Fall for OBX… Festivals, Food & Fun!

The second season on the Outer Banks keeps getting better and better. The summer is a great season to visit, but fall has become the perfect time for a long weekend getaway.

Music seems to highlight the Outer Banks’ weekend events—especially in September
and October.

The 3rd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo has been moved back a week, and by changing the date to the last weekend in September (25–28), country and bluegrass superstar Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder are able to make the show this year. The band will take the stage on Saturday night.

Returning for a third encore performance are some of the headliners from the past two years. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are coming back for a Friday night sendoff.
One of the most intriguing bands for the past two years, Nu Blu, is also returning, taking the stage Sunday evening. “It’s like coming home,” says Carolyn Routh, who does most of the singing and plays standup bass for the band.

Columbus Day Weekend has become a music festival all its own.

New this year, Hatteras Island gets in the act with Hatterasity-A Bluegrass Block Party starting on Wednesdsay, Oct. 8 through Saturday. Taking place in Hatteras Village, the block party should be four days of great seafood, barbecue and music.

On the northern Outer Banks, the 4th Annual Mustang Music Festival followed by the 8th annual Duck Jazz Festival create a weekend filled with the joy of music. The Mustang Music Festival runs Friday and Saturday, leaving Sunday open for the Duck Jazz Festival.

At the heart of the Mustang Music Festival is the music, but the festival is also about family time with artisans and artists from the area displaying their creations. Mike Dianna, who hosts the festival, has really upped the ante, moving the festival to the grounds of the Whalehead Club in Corolla. “This year with a move to a new location, it’s just great,” Dianna says. “Everything is bigger now. In the past we had maybe 15 artisans. This year we’ll have over 50.”

If there is a better place anywhere to listen to live outdoor music than the Duck town green, it would be hard to imagine—a beautiful setting that lends itself perfectly to the intimacy of jazz.

But it’s not just the music that makes the Outer Banks such a great place to be in the fall.

The Dare County Arts Council will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Artrageous celebration of the arts in Dare County on Sept. 27. A day that is filled with interactive art projects for kids, it is the perfect way for a family to spend a day together.
In just three years the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head has become one of the largest of its kind, including lots of music, cooking demonstrations and some really well-prepared offerings made from fresh (very fresh) seafood.

A heritage of migratory waterfowl carpeting the sounds and slow-moving rivers of northeastern North Carolina is celebrated by the Wings over Water Wildlife Festival Oct. 21–26. A regional festival, with events throughout the Outer Banks as well as the counties that make up the Inner Banks.

An annual Veteran’s Day weekend event, no description of things to do on the Outer Banks in the fall would be complete without mentioning the Outer Banks Marathon. A weekend event that has become a family adventure as well as a qualifying heat for the Boston Marathon, the race includes a family fun run, 5K and 10K courses as well as a half marathon.

The Marathon course, starting in Kitty Hawk Woods and ending in Manteo, is one of the most beautiful runs on the East Coast.

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