Fall Things To Do 2016

Mustang Music Festival LineupOver the past few years, the September and October months have become popular times to visit the Outer Banks.

There are so many great events during these months—even extending into November—that it’s almost difficult to know where to start! Great weather, great music, and great festivals. Plus, the water is still warm enough to go swimming and both the water and air temperatures can stay moderate well into October.

Music lovers mark Columbus Day on their calendar, as two great back-to-back festivals highlight the music scene over that three day weekend. The Mustang Music Festival at the Whalehead Club in Corolla headlines Friday and Saturday, with its eclectic blend of rock, blues and avant garde bluegrass. Sunday it’s the Duck Jazz Festival on the Duck Town Green, where impressive national and regional jazz artists perform in a near perfect outdoor setting.

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Unique Outer Banks Festivals

The Outer Banks is home to some truly interesting people and from them spring diverse concepts for gatherings and festivals. Their unique perspectives are at the heart of our active arts community and many of the quirky shops and restaurants found within our communities.

Throughout the years, a number of festivals have sprung to life in celebration of our laid back and creative Outer Banks lifestyle. Many are well-known and attended, like the Mustang Music Festival, Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, OBX Seafood Festival and the Duck Jazz Festival. However, there are others that are not quite as popular but are definitely worth attending.

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The Outer Banks Holiday Season

Outer Banks ChristmasDuring the off season, in that three to four month window from late fall to early spring, life on the Outer Banks returns to its roots. A bustling resort in the summer months, the winter months are much more akin to everyday life in small town America.

At no time of the year is that more apparent than during the holidays. Rituals that come alive during the Christmas and New Year holidays are steeped in heartwarming tradition. The spirit of the season is a relaxed and joyous time to spend with family and friends. It is also fast becoming a tradition for out of town visitors who rent large vacation homes, escaping hectic schedules to unwind with those they hold near and dear.

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Outer Banks Wedding Venues

The Outer Banks has become one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States and for many reasons; the main one being its beautiful natural setting. Perhaps our location is a bit remote, but the Outer Banks is centrally located on the east coast, and there are literally hundreds of professionals who reside in our area who specialize in creating memorable and personalized destination weddings.

Selecting a site to say your vows is an essential part of any wedding, and the Outer Banks offers many unique locations to accommodate your event. A tip for couples planning an outdoor ceremony is to always include an alternate indoor location in the event of unforeseen weather events.

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9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival Duck NCThe 9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival will be held on October 11th this year, the Sunday before Columbus Day, and the lineup for this popular event is off the charts! Held on the manicured grounds of the Duck Town Park, people attend for the beautiful waterfront setting as much as they do for their love of great Jazz music.

The Festival is one of those rare events that is free to the public, allows attendees to bring their own wine and beer selections and is a wonderful family friendly activity. This year’s event continues with the tradition of great music performed by outstanding musicians and vocalists.

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Outer Banks Taste of the Beach 2015

Thursday, March 19th – Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

OBX Shrimp SeafoodThe Taste of the Beach is fast approaching, and it’s one event that locals view as the kick off to approaching warm weather. This annual event reinforces that Outer Bank’s celebrations are a bit unconventional, yet are undeniably original and entertaining. It all starts with a kickoff party on the evening of Wednesday, 3/18, with the main festivities falling into place the following four days. The festival includes multi-course menu presentations, progressive dinners, tapas crawls, cook-offs, cooking classes, wine tastings, brewery tours and more!

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The Outer Banks Top U.S. Destination Wedding Venue

OBX Destination WeddingThe Outer Banks is one of the fastest growing wedding destinations in the country. It’s true that many other locations offer beautiful settings, so what are the reasons for the ever-growing popularity of the Outer Banks for destination weddings, family reunions and corporate events?

Our award-winning beaches and immense variety of waterfront settings and event homes certainly contribute to our growing popularity. But most importantly, as a community, we have chosen to make events, weddings and reunions an essential part of what we do well. As a result, there is a wide selection of professionals ready to assist—wedding and event planners, caterers, photographers and musicians to name just a few. Many of the people who work in event planning are members of the Outer Banks Wedding Association, the organization that presents the annual Wedding Expo.

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Dare County Arts Council

Dare County Arts CouncilThe weekend after Veteran’s Day—that’s November 14-16 this year—the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) will be hosting their 2nd Annual Veteran’s Weekend. It includes great music from Nu Blu on Friday evening at The Lost Colony’s Soundstage Theater, but the highlight of the weekend is the Veterans Writing Project presented by Ron Capps, a combat vet who is also a professional writer.

The DCAC, working with a number of sponsors, especially the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, pays for 25 veterans to work with Ron on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing just one example of how the Arts Council is an integral part of the Outer Banks.

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