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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