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Outer Banks Events

Outer Banks Events

The Outer Banks has a variety of events going on throughout the year. No matter when you visit, something interesting will be happening. Listed below is a calendar of significant events taking place on the Outer Banks.

Tuesday Craft Fair at the Magnolia Market Place
9/4/2018 - 9/25/2018
10am-4pm, waterfront visitors can browse a wide mix of unique, handcrafted items presented by North Carolina crafters.   Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
Maritime Crafts for Kids
9/5/2018 - 9/26/2018
Children of all ages can make a maritime craft while learning fascinating facts about local history. Wed. 10:30-12pm. Free.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-0723  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
Whalehead Wednesdays
9/5/2018 - 9/26/2018
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the park, sipping local wine and beer while listening to live music. Fun for the whole family. 3-7pm. Tickets $15.  Historic Corolla Park, Corolla. 252-453-9040  www.visitwhalehead.com
Molasses Creek Band in Concert
9/6/2018 - 9/27/2018
Thur. 8-10pm. For 25 years Molasses Creek has filled the island with their high-energy folk tunes. With 16 albums under their belts, this trio isn't slowing down yet! Join them in concert.  Deepwater Theater, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokealive.org
Outer Banks Pottery Exhibit
9/7/2018 - 9/30/2018
Check out the clay creations of local artists, displaying their range of works together. Free admission. Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm & Sat. 10am-4pm.  Dare County Arts Council, Manteo.  252-473-5558  www.darearts.org
Painting Canvas-Backed Decoys
9/7/2018 - 9/28/2018
Fri. 12-4pm. Watch local expert Sam Green demonstrate how he paints the canvas on traditional duck decoys.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival
9/29/2018
The Outer Banks' best chefs serve delicious food, paired with the region's best wines and handcrafted beer. Tickets $60-$85. Sat. 2-5pm.  Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 252-473-6000  www.thelostcolony.org
Island Art Show
10/4/2018
More than 20 regional artists will present their unique creations, from textiles and jewelry to photography and woodwork. The lively event features live music, raffle, demonstrations and food vendors, with a portion of proceeds benefitting local charities. Free entry. 10am-4pm.  Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, Rodanthe. 443-243-5870  www.spinfinitedesigns.com
Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
10/4/2018 - 10/6/2018
World-famous weekend of bluegrass, starring national and regional bands, performed before the Albemarle Sound. Tickets $50 per day, $125 for the weekend.  Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. 252-423-3039  www.bluegrassisland.com
First Friday
10/5/2018
6-8pm. Hosted by the merchants of downtown Manteo. An evening of music, shopping and more.  Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
Painting Canvas-Backed Decoys
10/5/2018 - 10/26/2018
Fri. 12-4pm. Watch local expert Sam Green demonstrate how he paints the canvas on traditional duck decoys.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  http://graveyardoftheatlantic.com/
Stained Glass Art Exhibit
10/5/2018 - 10/31/2018
Check out the stained glass works of local artists, displaying their creations together. Free admission. Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm. & Sat. 10am-4pm.  Dare County Arts Council, Manteo.  252-473-5558  www.DareArts.org
12th Annual Duck Jazz Festival
10/6/2018 - 10/7/2018
Jazz fans unite for this free, two-day event showcasing a range of jazz performances on two stages. Rain or shine. 4-6pm.  Duck Town Park, Duck. 252-255-1286  www.townofduck.com
16th Annual Oink & Oyster Roast
10/6/2018
A ticket to this community benefit invites you to take in some fresh fall air while you get your fill of oysters, crabs and homemade BBQ with all the fixin's, including drink and dessert. 12-4pm.  Longboards Island Grill, Kitty Hawk.  252-489-9198  www.oinkandoyster.org
Island Farm Pumpkin Patch
10/6/2018 - 10/27/2018
A day of 19th-century frolics featuring fall-themed fun, like scarecrow-stuffing and corn-husk doll crafting. Hitch a ride on a wagon to the pumpkin patch, and select your favorite one! Admission $8. Ages 5 and under free. 10am-4pm.  Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
Love is a Rose - Outer Banks Forum For The Lively Arts 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series
10/13/2018
Experience an incredible evening celebrating the music of Linda Ronstadt, one of Americas greatest female singers, with award-winning Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz, two WNC torch singers and collaborators. This two-set experience features greatest hits, fan favorites featuring Ronstadts entire career, stretching back to the 60s. Voices amazing harmonies are luscious stage was on fire band is electrifying and tight. 7:30pm. Tickets $28.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts presents seven high-quality performing arts concerts from September through May. Season tickets for all seven events are available.  First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills 252-256-9361  www.outerbanksforum.org
