Outer Banks Fall Has it All with These Events



Ask almost anyone who lives on the Outer Banks what their favorite time of the year is, and there’s a good chance the answer will be fall. The heat of the summer has backed off a bit, the ocean water temperature stays pleasant through Columbus Day and there is lots to do.

September through November has become fall festival season, with something for everyone. Great music, food festivals, a marathon… and, of course, great weather.

Here are a few of our favorite events.

 

ESA Surf Championship
Photo by Jennette's Pier

ESA Surfing Championship

The Eastern Surfing Association is one of the largest amateur surfing associations anywhere. With memberships from Maine to Florida, Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head seems to be the perfect meeting point to decide who are the best amateur East Coast surfers.

 

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

A seemingly infinite variety of wines to sample, local micro brews 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.

 

Duck Jazz Festival

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.

 

Sept. 13–14

Day at the Docks

Hatteras Village

 

Sept. 14–15

Outer Banks Triathlon

Old Swimming Hole, Manteo

 

Sept. 15–21

ESA Eastern Surfing Championship

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head

 

Sept. 21–23

Pridefest

Nags Head

 

Sept. 14–20

Cape Hatteras Wave Classic

Cape Hatteras

 

Sept. 19–21

Surfalorus Film Festival

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

 

Sept. 21

CrabDaddy Wine/Beer Festival

Sanctuary Vineyards

Jarvisburg on the Currituck Mainland

 

Sept. 21

1st Annual Sumospeed Beach Bash Sponsored by Fortune Auto

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

 

Sept. 28

Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run

 

Sept. 27–28

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

The Lost Colony, Manteo

 

Sept. 28

Frankie Valli Tribute Show

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

 

Oct. 1

Jim Mulford Red Drum Tournament

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head

 

Oct. 3–5

Halloween International Film Festival

Kill Devil Hills

 

Oct. 4

First Friday on Roanoke Island

Manteo

 

Oct. 4–6

Oink N’ Oyster Roast

Longboards Restaurant, Kitty Hawk

 

Oct. 4–12

Outer Banks Fall Restaurant Week

 

Oct. 10

Island Art Show

Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, Rodanthe

 

Oct. 10–13

Outer Banks Parade of Homes

 

Oct. 12

Pop Go the Classics

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

 

Duck Jazz festival
Photo by Town of Duck

Oct. 12–13

Duck Jazz Festival

Town of Duck

 

Oct. 15–20 (Main Session)

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

 

Oct. 19–20

Mustang Rock & Roast

Timbuck II Shopping Ctr, Corolla

 

Oct. 19

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

 

Oct. 21

NC Symphony Winds

All Saints Church, Southern Shores

 

Oct. 21–23

The NC VIP Fishing Tournament

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head

 

Oct. 26

5th Annual OBX Brewtag

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

 

Oct. 26

Harvest HayDay

Island Farm, Roanoke island

 

Oct. 27

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Boat Show

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, Manteo

 

Nov. 1–11

OBX Veteran's Week

Downtown Manteo

 

Nov. 2

1st Annual Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration

Fessenden Center, Buxton

 

Outer Banks marathon
Photo by Katie Bellamy

Nov. 8–10

Outer Banks Marathon

Kitty Hawk to Manteo

 

Nov. 23

Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

 

Nov. 27

Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills

 

Nov. 28

Advice 5K Turkey Trot

Duck

 

Nov. 28

Surfin' Turkey 5K

Hatteras Village

 

Nov. 29–30

Heritage Cooking and Food Preservation

Island Farm, Manteo

 

Nov. 29–30

Hangin' with Santa & Kites with Lights

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

 

Nov. 30

Big Curri-Shuck

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg

 

Nov. 30–Jan. 19

WinterLights

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

 

Dec. 6–8 (Encore Session)

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

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