7 Reasons to Visit the Outer Banks in Winter

This week on the Outer Banks, all focus was on the tubes. But not the gnarly waves as you would think, the water pipes! More precisely, how to keep them from freezing as temperatures dipped into the 20s and snowfall cast a frozen sheen on the beaches. Locals know all too well how to make the most of the Outer Banks any time of year. Even at its frostiest, the Outer Banks offers a peaceful getaway for tourists.

The wintertime offers visitors an opportunity to explore the quieter side of the Outer Banks. If you are considering a winter escape, here are a few benefits you can enjoy:

1. Saving money. Most rentals and restaurants offer lower off season prices. This means you could rent a much larger oceanfront home (with a hot tub!) than you ever expected. $1 slices of pizza? Half-price wine? Yes, please! The off season pricing also extends to local restaurants as well as spas and other activities.

2. No waits. There’s no patience needed in the wintertime! With no traffic on the highway, you pretty much have the road to yourself. And you can walk into just about any restaurant and be seated for your meal right away! You’ll enjoy a quieter, calmer atmosphere as well.

3. Sea shells. The best seashore treasures, including large unbroken conch shells and colorful seaglass, are found on the beaches during the off season.

4. Fishing. Charter a boat off shore and look for tuna, stay inshore for rockfish, fish from the piers for rockfish, bluefish or striper, and try the surf in milder temperatures for puppy drum, speckled trout and sea mullet, to name a few options. Remember to check with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on licensing and regulations.

5. Unobstructed views. Enjoy the beach all to yourself! Take sunrise and beach photos without anyone photobombing!

6. Freedom. The beach rules are more relaxed in the wintertime. Most towns allow driving on the beach from October 1 to April 30 with a permit. Dogs also enjoy more freedom on the beach during these months! Be sure to check the web sites for each town for updated regulations.

7. Calm. Bring a project you are working on – writing, art, music, a business plan – with you to the Outer Banks and work in a beautiful location without distraction.

While undoubtedly the summertime makes the Outer Banks the hot spot place to be, the wintertime offers a uniquely different experience still to be enjoyed. Leave your flip flops behind, and show your boots a sandy good time!

10 Things to do While Waiting to Check-in

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There are so many great things to do on the Outer Banks while waiting for your house to be ready. Such as…

  1. Set up a canopy and grab a cooler to hang out on the beach in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, or Nags Head for the day.  (This way you can stay out of the stress of traffic and still have fun).
  2. Grab a bite to eat if you get here early at some of the most popular breakfast restaurants.  Our guests are eligible for big discounts at some!
  3. Fly kites on Jockey’s Ridge at milepost 12 in Nags Head.
  4. Make your way to Duck to do some shopping and sight-seeing at the boardwalk. Grab visitors guides, coupon books, and restaurant guides to really add to your first day experience.
  5. You can rent bikes and strollers to enjoy the nature trails that run through Duck and Corolla.
  6. If you would prefer to relax and not do a lot of walking around, set up on the pier with a fishing pole and a cooler.
  7. Set up an appointment to have pictures taken of you and your party out on the beach.. or try an old time photo!
  8. Rent jet skis, visit the aquarium, play laser tag, mini-golf, or make your way to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands and have a fun ride on the ferry.
  9. Visit the lighthouses which are in Corolla, South Nags Head, Hatteras, and Ocracoke.
  10. The movie theater does matinee showings if you would prefer to be somewhere a little bit cooler.
  11. (bonus) Set up an adventure with the wild horse tours in Corolla (something for everyone to enjoy)!

As you can see, you can still enjoy your day while waiting for your home to be ready. At Southern Shores Realty, we want you to get the most out of your vacation. Please feel free to call our office when you arrive to leave your name and number with us. If the home becomes available before the normal 4 to 5 p.m. check in time , then we will give you a call. We look forward to your vacation!

