Favorite OBX Events During the Fall Season
Full-time OBX residents often say "the fall is why we live here." And one visit to the OBX during this time of year and there is no doubt that you will agree. Throughout the fall, there are tons of events that draw people from all over the surrounding areas as well as places far away to spend time enjoying fabulous weather, no crowds, lower rates for Outer Banks rentals, and fun events. Whether coming for festivals, races and other events, following are some of the favorite OBX events during the fall season for locals and visitors.
October is a huge month for festivals and there are tons of them over virtually every weekend on the OBX. From small neighborhood events to major OBX-wide happenings, we love to go to most of them. Here are a couple of our favorites:
2nd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, Roanoke Island, October 4-6, 2013. One of our favorites began last year and is coming back in less than a month. The 2nd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival is set to play host to some of the best bluegrass bands. On top of that, there is some of the most delicious Southern cooking from local and regional vendors. This year, the organizers are making it a bit more exciting by adding fireworks!
Oink n Oyster Roast, Longboards Island Grill, Kitty Hawk, Longboards Island Grill, October 12, 2013. The Oink 'n Oyster Roast is one of the best tasting event to attend that is sponsored by the First Flight Rotary. Attendees feast on steamed oysters and North Carolina-style barbeque with all the fixings. Funds raised are used to support various non-profits organizations in Dare County. There is great music courtesy of the First Flight Marching Band. Ticket prices range from adults for $25 to kids 7-13 at $7 for those 7-13, and kids age 6 and under for free. To buy tickets, either go to oinkandoyster.org, get them directly from a Rotary member or at the event itself.
Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Nags Head, October 19, 2013. This is what the OBX is all about – freshly caught local seafood. And once a year, we celebrate the fishermen and the heritage of what makes us great. The Outer Banks Seafood Festival features the best dishes from local restaurants as well as live music all day and fun activities for the kids. Some have fun participating in the Fish House Olympic Events while others attend cooking demos so that they can prepare their own seafood feasts. Admission is $3 and includes kids zone, live music all day, cooking demonstrations, boat exhibits, and storytelling. To purchase food and drinks, it is necessary to have "Sea Bucks" which are $1 each.
While the most widely-known race is the Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon, there are other small races as well as biking events and races that are big draws and encompass lots of family fun as well.
12th Annual Lighthouse to Lighthouse Bike Ride, Nags Head, October 5, 2013.There is no better way to do a lighthouse tour than by bike. This is a ride that offers just that opportunity for seasoned cyclists. Whether participating in just one 25-mile leg of the ride to the Bodie Lighthouse or all 100 miles to also see the Currituck Lighthouse and the Wright Brothers Memorial, this has become a favorite event and is in its 12th year.
OBX Marathon and Half Marathon, Kitty Hawk to Nags Head, November 8 – 10, 2013. One of the most popular races in all of North Carolina is the OBX Marathon and Half Marathon. This race is such a great one because the course travels across some of the most beautiful landscape in the country with runners running along the beaches then through preserves then beside the sounds that separate the OBX from the mainland. Runners from out of town love to come for a long weekend with family or friends and stay in an Outer Banks rental. After a 26.2 mile run, what could be better than relaxing on the beach?
5Ks and Fun Runs. In addition to smaller events held the weekend of the marathon, there are several smaller races during the fall as well. The Colony Lost 5K and Fun Run which is held October 12, 2013 and the Outer Banks Running Club Gobbler 5K and Fun Run held over Thanksgiving weekend are just a couple of the 5Ks that are a couple of the more popular runs.
A Lot More Happening
There is a lot more happening on the Outer Banks in the fall. We just mentioned some of our favorites. The fall season is absolutely wonderful. Whether coming for one of these great events or simply to walk on the beach in "sweater weather," we promise you will have a great time and start thinking about moving here.