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

October 1

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

October 1

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

October 1

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

October 1

Please join us for our OBX Alzheimer’s Walk.

Outer Banks Parade Of Homes

Nags Head to Corolla

October 6- 9

19 homes from Nags Head to Corolla featuring the finest builders on the Outer Banks.

2nd Annual “Inshore Slam” Fishing Tournament

Manteo Waterfront

October 7-8

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

October 7

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

October 7-8

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

October 7-8

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

October 8

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

October 8

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

October 8

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

October 8

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

October 9

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

October 15

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

October 18-23

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

October 22-23

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

October 22

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

October 22

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.

Harvest HayDay

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo

October 29

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.

Oystoberfest 2016

Southern Shores Shopping Center, Southern Shores

October 29

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

October 29

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

October 29

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

October 30

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.