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Outer Banks Events

Events by Month

While relaxing on the pristine sandy beaches is the main draw of the Outer Banks, dozens of events take place each year to keep visitors and locals entertained. In the spring you’ll find events such as the Taste of the Beach, Kelly’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Outer Banks Bike Week.

Summer brings more recurring weekly events and activities that are perfect for the whole family for time off the beach such as weekly carnivals and giant kite displays. The fall is when most of the larger annual Outer Banks events take place like the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Bluegrass Festival, the Outer Banks Marathon, and several surfing competitions.

Our event list is continually updated, so you’ll only find the best and most up-to-date upcoming events in the Outer Banks below.

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Outer Banks Events
Thu, November 17 (All day) to Sat, December 31 (All day)

Featured on The Today Show and HGTV, this Outer Banks tradition is a must-see. This Christmas light spectacular takes 12 weeks to set up and over $3,500 in energy bills every month.Viewing of the Poulos Family Christmas lights is held through December 31st.

Fri, November 25 - 6:00 pm to Sat, January 21 - 9:00 pm

Friday, November 25   Grand Illuminations – 6pm-9pm

Fri, December 09 (All day) to Sun, December 11 (All day)

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is one of the premier wildlife festivals in the United States.

Sat, December 10 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse opens for climbing this December for one day only. Don't miss your chance to climb it in 2016!

Sat, December 10 - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Join The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum for the 6th Annual Holiday at the Museum on Saturday, December 10 from 12 Noon to 5 p.m.

Sat, April 22 (All day) to Sun, April 30 (All day)

Bike Week on the OBX!  Lots of entertainment, events and activities. Great food, as always. Bike Shows, Poker Runs, Parties, Tattoo Contests, Guided Tours and more. There will be over 100 vendors offering their wares.