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    Outer Banks Fall Has It All

    September 25, 2019

    Fall is an amazing time on the Outer Banks. The scorching heat of the summer has moderated just a bit, the ocean is still perfect for swimming all the way thought Columbus Day Weekend and everything is still open but not quite as busy as the summer.

    Ask just about anyone who lives here about the best time to be on the Outer Banks and the answer will be fall.

    With all those reasons to visit, it’s a given that autumn has become sort of a second season locally. It’s never going to be as busy as the summer—vacation schedules just don’t match up as well after August—but there is an ever-expanding list of things to do.

    We know we missed some events, but we thought we would put together a list through November with our thoughts on some of our favorite events.

    Day at the Docks

    Hatteras Village

    September 13-14


    After Hurricane Isabel devastated Hatteras Village n 2003, local fishermen and businesses felt something was needed to let the world know Hatteras was back. Day at the Docks was the answer and the event has grown to be a wonderful two-day event featuring great seafood and a marvelous feeling of community. The best excuse imaginable for a day trip to Hatteras.

    ESA Easterns Surfing Championship

    Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

    September 15-21


    The Eastern Surfing Association may be the largest amateur surfing association in the world. With memberships from Maine to Florida, Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head is the perfect meeting point to decide who are the best amateur East Coast surfers. Surfers from 8-80 compete.


    Nags Head

    September 21-23


    A three-day celebration of the LGBTQ community that includes family-friendly events during the daytime and more adult-oriented entertainment in the evening.

    Surfalorus Film Festival

    Dare County Arts Council


    September 19-21


    A three-day film festival featuring surf films from around the world. Everything from five-minute shorts to feature-length films are part of the lineup. Some films are shown outdoors. An art show at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery is included. Be sure to check this one out. There are always some hidden gems.

    CrabDaddy Wine/Beer Festival

    Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg

    September 21


    We love CrabDaddy. Held at Sanctuary Vineyards on the grounds of the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, the festival is all about fresh steamed crab, local beer, Sanctuary Vineyards wines in a beautiful outdoor setting. A very family-friendly event.

    The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

    The Lost Colony, Manteo

    September 27-28


    A seemingly infinite variety of wines to sample, local microbrews out in force, and a beautiful setting—it really doesn’t get much better than this. And Friday night is the Vintner’s dinner where select Outer Banks chefs combine forces to create a culinary masterpiece.

    Halloween International Film Festival

    R/C Theater, Kill Devil Hills

    October 3 -5


    Three days of great independent films guaranteed to frighten even the hardiest. Many of these films deserve wider distribution, but without support from large studios, they are often overlooked.

    Oink N’ Oyster Roast

    Longboards Restaurant, Kitty Hawk

    October 4-6


    A fundraiser for the First Flight Rotary Club. Food and fun—about as good as it gets.

    Outer Banks Parade of Homes

    October 10-13


    Outer Banks homebuilders are some of the best anywhere, and this four-day event highlights just how good they are. From Corolla to Manteo, 24 homes are listed this year, but there may be more added as the event gets closer.

    Duck Jazz Festival

    Town of Duck

    October 12-13


    The Duck Jazz Festival is sort of the granddaddy of the Outer Banks music festivals. The music is always amazing, the setting on the Duck Town Green absolutely beautiful. If there is one event to check out this fall on the Outer Banks, this may be it. Saturday night a lot of the musicians stop by local venues to jam. It’s pretty special.

    Mustang Rock & Roast

    Timbuck II Shopping Center, Corolla

    October 19-20


    Great music and lots of food the weekend after the Duck Jazz Festival, Mustang Rock & Roast features music and an oyster roast on Saturday, and music and a barbecue showdown on Sunday. Headliners are groups on the cusp of going national

    Outer Banks Seafood Festival

    Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

    October 19


    Celebrating the culture and history of Outer Banks watermen—and women—the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is the best-attended of any Outer Banks festival. The big draw is the local restaurants that vie for top honors with dishes created from fresh-caught, local seafood. Live music, a very kid-friendly atmosphere, artists and crafters make this a perfect day to celebrate the Outer Banks.

    The NC VIP Fishing Tournament

    Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

    October 21 – 23


    The VIP standing for Visually Impaired Persons and this tournament, hosted by local Lion’s Clubs, is the largest of its kind in the world. An absolutely wonderful feel-good event.


    Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

    October 26


    Answering the question, “Can beer fly?” that has plagued humanity since the Wright Brothers first took to the air, BrewTag delivers a resounding maybe. Homemade gliders launched from a tower vie for top honors. Beer, food and lots of things for kids to do.

    Outer Banks Marathon

    Kitty Hawk and Nags Head

    November 8 – 10


    A qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, this is the race that sparked what is a mini-boom in Outer Banks races. The course is a beautiful tour of the northern Outer Banks, beginning in Kitty Hawk on the Woods Road and ending at the Manteo waterfront. The Marathon is one of the multiple races held on Saturday and Sunday including a half marathon.

    Big Curri-Shuck

    Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg

    November 30


    The Big Curri-Shuck at Sanctuary Vineyards may be our favorite fall event. Buy your ticket and get all you can eat fresh steamed oysters and crab. A local pitmaster always contributes his expertise to some amazing Eastern North Carolina barbecue. Hayrides for kids and live music. A fantastic way to wrap up the Thanksgiving weekend.