Outer Banks Fall Activities

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

Music Events and Festivals

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

The 4th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo is the last weekend in September, and if there is one show to check out this is it. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be back for the fourth year, joining headliners Sam Bush and Pam Tillis.

Columbus Day Weekend continues to be “Music Fest” weekend on the Outer Banks.

Down on Hatteras Island Hatterasity—A Bluegrass Block Party is back for a second year with some great music, barbecue, a fish fry and a block party. It kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 9 and runs through Saturday.

On the northern Outer Banks, the 5th Annual Mustang Music Festival followed by the 8th annual Duck Jazz Festival creates 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 done an outstanding job of making this a family event. The setting at the Whalehead Club is about as perfect as it gets for an outdoor concert, and the music is always great. Back this year, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with their funky New Orleans sound.

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.

Art, Food, Fun and Run!

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 (DCAC) will be celebrating the 26th anniversary of their Artrageous celebration of the arts in Dare County on Sept. 26. A day that is filled with interactive art projects for kids, it is the perfect way for a family to spend a day together.

The DCAC will also be celebrating their 40th anniversary with their Ruby Renaissance held at the Pirate’s Cove Pavilion on Oct.24.

In just four years the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head has become one of the largest of its kind. Lots of music, cooking demonstrations and some really well-prepared offerings made from fresh (very fresh) seafood.

An annual Veteran’s Day weekend event is the Outer Banks Marathon. A event that has become a family adventure as well as a qualifying heat for the Boston Marathon, the races 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.

Schedule of Events

September October November December

12–13: 30th Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition

2: First Friday in Downtown Manteo 1: March for Babies at Festival Park, Manteo

winter lights2: Grand Illuminations at Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo

outer banks triathlon1213: Outer Banks Triathlon

Oct. 2–3: Manteo Rotary Inshore Slam at Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

4–7: Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, Buxton  

outer banks pridefest18–20: OBX Pride Fest 2015

2–31: Psychopath: Haunted Trails at Waterside Theatre, Manteo (Fridays and Saturdays only) 6: Draped in Black on Island Farm, Manteo  
21–26: Hatteras Wave Jam 3: 5th Annual Red Drum Tournament at Jennette’s Pier

outer banks marathon and half marathon6–8: Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon

17–19: Day at the Docks 3–31: Island Farm’s Pumpkin Patch, Manteo (Saturdays only) 7: Low and Lower-Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts at First Flight High School Auditorium  

outer banks esa eastern surfing championship20–26: ESA Eastern Surfing Championship at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

parade of homes8–11: 23rd Annual Parade of Homes

25: 21st Running of the Advice 5K Turkey Trot in Town of Duck  
23–26: Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival  8–11: Haverasity—A Bluegrass Block Party  at Hatteras Village Civic Center, Hatteras Village 30: 3rd Annual Redfish Saturday Tournament  
26: DCAC Artrageous at Rec Park, Kill Devil Hills

mustang music festival9–10: Mustang Music Festival at Whalehead Club, Corolla


duck jazz festival11: 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival at Duck Town Park, Duck

  12–17: Manx on the Banx    
  16: Island Art Show at Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center. 443-243-5870    
  17: 2nd Annual Century OBX Ride 4 LifeMeet at Tri Outer Banks Sports in Sea Gate North Shopping Center.    

outer banks seafood festival17: Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head

  17: Mipso—Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts at First Flight High School Auditorium    

wings over water wildlife festival20–25: Wings over Water Wildlife Festival

  24: 40th Anniversary Dare County Arts Council Ruby Renaissance Gala at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion    
  24: Harvest Hayday 2014 at Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo    


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