Who would have thought that October has suddenly become THE Outer Banks Event month, but that’s what it looks like.
There is absolutely something for everyone in the month…lots and lots of good eats, fishing tournaments, races, children’s events. Taken all together, it says loud and clear—the Outer Banks is the place to be in October.
Picking out any one or two events is tough, but one weekend worth checking out is Columbus Day weekend featuring the Mustang Music Festival on Friday and Saturday and the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday October 9.
For Brindley Beach homeowners, that’s also a special time as we host our annual Brindley Beach Vacations Owner’s Weekend Event on Saturday and Sunday.
But every weekend and quite a few weekdays have something scheduled throughout the month, so take advantage of the great Outer Banks fall weather and come to the beach.
Dare 2 Care OBX Shred Fest
Event Site, Nags Head
Our family friendly event will have a silent auction, kid zone, art vendor village, local food and beverage vendors along with the Dare2Care OBX Community Corner showcasing awesome area non-profits.
Island Farm’s Pumpkin Patch
Island Farm, Roanoke Island
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Take an ox-drawn wagon ride to the farm's pumpkin patch and find your perfect pumpkin to take home. Activities included are make your own corn husk doll, candle making, children's 19th-century toys and games, stuff a scarecrow, scarecrow photo booth for taking your own photos, and interacting with the farms animals.
Jim Mulford Memorial Red Drum Tournament
Jennette's Pier, Nags Head
Saturday, Oct. 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lines in the water 8 a.m. to noon. Open to all ages, costs $15 adults; $8 children 12 and under. Door prizes, giveaways and awards for winners. Longest fish in various categories wins! Register online today or sign-up the morning of the event.
Nags Head Elementary School's Great Pumpkin Fair And Fun Run
Nags Head Elementary School, Nags Head
Choose from hundreds of pumpkins and other fall decorating items such as mums, gourds and corn stalks. Games and activities for kids, including bounce houses and mechanical rides, a rock wall, tattoos, a cupcake walk and so much more. Stay for lunch with food from Mulligan’s and Tubb’s Hot Dogs plus treats from Island Snowball and a bake sale.
Outer Banks Alzheimer’s Walk
Spring Arbor, Kill Devil Hills
Please join us for our OBX Alzheimer's Walk.
Nags Head to Corolla
October 6- 9
19 homes from Nags Head to Corolla featuring the finest builders on the Outer Banks.
Most locals will agree that early October is one of their favorite times on the Outer Banks. The tournament will be held on the Manteo waterfront, with docking available, at the Maritime Museum.
Movie On The Green
Town of Duck
With community partner, Children@Play, The Town of Duck will host an outdoor movie for the community on Friday, October 7 at dusk. This year’s film, The Muppet Movie.
Mustang Music Festival
Whalehead Club, Corolla
Two days of great music in a beautiful setting. One of the finest music festivals around. Proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.
Brindley Beach Vacations Owner’s Weekend Event
Brindley Beach Corolla Service Center, Corolla
Our get together is being catered by Metropolis this year, and that alone is a reason to be there. Music from High Roller will make for a perfect evening. Sunday it’s an old fashioned oyster roast with lots of cold beer and plenty of oysters.
Inaugural Flying Falcon Road Race
Kitty Hawk Elementary School
8 AM ¼ Mile
8:10 AM 2.0 & 1 Mile Start
10 AM Fall Carnival Kickoff
100% of the net proceeds donated to KHES PTA promoting and assisting student/teacher programs and needs.
Live Jam At The Blue Point
Town of Duck
Enjoy live jazz along the sound, and catch festival musicians participating in an informal live jam at the Blue Point.
Oink N’ Oyster Roast
Longboards Restaurant, Kitty Hawk
Enjoy fun times with great people eating fresh oysters, homemade BBQ, crabs … with all the fixin’s! Need something to drink? There’s beer, tea (sweet and not), and water. All included in your ticket! Music from the First Flight High School Band! They'll be there! Tickets may be purchased from any First Flight Rotary Club member or First Flight High School Band member. You may also purchase your Oink & Oyster tickets online. Price: $25
Saturday Evening Community Concert On The Green With Frank Vignola
Town of Duck
Join us for a new event on the Duck Town Green, on Saturday evening. Jazz guitarist duo Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will bring live jazz on the green. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, picnics and coolers and enjoy this dynamic duo as we kick-off the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival.
10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival
Town of Duck
FREE live music from a variety of jazz performers at this non-ticketed day-long festival. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, food, coolers, blankets, and pets.
Outer Banks Seafood Festival
Outer Banks Event Site, Nags Head
Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating the area’s seafood heritage and community. The festival offers opportunities to meet watermen and see the tools of their trade, including boats, crab pots and pound nets. You’ll find cooking demonstrations, educational booths and, best of all, the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants.
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival
Various Outer Banks
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is one of the premier wildlife festivals in the United States. It is comprised of dozens of birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history trips, tours and programs. Participants come from all over America and the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.
31st Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition
Sounside Event Site, Nags Head
The Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition is a regional event that showcases world-class stunt kiting skills. Competition categories include: precision, choreography, and dual team and feature some of the top kite fliers in the nation! OBSKC will be sharing the stage with the OBX Brewtag in 2016.
Dare County Arts Council's Emerald Elegance Gala
Pirate's Cove Pavilion, Manteo
The Emerald Elegance Gala will feature exquisite cuisine by Black Pelican Catering, spectacular décor designed by Holiday House, cocktails, a silent auction full of art and exclusive packages from local businesses and a wine lottery that will entice wine connoisseurs of all tastes.
Outer Banks Brewtäg
The Soundside Event Site, Nags Head
A celebration of flight & beer, OBX Brewtäg is modeled after the whimsical and entertaining Red Bull Flutag, translated to “flying day” in German. With OBX Brewtäg, the general premise is the same, although rather than human-powered flying machines, Brewtäg contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest.
Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo
Harvest Hayday is one of our fall favorites! This daytime event combines all the colors, flavors and fun of fall. Whether it is the hayride or hale bale maze, we have families that look forward to this event all year.
Southern Shores Shopping Center, Southern Shores
Enjoy Oystoberfest as part of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association's Fall Restaurant Week. Local and regional oyster farmers will be on hand shucking raw oysters for your eating pleasure, along with about a half dozen Outer Banks restaurants offering their individual oyster dish samples. Buy tickets online only. Event also to benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation.
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum – 5th Annual Wooden Boat Show
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, Manteo, NC 27954
The show is open to all wooden boats new construction or restored. Boats will be displayed in the George Washington Creef Park, the museum, and in the water at the Roanoke Marshes lighthouse docks. All proceeds from this event benefit the Museum’s youth sailing program.
The Beer Witch Project
The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills
Join the Brewing Station crew for a Halloween themed beer mile. Zombies, witches, ghouls and maybe even a naughty vampire nurse serving your drinks. Live DJ and admission to a legendary backyard party following the event included.
Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern, Nags Head, NC 27959
Trick or treat stations, surprise guest appearances, celebrity photo ops, live entertainment & much more, in addition to an unbelievable collection of prizes for the best costumes in each of our age groups and categories registered to participate in the parade.