Why we love the off-season on the Outer Banks

Off Season on the Outer Banks

duckroad_0Before I became a resident of the beautiful Outer Banks, I lived in a town outside of Richmond, VA. Every Summer I couldn’t wait to get here. We have always stayed, and continue to stay in Duck. The only adjustment my family has made over the years is when we come. We switched from 4th of July week to early June when it’s not as hot. Once we arrived, we were so over-the-moon with excitement we didn’t know what to do first. By the time Thursday arrived during our Sunday-to-Sunday rental, reality started setting in. My vacation was soon coming to an end.

Thankfully, my grandparents and I think alike. One week on the Outer Banks out of the entire year just isn’t enough. They started coming 3 times a year; one week in February, one week in July, and one week in November. Before I transferred to my now alma mater University of Hawai’i, I attended Old Dominion University. This worked out perfect.  I was close enough to the Outer Banks that I was able to visit them all 3 times they came. This was my first time visiting the Outer Banks in the “off-season”. I then realized the year-round beauty this place offers. Before moving to Hawai’i, I knew the Outer Banks was where I would return someday.

The off season is technically defined from Labor Day to Memorial Day. The Outer Banks doesn’t have steady traffic year round. We are a vacation destination so it’s either full swing all day every day or it’s what we call our “off season”. Outer Banks residents look forward to the off-season as much as we look forward to Summer time. We love the warm weather, business, and meeting people from all over the world during our busy Summer months. Here are some things to look forward to in the off-season:


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Outer Banks Events l October 2014

Jack o lantern halloween pinapple with reflection

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.

island-farm-pumpkin-patchIsland Farms Pumpkin Patch 

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.

bodie-island-stairsMoon Climbs

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.

red-wolf-howlingsRed Wolf Howlings

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.

oink-n-oyster-2014Oink N’ Oyster Roast

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.

duck-jazz-festival-2014Duck Jazz Festival

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.

seafood-festival-2014Outer Banks Seafood Festival

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.

Harvest Hayday HHD poster 2013Harvest Hayday

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.

wings-over-water-wildlife-festivalWings over Water Wildlife Festival

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!

Things to do on the Outer Banks August 8 – 14

As Summer on the Outer Banks begins to wind down, that doesn’t mean the fun has to! There are still some great events going on for you and the family. Most of the events going on this week and free and open to the public. From outdoor concerts to outdoor movies, there is sure to be something everyone will enjoy.

movies-on-the-soundMovies on the Sound

August 8 l Manteo, NC
Movies on the Sound is an outdoor movie series showing family friendly movies. This month Movies on the Sound will be held at the College of the Albemarle Campus. This week’s movie is one of my all time favorites, Despicable Me!

roanoke-island-powwow-august-obx11th Annual Roanoke Island American Indian Cultural Festival & Powwow

August 9 l Manteo, NC
Come join the tribes as they gather together on ancestral sounds to celebrate and share their culture. This event brings American Indian tribes together from all over the nation dressed in their tribal regalia. Native drummers, dancers, traders and food vendors are all welcome.


August 11 – 15 l Hatteras 
Yes, its a bit of a drive but it is also 5 nights of live music on the waterfront stage at REAL Watersports and Waterman’s Bar and Grill. With a beautiful sunset kicking off every night of music, along with delicious food, it will be worth the drive. Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys will be the headline act this year.

faire-daysFaire Days

August 13 l Duck, NC
Every Wednesday until September 10 you’ll discover food, art, and entertainment. There will be DIY crafts for the kids such as sand art and sun catchers. On top of that there will be magicians, juggling, puppets live music and much more! This is free and open to the public along the tree covered walkways of Scarborough Faire.

duck-summer-concert-seriesConcert on the Duck Town Green: Violent Mae

August 14 l Duck, NC
Every Thursday evening throughout the Summer there will be a free concert in the Town of Duck either on the Duck Town Green or at the amphitheater. Tonight’s performance by the Violent Mae will be on the green. Blankets and chairs are welcomed. Family friendly and free.

If you can’t make it this week in August, don’t worry we will publish a list of hand picked to-dos on the Outer Banks every week. If you are visiting us for a peaceful Fall getaway, be sure to check out our September events and our Annual events to plan some activities for your vacation.