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Outer Banks Seafood Festival-A Little Bit of Rain and a Lot of Fun
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, October 21, 2018

Lined up for fresh North Carolina seafod at the 2018 Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

Now that the 7th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival is behind us we can say emphatically that a good time wins out over a bit of rain—at least on the Outer Banks.

The food, of course, is the main attraction at the Festival, and with 11 restaurants on hand, usually serving more than one seafood dish, trying everything doesn’t seem possible. But what we did try was excellent.

Favorite dish? That’s a tough call. There were some excellent chowders and stews that seemed perfect for a rainy day…even if it wasn’t really all that rainy. There were so very good dips, too. 

Personal favorite though goes to the Yellowfin Tuna Bites with Asian Sauce that Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe was serving. Obviously fresh, perfectly seasoned and the Asian dipping sauce matched the tuna perfectly.

That, of course, does not mean others might feel differently…which they certainly will.

The fresh North Carolina seafood certainly takes center stage, but the festival itself is really a celebration—a celebration of a way of life, and a celebration of history.

There have been fishermen working the waters of the Outer Banks since the first European settlers arrive. Actually, given the descriptions of the Native Americans who greeted the first English ships in 1585, the locals were working the nearshore waters even earlier than that.

Beyond, though, the celebration of the working watermen, the Seafood Festival is great time with wonderful live music—kind of a trip back to the 1960s-1980s this year—some great crafts, jewelry and art and the local microbrews and Sanctuary Vineyards were on hand.

Maybe that’s what makes the day so special—the celebration of the culture and history of the local watermen becomes finally a wonderful day to recognized how special the Outer Banks is.

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End of October Filled with OBX Things to Do
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, October 20, 2018

It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes it can be demonstratedthat beer kegs can fly.

We’re about to grab our rain jacket, or maybe an umbrella, and head out the door to the 7th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head. It’s a great event and a little bit of rain won’t change that…and checking the forecast, it’s looking a bit better for this afternoon.

But the Seafood Festival is the big event for this weekend but there is still plenty to do on the Outer Banks.

Later this week, on Tuesday, the Bryan Cultural Series is bringing Love Letters to the Outer Banks on Tuesday, October 23. The play will be performed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk.

The play is the bittersweet tale of love and friendship over 50 years told through letters between a man and a women. 

Love Letters is a thought provoking play and perhaps a bit heavy for some people, so for the fun loving crowd there’s always Kitty Hawk Kites Brewtag on Saturday, October 27 at the Nags Head Event Site.

The premise is simple—if humans can fly, why can’t beer?

Combining science, art and human judgment, teams climb a 30’ tower and launch 1/6 kegs of beer strapped to a homemade glider. The winner is the team whose glider soars the farthest. The keg is empty, of course, because a bad flight could damage the contents.

Flights greater than 40’ have occurred, although that is truly the exception. Most flights prove conclusively that science is a better predictor of performance than rule of thumb construction.

Beyond the fun of the competition, this is a great event. Typical of all Kitty Hawk Kites events, there is lots of fun stuff for kids to do. For the adults there’s plenty of food and a beer garden. And for every one, there’s live music all day.

BrewTag supports a great cause as well—the Rogallo Foundation. Here’s the organization’s mission statement:

 The Rogallo Foundation was created in 1992 and its mission is to honor the Rogallos; preserve their priceless records, artifacts, and research; interpret their incredible story; and protect this legacy of free flight for millions of people in all the Nations of the world. To stimulate and support research and education in aerodonetics the science of gliding and soaring flight and low speed aerodynamics.

It’s a good cause, and on a personal note, Francis Rogallo was a remarkable person to know.

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7th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival This Saturday
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, October 17, 2018


In case there was any additional proof needed that fall is festival season on the Outer Banks, this Saturday the Outer Banks Seafood Festival takes center stage at the Nags Head Event Site.

