Competitior at last year's Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Spectacular.

Now that Easter is behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to what’s coming next on the Outer Banks. There are still a few events in April, but May is when the Outer Banks really start to come alive.

Here are a few of the events coming up.

For families with children, Kidfest is on May 8 is perfect. An annual event that Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County holds, it’s a dream day for little kids— face painting, blocks and bubbles, ice cream and snowballs, art, photo booths—there is so much to do, it’s tough to fit it all in to the 9:30-12:30 hours of the event. There will also be a fire truck and U.S. Coast Guard boat on hand. Held at the Pavilion at Rec Park in KDH.

Th Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Spectacular  is the following weekend May 15-18. The oldest hang gliding competition in the world, it’s held at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Definitely worth checking out.

Back to back beach music fest are on May 24 and 25. The first is Buck’s Beach Blast at the Whalehead Club up in Corolla. The next day, it’s Shallowbag Bay Shag at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Both are outdoor events and the weather in May is usually perfect at that time of the year.

Finally—something a little different. The Lost Colony Preview night is May 28. It’s the last rehearsal before opening night, so it’s a great insight into how the summer’s production will come together.