Mustang Rock & Roast
10/13/2018 - 10/14/2018
This inaugural event features a weekend of music, oysters and barbeque. Two days with two stages and more than 12 national and regional music acts. 2-10pm.  Mike Dianna's Grill Room, Corolla, NC. 252-453-4336  www.mustangmusicfestival.com
Red Wolf Howling
10/13/2018
Listen for the remarkable sounds of captive red wolves, and learn about this endangered species during a jouney to the heart of the refuge. Free. 7:30-9pm.  Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Dare County Mainland. 252-216-9424  www.fws.gov/alligatorriver
Wings Over Water
10/16/2018 - 10/21/2018
The East Coast's premier wildlife festival, celebrating birding, paddling, photography, natural history and art, with six days of various tours through six regional wildlife refuges.  Various locations. 252-216-9464  www.wingsoverwater.com
Outer Banks Seafood Festival
10/20/2018
Fresh seafood in the fresh air, for a full day of family fun. The $3 ticket includes live music, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone and more! Purchase $1 "Seabucks" for food and drink vendors. 10am-6pm.  Soundside Event Site, Nags Head. 252-441-8144  www.outerbanksseafoodfestival.org
Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree
10/25/2018 - 10/28/2018
A weekend of yo-ho-ho history, full of pirate-themed adventures including a reenactment of Blackbeard's famous cannon battle.  Silver Lake Harbor, Ocracoke. 252-928-6711  www.ocracokevillage.com
Halloween Film Festival
10/25/2018 - 10/27/2018
This third annual event presents independent films from around the world, with a chance to meet and greet some filmakers and cast. 1pm.  RC Theatres, Kill Devil Hills.   www.halloweeninternationalfilmfestival.com
Harvest Hayday
10/27/2018
A festive fall tradition bringing autumn amusements such as hayrides, scarecrow stuffing, an apple roll race, hay bale maze, bonfire, a fall piata, cornhole toss and more! Activities are included with Gardens admission ticket.  Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo.  252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
Outer Banks Brewtg
10/27/2018
Food, fun and games for the whole family at this annual event, highlighted by a hilarious barrel launching competition ($50 to compete). 12-6pm.  Soundside Event Site, Nags Head.  252-441-1719  www.obxbrewtag.com
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show
10/27/2018
An exciting exhibit for the whole family to view for free, or enter for $30. Open to all wooden boats in specified divisions, competing for top prizes in their class. 9am-5pm.  Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, Manteo.  252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
The Bayou Ball
10/27/2018
The biggest local art celebration of the year, this annual fundraiser celebrates Cajun culture with vibrant dcor, music, food and art for a lively evening of entertainment.   Pirate's Cove, Manteo. 252-473-5558  www.darearts.org
Evening Lantern Tours: Draped in Black; Victorian Death Rituals
11/2/2018 - 11/10/2018
A lantern-lit tour to visit a grieving widow in the 19th-century. Visitors will witness this time period's peculiar customs for grieving the deceased. Tickets $10. Ages 5 and under free. Fri. & Sat. 7-9:30pm.  Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
First Friday
11/2/2018
6-8pm. Hosted by the merchants of downtown Manteo. An evening of music, shopping and more.  Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
Painting Canvas-Backed Decoys
11/2/2018 - 11/16/2018
On Fridays from noon 'til 4pm, watch local expert Sam Green demonstrate how he paints the canvas on traditional duck decoys.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
People's Choice Art Exhibit: Daniel Pullen Photography
On-Going Event: 11/2/2018 - 11/30/2018
This award-winning, local photographer was nominated by the community to present a selection of his works. Free admission. Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm. & Sat. 10am-4pm.  Dare County Arts Council, Manteo.  252-473-5558  www.darearts.org
Collision of Rhythm - Outer Banks Forum For The Lively Arts 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series
11/3/2018
Delight with the most mind-blowing act of the new millennium- Collision of Rhythm. Bronka and Aaron are multiple world-record holders who have worked with companies like Coca Cola and Google and have been featured on TV programs such as The Tonight Show. Its not just a performance, its an inspirational experience full of music, laughter and excitement! 7:30pm. Tickets $28.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts presents seven high-quality performing arts concerts from September through May. Season tickets for all seven events are available.  First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills 252-256-9361  www.outerbanksforum.org