Outer Banks Fireworks 2015

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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.  Take a look at the list below of the July 4th fireworks celebrations on the Outer Banks from north to south:

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Colorful fireworks of various colors in the evening sky, fireworks on the beach

Corolla Fireworks 2015

23rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS – WHALEHEAD CLUB. – FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

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The 23rd Annual Festival of Fireworks – July 4th Celebration will take place on the Currituck Heritage Park lawn (where the Whalehead Club is). Arrive early and bring the whole family to enjoy all of the fun activities, music and entertainment. Local food vendors will also be on site.  Find a place for your blanket or chair and settle in for a fun Currituck Outer Banks evening and the best fireworks show on the Outer Banks! The boat ramp will be closed on this day.  This event will be held on the grounds of Currituck Heritage Park located at 1100 Club Road, Corolla, NC. Also note no alcohol is allowed on the park grounds. For more information please visit The Currituck County Tourism website.

Duck 4th of July Parade 2015

11TH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PARADE – DUCK, NC. – FRIDAY, JULY 3RD, 2015

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The Fourth of July Parade in Duck, NC is a traditional favorite and an event not to miss!  It’s been acclaimed as one of the best small town celebrations in the country and I can see why!

Photo taken by Terry Moore for Southern Shores Realty.

The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending back at Duck Road (NC 12). If you are attending the parade next year, please arrive early so you can get a good spot on the parade route. Remember, no part of the parade is on Duck Road (Highway 12), and parking in Town is at a premium, so please plan to walk or ride your bicycle and be in Town well in advance of the parade start time of 9:00 a.m. For more information check out our Duck Parade photos and The Town of Duck’s website.  Immediately following the parade will be a concert held at the Town Green, featuring music from Just Playn’ Dixieland and refreshments!

Kill Devil Hills Fireworks 2015

AVALON PIER 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS – SECOND TIME SINCE 2009 – SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2015

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Held Saturday July 4, 2015 on the Avalon Pier, these Independence Day fireworks were once absent in Kill Devil Hills.  In 2009, there was a terrible fireworks accident that occurred on Ocracoke Island which prompted statewide regulation changes and a hault to some of the most popular firework shows on the Outer Banks.

The show is now back on and is a great addition to the 4th of July on the Outer Banks.  It also relieves congestion for some of the other displays.  This show is also being put on by the world-renowned pyrotechnic masters of  Zambelli Fireworks (a New Castle, PA company – shout out!).  The Kill Devil Hills fireworks are a great option for anyone staying in the KDH or Kitty Hawk areas.  You can hop right onto the beach and get a great view of the show.

Manteo / Roanoke Island Fireworks 2015

ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK FIREWORKS 2015 – TOWN OF MANTEO – SATURDAY JULY 4, 2015

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The July 4th Celebration with music and fireworks in Manteo, NC is a traditional favorite for visitors and locals alike.  It’s a fun celebration and you can see the fireworks from across the sound if you can’t attend.

Held at the park’s pavilion in Manteo, the celebration is free and open to the public. Gates open to the public at 6 p.m. and parking is available at the park until it is full, then feel free to park downtown.  Handicap parkers are encouraged to use the park’s lot.

The night starts off at 8pm with a concert from over 40 airman-musicians performing orchestral pieces and patriotic songs.  The fireworks themselves are due to set the sky ablaze at 9:30pm (at dark).  Due to the large crowds for this event and the loudness of the fireworks, pets are discouraged.  Please note that once the fireworks begin, the pavilion gates will be closed to create a safety zone, until the fireworks are complete.  During this time, for your safety, no one will be allowed to enter or exit the Pavilion. For more information check out the Roanoke Island Festival Park website and Town of Manteo’s website for more community events like this!

Nags Head Fireworks 2015

18TH ANNUAL FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR – NAGS HEAD FISHING PIER – SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2015

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A crowd favorite in Nags Head!  The sky will light up starting at 9:25 pm at the Nags Head Fishing Pier at Milepost 11.  The show is being put on by Zambelli Fireworks (like the KDH fireworks) and is a personal favorite of mine.  This show is great as there are several awesome vantage points including: both north and south of the pier, Curlew Street, Bladen Street, Hollowell Street, Bittern Street, Conch Street, Bonnett Street, Blackman Street and Barnes Street.  A Local tradition for the best seat in the house is Jockey’s Ridge State Park, where the enormous sand dunes and open sky make for an unforgettable viewing experience!  Visit NagsHeadNC.gov for more info!

