If you’re planning an OBX vacation, be sure to include one of the top Outer Banks events on your calendar! From live music concerts to water sports competitions, the area is home to plenty of unique and fascinating forms of entertainment! Read below for a list of the top 12 Outer Banks events.

Outer Banks vacation guide

Along with these events, there are so many incredible things to do in the area. When researching ways to spend your time on vacation, it can be difficult to sift through the touristy attractions and discover the true gems that make a place special. As local experts of the area, we want to share with you why we love to call Outer Banks home. Download our free Vacation Guide to discover our top recommendations on restaurants, activities, and attractions! 

The Ultimate Outer Banks Events Calendar

1. Taste of the Beach (March)

The annual Taste of the Beach festival takes place every March and involves four days full of food, drinks, and fun in the Outer Banks. Sample the delicious cuisine of the area prepared by locally-owned restaurants and acclaimed chefs. You’ll have several opportunities to participate in exciting Outer Banks events from elegant wine dinners to intimate cooking classes! View the full schedule of events and reserve your tickets today.

2. St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March)

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Outer Banks travels the greenest mile in Nags Head, NC. Over 1,500 participants and approximately 10,000 spectators celebrate an afternoon filled with floats, live music, marching bands, and all things green. This fabulous March event is sponsored by Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern.

3. Duck & Wine Festival (April)

Wine and cheese tasting

One of our favorite Outer Banks Events, the Duck & Wine Festival is a celebration of local cuisine featuring the best chefs from restaurants in Duck, NC. It’s the perfect way to dive into spring and experience the freshest takes on local Outer Banks seafood and wine!

4. Mustang Music Festivals (May & October)

Mustang Music Festival hosts two incredible events featuring the best Outer Banks concerts. In May, experience the annual Mustang Spring Jam at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla, NC. The jam features a collection of national touring bands who play nonstop music from early in the afternoon until well past the sunset.

If you’re in town in the fall, attend Corolla’s annual Mustang Rock and Roast which includes an outdoor oyster roast, a pork barbeque cook-off, and plenty of live music from national, regional, and local performers. You’ll definitely want this fun event on your Outer Banks itinerary!

5. Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational (June)

Water sports enthusiasts should mark their calendars for the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational in Cape Hatteras, NC. This thrilling event, which takes place in June, showcases the talent of the best wakestyle kiteboarders in the area. Enjoy exciting competitions, as well as live music, a fashion show, autograph signings, and an awards party!

6. Independence Day Celebrations (July)

fireworks over the water in the outer banks

The Outer Banks is home to some of the best 4th of July celebrations! There’s a range of events to experience from the Freedom 5k in Kill Devil Hills to fireworks off the Avalon fishing pier. You can also catch fireworks shows off the Nags Head fishing pier and over the sound in Manteo. With sunny skies, warm weather, and plenty of activities, the 4th of July is a great time to be in the Outer Banks.

7. The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival (September)

At the Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival, Chef Thomas prepares a culinary experience paired with wines from the Virginia Dare Winery while representatives of the Coppola wine family detail the wine accompaniment.  You’ll also enjoy relaxing music and a silent auction of select wines and wine gifts, and a tasting trip.

8. Bluegrass Island Festival (October)

The Bluegrass Island Festival takes place each year in October at the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. in Manteo, NC. The fall festival features live music from several incredible artists such as Grammy Award-winning “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent! View the live music calendar for a full listing of events. Enjoy beautiful blue skies and wonderful music set to the backdrop of the Atlantic Ccean at this year’s Bluegrass Island Festival.

9. Outer Banks Seafood Festival (October)

fresh oysters at the outer banks seafood festival

Outer Banks Seafood Festival honors the area’s coastal heritage by featuring the best seafood chefs and dishes. If you love seafood, you need to plan on this one. The festival takes place in Nags Head and provides a delicious, fun, and educating experience. Along with fantastic food, you’ll also find great live music, arts, and crafts!

10. Duck Jazz Festival (October)

Duck Jazz Festival is a one-of-a-kind jazz experience in the Outer Banks! Enjoy fantastic Jazz music in the town of Duck over the Columbus Day weekend! With a variety of Jazz musicians slated to be there, you’re in for a real musical treat. You’ll also find Jazz-themed events around town. Plus, great food and drinks to fuel your festival experience!

11. Wings Over Water Festival (October & December)

Wings Over Water Festival is a wonderful wildlife festival full of history trips, tours, programs, and more! The festival takes place twice each year with the main session in October and the WOW Encore session in December. It’s a great way to enjoy wonderful wildlife opportunities lead by a knowledgeable and friendly staff.

12. Outer Banks Marathon (November)

The Outer Banks Marathon is favorite of local runners and visitors alike! If you’re the marathon type, then this is the running event for you. The cool November temperatures in the Outer Banks provides the perfect weather for the race. Plus, with spectacular views, you’ll forget you’re even running! 

Where to Stay

Sunset over the beach in North Carolina

Once you’ve added a few of these Outer Banks events to your calendar in 2018, be sure to book the perfect accommodation! Our vacation rentals at Shoreline OBX provide the best place to stay in the area.

We have pet-friendly rentals and beach homes for rent in Nags Head, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, and Southern Shores.

For accommodations in a resort-style community with oceanfront pools, outdoor games, a seaside clubhouse, and more take a look at our Corolla Light rentals. These provide the perfect place for a family vacation. We look forward to hosting you on your next Outer Banks getaway!