchased here.

duck-summer-concert-seriesDuck Summer Concert Series

Starting on this week through August 21, the Town of Duck hosts an annual concert series on the town green.  Bring a blanket and chairs out this week to enjoy the musical stylings of Sean Olds and The Church of the Eternal.  The show is from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  For more details visit  This is a free event for the public!

jetski-norbanks-obxNor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

The weather forecast is looking great this week!  Why not enjoy some awesome watersports this week at incredible discounts?  We’ve partnered up with Nor’Banks in Duck, NC to give our guests 15% OFF absolutely any activity they want to try (as many times as you want too)!  From Jet Skis to Parasailing, Nor’Banks is basically the watersports capital of the world… seriously.  Read more about these watersports discounts.

the-lost-colonyLost Colony Outdoor Drama

A must see!  If you enjoy any bit of history, you will LOVE the Lost Colony performed in Manteo, NC.  Hear the tale of the first settlers to the “New World” in this outdoor action drama.  Visit for details and tickets.


Ready to get out and about?  You can read more about other annual OBX events ORJune Outer Banks events.

Outer Banks Beach Report June 19, 2014

A scorcher!  It’s going to feel in excess of 100° this week on the Outer Banks.  Here are the sights and sounds from the Hayman Street beach access in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  Take some time to drift away and mentally check out 2 minutes (unless you keep repeating the video).  When enough is enough, go ahead and book your Outer Banks vacation rental by searching our 600+ selection.

Free Fishing Day in North Carolina | No License, No Problem!



You’ve heard right!  On July 4th, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites people of all ages to enjoy a day of fishing – for free!

The 24 hour period that is set to celebrate our nation’s independence can be spent enjoying the sport of fishing in the state of North Carolina; including the Outer Banks.  This is an annual happening set forth by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994.  This free fishing day is good for residents and non-residents alike, valid on any public body of water including the intercoastal waterways and Atlantic Ocean with no need for additional trout privileges.

outer-banks-fishing-limits-guide-typesAlthough you do not need a fishing license, you must pay attention and adhere to all other regulations like size limits, harvest limits, etc.  Take a look at ourOuter Banks fishing guide for all the tips, tricks, and rules to follow.  Make your plans now to enjoy your day out on the water!  Call the commission at 888.248.6834 with any questions.

Haven’t booked your stay yet?  Southern Shores Realty has over 600 OBX rental homes to stay in.  Start searching for one now!

Things to do This Weekend on the OBX

Weekend of June 12 – June 15

Summer is officially underway on the Outer Banks! With events going on every week it can be hard to pick which ones to go to. For starters, here is a list of all events, with a few recommendations by Katlyn.

ISAF Catamaran Championship

 catamaran-north-american-championshipJune 9 – 14 l Roanoke Island

Brought to you by SAIL NC, watch all the catamarans battle it out for the title of the ISAF International A-Class Catamaran North American Champion. This is the first major regatta to take place locally. Races going underway at Roanoke Island and running from June 9 – June 14.

Comedy Club presents Sid Davis

June 11 & June 12 l Kill Devil Hills

Whether it’s a “parents night out” while on vacation, Sid Davis with Jimmy Merrit will keep you laughing the whole time. Davis brings the term “laughter is contagious” to life! He has been named “hilarious and original”. Don’t miss this night full of laughter. Located at the Comedy Club

Windmill Point Art Fair

June 12th l Nags Head

Free admission to the public with free parking. Just about any type of artwork will be on display. Photographers, sculptors, painters, map makers, blacksmiths, stained glass and so much more. Open from 10am – 6pm Thursday only.

First Fridays at Manteo

first-friday-roanoke-islandJune 13 l Manteo Waterfront

*Katlyn’s pick : From April to December the Waterfront at Manteo holds a special event the first Friday of every month. There will be live music, specials offered in the local shoppes, and delicious foods from the surrounding restaurants. Great evening of walking, entertainment, shopping, and dining.

Movies on the Sound

June 13th l Nags Head

Monsters University is playing this Friday at the Nags Head Event Site. This is a sound front location with a beautiful sunset view. Gates open at 7pm and parking is $10/car. Presented by Children at Play. Bring a picnic, bug spray, pillows and more.

