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Outer Banks Events

**Due to COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, many of the events below have been cancelled. Calling ahead before heading to an event is recommended.

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.  


  • Jun 04

    Yoga In The Park

    Location: Thursdays at Historic Corolla Park
    Start Date: 06/04/2020 | End Date: 09/03/2020
    Start Time: 7:30 am | End Time: 8:30 am

    We are so excited to share Yoga in the Park… Join us at Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park for an All Levels, 60 minute Yoga class with Jennifer Spore. More Information

  • Jun 10

    Corolla Cork & Craft

    Location: Wednesday's, Historic Corolla Park
    Start Date: 06/10/2020 | End Date: 09/09/2020
    Start Time: 4:00 pm | End Time: 8:00 pm

    Join us as we present local wine & beer tastings in the breathtaking and peaceful setting of Historic Corolla Park. Enjoy live, fun music from different decades every Wednesday evening from June 10th-September 9th. More Information

  • Jul 02

    Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

    Location: Ocracoke
    Start Date: 07/02/2020 | End Date: 07/05/2020
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    Head to the tiny coastal village of Ocracoke for a big Independence Day celebration that includes fireworks, a parade, and plenty of family fun. The highlight of the Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration is the annual amazing fireworks display over the Silver Lake Harbor after the sun goes down.More Information

  • Jul 04

    Independence Day 1850 At Island Farm

    Location: Manteo
    Start Date: 07/04/2020 | End Date: 07/04/2020
    Start Time: 10:00 am | End Time: 4:00 pm

    Take a step back in time to the Outer Banks of the mid-1800s, and celebrate Independence Day in a historical fashion, with a visit to The Island Farm. Located in the heart of Manteo, The Island Farm is a unique attraction that takes visitors on a tour of what life was like for island residents more than 150 years ago.More Information

  • Jul 04

    Town of Manteo Independence Day Fireworks

    Location: Manteo
    Start Date: 07/04/2020 | End Date: 07/04/2020
    Start Time: 9:30 pm | End Time:

    The Town of Manteo will host an incredible display of fireworks over the water on 4th of July that will make any Independence Day celebration truly memorable. Launched over the Roanoke Sound and Shallowbag Bay, visitors can find a spot along the downtown docks or a seat at the famed Roanoke Island Festival Park to catch an incredible show with a stunning backdrop. More information

  • Jul 04

    4th of July Celebration at Avon Pier

    Location: Avon
    Start Date: 07/04/2020 | End Date: 07/04/2020
    Start Time: 9:00 pm | End Time: 9:45 pm

    Celebrate your Independence Day with a bang at the Avon Pier and Avon Beach Klub on Hatteras Island. More information

  • Jul 04

    Annual Festival of Fireworks

    Location: Corolla
    Start Date: 07/04/2020 | End Date: 07/04/2020
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    Celebrate the birth of America with live music, a wealth of summertime foods and games, and an incredible fireworks display over the Currituck Sound at the Annual Festival of Fireworks. More information

  • Jul 05

    Annual Freedom 5K

    Start Date: 07/05/2020 | End Date: 07/05/2020
    Start Time: 8:00 am | End Time:

    Continue your Independence Day celebration with a refreshing run along one of the most naturally scenic routes on the beach with this event that has attracted scores of active locals and vacationers alike. More information

  • Jul 11

    42nd Annual Wright Kites Festival

    Location: Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills
    Start Date: 07/11/2020 | End Date: 07/12/2020
    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.

  • Jul 24

    Carolina Boat Builders Tournament

    Location: Manteo
    Start Date: 07/24/2020 | End Date: 07/25/2020
    Start Time: 8:30 am | End Time: 8:30 pm

    Join in the fun of one of the summer’s most highly anticipated fishing tournaments while supporting a wonderful local cause by signing up for the Carolina Boat Builders Tournament. More information

  • Aug 06

    OBX Watermelon Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge Crossing in Nags Head
    Start Date: 08/06/2020 | End Date: 08/06/2020
    Start Time: 10:00 AM | End Time: 4:00 PM

    This is a fun for all type of event! Let the mid summer kick off with the 14th Annual Outer Banks Watermelon Festival. This event is sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites and it helps support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition. Admission is FREE. If you wish to participate in in the games and watermelon activites then price will vary. Here's the scoop on the fun: games, food, face painting, tie-dye shirt making, arts and crafts activities, an inflatable waterslide, and much more. Kids you can compete in the watermelon seed spitting and eating to win awesome prizes. Food and ice cream will be available for purchase by Mulligan's Raw Bar and Grille and Scoops Homemade Ice Cream. Be there and have fun!

  • Aug 08

    Pirates Cove & Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament

    Location: Manteo
    Start Date: 08/08/2020 | End Date: 08/24/2020
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    The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament has been a tradition on the Outer Banks for 31 years, and is one of the most famous offshore fishing tournaments where only the ladies are allowed to compete. More Information

    Head to the waterfront docks of Manteo to take part in one of the biggest offshore fishing tournaments of the year at the annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament.More Information

  • Aug 12

    OBX Pirate Festival

    Location: Nags Head-Kitty Hawk Kites
    Start Date: 08/12/2020 | End Date: 08/13/2020
    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!
  • Aug 18

    Virginia Dare's Birthday

    Location: Manteo
    Start Date: 08/18/2020 | End Date: 08/18/2020
    Start Time: 9:00 am | End Time: 2:00 pm

    The Elizabethan Gardens celebrates the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World, with special discounted rates on admission to the gardens, as well as a wealth of activities that will delight young and old visitors alike. More Information

