Fall Events on the Outer Banks That You Won't Want to Miss
The autumn events on the Outer Banks offer so much to look forward to year after year. Prepare yourself for gorgeous beach weather, plenty of fun in the sun, and OBX festivals and events that are sure to please everyone. Vacationing during the off-season on the Outer Banks has a lot of perks, and the events are just some of them.
Here's what's happening on our beaches and in our towns. Hope to see you at a few of these!
If you like laughing & being entertained...
The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills: Features big name performers right here in the OBX. September 17 welcomes Mike Stankiewicz with John Kensil. September 24 welcomes David Beck with Sonya King. Check out the rest of the fall lineup!
Murder Mystery Dinner, Avon: Pangea Tavern presents Murder Mystery Dinners for your dining and viewing pleasure. Oh, you're also part of the performance, just so you know. Murder in Margaritaland is slated for September 18. Get your tickets soon! Seating is limited, so don't delay.
Pirates of Penzance, Kill Devil Hills: You're on the OBX, so of course you should go watch a comic opera about pirates on September 19! It's presented by the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts, so you'll be sure to be entertained. Check out their 2015-2016 performance lineup. It's a good one!
If you like running (or watching other people run)....
Outer Banks Triathlon, Manteo: Join in the race or cheer from the sidelines, either way be sure to be there on September 11-13 for all of the excitement.
All Out Pink Road Race 10 Mile Bridge Run & 5K, Manteo: Are you tough enough for pink? Find out on September 26 at the Elizabethan Gardens. Finisher awards go out to all participants and are handed out by local breast cancer survivors who truly appreciate your participation and support.
OBX Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon, Kitty Hawk: On Veterans Day weekend, November 6-8, cover some spectacular ground and come run with us on the Outer Banks! This Boston Marathon qualifying race has you running through some of the most beautiful parts of the East Coast. Don't worry, you don't have to be in Boston Marathon shape to participate. (Whew!) There's a run for everyone of every age and ability. Find which run best suits you and sign up!
If you like fishing....
Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament, Nags Head: September 19 is tournament fishing day for this 4-category catch and release event. Categories include: flounder, speckled trout, red drum, and slam. Try it and you'll be hooked.
5th Annual Red Drum Tournament, Nags Head: On October 3, try your hand at reeling in the big one off of Jennette's Pier. All game fish are included in this event, but the longest red drum takes home the prize.
If you like beer...
Outer Banks Brewtag, Nags Head: Raise your glass to flight and beer on October 3. Modeled after and roughly translated as Flying Day in German, the OBX Brewtäg is whimsically entertaining and mirrors the Red Bull Flutag. The flight portion consists of competitors launching empty keg barrels to see whose flies the furthest. Admission to the festival is free, and there's plenty of food, beer and family fun to be had. What's not to love about this event?
Octobeerfest, Avon: Cheers to beer specials, German food, live music, and lots-o-fun! Your mug will runneth over.
Americana Beer Fest, Manteo: Craft beer, live music, fun, games and you might learn something, too! Local brewpubs and breweries come together to raise money for a great cause, our veterans. November 7 is the day, the Pavilion at Pirates Cove is the place. Join us!
If you like the arts...
OBX Arts & Crafts Festival, Kitty Hawk: September 9-10 are the festival dates for this year. Complimentary admission and parking are just a bonus to the amazing local art on display and on sale by over 25 of our area's best artisans. Buy for yourself or find a unique coastal gift for someone special.
Island Art Show, Rodanthe: The Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center is the place to be to enjoy the works of local artists on October 16. The range of artwork is a sight to behold and is available for your viewing and buying pleasure. Stop by!
Holiday Craft & Gift Show, Manns Harbor: November 6-7 is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping on the Outer Banks. There's a nice variety of items including handmade crafts, home decor, homemade canned goods, sweet treats, and more. Pick up something for yourself, too.
If you like surfing in all its forms...
Cape Hatteras Wave Classic Kitesurfing Competition, Waves: Running from September 19-25, the kitesurfing competition includes some of the best things about fall on the water in the Outer Banks. Dredging barrels. Warm waters. Epic surf and kite sessions. Need we say more?
ESA Easterns Surfing Championship, Jennette's Pier, Nags Head: On September 20-26, get ready to witness some of the best amateur surfing on the East Coast. The Easterns surf championship is a crowd favorite! Come see it for yourself.
Hatteras Wave Jam Windsurfing Competition, Avon: September 21-26 is when the only East Coast tour and stop on the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) happens, so it's best not to miss it! It's prime surf season and you're at the Windsurfing Capital of the East Coast, so it promises to be amazing.
If you're looking for activities for the kids....
Sandcastles: Maritime Crafts for Kids, Hatteras: Wednesdays at 10:30a.m. through the month of September, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum offers a chance to create a coastal craft while learning some local history. Kids of all ages are welcomed, supplies are furnished, and best of all—it's free!
Island Farm Pumpkin Patch, Manteo: Saturdays in October should be spent down on the farm, the Island Farm that is. Ride an ox-drawn cart to the pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin to take home with you. There's plenty of other fall fun and activities to enjoy, too. Bring your family and friends and make a day of it.
Harvest Hayday, Manteo: Harvest-themed activities abound on October 24 and promise fun the entire family. This autumn-tide event features hay maze, build a scarecrow, leaf rubbing, face painting, balloon
sculpting, bird ID, corn hole toss, bubbles, pumpkin bowling, apple
rolling, entertainment, make and take crafts, hay rides, as well as fish and wildlife activities. How's that for fall family fun? Start a fall family tradition at the Elizabethan Gardens this year and continue making memories for years to come.
If you like Halloween....
You'll just have to follow our blog. We were going to include them in this post, but there are way too many. We'll do an entire post based just on Halloween on the Outer Banks. Stay tuned!
If you'd like to know our favorite fall festivals on the OBX....
Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition, Nags Head: September 12-13 some of the best regional kite fliers come to the Outer Banks to show off their skills. Enjoy huge display kites, stunt kite lessons, synchronized performances and more. It's a great family-friendly event and it's FREE!
OBX Bluegrass Festival, Manteo: September 23-26 Three days of down home Southern cookin' along with good ol' Southern pickin' and grinnin'.
Duck Jazz Festival, Duck: In its 9th year this year, the Duck Jazz Festival is a local favorite that happens over the Columbus Day holiday, October 11. Free admission and live music, along with national, regional and local performers on two stages... and all that jazz. It's a great way to spend your Sunday!
Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Nags Head: October 17 celebrates the area's seafood heritage and the community that surrounds it. Meet our local watermen and see the tools of their trade at the OBX Seafood Festival. Watch cooking demonstrations, visit educational booths, and taste the fresh, local seafood from over a dozen area restaurants. It's your best bet for a sampling of our local flavor here on the Outer Banks.
If you're looking for more OBX events...
You can find a comprehensive list of events, festivals and things to do any time you're on the Outer Banks of North Carolina right here. It's a great resource for your vacation planning, too.
Which OBX events will we see you at this fall?