Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Specatacular, one of many Outer Banks May events.

May is just around the corner—it’s obvious because the weather is getting really nice here on the Outer Banks.

We have the 14th Annual Bike Week going on right now and there are a lot of bikers down and the weather is about as good as it could be—sunshine, temperatures in the 60s and low 70s.

Now that April is winding down, it’s time to look forward to look forward to next month and glancing over the event schedule there is little doubt things are really picking up.

There is something for everyone—some great 5Ks and other races, an art show and classical music with the Virginia Symphony. KidFest that Dare County Children and Youth Partnership put on every year is a wonderful time for preschoolers and parents. For adults, one of the most innovative evenings is Enchantment By The Sea – A Prom for Grown Ups at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg.

We’ve gathered what we could of events for the month of May on the Outer Banks, but it’s a sure bet that we’ve missed a couple of things, so check back with us from time to time or check out some of the event listings at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau or Currituck County Travel and Tourism.

19th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

May 1 – May 30

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and residents of Dare County age 18 and over. Opening reception at DCAC Gallery Sunday, May 1 from 2-4pm, and will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

33rd Annual Nags Woods 5K

May 7

North Banks Rotary Club, in partnership with Outer Banks Kiwanis Club, hosts the race. All net proceeds go to support local charities, youth programs, and military relief charities.

Relay for Life

May 7

Roanoke Island Festival Park

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.

Enchantment By The Sea – A Prom for Grown Ups 

May 7

7-10 p.m.

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg

Prom for Grown Ups. Get creative with your outfit (formalwear recommended) and your dance moves, because there will be awards for Best Dressed and Best Dancers.



Roanoke Island Festival Park

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..

Sponsored by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County. Free and fun-filled day where children, 5 and under, face painting, bubbles, ice cream and snowballs, art and crafts, music much more.

Coastal Gardening Festival

May 14

Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills

The 14th annual Coastal Gardening Festival will highlight the “ABC’s of Gardening. Over 50 vendors will be offering a variety of price-friendly plants, garden art, handcrafted goods and refreshments.

44th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

May 13 – May 16

Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head

The longest running hang gliding competition in the world!

EVP Beach Volley Ball Tour: Outer Banks Pro Am

May 21

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Extreme Volleyball Professional’s Outer Banks Pro-Am, a competitive beach volleyball tour for all ages.

Tri Outer Banks Sports Spring Spin 

MAY 21, 2016

Ready, set, spin! Join us for a spring bike ride, starting and ending at Tri Outer Banks Sports. A portion of proceeds will go to bikes for kids at Christmas. Ride options include a Metric ride (62 miles) or Quarter Century ride (25 miles).

Virginia Symphony

May 26

First Flight High School

Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony presented by the Outer Banks Forum for the Arts.

Run-A-Muck in Currituck 5K Mud Run

May 28

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg

Join runners from the mid-Atlantic in a day of challenging obstacles, mud and wine. That’s right-this is not just another “mud run”.

Memorial Day Beach Blast

May 29

Historic Corolla Park, Corolla

A free, fun-filled day of great beach music! Performances by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, DJ Harvey Taylor and Aquarium Big Band.

Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Fest

May 30

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

Performers include Jim Quick and Coastline; The Embers; The Tams & Band of Oz.

National Running Day

June 1

The Marketplace Shopping Center, Southern Shores

National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners nation-wide declare their passion for running.