9th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff
11/4/2018
An appetizing competition among local restaurants, whipping up their best shrimp platters to try for Top Choice prizes. This benefit for the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research includes drink specials, a raffle and lots of door prizes.12-3pm.  Ocean Boulevard Restaurant, Kitty Hawk. 252-261-2546  www.obshrimp.com
Festival Latino de Ocracoke
11/10/2018
Presenting traditional music, food, art and other traditions of Hispanic heritage in a celebration of unity and diversity.  Various locations, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokealive.org
Red Wolf Howling
11/10/2018
Listen for the remarkable sounds of captive red wolves, and learn about this endangered species during a jouney to the heart of the refuge. Free. 6-7:30pm.  Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Dare County Mainland. 252-216-9424  www.fws.gov/alligatorriver
TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon
11/10/2018 - 11/11/2018
A variety of races for all levels, including a kids' Fun Run, 5k, 8k and Half-marathon. All finishers receive medals, and there's a poppin' post-race party at the finish.  Kitty Hawk to Manteo. 252-255-6273  www.outerbanksmarathon.com
The Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile
11/21/2018
A 1-mile run divided by 1/4 miles, with beer in-between and a holiday costume contest. Bar opens at 10am, race starts at 11am. Ages 21 and over.  Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills. 242-489-8239  www.theobxrunningcompany.com
Garden to Hearth; Heritage Cooking and Food Preservation
11/23/2018 - 11/24/2018
Experience fall traditions from the 19th century, as costumed interpreters on a live farm present foods and customs of old. Activities include ox-wagon rides, candle-making, and hearth cooking. Admission $8. Children 5 and under, free. 10am-4pm.   Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
Grand Illuminations: Opening Celebration of WinterLights
11/23/2018
Be among the first to admire the spectacular sights and sounds of the annual WinterLights. Traditional refreshments are served beside crackling fire pits, or inside the festively bedecked hall. Adults $15, Youth $10, Children (5 and under) $7. 6-9pm.  Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
Hanging With Santa
11/23/2018 - 11/24/2018
Try out some of the North Pole's newest toys, while mingling with elves after capturing a photo with Santa. Fri. 10am-2pm & Sat. 1-4pm. Free.  Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head. 252-449-2210  www.kittyhawk.com
Kites With Lights
11/24/2018
Get into the holiday spirit with a free illuminated kite show on the dunes, along with the lighting of the Jockey's Ridge Tree. Sat. 4-7pm.  Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head. 252-449-2210  www.kittyhawk.com
Ocracoke Parade of Boats
11/24/2018
Watch local ships of all sizes gleaming in this festival annual procession along picturesque Silver Lake.   Silver Lake, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokevillage.com
The Big Curri-shuck
11/24/2018
An afternoon of live music, premier Currituck wines, and all-you-can-eat steamed oysters, crab and BBQ (while supplies last). Sat. 12-5pm.  Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg. 252-491-2387  www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/events
WinterLights
11/24/2018 - 11/30/2018
Be dazzled by the illuminated display along the elegant grounds of these celebrated garden paths. Open Tues.-Sat. 6-9pm (Closed on Dec. 24, 25 & 31).  Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
Advice 5K Turkey Trot
11/29/2018
Gather before you gobble on Thanksgiving -- this annual fundraising race starts at 9am and ends with a party.  Scarborough Lane, Duck. 252-255-1050  http://www.advice5kturkeytrot.com
Duck Yuletide Celebration & Elf Hunt
12/1/2018
Get your Elf Hunt passport stamped at participating shops. Then indulge in cocoa and live music at the lighting of Duck's crab pot tree from 3-5pm.  Duck Town Park, Duck. 252-255-1286  www.townofduck.com
Historic Home Tour, presented by the Ocracoke Preservation Society
12/1/2018
Annual tradition showcasing some of the finely preserved homes in Ocracoke's historic district, all decked out for the holidays.  Historic District, Ocracoke. 252-928-6711  www.ocracokevillage.com
Manteo Christmas Parade
12/1/2018
Annual procession through Manteo, featuring community organizations, including school bands, classic car collectors, dancers, charities and more.  Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
WinterLights
On-Going Event: 12/1/2018 - 12/29/2018
Be dazzled by the illuminated display along the elegant grounds of these celebrated garden paths. Open Tues.-Sat. 6-9pm (Closed on Dec. 24, 25, and 31).  Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
