Summer 2014 Calendar of Events
May & June
OBX Mystery Dinner
May 23 – September 1
Solve a character murder mystery over a four-course dinner at the Comfort Inn in Kill Devil Hills.
Outer Banks Beach Music Festival
Get together on the lawn of the Whalehead Club to hear The Rhondels, The Craig Woolard Band, Steve Owen & Summertime and The Swinging Medallions. The first band starts at 11 AM.
Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival
Spend your Memorial Day at the Shallowbag Shag at Roanoke Island Festival Park dancing to today’s top beach music artists, including The Embers and the Tams.
2nd Annual Rock the Cape
Local and regional music acts take the stage at the Papawack Theatre at the Koru Village Beach Klub. Southern Culture on the Skids will headline this festival to benefit the Dare County Arts Council.
The Lost Colony
May 30 – August 22
This fascinating historical drama—the longest running outdoor historical drama in the United States—brings to life the mystery of the first English colonists that happened right here on the Outer Banks.
Triple S Invitational
May 31 – June 6
World class kiteboarders compete for a $40,000 prize purse in this multi-day event in Waves, complete with bands and parties.
Family Movie Nights Presented by Children at Play
June – August
Enjoy family-friendly outdoor movies during evenings throughout the summer. See the website for locations and movie line-up.
Summer Porch Programs
June 2 – August 29
The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station offers special programs throughout the summer on everything from a behind-the-scenes look at the Nights in Rodanthe movie to a beach apparatus drill by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Character Dinners at The Lost Colony
June 3 – August 20 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Join the cast of The Lost Colony for a meal and photo opportunity before the show.
Kitty Hawk Kites Kids Days
June 3 – August 27 (Tuesdays or Wednesdays, depending on the store)
Kids will love the free balloon animals, toy and yo-yo demos, and games at Kitty Hawk Kites stores all over the beach.
First Friday on Manteo’s Historic Waterfront
First Friday of each Month
Celebrate on the streets of downtown Manteo with live music as you browse the boutiques and restaurants.
Rogallo Kite Festival
June 7 – 8
This free kite festival at Jockey’s Ridge features stunt kites, kite displays, kite instruction, kite making and more.
Storm the Beach
Outer Banks Sporting Events presents this team-oriented race full of obstacles and adventures on the beach by Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.
1964: The Tribute
Take a musical journey with a Beatles tribute band as they recreate a 1960s live Beatles concert at Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island.
How I Became a Pirate
June 17 – August 13
Take the kids to this family friendly performance at the Sound Stage Theatre based on the book How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long.
A Tale of Peter Rabbit
June 17 – August 21
This one-act musical play at the Elizabethan Gardens tells the tale of Peter Rabbit and the gardener Mister McGregor. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island.
3rd Annual Sunrise 5K and Little Crab Crawl
Outer Banks Runcations presents this family friendly running event at Milepost 16 on the Beach Road in Nags Head.
Hansel and Gretel – Presented by Children’s Theater of Charlotte
June 18 – 20
The Children’s Theater of Charlotte gives a new twist to this classic fairytale, bringing together a family on the verge of divorce. Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo.
June 18 – August 27
Children of all ages are invited to story time at Elizabethan Gardens where they’ll enjoy a garden-inspired story, snack and activity. Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island.
Tea with the Queen
June 19 – August 14
Have tea and dessert with Queen Elizabeth I in the majestic Elizabethan Gardens.
Coastal Soccer School Camps
June – August (see website for specific camp dates)
Soccer campers will focus on individual skill development, fundamental drills, and live game action.
Theatre Arts Camp
June 23 – July 25
The Lost Colony offers several five-day long camps for children to work with members of The Lost Colony, learn team work and create a performance.
June 24 – August 12, Tuesdays
Kids will love these weekly family-friendly shows at the Duck Amphitheater.
3rd Annual Sunset 5K and Carolina Pig Pickin’
Outer Banks Runcations presents this family friendly running event at Milepost 16 in Nags Head
Brew Thru Summer Concert Series Presents Bruce Hornsby
Grammy-winning artist Bruce Hornsby with his band The Noisemakers, along with the Pat McGee Band and ChessBoxer, will perform under the stars at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
Concert in the Park
June 27 – August 14 (Thursdays)
Enjoy an early evening live concert every Thursday at the Duck Town Green.
Made in Carolina
Browse the pottery, glassware and crafts made by North Carolina artisans while enjoying the music of the Red Clay Ramblers and Molasses Creek at the Waterside Theatre, at the Lost Colony.
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Children’s Show
July 1 – 3
The UNC Greensboro theatre group performs this children’s tale at the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
3rd Annual Freedom 5K, Old Glory Mile and Little Sparkler Stroller
Get the whole family into the race with these three events at the Town Hall in Kill Devil Hills
Duck’s 10th Annual 4th of July Parade
Cheer on this festive parade in downtown Duck.
Independence Day 1850
Celebrate the 4th of July as they would have in the 1850s on the Island Farm.
July 4th Celebration Music and Fireworks
The Concert Band will perform patriotic songs at 8:00 p.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Park followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Series 5K
July 9, 16, 30; August 6, 13, 20
Vacationing runners will enjoy this fun 5K series through the Historic Village of Corolla Light.
Village of Nags Head 5K
July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21
Vacationing runners will enjoy this fun 5K series through the Village of Nags Head.
Brew Thru Summer Concert Series Presents Live
Live, Cracker and Formula take the stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park for an evening of mega hits that defined the 90s.
The Little Prince Children’s Show
July 16 – 18
The UNCP Summer Theatre Company brings this classic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery to the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
Brew Thru Summer Concert Series Presents Gin Blossoms
Headliners Gin Blossoms will perform alongside Spin Doctors and Scars at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
36th Annual Wright Kite Festival
July 19 – 20
Learn to fly stunt kites and watch large kite displays during this kiting event at the Wright Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills.
The Lovin’ Spoonful
These Rock And Roll Hall of Famers with over ten Top Forty hits will perform at the Waterside Theatre at the Lost Colony.
Don Quixote Children’s Show
July 23 – 25
Theatre members from Appalachian State University perform this children’s show at the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo.
Coastal Cavalier Soccer Camp
July 28 – 31
Current University of Virginia men and women soccer players will be on hand as coaches to assist and develop soccer skills during this day camp. Rec Park, Kill Devil Hills.
Jars of Clay
Join the band Jars of Clay for their 20th Anniversary Tour at the Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo.
Chicamacomico’s 9th Annual “American Heroes Day”
Check out U.S. Coast Guard, fire, police and EMS equipment and vehicles and watch live drills and demonstrations during American Heroes Day.
Outer Banks Watermelon Festival
There’s plenty for the kids to do at this summery event at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head, including a bounce house, dunk tank, watermelon seed spitting contests and more.
New World Festival of the Arts
August 13 – 14
80 artists from all over the east coast participate in this juried outdoor art show in downtown Manteo.
Outer Banks Pirate Festival
August 13 – 15
Learn about pirate history, list to their stories and watch reenactments during this fun festival at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head.
Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives
Marty Stuart, five-time Grammy winner, will perform the Nashville band The Fabulous Superlatives at Waterside Theatre, Lost Colony.
Virginia Dare Faire
This celebration of Virginia Dare’s birthday at The Lost Colony is fun for the whole family with field games, face painting, snow cones and more.
Surfing for Autism
This autism awareness event at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head partners two surfers and a therapist or teacher with an autistic child.