Avon Fireworks 2015

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION – AVON, NC. – SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2015

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If your holiday plans have you traveling to Hatteras Island there will be a fireworks display this year again at the Avon Fishing Pier! The show starts at dusk (right around 9:15pm) and is going to be a great one!  The Avon Fishing Pier Fireworks are a fantastic show to watch from the beach and the only fireworks taking place on Hatteras Island this year.

No matter what fireworks display you end up at on the Outer Banks, don’t forget the reason for the celebration.  This year, 2015, marks the 239th birthday of the United States of America.  It was a monumental undertaking that lead to such a grand annual celebration and it certainly merits a moment or two of reflection to consider the gravity of the day.  Enjoy your 4th of July with friends, family, or whoever may be with you.  Southern Shores Realty offers over 600 beach homes and some may still have availability for July 4th OBX Vacations!

Thanks for reading and getting the scoop on the OBX fireworks shows this year.  Pass it on to a friend using the sharing buttons at the top and bottom of this article or drop us a comment below and let us know what show you’ll be at.  See you at the fireworks!

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June 2015 OBX Events & Activities

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June is one of my FAVORITE months on the Outer Banks!  The summer state of mind is in full swing and there are many events and activities going on up and down the beach.  The “don’t miss” event of the month is definitely Dare Day, taking place on Saturday, June 6 in downtown Manteo.  There are dozens of vendors, dozens of photo-ops, and a really great time for all ages.  Check out our list for everything else fun taking place in June on the Outer Banks!

first-friday-roanoke-islandFirst Fridays in Manteo

April – December l Manteo Waterfront l Manteo, NC
Manteo truly comes alive every first Friday of the month from April to December!  Stores are open late, restaurants beckon you with exciting food, and there’s a bevy of activity taking place outside including various small concerts, farmers markets, and crafter/artisan displays.

the-lost-colony-obxThe Lost Colony

May 29 – Aug. 22 l Waterside Theatre Manteo, NC
There’s a lot more to the Outer Banks than just beautiful beaches.  Bring the whole family out to the longest-running outdoor drama in America: The Lost Colony!  A true story about the Roanoke Colony and their mysterious disappearance.  A must-see for any visitor!

faire-daysFaire Days Festival

June 3 – Aug. 26 l Scarborough Faire l Duck, NC
When shopping at Scarborough Faire in Duck, NC this year, make sure to bring the kids with you!  On Wednesdays this summer, Faire Days are full of music performances, face painting, crafts, games, prizes, and more!

national-running-dayNational Running Day 5K

June 3 l The Marketplace l Southern Shores, NC
Sponsored by the Town of Southern Shores, join-in with runners from around the country on this annual celebration!  This 5K is taking place at the Marketplace shopping plaza, has a field of 250, and registration is $12.  More information can be found on the event website.

windmill-point-art-fairWindmill Point Art Fair

June 4 l Outer Banks Event Site | Nags Head, NC
Get some fresh air, walk about at the new Outer Banks Event Site, and enjoy shopping the wares of local artisans!  This is the 3rd annual event and takes place the first Thursday of June, July, and August.  Over 40 artists and crafters will be present from all over the region.  The fair is open from 10am to 6pm.

