I know I have said it before but October and November are such great months to be here on the Outer Banks. Yes, we did have Hurricane Joaquin brush by here but that is long gone and while it did cause some damage, most notably to the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk (small section), we were fortunate with that storm. Now, blue skies, blue ocean, calm winds and nice temperatures are here.
Most places are still open; in fact I saw the first "Season Ended. Thanks, Closed" sign on the way to work today. Some restaurants have cut back on hours now, understandably. There are still visitors here, a lot of them here to fish (and the fish are biting!), to take advantage of lower rates, no traffic and great weather.
And now that the busy season is over there are a lot of festivals, marathons, shows, arts and crafts shows, concerts and more going on over the next few months.
Halloween is kind of a big deal here. If you like to be scared, then you will like PsychoPath a the Lost Colony. Maniacs, Zombies, spirits...all of them roam the deserted Fort Raleigh National Park. You can walk the walk on Friday and Saturday nights during October. Big bucks went into this production. Not recommended for small children.
For something a little tamer, visit the Island Farm Pumpkin Patch. Bring the family, ride in an ox-drawn wagon and pick that perfect pumpkin. The kids can stuff a scarecrow, make a corn husk doll and play some 19th century games. The wagon Hay-rides take place from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and again at 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Saturdays in October at the Island Farm on Roanoke Island.
The 2nd Annual OBX Halloween Parade of Costumes happens Sunday, October 25. Live music, trick or treat stations. prizes for best costumes. Lots of fun. Get all the details at www.OBXEntertainment.com.
The restaurants get into the spooky spirit too; October 31 means a Halloween Bash and Costume Contest at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe in Nags Head. Live music by Jon Waters. The fun starts at 9 pm.
There is a Bloody Mary Halloween Bash at Kelly's Restaurant on October 31.This is the first time for this event and it is a part of the very popular Fall Outer Banks Restaurant Week which runs from October 30-November 7th. Ten local restaurants will be participating in the Bloody Mary Bash and the admission price ($20 in advance or $25 at door) includes drinks and food. This sounds fun, delicious and fun (yes, I said it twice because I really like Bloody Marys). More information HERE.
A little more about the Fall Restaurant Week here; twenty plus restaurants will be offering 3-course lunch or dinner menus at a fixed price of either $20 or $35. You get to try a new place, or several of them, or go back to your favorites. There will be special menus for you to choose from. No tickets necessary. Starts Friday, October 30 and runs through the 7th of November. Please remember that the fixed price does not include a tip, so treat your server right! They work hard. You see the restaurant choices at www.OuterBanksRestaurantWeek.com.
Get terrified at the Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail. Friday and Saturday nights in October. Billed as "7 acres of Pure Terror"...I have heard it is very, very, very scary. So, I won't be going because I want to be able to sleep but you should go, I dare you. Here is a link to the Facebook page
A brand new craft beer festival debuts on November 7th in Manteo. The Americana Beer Fest will offer live music, food, beer, games and more beer. 5 pm to 9 pm at The Pavilion at Pirate's Cove Marina. Lots of libations from veteran-owned and local breweries on the OBX. www.brewsforthebrave.org. Tickets are on sale now.
Let your inner artist out at the Pen and Paintbrush Event at Seaside Art Gallery. Free event. Meet the artist, Debra Keirce and children’s author Kay Kerr on Nov 7, 2015 from 10-5. Ms. Keirce is an award winning artist will be here to demonstrate how she creates her paintings. She will be painting and discussing her techniques, solving composition problems and color palette. You are encouraged to ask questions and learn about the secrets of creating a high quality painting. The gallery is located on the Beach Road at 2716 S Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. Phone: 252.441.5418
Run! The 10th Annual Outer Banks Marathon weekend is almost here, November 6-8. Some choices: Southern Fried Half Marathon, Southern 6 Run, Take the Challenge, 8K and 5K and a Family Fun Run. Too much to cover in this blog post but you can get all the details at www.OuterBanksMarathon.com. The local community is very supportive of this event. You can register now on the website. Great race, family friendly, beautiful venue, friendly locals.
This is not even all the things that are going on this month and next and yes, December too. You can always find out what, where and when at the OuterBanks.org website, Events page.
Until next time,
Your Outer Banks Blogger