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Outer Banks Events

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.  


  • May 16

    47th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

    Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park
    Start Date: 05/16/2019 | End Date: 05/20/2019
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    The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show will run from May 16th through May 20th with competitions each day.  The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is FREE TO THE PUBLIC FOR VIEWING with fun activities all day long.

  • Jun 13

    Soundside FunFair

    Location: Soundside Event Site, Nags Head
    Start Date: 06/13/2019 | End Date: 06/16/2019
    Start Time: 5:00 pm | End Time: 11:00 pm

    Summer kickoff to benefit Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County. June 13-16, 2019, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm each day at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Vouchers for discounted all-you-can-ride wristbands will go on sale in the Spring of 2019. Bring friends and family for some good old-fashioned carnival fun to benefit Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP). This multi-day event along the waterfront features all the sights, sounds, and smells of a carnival with 12 great rides including a giant Ferris wheel, games and classic food concessions, such as cotton candy, funnel cakes, chicken-on-a-stick, and more! For more information visit (Interested in volunteering at the FunFair? Email

  • Jun 14

    Rogallo Kite Festival

    Location: 3933 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head
    Start Date: 06/14/2019 | End Date: 06/16/2019
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    The festival will be held at Jockey's Ridge State Park and Jockey’s Ridge Crossing and is FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Kitty Hawk Kites and friends will display 30- to 100-foot kites on top of Jockey's Ridge State Park. Join us and fly a kite of your own, take part in FREE stunt kite lessons, kite coloring for the kids, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular kite show!

  • Jul 13

    41st Annual Wright Kites Festival

    Location: Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills
    Start Date: 07/13/2019 | End Date: 07/14/2019
    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

    OBX Watermelon Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge Crossing in Nags Head
    Start Date: 08/01/2019 | End Date: 08/01/2019
    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 12th 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 14

    OBX Pirate Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge Crossing, Nags Head
    Start Date: 08/14/2019 | End Date: 08/15/2019
    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 07

    OBX Stunt Kite Festival

    Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head
    Start Date: 09/07/2019 | End Date: 09/09/2019
    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.

  • Oct 12

    Duck Jazz Festival 2019

    Location: Duck Town Park
    Start Date: 10/12/2019 | End Date: 10/13/2019
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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 highlights from the 2017 event below and find more info on their here.

  • Oct 19

    2019 Outer Banks Seafood Festival

    Location: Nags Head
    Start Date: 10/19/2019 | End Date:
    Start Time: 10 AM | End Time: 6 PM

    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.

  • Oct 26

    OBX Brewtag 2019

    Start Date: 10/26/2019 | 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 10

    Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half

    Start Date: 11/10/2019 | End Date:
    Start Time: 7 AM | End Time:

    Register for the Outer Banks Marathon here.

  • Nov 29

    Hanging with Santa & Kites with Lights

    Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head
    Start Date: 11/29/2019 | End Date: 11/30/2019
    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.