  • Sep 02

    WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

    Location: Nags Head
    Start Date: 09/02/2020 | End Date: 09/06/2020
    Start Time: 7:00 am | End Time: 4:00 pm

    Known as one of the most highly anticipated surf contests on the Outer Banks as well as the East Coast, the WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest is a thrill for participants and spectators alike, thanks to a stellar location in the town of Nags Head, and a world of talented riders competing for the title of OBX champ. More Information

  • Sep 12

    OBX Kite Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head
    Start Date: 09/12/2020 | End Date: 09/13/2020
    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 19

    Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament

    Location: Nags Head
    Start Date: 09/19/2020 | End Date: 09/20/2020
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    Get a taste of the exceptional fall fishing on the Outer Banks from a new and on-the-water perspective at this September event that will appeal to experienced anglers and kayaking newcomers alike. More Information

  • Sep 25

    Outer Banks Jeep Jam

    Location: Nags Head
    Start Date: 09/25/2020 | End Date: 09/26/2020
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    Jeep fans can head to the Outer Banks for one of the biggest regional events of the year for Jeep lovers – the Outer Banks Jeep Jam. Taking place over the course of a cool September weekend, this grand event features live music, kids activities, raffles and giveaways, food and drink, and an endless number of ways to meet and greet with fellow Jeep lovers. More information

  • Oct 10

    Duck Jazz Festival 2020

    Location: Duck Town Park
    Start Date: 10/10/2020 | End Date: 10/11/2020
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    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 the town of Duck's website for more information!


  • Oct 10

    Oink N' Oyster Roast

    Location: Long Boards Island Grill, Kitty Hawk
    Start Date: 10/10/2020 | End Date: 10/10/2020
    Start Time: 12:00 pm | End Time: 3:00 pm

    Saddle Up to a hearty plate of Eastern North Carolina's favorite fare at the annual Oink N' Oyster Roast. More Information

  • Oct 10

    Oystoberfest 2020

    Location: Coastal Provisions, Southern Shores
    Start Date: 10/10/2020 | End Date: 10/10/2020
    Start Time: 12:00 pm | End Time: 3:00 pm

    Purchase of your ticket includes all you can eat oysters on the half shell from more than half a dozen NC oyster farmers, all you can enjoy (safely) beer from eight NC breweries and samples of oyster dishes prepared by eight local restaurants competing for the top prize of Best Oyster Dish! $55.00 per person For Tickets

  • Oct 17

    2020 Outer Banks Seafood Festival

    Location: Nags Head
    Start Date: 10/17/2020 | End Date:
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    The mission of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is to provide a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating our coastal seafood heritage and community.Outer Banks Seafood Festival

  • Oct 19

    The NC VIP Fishing Tournament

    Location: Jennette's Pier, Nags Head
    Start Date: 10/19/2020 | End Date: 10/22/2020
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    At the NC VIP Fishing Tournament, the VIP stands for Very Important People as well as Visually Impaired Persons, and this tournament is a truly unique fishing event that ensures everyone can join in the fun of fall fishing on the Outer Banks.More Information

  • Oct 24

    OBX Brewtag 2020

    Start Date: 10/24/2020 | 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.

  • Oct 31

    Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show

    Location: Manteo
    Start Date: 10/31/2020 | End Date: 10/31/2020
    Start Time: 9:00 am | End Time: 5:00 pm

    Enjoy a day at the Manteo waterfront and see wooden boats displayed in the water and on the grounds of the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum at this special event that pays homage to the region’s deep ties to maritime history and culture. More information

  • Nov 05

    Flying Falcon Road Race

    Location: Southern Shores
    Start Date: 11/05/2020 | End Date: 11/05/2020
    Start Time: 8:00 am | End Time: 9:00 am

    Get a head start to your fall fun with this lightly competitive road race that is open to active visitors of all ages. Hosted by the Kitty Hawk Elementary School, the Flying Falcon Road Race is a great way for residents and vacationers to get into the local spirit while cruising through some of the more scenic sections of the central Outer Banks. More Information

  • Nov 25

    Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

    Location: Kill Devil Hills
    Start Date: 11/25/2020 | End Date: 11/25/2020
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    Get your Thanksgiving off to a fun and active start with this event that combines a little fitness with a world of exceptional brews. More information

  • Nov 26

    Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot

    Location: Duck
    Start Date: 11/26/2020 | End Date: 11/26/2020
    Start Time: 9:00 am | End Time: 12:00 pm

    Start a Thanksgiving holiday by participating in one of the Northern Outer Banks’ favorite traditions – the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot. This event which is now in its 25th year in 2020 attracts visitors and locals alike who want to run, walk or “trot” before diving into their afternoon Thanksgiving feast. More Information

  • Nov 26

    Poulos Family Christmas

    Location: Kill Devil Hills
    Start Date: 11/26/2020 | End Date: 12/31/2020
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    Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about. More information

  • Nov 27

    Hanging with Santa & Kites with Lights

    Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head
    Start Date: 11/27/2020 | End Date: 11/28/2020
    Start Time: 4 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. 

  • Dec 17

    Celebration Of Wright Brothers First Flight

    Location: Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills.
    Start Date: 12/17/2020 | End Date: 12/17/2020
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    Enjoy an uplifting experience at the exact location where aviation was born at the annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight at the impossible-to-miss Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. This day-long celebration honors the birthplace of flight, with a commemoration that coincides with the precise time that the first successful launch took place, and a wealth of activities throughout the day that will delight aviation fans of all ages. More information