April is almost here and suddenly there is so much to do on the Outer Banks that it seems almost like summer. 

There are some great events lined up next month—a couple of tours of historic Outer Banks homes, some races and Outer Banks Bike Week April 16-24 (ok, that’s nine days, but they couldn’t pack everything into seven.).

One of the most unique events is the 2nd Annual Woofstock at the Elizabethan Gardens. It’s a day for the classic English formal gardens to go to the dogs and if last year’s event is any indication, it will be a lot of fun for dogs and their families.

The events kick into high gear in the second half of the month, which makes a lot of sense since that’s when the weather tends to really turn springtime pleasant.

For classic home lovers, check out the weekend of April 22-23; Kill Devil Hills Historic Landmarks Open House is on Friday with the Southern Shores Historic Flattop Tour on Saturday. A great excuse to sneak out for a long weekend.

2nd Annual Woofstock

Elizabethan Gardens

April 16

10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

Let the dogs out for our second annual tail-wagging’ happy affair! Local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family with contests for your dog. Woofstock features live music, a dog photographer and concessions for dogs and humans. Standard admission for members, non-members and canine visitors applies. See website for policy details.

Flying Pirate Half Marathon & First Flight 5K

April 16 & 17 

2 Day Jolly Roger Pirate Expo

First Flight 5K – Event Shirt & Custom First Flight 5K Finisher Medal!

Free parking  

Free shuttle service & bag check for 13.1

Kill Devil Hills Historic Landmarks Open House

April 22

Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Phone: 252-449-5318

The self-guided tour of a sampling of the historic homes will began with a reception for recent historic home designations at the Town Hall at 1 p.m. For more information call (252) 449-5318.

Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Tour

April 23

1-5 p.m.

he tour is sponsored by the Southern Shores flat top cottage owners who wish to promote awareness of these historic homes. There is a ticket price and the proceeds will benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Outer Banks Bike Week

April 16-24

Packed full with entertainment, great food, events and special attractions. Bike Shows, Poker Runs, Guided Tours, Party Nights, Tattoo and Bikini Contests, Over 100 Vendors, Live Music, Outdoor Concerts, Pig Pickin & more!

3rd Annual Outer Banks Duathlon Run Bike Event

April 30

Jennette's Pier

This is an event for all ages and skill levels. The run course takes you through the quaint ocean side town of South Nags Head, and is set-up against a challenging fast 20 mile ride through the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge which includes the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse and Oregon Inlet. 5K run to finish this event, is held on the beach at Jennette's Pier.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Theatre of Dare

April 22- May 1

This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904. In his first comedy for the stage, popular actor and screenwriter Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune.