Spring 2018 Events on the Outer Banks
Everyone knows the Outer Banks are an amazing place to visit during the summer months, but have you ever considered a visit to our beautiful beaches during the spring?
The weather is mild, the beaches are wide open, and there's plenty of area activities going on! Because of how busy the summer months can be for spending time on the beach itself, many events actually take place in the spring and fall. You can escape your daily grind and sneak out to the shore and enjoy even more because of the attractive rental rates!
NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Village Realty is now accepting reservations for as little as two nights in our rental homes that allow partial stays! This means no more excuses to get away to the OBX! You can take advantage of a true weekend and enjoy time in paradise without taking extra time off. Take a look at some of the featured spring events below and then jump right into a rental home search to begin planning your much needed break!
OBX Taste of the Beach Weekend
March 22 - 25 | Locations Vary
Four days of food, drinks, and fun along the Outer Banks! The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach event is one of the best ways to enjoy all sorts of foods from restaurants in Dare and Currituck counties in one weekend! This year boasts over 50 individual events to choose from, ranging from multi-course meals to tapas crawls, and the always popular "grand tasting" showcase at the end of the weekend. Tickets are on sale now at OBXTasteofTheBeach.com. Don't forget: Village Realty now offers convenient accommodations for 2+ nights here.
Ghosts of The Lost Colony
March 26 - April 7 | Locations Vary
Who's ready for a ghost hunt? This spring, join a team of ghost hunters who have discovered the hot spots believed to be haunted by the spirits of The Lost Colony! What happened to the 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children in the first English settlement of America? Join the Astral Plane Investigations team to find out! Your group will enjoy an hour-long tour through Fort Raleigh Park and the Waterside Theater where ghosts appearances and other paranormal activity may occur. Tickets are available by phone at 252-473-2127, online at thelostcolony.org, or the day of at the box office.
Flying Pirate Half Marathon
April 14 - 15 | Kill Devil Hills, NC
It's time to fly like a pirate! The Flying Pirate weekend offers a half marathon, 5K, double event challenge, and a pirate's fun run! The half marathon route starts in Kitty Hawk, goes into Nags Head, along the Albemarle Sound, around the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest with a finish and Pirate Jamboree in Nags Head! Events include finisher medals, shirts, and more swag at packet pickup! For more information and registration please visit OBXSE.org.
Outer Banks Bike Week
April 20 - 29 | Locations Vary
Rev your engines and let the thunder roll from Corolla to Ocracoke! Outer Banks Bike Week is back in town this year with a full calendar of activities and entertainment ranging from poker runs and vendor showcases to games and live music. Nags Head Harley Davidson is your headquarters for the week but events are throughout the beach. Visit the 15th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week website for more information and registration. Looking for a place to stay with covered parking, a large driveway, and proximity to the events? Search the rental homes available through Village Realty!
The Virginia Symphony
April 28 | Manteo, NC
Enjoy the classic musical stylings of the Virginia Symphony at Roanoke Island Festival Park in downtown Manteo, NC! Recognized as one of the nation's leading regional orchestras, the Virginia Symphony will make this an evening you won't soon forget! Rain location will be First Flight High School. Tickers are available via the Outer Banks Forum using this link.
Nags Head Woods 5K
May 13 | Nags Head, NC
Run for Mom or from Mom in the Nags Head Woods 5K, taking place over Mother's Day weekend! Enjoy the natural beauty of running through The Nature Conservancy's Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. The fun begins at 7:00 with the double, and the traditional 5K race starts at 8:00 AM. In between, there’s the Fun Run 1-Miler for kid’s of all ages. The 5K course for both races is an out-and-back course that covers gently rolling terrain on hard-packed dirt in the woods. You can also cheer for Mom if she competes for the Fastest Mom on the Beach trophy!
46th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular
May 17 | Nags Head, NC
Join Kitty Hawk Kites as they host the 46th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular! Watch professional hang gliders soar on the tall dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. This event is the longest running hang gliding competition in the world and free for public viewing. The Hang Gliding Spectacular will run from May 17th through May 20th with competitions each day. For more information on this event or to participate, please visit the Hang Gliding Spectacular website at www.hangglidingspectacular.com.
Dare2Care Shred Fest
May 19 | Nags Head, NC
The family-friendly Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest takes place at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head and features live music, professional skateboarding, BMX performers, roller derby women, Special Olympics athletes, food, art, a silent auction, games and more. Shred Fest is an annual fundraiser for Dare2Care OBX, which builds awareness for Veterans and encourages inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Outer Banks community. Bands are TBD, go to dare2careobx.com for updates as they become available.
The Lost Colony
May 25 - August 22 | Manteo, NC
You knew there was history abound on the Outer Banks, but have you heard of the famous "Lost Colony" of Roanoke? It's one of America's oldest unsolved mysteries! In 1587, a group of 117 settlers including men, women, and children came to the shores of North Carolina to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. A short three years later in 1590 they disappeared without a trace. The Lost Colony is the longest running outdoor drama in the country and is performed each night from late May through August on the very grounds where these settlers came. This is an experience you won't soon forget! For tickets and show times visit TheLostColony.org.
Dare Day Festival
June 2 | Manteo, NC
Now in its 43rd season, Dare Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer on the Outer Banks! The streets of downtown Manteo are filled with live music, crafters, food vendors, and festivities during this annual event. Bring the whole family as there are activities for all ages including rides and games for children. Come down to the action on Roanoke Island and discover what makes our community so great!
Rogallo Kite Festival
June 16 - 17 | Nags Head, NC
A free family event in Nags Head, bring everyone out to Jockey's Ridge State Park and celebrate the life and accomplishments of Francis Rogallo, NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hand gliding and his designs have translated into stunt kites, power kites, and the hang gliders we all know today. Kitty Hawk Kites will be putting kites on display and larger than life 30-100 ft kites will be flying high on the dunes. Don't miss this sight to behold! Full schedule and more information available here.
3rd Annual Soundside FunFair
June 14 - 20 | Nags Head, NC
Get a true carnival experience at the Soundside FunFair in Nags Head! Enjoy games, foods, rides and more on the scenic grounds of the Outer Banks event site overlooking the Albemarle sound. Onsite parking is limited. Please follow the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County Facebook page for more information and carnival times.
Best Way to Stay for Spring Visits
Need even more reasons to visit the OBX this spring? How about attractive rental rates and NEW two night stays available through Village Realty! That's right, this means you can visit the Outer Banks in all the convenience and space of a rental home for a true weekend duration and extremely affordable rate compared to similar hotel rooms. We offer hundreds of rental homes from Carova to South Nags Head, so choices are endless. Start your search right now or call one of our knowledgeable reservationists at the number at the top of your screen. We look forward to your visit!