How to Have a Beautiful Labor Day on the OBX

How to Have a Beautiful Labor Day on the OBX
Labor Day is fast approaching, and whether you're visiting the OBX for a week or a long weekend, there are plenty of great events to make your Outer Banks Rental experience full of fun and excitement. This time of year is one of the best times to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With the peak season over, enjoy a slower pace here on the OBX. The crowds have thinned, and with so many wonderful things to do, Labor Day is the perfect time to vacation on our coast. We have a lot going on that you won't want to miss this Labor head on down to the OBX and join the celebration. 

From surfing to street festivals, Rock & Roll to seeing the beautiful Wild Horses of Corolla, we are sure you'll find something fun for everyone in the family. In this post you will find just a few of the many Labor Day events and local activities going on this week in the Outer Banks.  


Family Fun 

Family Fun

Manteo is a small town on Roanoke Island. Famous for its beautiful downtown, and home of the Lost Colony, this is a place you simply must visit while staying on the Outer Banks. A short drive from any where on the OBX, you'll find shops, food and history around every corner. On the first Friday of each month, Manteo holds a family friendly street festival. From 6pm to 8pm, enjoy music, food, and fun for the whole family. Many restaurants have local bands playing, and street vendors show off some of the beautiful local artistry, crafts and jewelry. Take a moment to walk along the waterfront...taking in the view of the Outer Banks. Walk over and look at the majestic Elizabeth II, a replica of one of the seven merchant vessels which sailed these waters. There is a reason this land was chosen to be the first English Settlement in the New World. It is as breathtaking a place today as it was for those first settlers. 

This is a wonderful two-day event showcasing over twenty-five of the Outer Banks artists. Local pottery, painting, and jewelry are just a few of the incredible items to check out at this fun festival.  How would you like the perfect chance to pick up that souvenir for your trip, or to get an early start on your holiday shopping? The event takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Kitty Hawk...and is easily accessible from your Outer Bank Rental. 

If you have never seen a wild horse in its native environment, you're missing out on one of those special moments that can't be described without actually seeing it. Watching these regal animals stroll along the dunes, or playing in the tidal pools is something unique to the OBX. Plan a day to take a short drive up to the Corolla Wild Horse Museum. Rescued wild horses are housed and cared for by the staff the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Enjoy the museums activities, and learn about the dedicated volunteers of the museum who are preserving and caring for these beautiful native wild horses. Each Friday, from 10am to 1pm, visitors are invited to "Meet a Mustang". This is a great opportunity to learn about these unique wild horses, see how they are being cared for, and even get to pet one. Kids are sure to remember meeting a wild mustang for years to come.  

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Historic Site (say that three times fast) provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the unique history of the Outer Banks. The OBX was once a desolate barren landscape. Few residents, and even fewer visitors came to the Outer Banks. Often those who found the OBX found it because they became shipwrecked off the coast, caught by dangerous Atlantic storms. For many sailors, their only hope of survival rested with the brave men of the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station. Find out about the fearless men who manned this early life saving station, explore a great museum, and learn what life saving on the Outer Banks was like prior to the modern Coast Guard. The highlight of your visit is sure to be watching the staff reenactment of a rescue drill.  


Extreme Fun 

Some Extreme Fun

Waves and more waves is what the pros at the Wave Riding Vehicles Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest will be hoping for during the Labor Day weekend. Watch these pros attempt to harness the energy of the mighty Atlantic as they fight it out for top honors in this thrilling surf contest. The crowd gathers to watch these incredible athletes at Jeannette's Pier in Nags Head. Bring your never know who might sign it. This event features athletes, vendors, and sponsors from some of the biggest names in surfing. Taking place all Labor Day Weekend, this event is guaranteed to make you want to run out and buy a surf board, and enjoy the warm September waters. 

Not only does the OBX have incredible beaches, it also lays claim to being the birth place of flight. Orville and Wilbur knew a great place when they saw it. Taking place at Jockey's Ridge State Park in Kitty Hawk, the Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competitions provides a stunning display of kite flying. This crowd pleasing event is  sure to get you dreaming of flight. On Friday, September 8, there will be a 30-minute Learn to Fly demonstration. Bring the kids down, and get some hands on experience learning to fly these high performance and fast kites. On Sunday, the competition heats up with competitive kite flying, including synchronized flying set to jamming music. After the competition, take some time to explore the park and learn all about the Wright Brother's historic first flight.   

Fish On

North Carolina WildlifeFishing on the OBX is a time honored tradition. There is just something special about the local waters, piers and beaches. Whether sitting on the pristine beach surf, casting and telling tall tales, or wetting a line off one of the'll have a great time wrangling with the big one. Flounder, sea mullet, and croaker are just some of the inshore fish you will find off the OBX. With virtually hundreds of miles of coastline along the Outer Banks to fish, this fun sport is great for the novice and the experienced angler alike. You will need a North Carolina Fishing License so make sure to get one prior to wetting a line. If you need help with setting up your rig to ensure you snag that trophy, or dinner, just stop by and see one of the many local fishing supply stores. You'll find plenty of tall tales and friendly staff to help you get set up. 


Dance On 

Dance the Night Away

Looking to enjoy some music this Labor Day? The OBX Tribute Rock Concert will be sure to take you down memory lance. Rock the night away to the music of Journey, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. Three tribute bands rock the night away, belting out the top hits of some of rock and roll's greatest bands. You'll be home making a new iTunes playlist in no time to commemorate this concert. Call it "OBX Mix 17"! We look forward to you coming back next year to make "OBX Mix 18". Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered online.  
We hope these events and activities give you a small taste of the wonderful things to do on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Come visit us and explore the beauty of the OBX this Labor Day. With lots of amazing beach rentals still available, take advantage of this wonderful time of year on the OBX. With lots of sunshine, warm water and great things to do, you're sure to enjoy your Labor Day on the OBX. On behalf of all the staff at Elan Vacations, we hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful Labor Day vacation. We look forward to making your vacation dream become a reality. 

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