As 2022 begins to come to a close, it’s a great time for travelers to start setting their sights on 2023 adventures. In the upcoming year, there are an endless number of reasons to visit the Outer Banks or add it to your must-visit list. The following are just a few to consider!

2023 Festivals to Enjoy on Your Visit to the Outer Banks

Taking time to unwind, relax, and enjoy the Outer Banks is always a good idea. While this vacation destination is one where visitors can easily customize their itineraries to fit their particular travel style, there are festivals on the annual lineup that you won’t want to miss and a trip in 2023 is no exception to the rule! If your 2023 travel plans bring you this way for summer fun over the first Saturday in June, you’ll be just in time to make the most of the Dare Days celebration in Manteo. This exciting, inviting, and family-friendly event is one that is sure to please guests of all ages. It’s held in downtown Manteo and includes everything from kid’s crafts and dancing to food vendors, live music, and more. It’s a town-sponsored event that locals and visitors look forward to year after year and in 2023, plans are shaping up to be exciting as always!

For those who are heading to the Outer Banks in 2023 with plans to enjoy a visit in the fall, making time for the Duck Jazz Festival in October is always a treat. Music enthusiasts from near and far will find this to be one of the most iconic annual festivities across the Outer Banks with good reason. The festival is held at Duck Town Park and invites talented artists from across the country to come and delight crowds in style. There are plenty of vendors on-site from local restaurants, but many audience members opt to turn these free and exciting performances into open-air picnics too. The Duck Jazz Festival will be hosted on the weekend of October 6th, 2023.

If film festivals are what you’re looking forward to, make sure your 2023 visit to the Outer Banks aligns with the arrival of the Halloween International Film Festival! This Outer Banks favorite is hosted at R/C Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills in the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve. Cinematic professionals from near and far gather to enjoy three days dedicated to film screenings, meet and greets with cast and directors as well as photo opportunities and Q&A sessions. This event is a great opportunity for professionals to network and fans to get close to their favorite on-screen stars in the Outer Banks!

For holiday travelers in 2023, Kill Devil Hills is still the place to be in the Outer Banks, especially when you’re excited to enjoy time at the annual Festival of Trees. This illuminated event is hosted over several days and includes beautifully decorated holiday trees, live music, kid’s activities, a gala, and more! There’s even a holiday bazaar and auction where you can bid on bigger items or pick up that one-of-a-kind merchandise that makes for amazing holiday gifts! The proceeds from this event benefit Outer Banks Hotline, so visitors can feel good knowing they’re enjoying the festival for a great cause too. For planning purposes, many of the festival events occur at the outer Banks Brewing Station.

Year-Round Activities to Add to the Itinerary

In 2023, visitors to the Outer Banks will find that while the annual festivals are in full swing, those beloved activities so special to this destination are always well within reach too. No matter when you arrive, making sure to take time to enjoy lighthouse tours is a must! The Outer Banks hosts a plethora of these nautical icons and whether you’re photographing them, climbing to observation decks, or simply admiring the architecture and history, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. From the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, each tower tells a story that’s sure to inspire.

Summer travelers to the Outer Banks will find 2023 is the ideal time to embrace the best of beach-bound adventure when visiting the Outer Banks. The beaches here are clean and welcoming, offering guests options to enjoy everything from sunbathing and shelling to sandcastle building, beach sports, and more. When all of those outdoor adventures have left visitors with an appetite to attend to, it doesn’t take long to discover that the Outer Banks is an oasis of savory potential when it comes to incredible seafood! Hoping to have an amazing experience with wildlife while you’re here? Make sure your 2023 itinerary includes a wild horse tour in Corolla!

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