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Top Outer Banks Events for the Week of October 15th

Check out some of the great Fall events the Outer Banks has on the calendar this week and upcoming weekend.

Calling all nature lovers, the East coast’s premier wildlife festival, Wings Over Water, takes flight this week from Tuesday through Sunday, October 16-21. Six days in six national wildlife refuges, this annual festival features nearly 100 amazing wildlife trips and programs on Birding, Paddling, History, Photography, Art and more!

Fans of the summer’s Pickin’ on the Porch concert series will get a treat with one more special show on October 19th. Come rock with The Jones Sisters Band at the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. in downtown Manteo starting at 7 pm. They bring their bluegrass gospel style with a Celtic flair and hint of country to Manteo on Friday, then the Outer Banks Seafood Festival on Saturday. Set up your chairs and coolers and enjoy some BBQ and great tunes on the porch.

Leading up to Halloween this year, we have a new holiday event for a great cause. Outer Banks Tastes & Tales and Ghost Tours of the Outer Banks have teamed up to present the 1st Annual Haunts Against Hunger. Take a spooky walking ghost tour through haunted historic downtown Manteo. The tours run from Friday, October 19th through Thursday, October 25th with all proceeds benefiting the Roanoke Island Food Pantry. The event also includes special tours designed for younger children that are “just scary enough”.

If you haven’t picked out your perfect pumpkins yet, bring the kids to Island Farm in Manteo for Pumpkin Patch Saturdays. On October 20th from 10 am to 4 pm, take an ox-drawn wagon ride to the farm’s patch, find pumpkins and enjoy lots of other fun seasonal activities for you and your children.

This week’s main event is the Outer Banks Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 20th at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. The 7th Annual Seafood Festival will feature amazing local seafood, outer banks restaurants, and live music. 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.

There is always something to do on the Outer Banks. See our list of live music every night and daily lunch & dinner specials this week at your favorite Outer Banks bars and restaurants.

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Top Outer Banks Events for the Week of October 1st

Some of the Outer Banks’ biggest events of the year are happening this week and Columbus Day weekend!

Music lovers are in for a real treat with both the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival and the Duck Jazz Festival going on this week. The Bluegrass Island Festival is Wednesday, October 3rd through Saturday the 6th at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. It’s four days of down home cooking’ and good ‘ole Southern pickin’ featuring a full line up of top bluegrass bands each day.

Then, the Town of Duck brings the annual Duck Jazz Festival to the Duck Town Park on Columbus Day weekend.
Enjoy live music from a variety of jazz performers beginning on Saturday, October 6th and continuing on Sunday, October 7th with a full day of performances on two stages at this non-ticketed festival. There will also be jazz-themed events and promotions taking place throughout the town’s restaurants and businesses.

The 26th Annual Parade of Homes opens on Thursday, October 4th with homes remaining open 10am-6pm each day through Sunday, October 7th. With 24 entries this year, scattered from Grandy to Roanoke Island, you will have the opportunity to see not only the select properties, but to experience the distinctly different vibes of their different towns.

The Kitty Hawk Surf Company’s Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament is this Saturday, October 6th. Join other skilled kayak fishermen and compete for the grand prize. The tournament species categories include Flounder, Speckled Trout, Red Drum and the Slam Division where you submit one of each.

The 2018 Oink & Oyster Roast put on by the First Flight Rotary Club will also be held on Saturday from 12-3pm at Longboard’s Island Grill in Kitty Hawk. Come out for great food and fellowship with homemade local barbecue, mountains of steamed oysters, and all the fixins! All proceeds are used to support local charities on the Outer Banks.

Those are only a few of the great events on schedule, there is also live music every night, daily lunch & dinner specials from Outer Banks restaurants, and much more to check out on the official Outer Banks Events Calendar.

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Top Outer Banks Events for the Week of September 24th

The beginning of Fall is an amazing time on the Outer Banks. We have plenty of great events to enjoy during the beautiful weather this season. Here are a few highlights for this week and upcoming weekend.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival is on Saturday, September 29th at the Sound Stage Theatre in Manteo. The event’s Grand Tasting will showcase the island’s favorite restaurants and best chefs serving up their specialties to complement chosen wines. The festival will also feature a Craft Beer Garden to sample local brews, culinary & wine seminars, and live musicians performing throughout the day.

The Outer Banks Jeep Jam is also this weekend, with a kick off party on Friday the 28th, the main event on Saturday, and a wrap up ride on Sunday. Saturday features a full day of activities for Jeep enthusiasts from 10am to 7pm at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. There will be the Jeep Show-n-Shine contest, a Jeep parts swap meet with tons of vendors, raffles & giveaways, live music & DJs, food & beverages, and even activities for the kids.

The Jim Mulford Memorial Red Drum Fishing Tournament is on Saturday the 29th as well. Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head will host the annual tournament, rain or shine, from 7am until 1pm. Come try your luck at catching the longest Red Drum! Additional fall species of legal size will also be judged and there will be door prizes, giveaways, and awards for the winners.

If you’d prefer some serious exercise on Saturday morning, put your pedal to the medal at the Outer Banks Cycle Race. Choose from 3 race distances – 40k, 20k, or 8k, or try the 40k & 20 k together! The race takes place at North End Park in Manteo and is open to all cyclists with recreational riders welcome.

In addition to those events, there is also live music every night, and daily lunch & dinner specials to check out all across the Outer Banks. There’s even some great stand up comedy this week at The Comedy Club.

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Top Outer Banks Events for the Week of September 17th

After a week of hurricane preparation and evacuations, most of the Outer Banks is back to business as usual with some big events and festivals on schedule this week and upcoming weekend.