4th Annual Family Fishing Tournament

June 14th l Jennette’s Pier

* Katlyn’s pick.  Fishing, family, and fun all come together at Jennette’s Pier every year. This event is what Jennette’s likes to call the kick off of Summertime. Whether you walk away with a trophy, or your very own rod and reel combination it will be fun for everyone in the family.

Magnolia Art Market

June 14th l Manteo

A collaboration of Outer Banks talent sharing their knowledge and skills. This open air pavilion will have all types of art of display, located in the beautiful downtown Manteo. Open from 10 A.M. to  6 P.M.

Storm the Beach

storm-the-beach-obx-runningJune 15th l Jennette’s Pier

*Katlyn’s pick. What better way to bond as a family than to run Storm the Beach together? Six obstacles, 4 different races, team or individual. Located at Jennette’s Pier. Sign up is closed now, but sign up is available at packet pick-up on Saturday from 5-7:30 P.M. at Jennette’s Pier.

1964 – The Tribute

June 15th l Manteo

*Katlyn’s pick. Love the sound of the Beatles? 1964 – The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey through rock history. We welcome them to the Roanoke Island Festival Park this Sunday. Tickets are $30.

Not going to be here this week of June? No worries, there are a ton of events going on all June and Summer long. Be sure to check out our June  and July blog for events during your stay. We hope you have a great weekend.

Things to do This Weekend on the Outer Banks

Weekend of June 7 & 8, 2014

An exciting weekend is in store for the Outer Banks!  Some of my all time favorite events are taking place this weekend.

First Fridays

Kicking things off today, Friday, is the First Fridays celebration in Manteo.  From April through December on the first Friday of the month, downtown Manteo fills with people eager to enjoy a farmers’ market, music, and late hours for many of the eclectic shoppes.  This is a fantastic option for those looking to spend a couple hours enjoying some walking and shopping.

Dare Day Festival

Saturday, June 8 is the annual Dare Day festival, taking place once again on Roanoke Island.  Occurring on the first Saturday in June each year, Day Day is hands down the BIGGEST celebration of Summer on the Outer Banks.



Hundreds of vendors varying from local seafood, BBQ, crafters, knitters, carpenters, blacksmiths, painters, photographers, fashion booths, photo booths, pet booths, watersports, car shows, and more pack the streets and yards in the quaint island town of Manteo, NC.  My family and I frequently went to Dare Day on our Outer Banks vacations and we still attend today when they come to town.  There are also plenty of activities for children like prize/game booths, kid-friendly carnival rides, and more!

Dare Day started in 1976 here on the Outer Banks and it’s basically known as the official kick-off to summer here.  All of the people, shopping, sights, sounds, and smells are just a fantastic summer experience and it truly is one of the finest events on the OBX.  Here is a small set of the photos I took from Dare day 2013.

Movies on The Sound

gooniesMovies on The Sound is back and they start this weekend on Friday evening.  Enjoy the charm of a drive-in movie with a great waterfront view to boot!

All of the June showings are at the Nags Head Event Site and parking is only $10 per car.  Head on over to the Movies on the Sound website for more info.  The Goonies is playing tonight – gotta love that one!

Rogallo Kite Festival

wright-kite-festival_0Kites, Kites, Kites, Kites-Kites, Kites, Everybody!

OK, you get the picture.  The annual Rogallo Kite Festival is taking place this weekend at Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head, NC.  It is a warm celebration and tribute to the man who made so much of wind powered gliding possible.  This is a great event for the whole family and definitely one to bring the cameras to as there will be larger than life kites floating that you can see from miles away!  Read more about the amazing story of Francis Rogallo here.

There’s a ton more than that going on this June, as well as this weekend!  Check out our OBX events in June 2014 list to plan your fun times and share this post with your friends.  Have a great weekend everybody!

Pet Friendly Outer Banks Dining

Outer Banks Pet Friendly Restaurants

During the Summer months, our pets are limited to the amount of time they spend outside due to such high temperatures. It’s still important that we get them out of the house as much as we can during the not-so-hot parts of the day. What better way than having your pup join you and your family for dinner out on the town?

