Creating great art at last year's Dare County Arts Council Artrageous.

There’s still so much to do on the Outer Banks it’s hard to believe that summer is gone. The weather is as close to perfect as it could be, the surf is a little bit flat, but we’ll hope for better next week and there are lot’s reasons to take a trip to the Outer Banks this month. Here are four of them.

The Pirates of Penzance, September 18 & 19

The Outer Banks Forum and the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series pooled their resources are bringing the  New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players to town for two performances of the Pirates of Penzance at First Flight High School.

This is Gilbert and Sullivan at their best—a totally absurd plot, a lot of humor at the expense of the military and some great songs.

Tickets from online from the Outer Banks Forum or the Bryan Cultural Series, or at Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, Downtown Books in Manteo, Grays Department Store in Kitty Hawk and Sea Green Gallery in Nags Head.

ESA Eastern Surfing Championship,  September 20-26

Held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, this is the culmination of eastern regional competitions for the amateur surfing organization. Don’t let the word amateur describe the level of competition. Some great surf action, very family oriented with with competitions divided by age group. There are also a body boarding competition included.

4th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 23-26

In four years the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival has become the go to music festival on the Outer Banks. Four days of great music in a beautiful setting—Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be back for the fourth year, joining headliners Sam Bush and Pam Tillis.

Musicians, bring your instruments. There are impromptu jams everywhere, especially in the booths outside the venue.

Artrageous, September 26

A fantastic day for the whole family—especially kids! The Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) will brings their celebration of the arts in the community to Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills on. A day filled with interactive art projects for kids, dancing, music and fun for everyone.