The 2018 ESA Easterns Surfing Championship will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18th through Saturday, Sept. 22nd at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The largest amateur surfing organization in the world hosts the season’s Grand Finale where the best amateur surfers on the East Coast compete for the championship. Get out to the beach and support our local surfers!

The 7th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival is coming to the Outer Banks from Thursday, Sept. 20th to Saturday, the 22nd. This 3-day celebration showcases the year’s hottest surf films and ocean documentaries with a series of outdoor sunset screenings and accompanying festivities. Each night is hosted by a different venue with music, refreshments, and of course, great movies!

The 8th Annual Outer Banks Pridefest is Friday, Sept. 21st through Sunday, Sept. 23rd. This is a 3-day gay pride festival, full of events and all inclusive for LGBTQ folks and their supporters and friends! In addition to paid events, the main pride festival Saturday afternoon is free with bands, local food trucks, merchant vendors, pride souvenirs, and nonprofit vendors at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.

There’s still time to get your tickets for the Sanctuary Vineyards CrabDaddy Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22nd, where the best Currituck wine and local beer will be paired with fresh seafood from our local waters. Your ticket includes All You Can Eat steamed blue crabs with slaw & hushpuppies, BBQ while it lasts, and a signature Crabdaddy wine glass. There will be local wine and beer sampling, live music, admission to the hayride, and a chance to compete in the Crabdaddy Olympics for cash and prizes.

There are also some great charity fundraising events taking place this week. The Outer Banks Brewing Station is hosting a concert on Thursday night starring Dixie Jade to benefit the SPCA Dare County Animal Shelter, an organization that provides quality care, rescue, reunification, and rehabilitation to all stray, homeless, and abandoned animals in Dare County. On Saturday, the Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run is bringing together hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and community members, riding to provide selected organizations with the necessary resources to make sure Dare County’s underprivileged children receive gifts on Christmas Day and during the holiday season.

In addition to those events, there is also live music every night, and daily lunch & dinner specials to check out all across the Outer Banks.

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Top Outer Banks Events for the Week of August 20th

As summer slowly begins to wind down, some of our favorite Outer Banks event series are in their last week of production for the year. Don’t miss these final shows before they wrap.

The 81st season of The Lost Colony ends this week with the final 3 shows on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 20-22. This incredible stage production brings our nation’s oldest mystery to life through epic battles, Native american dances, elegant costuming and beautiful music at the Waterside Theatre in Manteo.

The Town of Duck’s 2018 Concerts on the Green Series finishes it’s season this Thursday, August 23rd with rock, soul and roots music by the Heather Gillis Band from 6:30-8:00pm. Coolers, picnics, children and pets are welcome at the outdoor concert on the Duck Town Green.

The 2018 Pickin’ on the Porch Series at the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. in downtown Manteo goes out with a bang on Friday, August 24th. The last show features a night of 2 great bluegrass performances. Carolina Blue starts at 7:00pm followed by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road at 8:30pm. Bring your chairs and coolers and come rock with us on the porch.

The big event for young couples on the Outer Banks this week is the OBX Wedding Fest on Sunday, August 26th from 10:00am-3:00pm. The OBX Wedding Fest is a casual Summer wedding expo where engaged couples have the opportunity to meet with vendors of all types to start planning their Outer Banks dream wedding. Enjoy a day at the beautiful Duck Woods Country Club relaxing with a glass of wine as you sample food and meet with florists, coordinators, photographers, cake/confections, musicians and more!

In addition to those events, there is also stand-up comedy, live music every night, and daily lunch & dinner specials to check out all across the Outer Banks.

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Top Outer Banks Events for the Week of August 13th

One of the most anticipated fishing tournaments on the Outer Banks, the 35th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, kicks off today, Monday the 13th. There’s still time to register your team from 4:30-9:00 pm tonight. Tournament Week runs through Saturday, August 18th, loaded with great entertainment, vendors, food, fun and fishing out of Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo. Spectators can come check out the daily catch or follow along on live streaming VHF radio and a new real-time scoring App.

Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival on Wednesday & Thursday, August 15th & 16th. Pirates of Blackbeard’s crew and their mateys will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, teaching kids of all ages how the 18th century pirates lived on the Outer Banks. Learn to talk like a pirate, sword and musket tactics, shipboard line handling… experience historic blacksmithing, cooking, games and much more at this free, educational and fun 2-day event.

Kick off your flip-flops and lace up your running shoes for some exercise at one of these summer race series this week. On Wednesday, August 15th, the Lighthouse 5k Race Series features a summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks with the Whalehead Club, Corolla Light and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse all along the course. On Thursday the 16th, runners or walkers can try the Nags Head Beach 5k or 1-Miler at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. This is the final race date of the season for that series, so don’t miss it! Walk-up registration is available on-site on the early morning of the races.

Celebrate the 431st birthday of Virginia Dare at the Virginia Dare Faire on Saturday, August 18th! There will be events all day at the Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site free of charge and open to children of all ages. Join the cast of The Lost Colony to learn clay pot making and net weaving, shoot bow & arrows, watch street dancing & fight demos, take photos with the Queen and other cast members. Other fun activities include balloon animals, coloring, face painting, hula hoop, sack races, birthday cake and ice cream!

Wrap up the week with some Sunday shopping to support our local artists at Art in the Yard on Sunday, August 19th. This seasonal artisan market features a wide variety of the Outer Banks’ favorite vendors, tons of amazing artists, music and much more. The market will be located in the yard between The Spot and Secret Spot surf shop from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

In addition to those events, there is also stand-up comedy, The Lost Colony 6 nights a week, live music every night, and daily lunch & dinner specials to check out all across the Outer Banks.

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