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Each year thousands of visitors take Outer Banks vacations with family and friends to participate, and enjoy one of several Annual Events at the beach.  

 

  • Feb 03

    Hatteras Island Oyster Roast

    Location: Oden's Dock
    Start Date: 02/03/2018 | End Date:
    Start Time: 1 PM | End Time: 4 PM

    An oyster roast for the coast — join us around the fire at Oden’s Dock for an old-fashioned oyster roast that will also help give back to our coastal environment! We’ll have fresh oysters on hand, seafood chowder, corn bread and other refreshments. Be sure to save room for homemade dessert from the bake sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s oyster education and restoration programs.

    Hear live music from a local band and enjoy good company among federation staff, board members and volunteers. This laid-back community event will celebrate local seafood and a healthy coast for a good cause. Special thanks to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau for sponsoring this event.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance online now, and at the federation’s Wanchese office or at Oden’s Dock starting Dec. 15. They are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

    Tickets are nonrefundable. This event will take place rain or shine.

    This event is planned to take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly. In the case of extremely bad weather, the event will take place at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.

  • Jun 23

    OBX SUP Race

    Location: Kitty Hawk Surf Co.
    Start Date: 06/23/2018 | End Date:
    Start Time: 8 AM | End Time: 11 AM

    This 3 or 6 mile race around Manteo Festival Park is fun for all ages to participate and watch. Register to race here.

  • Jul 14

    40th Annual Wright Kites Festival

    Location: Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills
    Start Date: 07/14/2018 | End Date: 07/15/2018
    Start Time: 10 AM | End Time: 4 PM

    Take flight where flight first began with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoy a walk through the museum, and on the hallowed grounds where Wilbur and Orville took their historic first flight in 1903, then come join us for some fun flight of your own.

    Large 30 – 100-foot kites will be flying high on display. We invite you to come fly kites of your own, take FREE stunt and power kite flying lessons, and bring the kiddos on over to our kite making station.

    Admission to the park is $7, but participation in the kite festival is totally FREE!

    Find more info here.

  • Aug 01

    Watermelon Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge Crossing, Nags Head
    Start Date: 08/01/2018 | End Date:
    Start Time: 10 AM | End Time: 4 PM

    Enjoy games, food, face painting, tie-dye shirt making, arts and crafts activities, an inflatable waterslide, TONS of watermelon fun and more. OBX Watermelon Festival is free for guests to attend; however the purchase of tickets is required to play and eat! Compete in classic competitions like seed spitting and watermelon eating to win from a selection of awesome prizes including various Kitty Hawk Kites adventures, swag from Dunkin’ Donuts OBX, a hammock from Kitty Hawk Hammocks, and more. Enjoy lunch provided by Mulligan’s Raw Bar and Grille and frozen treats from Scoop’s Homemade Ice Cream.

    Stop by and share in this summertime tradition with watermelon goodness generously provided by Food Lion. Bring the family by for a day of summertime fun and help support an extremely important community organization.

    The festival is FREE to attend but tickets MUST be purchased to participate in the games and activities. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Outer Banks Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Coalition.

  • Aug 15

    OBX Pirate Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge Crossing, Nags Head
    Start Date: 08/15/2018 | End Date: 08/16/2018
    Start Time: 10 AM | End Time: 4 PM

    Ahoy Mateys! Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival.

    Pirates of Blackbeards Crew and mateys will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Come learn the vast history of pirates on the OBX, and participate in Scalawag school for the little ones to see if they have what it take to be a part of Blackbeards’ Crew!
    The event is free and kid-friendly!
     
  • Sep 09

    OBX Stunt Kite Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head
    Start Date: 09/09/2018 | End Date: 09/09/2018
    Start Time: 10 AM | End Time: 4 PM

    OBSKC is a regional kite competition bringing some of the nation’s best kite fliers right here to our back yard. Come out and join us for 3 days of kite flying fun for the whole family.

    This event is FREE and open to the public.

  • Sep 20

    OBX Jeep Mutiny 5

    Location: Nags Head
    Start Date: 09/20/2018 | End Date: 09/23/2018
    Start Time: 5 PM | End Time:

    Offroading with Luke & Eddie's Outer Banks Jeep Mutiny 5! This family-friendly event includes a pirate costume contest, island treasure hunt, and beach convoy. Find out more info here.

  • Oct 03

    Bluegrass Island Festival 2018

    Location: Roanoke Island Festival Park
    Start Date: 10/03/2018 | End Date: 10/06/2018
    Start Time: | End Time:

    Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass at Roanoke Island Festival Park from artists including Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Mile Twelve, and many more! Get your tickets here

  • Oct 06

    Duck Jazz Festival 2018

    Location: Duck Town Park
    Start Date: 10/06/2018 | End Date: 10/07/2018
    Start Time: | End Time:

    The Town of Duck brings jazz to the Duck Town Park annually on Columbus Day weekend. This non-ticketed festival includes a full day of performances on two stages. Food and drinks are available for purchase from local restaurants. Check out highlights from the 2017 event below and find more info on their here.

  • Oct 20

    2018 Outer Banks Seafood Festival

    Location: Nags Head
    Start Date: 10/20/2018 | End Date:
    Start Time: 10 AM | End Time: 6 PM

    Check back for details.

  • Oct 27

    OBX Brewtag 2018

    Location:
    Start Date: 10/27/2018 | End Date:
    Start Time: 12 PM | End Time: 6 PM

    A celebration of flight and beer, OBX Brewtäg is modeled after the whimsical and entertaining Red Bull Flutag, translated to “flying day” in German. With OBX Brewtag, the general premise is the same, although rather than human-powered flying machines, Brewtag contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest.

    The cost to compete at OBX Brewtag is only $50 and the sky’s the limit as to how creative your homemade flying contraption can be! Individuals and teams are welcome.

    A rather crafty selection of local and regional beer and food will be available for purchase that day. This family-friendly event will also feature plenty of activities for the kiddos! 

    Find out more info here.

  • Nov 24

    Hanging with Santa & Kites with Lights

    Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head
    Start Date: 11/24/2018 | End Date:
    Start Time: 1 PM | End Time: 7 PM

    Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa, cocoa and cookies, and a light show with kites on Jockey’s Ridge are just a few of the fun and festive things going on.