Outer Banks Fall Has it All with These Events

Ask almost anyone who lives on the Outer Banks what their favorite time of the year is, and there’s a good chance the answer will be fall. The heat of the summer has backed off a bit, the ocean water temperature stays pleasant through Columbus Day and there is lots to do.

September through November has become fall festival season, with something for everyone. Great music, food festivals, a marathon… and, of course, great weather.

Here are a few of our favorite events.


ESA Surf Championship
Photo by Jennette's Pier

ESA Surfing Championship

The Eastern Surfing Association is one of the largest amateur surfing associations anywhere. With memberships from Maine to Florida, Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head seems to be the perfect meeting point to decide who are the best amateur East Coast surfers.


The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

A seemingly infinite variety of wines to sample, local micro brews out in force and a beautiful setting—it really doesn’t get much better than this. And Friday night is the vintner’s dinner where select Outer Banks chefs combine forces to create a culinary masterpiece.


Duck Jazz Festival

The Duck Jazz Festival is sort of the granddaddy of the Outer Banks music festivals. The music is always amazing, the setting on the Duck Town Green absolutely beautiful. If there is one event to check out this fall on the Outer Banks, this may be it. Saturday night a lot of the musicians stop by local venues to jam. It’s pretty special.


Sept. 13–14

Day at the Docks

Hatteras Village


Sept. 14–15

Outer Banks Triathlon

Old Swimming Hole, Manteo


Sept. 15–21

ESA Eastern Surfing Championship

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head


Sept. 21–23


Nags Head


Sept. 14–20

Cape Hatteras Wave Classic

Cape Hatteras


Sept. 19–21

Surfalorus Film Festival

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo


Sept. 21

CrabDaddy Wine/Beer Festival

Sanctuary Vineyards

Jarvisburg on the Currituck Mainland


Sept. 21

1st Annual Sumospeed Beach Bash Sponsored by Fortune Auto

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head


Sept. 28

Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run


Sept. 27–28

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

The Lost Colony, Manteo


Sept. 28

Frankie Valli Tribute Show

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills


Oct. 1

Jim Mulford Red Drum Tournament

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head


Oct. 3–5

Halloween International Film Festival

Kill Devil Hills


Oct. 4

First Friday on Roanoke Island



Oct. 4–6

Oink N’ Oyster Roast

Longboards Restaurant, Kitty Hawk


Oct. 4–12

Outer Banks Fall Restaurant Week


Oct. 10

Island Art Show

Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, Rodanthe


Oct. 10–13

Outer Banks Parade of Homes


Oct. 12

Pop Go the Classics

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills


Duck Jazz festival
Photo by Town of Duck

Oct. 12–13

Duck Jazz Festival

Town of Duck


Oct. 15–20 (Main Session)

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival


Oct. 19–20

Mustang Rock & Roast

Timbuck II Shopping Ctr, Corolla


Oct. 19

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head


Oct. 21

NC Symphony Winds

All Saints Church, Southern Shores


Oct. 21–23

The NC VIP Fishing Tournament

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head


Oct. 26

5th Annual OBX Brewtag

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head


Oct. 26

Harvest HayDay

Island Farm, Roanoke island


Oct. 27

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Boat Show

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, Manteo


Nov. 1–11

OBX Veteran's Week

Downtown Manteo


Nov. 2

1st Annual Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration

Fessenden Center, Buxton


Outer Banks marathon
Photo by Katie Bellamy

Nov. 8–10

Outer Banks Marathon

Kitty Hawk to Manteo


Nov. 23

Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills


Nov. 27

Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills


Nov. 28

Advice 5K Turkey Trot



Nov. 28

Surfin' Turkey 5K

Hatteras Village


Nov. 29–30

Heritage Cooking and Food Preservation

Island Farm, Manteo


Nov. 29–30

Hangin' with Santa & Kites with Lights

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head


Nov. 30

Big Curri-Shuck

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg


Nov. 30–Jan. 19


Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island


Dec. 6–8 (Encore Session)

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

Kip Tabb
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