The Outer Banks has a wide selection of restaurants serving some of the freshest local ingredients. Here is a selection of these same restaurants that understand the love you have for your pup and welcome them to dine with you on their outdoor patios! Dogs must remain leashed, well behaved, and for Pete’s sake please don’t tie their leash to the table. If you are just looking for things to do with your dog while visiting the Outer Banks, we have that too!

american-pie-pizza American Pie l Kill Devil Hills, NC

Outdoor seating located right on beach road. Delicious pizza, homemade ice cream, and dinner with your family and pup make for a perfect evening.

aqua-restaurant Aqua Restaurant l Duck, NC

Soundfront in the beatiful family oriented town of Duck. They welcome dogs and families for dining on their patio with gorgeous views.

bacchus-wine-cheese-corolla Bacchus Wine and Cheese l Corolla, NC

Located in Monterey Plaza in Corolla. While you wine and dine, your pup can sit with you on their sidewalk dining.

baldies-burgers-obx-dining Baldie’s Burgers & Ice Cream l Southern Shores, NC

Even if it’s for a handmade hamburger, your pup can join you at Baldie’s outdoor patio. Located right here in Southern Shores they have covered outdoor dining.

bk-shuckers BK Shuckers l Kitty Hawk, NC

Don’t miss any game at your favorite sports bar. Dont miss any game with your favorite pup either. BK Shuckers welcomes dogs to their outdoor dining.

captn-franks Capt’n Franks l Kitty Hawk, NC

New with their two story deck for the 2014 year, Capt’n himself welcomes leashed, well behaved pups to both stories of the deck.

jimmys-seafood-buffet Jimmy’s Buffet l Kitty Hawk, NC

Eventhough Jimmy’s is known for their buffet, they welcome dog owners by ordering take out. They offer picnic tables right outside to sit and enjoy.

johns-drive-in John’s Drive In l Kitty Hawk, NC

Infamous on the beach for their milkshakes and dolphin boats. Drive in and you and your pup can enjoy some of John’s best with ocean views.

tropical-smoothie-cafe-nags-head-dinning Tropical Smoothie l Southern Shores, NC

Just a short walk from our office, they offer sidewalk dining that welcomes you and your pup. Whether for a smoothie or a sandwich.

ortegaz Ortegaz Southwest Grill l Manteo, NC

Located in the quiet town of Manteo. Serving a full bar and delicious food that will leave you coming back for more.

sonic-drive-in Sonic l Nags Head, NC

You are welcome to drive in or dine at the covered picnic tables with your pup. Be prepared, this is food your dog will be sure to want.

sooeys-bbq-corolla Sooey’s BBQ l Nags Head, NC

Located just across from Jockey’s Ridge in Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Some of the best brisket and pulled pork on the beach. Outdoor dining.

steamers-corolla-dining Steamers Shellfish To Go l Corolla, NC

Whether it’s ordering a steamer pot to go, or enjoying your beer on the deck as you watch the sunset over the sound, your pup is welcome at Steamers.

surfin-spoon-froyo-logo-gluten-free Surfin Spoon l Nags Head, NC

Shred the gnar with the surfing spoon with some of the best FroYo in town. Kick back with your pup on their front porch as you dig into barrels of flavors.

mulligans Mulligans l Nags Head, NC

After you and your pup spend the day at the beach, Mulligans welcomes both of you to join them on their outdoor deck. Delicious food, friendly service!

tropical-smoothie-cafe-nags-head-dinning Tropical Smoothie l Southern Shores, NC

Just a short walk from our office, they offer sidewalk dining that welcomes you and your pup. Whether for a smoothie or a sandwich.

zen-pops-kdh-delicious Zen Pops l Kitty Hawk, NC

New location in Harbour Bay Shoppes. Cool off with a delicious homemade Zen Pop with your pup on their sidewalk seating.

Outer Banks Fireworks 2014 | OBX July 4th Events

It is almost America’s birthday, and you know what that means….. FIREWORKS! There’s no better place to enjoy the sights and sounds of 4th of July pyrotechnic masterpieces than on the beaches of the Outer Banks. 2014 will be no different. In fact, there is a new addition to this year’s list of OBX fireworks that has come back after years of being away. Take a look at the list below of the July 4th fireworks celebrations on the Outer Banks from north to south: Corolla Fireworks 2014 22nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS – WHALEHEAD CLUB. – MOVED TO MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014 CLICK HERE TO VIEW..

