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Outer Banks Calendar of Events

Acoustic Sunsets

May 24 – September 20 (Thursdays only)

This free family friendly event features wine tastings and live music.

Sanctuary Vineyard, Jarvisburg

5 p.m.

sanctuaryvineyards.com

Beach Music Festival

May 27

Enjoy music by The Holiday Band, The Craig Woolard Band and Band of Oz on the lawn at the Whalehead Club.

Currituck Park, Corolla

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

252-453-9040, whaleheadclub.org

Blues & Brews Festival

May 28

Sip on beer and wine while enjoying the musical stylings of Lil Ray Neal and Jackie Scott.

Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla

4 p.m. – 8 p.m. (festival); 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (concert)

252-453-9040, whaleheadclub.org

Graveyard of the Atlantic

Tuesdays

Hear the spooky tales of shipwrecks and pirates.

Manteo Town Center Kiosk

8 p.m.

252-573-1450, ghosttoursoftheobx.com

Ghost Tours of the Outer Banks

Wednesdays

Experience the legends and lore of the Outer Banks.

Manteo Town Center Kiosk

8 p.m.

252-573-1450, ghosttoursoftheobx.com

Kitty Hawk Kites Kids Day

Kid's Day at Kitty Hawk Kites.

Free face-painting, games, kite making and more.

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

877-359-8447, kittyhawk.com

Ghost Tours, Too

Thursdays

Visit the village cemetery and see the ghost child captured on film.

Manteo Town Center Kiosk

8 p.m.

252-573-1450, ghosttoursoftheobx.com

First Fridays

June 1 (First Friday of each month through December)

This family oriented street festival features live music, artisans, a rock climbing wall and more.

Manteo Waterfront

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

75th Season of The Lost Colony

June 1 – August 23

Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island

Monday – Friday, 8:30 p.m.

252-473-2127, thelostcolony.org

OBX Paddle Palooza

June 1 -June 3

Stand up paddleboarding 3-day festival

Frisco, NC

252-995-4400, obxpaddlepalooza.com

Triple-S Invitational

June 2 – June 8

Watch kiteboarding pros compete for the most coveted crown in the kiteboarding circuit, the Triple-S (Surfs, Slicks and Sliders).

Waves, NC

866-REAL548, realwatersports.com

Virginia ESA Contest

June 2

Surf Contest at Jennette’s Pier.

252-255-1501, jennettespier.net

Minty Mondays

June 4 – August 27 (Mondays only)

Kids ages 6-12 can learn about mint in The Gardens, by making mint rubbings, planting mint and eating minty desserts

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

2 – 3 p.m.

252-473-3234, elizabethangardens.org

Storybook Tuesday at Elizabethan Gardens

June 5 – August 28 (Tuesdays only)

Children of all ages are invited to join in story time, and then afterwards take part in a hands-on activity.

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

252-473-3234, elizabethangardens.org

Family Fun Scavenger Hunt

June 6 – August 29 (Wednesdays only)

Hunt through the Gardens for clues to a pot of gold!

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

252-473-3234, elizabethangardens.org

Wednesday Wine Festival

June 6 – October 31 (Wednesdays only)

Take part in an afternoon of wine tasting and local music, and enjoy a discounted rate on the Museum tour.

Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla

3 – 7 p.m.

252-453-9040, whaleheadclub.org

Science Thursday

June 7 – August 30 (Thursdays only)

Hands-on science class for young children.

Children at Play, Kitty Hawk

3:30 p.m.

252-261-0290, childrenatplayobx.com

Scentsational Thursdays

June 7 – August 30 (Thursdays only)

Children and parents can explore the Gardens using all five senses.

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

10 – 11 a.m.

252-473-3234, elizabethangardens.org

USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

June 7

Watch the sunset and while listening to jazz music performed by the US Air Force band Rhythm in Blue.

Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla

6 p.m.

252-453-9040, whaleheadclub.org

Family Fishing Tournament

June 9

Children and adults are invited to participate in this fishing tournament.

Jennette’s Pier

7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

252-255-1501, jennettespier.net

30th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival

June 9 – June 10

Enjoy 2 days of kite flying, large kite displays, stunt and power kite lessons, and kite making.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head

877-359-8477, kittyhawk.com

Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

June 9

5 ensemble musicians perform everything from jazz to swing and beyond.

Duck Town Green

6 p.m.

townofduck.com

Scarborough Faire: Faire Days Festival

June 13 – August 29 (Wednesdays only)

Discover FAIRE (Food, Art, Imagination, Recreation and Entertainment) in the tree-lined courtyard of Scarborough Faire.  Enjoy horse rides, a magic show, free gift bags, live music, wine tastings, book signings, glitter tattoos, culinary demos and so much more.

Scarborough Faire Shopping Village, Duck

2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

scarboroughfaireinducknc.com

2nd Annual OBX Pridefest

June 14 – June 17

Enjoy sunset cruises, all-day festival concerts, cabaret shows and beach parties.

First Colony Inn and Comfort Inn South, Nags Head

252-216-5884, obxpridefest.org

Music on the Mind

June 15

Music workshop with Cathy Kreplin.