This is absolutely one of our favorite festivals of the year. What’s not to like—eleven of the best of the Outer Banks restaurants will be on hand serving up platters of wonderfully prepared fresh local seafood. There’s beer from Weeping Radish and wine from Sanctuary Vineyards.

There will also be local arts and crafts on hand as well—and some of the artists are among the best at what they do on the Outer Banks. 

And then there’s the cooking tent schedule, including a Chef Cookoff featuring Randolph Sprinkle from Saltbox Café in Colington and Marcelo Ortega from Ortegaz in Manteo.

The day truly we be a celebration of all things Outer Banks…and it’s a great time.

Gates open at 10: 30 a.m. and the live music begins at 10:45 and continues all day until the end of the festival at 6:00 p.m.

There is no onsite parking. Shuttle service is available. We’ve included the information about that.

FREE Shuttle & Off-Site Parking Locations

Please note no food or beverages will be allowed on the shuttles.

Whalebone Park [Blue Lot]:

In the 7200 block of S. Virginia Dare Trail, across from Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, 10:00am – 7:00pm. (8:00 a.m. for vendors)

Nags Head Town Hall [Red Lot]:

Handicap Parking ONLY

5401 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, 10:00am – 6:30pm.

Nags Head Elementary School, Nags Head [Gold Lot]:

3100 S Wrightsville Ave, Nags Head, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills [Purple Lot]:

100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills, 10:00am – 7:00pm

Shuttles run approximately every half hour or less
10:30 am – 7:00 pm unless noted differently above.

Travel lightly and pack well. What you bring on has to fit in your lap.

No pets will be allowed on the shuttles or on the festival grounds.

No alcohol or coolers are permitted on the shuttles.

There is NO onsite parking at the festival and no parking allowed on Route 158 bypass road.

Entering the event:

Only buses will be allowed to drive into the festival grounds. Individual vehicles will not be allowed to drop off passengers.


There will be designated cross walks close to the Festival event site for crossing Route 158.

Pedestrians may only enter at the main entrance, which is also where admission tickets are sold.

Please be mindful of signs, cones, and traffic control personnel to ensure your safety.

Bike racks will be available onsite, but please bring your own locks (no charge for bike parking).



Grouse Street – across from main entrance

Harvey Street – across from south end of site

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Mustang Rock & Roast Best of the Music Festivals
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Get Right Band performing on Sunday at the Mustang Music Rock & Roast, were one of the best of consistently excellent bands.

The Mustang Rock & Roast wrapped up in Corolla tonight, Sunday, and it may have been the best two day rock festival Mike Dianna has put together yet.

The weather helped—two days of perfect Outer Banks fall weather, but what truly set this year’s fall Mustang Festival apart was the diversity of the music they were performing and just how excellent every band was.

Beginning Saturday afternoon with the Songs From The Road Band there was no doubt that this was going to be a festival to remember.

Throwing conventional wisdom out the window, Songs from the Road is a bluegrass band…well, bluegrass with a driving beat and some real jazz overtones in some of their leads.

That set the bar for what to expect—many of the bands were going to be the unexpected.

The headliners, Big Something on Saturday night and Pink Talking Fish on Sunday were as billed and more. Pure energy, with amazing musicians playing tight well thought our arrangements. 

Big Something played everything from reggae to country to blues and everything they played, had the crowd jumping and dancing.

Pink Talking Fish covers songs from Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish—and they cover the songs perfectly…then take it off into their own world of super jam. Really great stuff.

Other bands also need to be mentioned. 

On Saturday Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos was innovative, tight musically and a joy to watch. Sunday we’re giving the award for breakout performance to The Get Right Band, a classic rock trio—guitar, drum, bass—that had people dancing until they were ready to drop and they did it with some innovative songs played by truly talented musicians.

Making the Mustang Rock & Roast even more special this year, were the steamed oysters on Saturday and the barbecue cookoff on Sunday.

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Mother Nature Throws the Outer Banks a Weather Curve
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, October 13, 2018

Downtown Manteo seemed to get the worst of the flooding from Tropcial Storm Michael.

