Outer Banks Events

Discover the heart and soul of the Outer Banks through its annual events, each reflecting the unique charm and tradition of the towns that dot our coastline.

From vibrant festivals celebrating local culture and cuisine to sporting events that draw competitors and spectators from across the globe, there’s always something happening in the OBX.

Explore our guide to the most anticipated yearly events, town by town, and dive deep into the community spirit that makes the Outer Banks a special place to visit year after year.


  • Mustang Music Festival: Celebrate music and community in the spring with this family-friendly festival showcasing a mix of rock, blues, and funk performances against the backdrop of the historic Corolla Park.
  • Corolla Cork & Craft: Held in the fall, this event features local wineries and breweries, art exhibits, and craft vendors, perfect for the connoisseur and casual taster alike.


  • Duck Jazz Festival: A free, premier jazz event every Columbus Day weekend, bringing together national artists for a weekend of incredible music and community fun.
  • 4th of July Parade: Duck’s annual parade is a beloved tradition, featuring floats, music, and community spirit, followed by an after-party in the park.

Nags Head

  • Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon: A November highlight drawing runners from all over for its scenic route from Kitty Hawk to Manteo through the beautiful landscapes of the OBX.
  • Nags Head Surf Fishing Tournament: An autumn staple, this tournament brings together anglers of all skill levels to compete and celebrate the rich fishing culture of the Outer Banks.

Kill Devil Hills

  • Wright Brothers First Flight Celebration: Commemorate the achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright every December 17th at the Wright Brothers National Memorial with ceremonies and educational events.
  • Kill Devil Hills Music Festival: A summer event that showcases local and regional musical talent, offering a day of entertainment for all ages.


  • Roanoke Island Festival Park Events: Year-round, the park hosts historical reenactments, concerts, and art shows, celebrating the area’s rich history and vibrant cultural scene.
  • The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama: Experience the nation’s longest-running symphonic drama, telling the story of the first English settlers in America every summer at Waterside Theatre.


  • Ocracoke Island Fig Festival: A late summer celebration of the island’s fig heritage with food, music, and storytelling.
  • Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree: Relive the golden age of piracy each October with historical reenactments, a mock pirate encampment, and sea battles commemorating Blackbeard.

Submit Your Event:

Don’t see your favorite Outer Banks event listed? We’re always looking to showcase the best of what the OBX has to offer. If you’re organizing or know of an event that captures the spirit of our communities, submit your event details [here]. Let’s keep the tradition alive and the calendar full!