The First Annual Mustang Rock & Roast, one of many fall events on the Outer Banks schedule.

The summer season is winding down here on the Outer Banks. We know that because the kids are going back to school on Monday, and suddenly everywhere, help wanted signs are appearing as the college kids have left for their classes.

It’s been a great summer. Well…we did have a week of really hard rain. Twenty plus inches of the wet stuff falling in seven days qualifies as a lot. That wasn’t so nice, but other than that, the weather has been wonderful, the ocean mostly swimmable and that qualifies as a great summer.

The fall shoulder season is just about to ease into view. 

Fall is a great time on the Outer Banks. Summer is fantastic with so many visitors stopping by to enjoy the sand, sea, sunshine and our hospitality that special moment are created throughout the season.

But ask ten local residents what their favorite time of the year is, and nine of them will probably say fall. Maybe all ten, but we want to leave some leeway for a difference of opinion.

Why the fall?

Plenty of visitors still on hand so all of our businesses are open, but not nearly as crowded. The weather is spectacular and the ocean water temperature stays very pleasant through Columbus Day. And, perhaps most importantly, fall is the most popular time of the year for events.

There are so many events scheduled that we can’t possibly talk about all of them right now, but a few to keep in mind are CrabDaddy September 22 at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg—Crabs, wine, beer and music under the trees, Surfalorous surf film festival September 20-22, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park October 3-6, the Duck Jazz Festival October 6 and 7 and Mustang Rock & Roast up in Corolla October 13-14. 

That used to be the Mustang Music Festival, but it’s been a little bit reconfigured to include an oyster roast on the first day and barbecue on the second.

And that is a very partial list. Stop by for a visit this fall and see what’s happening.