Mother Nature threw us a curve last night. Tropical Storm Michael was supposed to be exiting with some wind, a little bit of rain and about a 1’ storm surge on the soundside.

The rain was pretty much as expected, but beginning about 11:00 p.m. the winds really started kick up from the southwest and those strong winds began pushing the waters of the sound to this little strip of sand.

The winds held steady at around 35-40 mph, but but gusts were about 20 mph higher. Wave heights on the Albemarle Sound in the Kitty Hawk area were measured at 51/2’. All that water pushed in one direction had to go somewhere and about 11:30 it was apparent where it was going.

There was a mad dash to cars to get them to higher ground if they were parked in any place prone to flooding. It’s a strange thing to witness water rising from ankle high to mid-thigh high is 15 minutes—and that’s what was happening.

Luckily the waters seemed to go down for the most part over night, although there was still plenty of cleanup to do. Manteo seemed to get the worst of it, with a number of waterfront businesses reporting water inside their stores.

The flooding was not nearly as bad as Hurricane Irene which tracked up the middle of the Outer Banks sounds, but it did get our attention.

Things are looking great, though, certainly for the weekend and the Mustang Rock and Roast. Looks good after that as well, with moderating daytime highs and light winds.

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Weekend Weather Spectacular-Michael OBX Effects Minimal
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Projected path of Hurricane Michael. A fast moving storm, it will have little effect on the Outer Banks and be gone well before the weekend.

Don’t change your plans. Yes, we will feel the effects of Hurricane Michael on the Outer Banks on Thursday afternoon into early morning Friday, but it will be a deteriorating Tropical Storm Michael by the time it crosses 1000 miles of land on its way out to sea.

The forecasts have come into remarkable agreement on what to expect—one day of intermittent hard showers with wind around 30 mph. Michael is a very fast moving storm at this point, so he won’t be around for long and when he leaves, the weather looks spectacular.

That’s important to know because Saturday and Sunday is the inaugural Mustang Rock & Roast in Corolla.

We’ve mentioned it before, but this is really one event that should not be missed. Day one wraps up with headliner Big Something, but that’s after five other bands…make that six including the Mustang Music kids…and an oyster roast.

Sunday Pink Talking Fish headlines as the sixth band to take the stage. And halfway through the day, there’s a barbecue showdown.

It’s two days of great music, food and to make it really special, the weather is looking truly spectacular. How spectacular? Temperatures peaking in the low 70s with bright sunshine. That’s as good as it gets.

Making all of it truly special, the Mustang Rock & Roast benefits two great causes—the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Music program that teaches kids about music and performance.

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Coming Soon--the Outer Banks Seafood Festival
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, October 7, 2018

There seems to be something about October that brings the festival on to the Outer Banks scene.

This past week there were two great music get togethers—the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival and on Saturday and Sunday the Duck Jazz Festival. Fantastic music and in both cases outdoors in two of the most beautiful setting imaginable.

This coming weekend the Mustang Rock & Roast in Corolla combines two days of great music—Saturday the headliner will be Big Something and Sunday its Pink Talking Fish, a truly one-of-a-kind tribute band.

What is going to make the weekend Rock & Roast so different is the oyster roast on Saturday and the barbecue showdown on Sunday. Should be a lot of fun with music playing all day—that a hallmark of Bearded Face Productions that uses two stages in their festivals to keep the music continual.

The festivals, though, don’t end this weekend. 

The following Saturday—October 20—what may be the premier Outer Banks festival takes center stage at the Nags Head Event Site.

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is all about celebrating the local catch and the fisherman and families that bring some of the finest seafood anywhere to the table.

It looks like there is going to be 11 restaurants on hand, serving some truly unique seafood dishes, as well as beer, wine and of course soft drinks.

There will also be live music all day, art, crafts and fishing skill demos.

For the past few years, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival has been the best attended of any of the local festivals and with our neighbors to the south unable this year to hold their festivals because of the lingering effects of Hurricane Francis, this may be the best attended we have seen.

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