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Outer Banks Events

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.

Popular annual Outer Banks events are listed below. 

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
Rogallo Kite Festival
Outer Banks Rum Festival
Rock the Cape
Soundside Market
Artrageous Kids Art Festival
OBX Rod and Custom Festival
The Flying Pirate Half Marathon
Lost Colony Wine and Arts Festival
Kelly's Parade
Running of the Leprechauns
Night of 1587 Pumpkins
Wright Brothers Day
Shuck Hatteras II Oyster Festival
Holiday Tour of Homes
Christmas on the North End
Kites with Lights
Hangin' with Santa
Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Fun Run
Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile
The Outer Banks Fur Ball
WinterLights
Wright Brothers National Memorial - Waived Entrance Fee Day
Outer Banks Marathon
Outer Banks Veterans Week