Outer Banks Autumn Events

by | Sep 14, 2017

Ask almost anyone who lives on the Outer Banks what their preferred time of the year is, and they’ll say, “Fall.” The temperatures have backed off just a bit, the water is still warm, and there is so much to do.

We’ve put together a list of events through the beginning of November that highlights a few of our top picks. Some are new, but we think they’ll be fun, and some are old favorites.


The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

Sept. 29–30

We’re really excited about this one. History, theater, food and wine, blended together over two days.

Day one features a culinary dream come true as the wines of Virginia Dare Winery are paired with Chef Thomas Finn’s creations. Held at Duck Woods Country Club, this should be an outstanding event.

Day two is an afternoon happening at the Soundstage Theatre overlooking Roanoke Sound. Some of the finest Outer Banks chefs will be on hand, pairing culinary masterpieces with fine wines.


Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Oct. 3–7

Five days of some of the best bluegrass musicians in the picture book setting of the outdoor Pavilion Stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

Some of the highlights include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Flatt Lonesome and Jimmy Fortune.

Bring an instrument; there’s always a jam happening out in the parking lot.


Duck Jazz Festival

Oct. 78

Things kick off Saturday late afternoon with the Mint Julep Jazz band giving a lesson in swing music. Then Sunday it’s an all-day affair highlighted by the amazing vocals of Davina and the Vagabonds.

Bring a picnic lunch, favorite beverage and a lawn chair … it’s all part of what makes the day so special.


Outer Banks Marathon Weekend

Outer Banks Marathon Weekend

Nov. 1012

The Outer Banks Marathon weekend celebrates fitness, family and the Outer Banks.

The two big races are the Marathon and the Southern Fried Half Marathon, but there are a number of shorter runs for everyone.

The Marathon course winds through some of the most beautiful scenery on the Outer Banks, beginning under the thick canopy of Kitty Hawk Woods and ending in downtown Manteo.


Day At The Docks

Hatteras Village

Sept. 15–16


Kitty Hawk Surf Co. Kayak Fishing Tournament

3933 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head

Sept. 16



Outer Banks Triathlon

410 Airport Rd., Manteo

Sept. 16–17



ESA Eastern Surfing Championships

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Sept. 17–23



6714 South Croatan Hwy., Nags Head

Sept. 22–24


The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

Duck Woods Country Club, Southern Shores

Sept. 29–30



Get Pumped For Pink 5K/10K

3712 Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk

Sept. 30



Fish Like A Girl

Avon Fishing Pier, Avon

Sept. 30


Bryan Cultural Series Invitational Art Show

Bryan Cultural Series Invitational Art Show

210 E Driftwood St., Nags Head

Oct. 3–7


Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

1 Festival Park, Manteo

Oct. 4–7



Outer Banks Parade of Homes

Oct. 5–8



Kill Devil Hills Historic Landmarks Open House

102 Town Hall Dr., Kill Devil Hills

Oct. 6


Duck Jazz Festival

Duck Jazz Festival

1200 Duck Rd., Duck

Oct. 7–8 


The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Silent Movie with Organ accompaniment

All Saints Episcopal Church, Southern Shores

Oct. 15 


Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

Oct. 17–22


Island Art Show

23186 Myrna Peters Rd., Rodanthe

Oct. 19


Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

Oct. 21


Halloween International Film Festival

1803 N Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills

Oct. 26–28 


OBX History Weekend

US Fish & Wildlife Visitor Center

100 Conservation Way, Manteo

Oct. 27–29


Outer Banks Brewtag

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

Oct. 28


Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show

104 Fernando St., Manteo

Oct. 28


Outer Banks Halloween Parade Of Costumes

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern, Nags Head

Oct. 29


Outer Banks Marathon

Outer Banks Sporting Events, Multiple Locations

Nov. 10–12

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