Now that things have slowed down just a bit on the Outer Banks, there’s time—and people—to staff some events. If summer is the time of year when everything locally is go, go, go, fall festivals, events and happenings of all sorts.

There is so much happening that we can’t list everything, so we’re going with some highlights through the end of the month.

This week may give us the most amazing waves ever for the ESA Easterns Surfing Championships at Jennette’s Pier. An all week affair, this is one of the largest, if not the largest, amateur surf competition anywhere. A cautionary note, though—although the there is absolute agreement that Hurricane Jose will stay offshore, we’re going to get some waves, and they may be big enough that competition officials will become concerned about safety.

Surfing, though, is certainly the theme of the week with the Surfalorous Film Festival hosted by the Dare County Arts Council at the end of next week. Opening night is at Jennette’s Pier and if the past is any predictor of the future, this is an event to check out.

The last weekend of September is definitely a Lost Colony weekend with a Vintner’s Dinner at Duck Woods Country Club on Friday featuring fine cuisine paired with the wines of Virginia Dare Winery, a part of Francis Coppola Wines.

That’s followed the next day with a Lost Colony Wine Festival hosted by Trio. Held at The Lost Colony in Manteo, the setting will be spectacular and the wine should match it well.


ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

Jennette’s Pier Nags Head

September 17-23

Amateur surfing organization in the world hosts the season’s “grand finale” where the best of the best surfers go head to head.

Surfalorus Film Festival

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

September 21-23

Surfalorus is a fun-and-sun filled cinematic synthesis of all things aquatic, showcasing the year’s hottest surf films and ocean documentaries with a series of outdoor sunset screenings and accompanying festivities.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival – Vintner’s Dinner

Duck Woods Country Club, Southern Shores

6:00 PM-9:00 PM

September 29

An unforgettable four-course dinner paired with the wines of Virginia Dare Winery. Savory appetizers and dishes will tempt your palette, paired aromatic flavors of the Virginia Dare Wines from the Coppola wine family with representatives from this California winery

8th Annual Get Pumped For Pink 5K/10K

The OBX Running Company


Kitty Hawk

September 30

8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Pump some iron and run a race.

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival – Grand Tasting

The Lost Colony, Manteo

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Old world and new world wines from around the globe will be poured accompanied by local fare served with warm island hospitality. Hosted by Trio.