Here it is autumn on the Outer Banks, the fall weather is great, and it’s music, music everywhere.

Weekends on the Outer Banks have always been filled with activities in the fall, but Columbus Day weekend (October 6-8 this year) has really become something special.
There’s a reason why people keep coming back to the Duck Jazz Festival. A beautiful setting sitting on a hillside around the Duck Amphitheater, great musicians and it’s all free.

This is the 6th go around for the Jazz Festival, and it has become one of the best East Coast jazz festivals of the year with 3000-4000 people showing up on Sunday. Things kick off on Thursday October 4 Mojo Collins performing at Scarborough Fair. Mojo is local, a true legend and he is great. Also since the musicians are usually here for the weekend, they keep showing up in clubs and restaurants throughout the northern Outer Banks. There are some great impromptu sessions all weekend. For more information go to,

This is the first year for the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival down in Manteo. It’s a weekend long event, running from Friday through Sunday. Headlined by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, 12 bands are scheduled to perform. There’s workshops and late night after party events at the Brewing Station also scheduled. Sunday calls for workshops and a bonfire jam on the beach that eventing.Tickets are selling fast according to Corey Hemilright, who has put the event together, so if you’re thinking of going, make a decision quickly. More information on the website:

The Mustang Music Festival up in Corolla was a lot of fun last year and it looks even better this year. A two day event, it will be up and running the following weekend, October 13 and 14. Mike Dianna of Mike Dianna’s Grill Room fame has some great ideas about how a music festival should run–probably his best idea is two stages. When a band finishes on one stage another band is ready to go on the second stage. No down time in the music. It’s a great idea, seems simple and who knows why other organizers haven’t followed suit. The festival is on Mike Dianna’s front porch and parking lot–actually Timbuck II–shopping plaza.
Proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (

It’s not music, but it does bear mentioning–the 20th Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes also occurs Columbus Day Weekend. That’s important to know for a couple of reasons. First of all–beautiful homes, true artistry in the workmanship and a great way to spend a day or two. Also, it’s one more thing to do on a very busy weekend.

Might be a good idea to make a reservation if you’re planning checking out the music, the homes or everything.