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June 5, 12, 17, & 26 l Location Varies
Enjoy great company, the great outdoors, and a great flick to benefit the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum.  Movies at the Duck Town Green: June 5 – Frozen, June 12 – Back to the Future 2, and June 19 – Despicable Me 2.  Movies at the C.O.A. Ballfield in Manteo: June 26 – The Lego Movie.  Click here for a summer-long list of showings.

dare-day-festivalDare Day Festival

June 6 l Waterfront Manteo l Manteo, NC
As mentioned above, this is the “can’t miss” event of June.  Originating in 1976 (as a 2-day festival) Dare Day has been one of the biggest events on the Outer Banks all year long.  Over 100 vendors varying from food, arts, crafts, music, and more! There is a large area specifically for kids’ activities and games as well.  Bring the whole family and the camera.  Starts at 10am!

kitty-hawk-kites-obx-fun_1Rogallo Kite Festival

June 5 – 7 l Jockey’s Ridge l Nags Head, NC
A free annual event celebrating Francis Rogallo and his invention of the flexible wing.  Thanks to his wit and drive the sport of hang gliding was created and transitioned into the many types of kites flown today.  Join in on the fun to see larger-than-life kites flying on the dunes and even learn how to build your own kites!

storm-the-beach-obx-2015-logoStorm The Beach

June 14 l Jennette’s Pier l Nags Head, NC
Run, Crawl, Jump, Carry, Endure!  Storm the beach is one of the most demanding races on the Outer Banks.  Forget the pavement as you stomp, crawl, and battle your way through the merciless course of beach.  Your medal from here will be one to proudly display!

free-outer-banks-yoga-town-of-duck_1Free Yoga in Duck

June 16 – Sep. 8 l Town Green Duck, NC
Like Yoga?  Like free things?  Get on out to the town green every Tuesday morning at 7:30 from June 16 through September 8 for a free class!  Participants are asked to bring their own mat/towel and water.

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June 23 – Aug. 11 l Town Green Duck, NC
Here’s another great activity in the town of Duck, NC… educational and fun theater shows for the kids every Tuesday morning at 9:45am.  Presented by The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, The Lost Colony, and Roanoke Island Festival Park, these shows are designed to get everyone involved as you’re entertained and educated on various topics.  This is another free event and seating is limited so make sure to get there on time!  Duck, NC also offers morning storytelling every Thursday From July 9 – Aug. 13 at 10am on the amphitheater stage.

2015 Lighthouse Climbing Schedules

Bodie Island Lighthouse Get ready to get steppin’!  The Bodie Island Lighthouse and Hatteras Lighthouses will be open to tours and climbs starting April 17, 2015 and continue through October 14, 2015, according to the National Park Service.

The opening day is also free admission.   Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be obtained in-person, that day, on-site.

This year, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open as a self-guided tour, similar to how the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is operated.  For the past two years, the Bodie Island Lighthouse was a guided tour operation.  According to the National Park Service, visitors expressed frustration at the wait time for tours to start and at the 45-minute long tour schedule.  By switching to a self-guided experience, the wait time will be significantly reduced and the amount of time spent experiencing the lighthouse will be self-determined.  This change should allow more visitors to have an opportunity climb the lighthouse each day.

BODIE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE:

Climbing Hours Ticket Sales
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:45 a.m. – 4:25 p.m.

CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE:

Climbing Hours Ticket Sales
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Spring and Fall) 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Spring and Fall)
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (May 22 – Sep. 7) 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (May 22 – Sep. 7)

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Climbing tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11 years of age and under, and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass.  Tickets are available on a first come/first served basis and can only be purchased in-person at the site the day of the climb.  There are no advance ticket sales.  Children must be at least 42” tall, and children under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old.

You can read more about the Body Island Lighthouse interior and tour in our opening day blog from 2013.

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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Things to do on the Outer Banks This Week l August 22-28

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This week is my top week of activities we have had all Summer long. With two of my favorite surfing events on the Outer Banks being in the same week, along with outdoor movies and more this all makes for a great week to be on the Outer Banks.

surfing-for-autism-at-bonzer-shackSurfing for Autism

August 22-23 l Jennette’s Pier l Nags Head, NC
This is a 2 day long event put together to bring awareness to Autism/Asperger’s. Starting with a meet and greet dinner Friday night and flowing right into a day of surfing on Saturday. Each child with Autism with be paired with 2 surf instructors and a teacher/physical therapist who understands the special needs.