Outer Banks Beach Activities for Dogs

An Outer Banks Vacation isn’t a complete vacation without all of our family members, including our furry, 4 legged family members. With over 190 pet friendly vacation rentals we have a wide selection of perfect homes for you and your family! Now that you have the ideal pet friendly home, it’s time to pack! We have put together a Pet Vacation Packing Checklist for all of your packing worries and needs. Now that you have the perfect pet friendly vacation home, the packing done, completed your journey to the beach, you’re probably wondering what can my dog do while on vacation on hot Outer Banks Summer days?

Well, me being the dog lover I am, I really enjoy taking my pup everywhere with me. By doing this, I have learned a few ways to keep them cool but active while at the beach. One thing I always try to do is get out early with my dog, before the day gets really hot. Even if this means 5AM beach time and 6AM bike rides, they need to have fun and burn some energy without being in the heat for too long.

There are also some things they can do along with the family. Keep in mind, if you’re hot, so is your dog and as you need to stay hydrated throughout the day, so does your dog. The following is a list of things to do and places to go with your dog while visiting the Outer Banks. Just a reminder as you venture out with your pup always bring a leash, water, water bowl, and poop pick up bags. If you aren’t aware of the leash laws, check them out as they are different in every town you visit.

riding-bikes-on-the-beach Ride bikes with your pup.

Whether it’s on the road, the beach or any of the beautiful trails the Outer Banks has to offer, your dog will enjoy every moment spent with you.

pet-friendly-skateboard-with-your-dog Skateboard with your pup.

Well, maybe not exactly like the picture but you get the point. Cruising along, taking in the ocean air, pup and cousins by your side.

dreamstime_xs_20987099_0 Play fetch on the beach.

Be sure to get out early! This will help because of the temperature and with a lot of visitors getting to the beach later in the morning.

Woman and dog running toward the sun on summer beach in a beautiful golden sunset. Sport girl and her pet training together. Go for a run on the beach.

Just like you get bored with always running on the road, I’m sure our dogs do too. Mix it up while your on vacation and hit the sand!

nags-head-woods Walking through Nags Head Woods.

Maritime Nature Preserves on the Outer Banks. With it’s tree covered paths, you and your pup will be rucked away from it all. Photo:

dreamstime_xs_29323674 Shopping with your dog.

This is a list of stores/shopping centers that are outdoors and allow dogs to walk their walkways. Maybe they can get something while you’re out.

Dogs Welcome on Patio sign posted outside cafe Outdoor dining with your pup.

This is a list of restaurants on the Outer Banks that have a patio and welcome well behaved dogs on a leash.

wright-memorial_6 Wright Memorial.

Our pets may not understand the significance of the Wright Memorial, all they will know is that they are somewhere new with their pack, and that’s enough for them.

jockeys-ridge-4 Jockey’s Ridge.

Who wouldn’t want to run the dunes? Bring your pet with you and your family to watch the sun rise over the ocean or catch the sunset over the sound.

pet-friendly-currituck-heritage-park Walk around Heritage Park & Whalehead Club.

With beautiful open lawns, sound front views, and history all around, this makes for a great area to walk with your pup.

rifp Roanoke Island Festival Park.

This beautiful sound front park allows dogs. With a full event schedule in the evening all Summer long, it’s best to go early morning.

kitty-hawk-seal Kitty Hawk Dog Park.

There’s nothing better than making friends while on vacation, even for your dog. Leash free. Applicationneeds to be filled out prior to entry.

surfing-dog Take them out on a stand up paddle board.

For the experts surfer pups, it’s always a great time. For the beginners, I would start small with little to no waves in the sound.

duck-summer-concert-series Walk along the Duck Trail.

This is a multi use path from one end of town to the other. Winds through the trees and opens up to beautiful views of the Outer Banks.

pet-friendly-estuarine-nature-walk Estuarine Nature Walk.

This is a beautiful 0.3 mile walk out to the Currituck Sound. There is also a 1.5 mile path that veers off the boardwalk.