Fall Festivals, Outer Banks Style

The fall weather is great, and music is on the horizon everywhere on the Outer Banks.  Weekends have always been filled with activities in the fall, but Columbus Day weekend (October 6-8th, this year) has really become something special.

The 6th annual Duck Jazz Festival is one of the premier East Coast jazz festivals with between 3,000-4,000 people in attendance. It’s free, held on Sunday and there is music scheduled all day. Since the musicians are usually here for the weekend, they consistently show up in clubs and restaurants throughout the northern Outer Banks. To learn more about the musicians and their playing schedules, visit www.townofduck.com/duckjazzfestival.

A new event this year is the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo. Headlined by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, it’s a weekend long event with 12 bands scheduled to perform, workshops and late night after party events at the Outer Banks Brewing Station. Tickets seem to be selling fast. More details are at www.obxbluegrassfestival.com.

The following weekend, October 13 – 14th, the second annual Mustang Music festival is scheduled at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, Timbuck II Shopping Plaza, in Corolla. One of the great features of Mike’s festival is two stages for performers, which keeps music consistently playing. Proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. More information is available at www.mustangmusicfestival.com.

For the folks who live here, autumn is the best time of the year. Perfect weather, coupled with outstanding music . . . create the ideal time to enjoy the Outer Banks?