October is full of awesome events. We welcome Fall with open arms around here. The hustle and bustle of a busy season start to settle and now it’s family time. Time for pumpkin flavored… everything, waves, sweaters, candles and relaxing. It helps everyone appreciate the beauty of the Outer Banks all over again.
October 4 – 25 l Roanoke Island, NC
Every Saturday through the month of October, Island Farms opens up their pumpkin patch for you and your family. From 10AM to 4PM you can take an ox-drawn wagon ride to pick out the pumpkin of your dreams. There is an admission fee of $6, with children 5 and under being free. Other activities include candle making, stuff a scarecrow, photo booth and much more.
October 8 l Bodie & Hatteras
Every full moon from May to October, Bodie Island lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse open for night climbs. The Hatteras lighthouse is equivalent ot a 12 story building, as Bodie lighthouse is equivalent to a 10 story building. I couldn’t think of a better view of the full moon that on the balcony of our beautiful Outer Banks lighthouses. Tickets go on sale two days prior to the climb.
October 11 l Roanoke Island, NC
Brought to you by Alligator National Wildlife Refuge and Red Wolf Recovery Program who both work hard to make this the only place in the world where they still exist in the wild. Meet several other curious folks at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail to hear the beautiful sounds of this endangered species. We recommend dressing for the weather and bringing insect repellent and a flashlight.
October 11 l Kitty Hawk, NC
The annual Oink and Oyster Roast is put together by a local charity, First Flight Rotary Club. This event is held at Longboard’s Bar and Grill in Kitty Hawk, right next to the post office. All you can eat oysters, BBQ, hush puppies, slaw, beans, potato salad and oh my lanta… two pints of keg beer! The food will be from noon to 4PM but feel free to stick around.
October 12 l Duck, NC
The town of Duck will be soaring with local, regional, and national talent on the Town of Duck’s two stages. This is the 8th annual event and gates will open from 1-AM to dusk. This event is free and open to the public to encourage people to stay in the area and support our amazingly hard working local businesses. With a seven band line up, there will be music to make everyone in the family get up and dance.
October 18 l Nags Head, NC
Where it’s all about local seafood. From 10:50AM to 6PM you and the family can taste the best of the best local seafood and recipes they are a part of. General admission tickets are available online for $3 a person. The official currency of the Sea Food Festival is “$1 Sea Bucks”. You need these to purchase food and drinks once inside the event. I recommended about $25 Sea Bucks a person.
October 25 l Roanoke Island, NC
A lot of family traditions involve The Elizabethan Gardens and Harvest Hayday is one of them. This event is held during the day and full of the colors and flavors of Fall. There are hay rides and a hale bale maze to make your way through. Stuff a scarecrow, educational stations, face painting, crafts and much more. After all that, enjoy hot cider, pumpkin pie, and a warming bonfire.
October 21- 26 l Outer Banks, NC
This week-long event is located all the way from Mackay Island Refuge, through Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, all the way down to Ocracoke. This can be a self-guided week, or you can take advantage of their many classes and guided tours throughout the week. The Outer Banks is thriving with wildlife, and this is a great way to see it all.
Looking for all of the haunted Halloween events? Check out our spookiest blog of all, Outer Banks Halloween Events. There is plenty to do throughout the holiday season, be sure to check out the annual events to plan your Fall or Winter getaway!