movies-on-the-soundMovies on the Sound: Frozen

August 22 l College of Albemarle campus l Manteo, NC
Movies on the Sound is a Summer long series that plays outdoor movies from Duck to Manteo. For the month of August, the outdoor movies will be played at the College of the Albemarle Campus. Tonights movie, FROZEN! I know, exciting right? Bring some beach chairs, a blanket or two, pack a cooler and bring the whole family.

outer-banks-sup-seriesOBX SUP Series

August 23-24 l Farm Dogs Surf School l Nags Head, NC
Weekend of surf competitions, races and clinics. This contest is open for beginners to professionals and is meant to grow the paddling community on the Outer Banks. More advanced paddlers have an opportunity to surf Outer Banks waves in a competitive setting.

faire-daysFaire Days Festival

August 27 l Scarborough Faire Shopping l Duck, NC
All Summer long, Scarborough Faire, located in the heart of Duck, puts together Faire Day Festival every Wednesday. Free admission for the family. Live music, glitter tattoos, DIY arts and craft, face painting, juggling and more. All located under the beautiful tree covered walkways of some of the hottest shopping centers in Duck.

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August 28 l Jennette’s Pier l Nags Head, NC
A men’s qualifying competition of the ASP tour. This is the first of three new events tied to Vans Pro at ECSC. This competition is a great way for our local surfers to compete and get some points on the board to maybe one day make it to the international arena with surfers like Slater, Fanning, and Parko. This event is free and open to the public.

Not coming into town this week? The Outer Banks has a lot of great events going on in the month of September and all year long. Whether you are looking for a Fall getaway or your next family vacation home, Southern Shores Realty has just the home you are looking for. Be sure to also check out our Labor Day mini vacations Special.

Outer Banks Halloween Events

Looking for fun things to celebrate Halloween on the OBX?  Look no further!  Here’s a list of the top scary & haunted activities going on this year on the Outer Banks.  There’s haunted houses, haunted trails, ghost tours, and more!

Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail (formerly The Darkness)

Fridays & Saturdays from 9/26/14 – 11/01/14

 

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One of the best outdoor haunted trails on the Outer Banks (says me).  Head on out to 1101 ER Daniels Road in Wanchese, NC when the darkness sets in for a scary experience you won’t soon forget!  Wind your way through the creepy, quiet forest… it’s almost too quiet.  Your flashlight is your only true friend as you stroll along boardwalks over marshland, all to avoid what lies in waiting!  What feels safe isn’t, what looks dark and empty is full of hidden terrors.  Get the living bejesus scared right out of you!  Check out their Facebook page for more information.  Ticket prices are $15/person, cash only!  There is also a special event on November 1, called “lights out.”  Stroll through the woods in COMPLETE DARKNESS for $20.  I will definitely be heading here this year again!

Evening Lantern Tours – Victorian Death Rituals

Friday, October 31 &  Saturday November 1 @ 7p.m.

 

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A spooky & historically authentic night awaits… if you dare!  Join a full costumed cast alongside a grieving Victorian widow.  Go room-by-room through one of the oldest homesteads on the Outer Banks learning how the grieving process took place over two hundred years ago.  Walk the grounds by lantern light and see the final resting place and family graveyard.  Admission is $8, children 5 and under are free.  Reservations are not requred; the tour runs for about 15-20 minutes from 7p.m. – 9p.m.  If you haven’t done this before, you need to!  Get more information by visiting the Island Farm website.

Psychopath (presented by the Lost Colony)

Fridays & Saturdays from 9/27/14 – 10/31/14

 

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This is not the Lost Colony that you remember.  Get ready to get scared on this haunted walk along Roanoke Island; when the darkness falls, the ghost stories come alive!  What happened to nearly 117 men, women, and children from the Roanoke expedition that landed on the Outer Banks?  Take a “leisurely” stroll through haunted woods, buildings, and boardwalk to find out.  Tickets are $13 ($15 after Oct. 1) and can be purchased right now at hauntedisland.org.  This is a traditional favorite of my clan and I know we’ll be back this year!

