The summer season is done. It’s clear that is the case . . . the kids are going back to school tomorrow, there’s a refreshing and dry north wind blowing today and the traffic coming on to the Outer Banks, although heavy, is nothing like it was one or two weeks ago.

However, even though the summer season has ended, there is still a lot to do from up in Corolla at the Whalehead Club to Manteo's Roanoke Island Festival Park.

There is actually too much to do to list everything, but here are a few highlights. 

At the Whalehead Club the Wednesday Wine Festivals will continue through the month. This is a great chance to try some locally produced wine . . . wines that are quite good. On September 4th, which is this Thursday, check out Wine & Swine, which is a great celebration of eastern NC barbecue, local wines, beer, crafts and kids activities.

Wednesday and Thursday seems to be the magic day for events next week. In Kitty Hawk at the Hilton Garden Inn, stop by and take a look at the OBX Arts & Craft Festival. A great introduction to how talented the Outer Banks creative community is, the show is open from 10-5 both days.

One of the biggest surf competitions on the East Coast is the ESA (Eastern Surf Association) Championship held this year at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head September 14-20. Some great competition, a lot of fun and really a family activity.

At the end of the month, and we’ll write about this some more, the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival comes to Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, September 26-28. The headliner this year is Ricky Scaggs, but Rhoda Vincent will be back for her third visit as well.