First Friday
12/7/2018
6-8pm. Hosted by the merchants of downtown Manteo. An evening of music, shopping and more.  Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
Holiday Small Works Show
12/7/2018 - 12/31/2018
Find a one-of-a-kind gift among the variety of artwork, including glass, pottery, photography, jewelry and more. Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm & Sat. 10am-4pm.  Dare County Arts Council, Manteo.  252-473-5558  www.DareArts.org
Manteo Tree Lighting
12/7/2018
A community tradition of gathering in front of the old courthouse for carols and cocoa, as the town Christmas tree is officially lit for the holiday season. 6pm.  Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
Wings Over Water Encore
12/7/2018 - 12/9/2018
A winter weekend of birdwatching trips to several local National Wildlife Refuges.  Various locations. 252-216-9464  www.wingsoverwater.org
8th Annual Holiday at the Museum
12/8/2018
A day of Christmas cheer, including family games, crafts, letters to Santa and other activities like shopping for handmade holiday dcor. Free.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
Hatteras Island Christmas Parade
12/8/2018
Crowds line Highway 12 to catch a peek (and some candy), as a procession of community members march through town, followed by St. Nicholas as a finale. 2pm.  Hatteras Village, Hatteras.    www.islandfreepress.com
Red Wolf Howling
12/15/2018
Listen for the remarkable sounds of captive red wolves, and learn about this endangered species during a jouney to the heart of the refuge. 4:30-6pm. Free.  Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Dare County Mainland. 252-216-9424  www.fws.gov/alligatorriver
115th Anniversary of Powered Flight
12/16/2018 - 12/17/2018
This program pays tribute to the celebrated accomplishments of the Wright Brothers, with two days of scheduled presentations, music, activities and more! On the 17th, admission is free.  Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills. 252-441-1903  www.firstflight.org
Dinner With Santa
12/16/2018
Mingle with St. Nicholas himself as your family enjoys a winter meal from 6-9pm, after taking in the sights of the Gardens' WinterLights presentation. Adults $40, Youth $25, $10 Children 5 and under.   Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
Working Watermen Oyster Roast & Shrimp Boil
12/29/2018
Gather with the crowd in the fresh, winter air to devour all the shrimp, oysters and fish stew you can enjoy.  Community Square, Ocracoke. 252-928-6711  www.ocracokevillage.com
Molly Tuttle - Outer Banks Forum For The Lively Arts 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series
1/26/2019
Discover why audiences are enthralled by Molly Tuttle, a virtuosa multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice. Performing since she was 11, in 2017 she received three nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association and won Guitar Player of the Year and signed with Compass Records. Come hear this rising star perform! 7:30pm. Tickets $28.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts presents seven high-quality performing arts concerts from September through May. Season tickets for all seven events are available.  First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills 252-256-9361  www.outerbanksforum.org
M5 Mexican Brass - Outer Banks Forum For The Lively Arts 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series
3/2/2019
Be mesmerized by Latin Americas most successful Brass Quintet, M5 Mexican Brass, which has earned wide international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, matchless Latin American charm, and their own sound, M5 concerts are unique musicaltheatre concert experiences. 7:30pm. Tickets $28.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts presents seven high-quality performing arts concerts from September through May. Season tickets for all seven events are available.  First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills 252-256-9361  www.outerbanksforum.org
cordis - Outer Banks Forum For The Lively Arts 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series
4/6/2019
Savor the sounds of this contemporary chamber music quartet in an intimate performance that unveils as one of the most fascinating sound palettes in the world. From a Victorian era underwood typewriter solo to eerie melodies whistled by Australian howling tubes, to the groups signature Hungarian cimbalom, living room cordis creates an unforgettable experience that resonates with concert goers long after the final bow. 7:30pm. Tickets $28.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts presents seven high-quality performing arts concerts from September through May. Season tickets for all seven events are available.  First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills 252-256-9361  www.outerbanksforum.org

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