Outer Banks Ghost Tours

Wednesdays & Thursdays, Year Round @ 8p.m.

 

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Experience the legends and lore of the mysterious Outer Banks.  Chill to the story of the sea Captain who haunts his birthplace, hear the tale of the ghostly dancers, and shiver to the tales of the hoodoos who roam the surrounding woods.  Bring your camera and discover haunted Manteo.  Our tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and is an easy walk with frequent stops along the way.  Reservations required.  Adults $13,  $8 Children 10 & under.  Walk-ups welcome with availability.  Click here for more information!

Howl-O-Ween Red Wolf Howling

Saturday, October 11 @ 6p.m.

 

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Celebrate Wolf Awareness Week and Halloween on the Outer Banks at the same time!  If you haven’t heard about Red Wolf howlings on the OBX before, you need to.  Bring the whole gang out to the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge for an evening you’ll remember forever.  This is a FREE event, open to the public, and takes you for a trip on the wild side.  Howl together with red wolves and celebrate “Howl-O-Ween” together!

Things to do on the Outer Banks this week l July 11-July 17

Outer Banks Things to Do l July 11 – July 17

movies-on-the-soundMovies on the Sound

July 11 l Duck, NC

Movies on the Sound are an outdoor movie series located up and down the Outer Banks. All movies are family friendly for everyone to enjoy. Gates open at 7P.M. and movies begin at dusk. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on and enjoy tonight’s feature: The Little Mermaid.

magnolia-market-outerbanks_august-eventsMagnolia Art Market

July 12 l Manteo, NC

Once a month local Outer Banks residents get together to share their knowledge and skills. Located in downtown Manteo in the beautiful open air Magnolia Pavilion, you will find professional artists displaying their crafts and artwork.  Open from 10A.M. to 6P.M.

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July 12 l Manteo, NC 

Presented by Kitty Hawk Kites, this SUP race begins at the Manteo waterfront. The three-mile course takes you from the harbor, into Shallowbag Bay, out in the open waters and through canal sections. Beginners and elite divisions. Registration is $35.

lighthouse5kseries_0Corolla Lighthouse 5k

July 16 l Corolla, NC

What better place to go for a run than the Outer Banks? This 5k takes you through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. You will forget how far you’re running with all the beautiful views to see along the course. Trophies, t-shirts, finisher medals, and post-race breakfast included.

faire-daysFaire Days

July 16 l Duck, NC

Located at Scarborough Fair Shoppes in Duck every Wednesday through September 10th. Free admission, LIVE band weekly and family activities: pony rides, juggling, clown/magician, face painting, glitter tattoos, ice cream, kettle corn, art projects and more!

hilton-garden-innPortrait of Patsy Cline

July 16 l Kitty Hawk, NC

Starring the jazz diva, Laura Martier, and The Tumbling Humble Weeds Band. After receiving rave reviews for the musical play, they followed it with an eight-week run on the Outer Banks. Visitors from all over come and listen to “Patsy”. Located at the Hilton Garden Inn.

brew-thru-summer-concert-gin-blossomsBrew Thru Summer Concert Series

July 17 l Manteo, NC

Brew Thru is proud to present their Summer Concert Series located at the beautiful Roanoke Island Festival Park. Tonight’s performer are the Gin Blossoms with the Spin Doctors.  Doors open at 5P.M. for priority seating with general admission opening at 5:30P.M.

duck-summer-concert-seriesConcert in Duck Town Park: Jug Tucker

July 17 l Duck, NC

This Summer concert series presented by the town of Duck is meant to entertain everyone in the family. This week Jug Tucker will perform live at the Duck Amphitheatre. No chairs needed since the Amphitheatre has built in stadium seating. Free and open to the public. Concert begins at 6:30P.M.

Not vacationing this week? Check out our July Events and August Events blogs to see what is going on during your vacation. There are plenty of events going on all Summer to spark everyone’s interest. Check out our annual events and rest of our blog to stay up to date on the Outer Banks!

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!