Children at Play, Kitty Hawk

11 a.m.

252-261-0290, childrenatplayobx.com

Pirates of Penzance

June 19, 20, 21

The UNC Greenboro theater group performs Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comedy.

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

8 p.m.

252-475-1500, roanokeisland.com

Under the Oaks Arts Festival

June 20 – June 21

Over 100 artists will be featured in this free arts festival.

Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Wednesday); 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursday)

252-453-9040, whaleheadclub.org

Hurley “Rip My Shred Stick” Surf Event

June 26

Surf contest for kids16 and under.

Jennette’s Pier

252-255-1501, jennettespier.net

Our Town

June 26, 27, 28

The East Carolina University theater group performs Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

7 p.m.

252-475-1500, roanokeisland.com

Outer Banks Sand Sculptor Festival

June 27 – June 30

Watch the pros sculpt magnificent sand sculptures, or enter the sand castle competition.

Jockey’s Ridge, Nags Head

877-359-8477, kittyhawk.com

Duck Summer Music Series

June 28 – August 9 (Thursdays)

Enjoy the area’s top musical acts at this outdoor venue.

6 p.m.

townofduck.com

July

4th of July, Duck.

Wild Horse Days

July 3 – July 5

Celebrate the presence and significance of the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs. Try a mini riding lesson, take a carriage ride, and listen to local music.

Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla

 252-453-8002, whaleheadclub.org

Duck’s 8th Annual Fourth of July Parade

July 4

Beginning at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane, the parade goes for one mile with a community social following at the Duck Town Park.

9 a.m.

townofduck.com

Inaugural Outer Banks Firecracker & Freedom 5K

July 4

This race benefits local Veteran’s Associations and Operation Wounded Warrior Project.

Veteran’s Drive, Kill Devil Hills

outerbanksbootcamps.com

OBX Killer Dunes 2-Mile Run/Walk

July 4

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

fsseries.com

440th Army Band with Fireworks

July 4

Enjoy a patriotic concert by the 440th Army Band.

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Gates open at 6 p.m.; concert starts at 8 p.m.

252-475-1500, roanokeisland.com

Summer Concert Series

July 5 – August 30

Relax on the south lawn while watching local musicians perform on the historic Whalehead Club front porch.

Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla

6:30 p.m. – Sunset

252-453-9040, whaleheadclub.org

Duck Unplugged

July 10 – July 31 (Tuesdays)

This 4-week long concert series will be held on Tuesday nights.

Duck Amphitheater

6 p.m.

townofduck.com

Ain’t Misbehavin’

July 10, 11, 12

The A&T State University theater group performs Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical tribute to the musicians of the Harlem Renaissance.

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

7 p.m.

252-475-1500, roanokeisland.com

1st Annual Towne Bank Red Nose Wine Festival

July 12

Wine tastings, live music and Christmas in July – all for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation!

301 Dartmoor Avenue, Manteo

rednosewinefestival.com

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

July 17, 18, 19

The A&T State University theater group perform a musical revue showcasing American pop standards.

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

7 p.m.

252-475-1500, roanokeisland.com

Kitty Hawk Kites Wright Kite Festival

July 21- July 22

The kite festival celebrates aviation with two days of flight and kite fun.

Wright Brothers National Monument

877-359-8447, kittyhawk.com

August

11th Annual OBX Sandbar 5K

August 5

Race on the wide, sandy beaches of Kitty Hawk to raise money for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

7:30 a.m.

outerbanksrelieffoundation.com

OBX Watermelon Festival

August 9

This summer bash includes pie-eating contests, dunk tanks, moon bounce, t-shirt tie-dying, face-painting, music and lots of watermelon.

Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head

877-359-8477, kittyhawk.com

Children at Play Turns 2!

August 10

Family fun to celebrate the second birthday of the Children’s Museum.

Children at Play, Kitty Hawk

11 a.m.

252-261-0290, childrenatplayobx.com

Surfing for Autism

August 10 – August 11

This autism awareness event pairs surfers with autistic children to introduce them to the world of surfing.

Jennette’s Pier

252-255-1501, jennettespier.net

23rd Annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament

August 11 – August 12

Ladies get their chance to reel in a billfish in this tournament that benefits the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group.

Pirate’s Cove, Nags Head

800-367-4728, pcbgt.com

29th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament

August 13 – August 17

World-class fishermen compete in this event to catch “the big one”.

Pirate’s Cove, Nags Head

800-367-4728, pcbgt.com

New World Festival of the Arts

August 15 – August 16

80 artists from all over the east coast will be on hand at this two-day outdoor show at the Manteo waterfront.

Manteo Waterfront

Arnette Cash Pot Surf Series

August 17

Arnette’s free-to-enter surf competition features two divisions—Pro-AM and 16 & Under.

Location TBA

arnette.com

Bud Light Lime Surf Series

August 31 – September 3

Bud Light sponsors this surf event that focuses on surfer’s individual scores, rather than pitting contestants against each other.

Jennette’s Pier

252-255-1501, jennettespier.net