Outer Banks Veterans Week

The Veterans Week Kick-Off is November 1 at 6 p.m in Downtown Manteo featuring the Ray Johnson Band at First Friday.

• A free, live concert open to the public by the acoustic bluegrass band, Sassagrass, is at Pamlico Jack’s on Friday, November 10 at 9 p.m.

• The Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project, a free, two-day writing workshop, will be held at UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese on November 10 and 11.

A complete directory of ceremonies and special events for Veterans and Active Duty Service members is at darearts.org


Collision of Rhythm

Bronka and Aaron are multiple world-record holders who have worked with companies like Coca Cola and Google and have been features on TV programs such as The Tonight Show. It’s not just a performance, its an inspirational experience full of music, laughter and excitement.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills

Cost: $16-$28

Info: outerbanksforum.tix.com, collisionofrhythm.com


9th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cook-Off

Local chefs will compete to prepare the best shrimp dish. Attendees may sample all shrimp dishes and vote for their favorite. Awards will be: Chef’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and People’s Choice. The event will also feature a large silent auction highlighting donations from local businesses, as well as a 50/50 raffle, live MC, and dolphin conservation outreach booth. Proceeds benefit Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research

When: Noon-3 p.m.

Where: Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar, 4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk

Info: obxdolphins.org


Wags and Whiskers Gala

The Wags & Whiskers Gala is a collaboration among OBX nonprofit animal welfare organizations that come together to celebrate the gift of animals in our lives. The Gala is held annually on the Friday before Thanksgiving and it’s one of the best parties of the year. The gala has provided more than $240,000 to the OBX community for services such as spay/neuter assistance, rabies vaccination clinics, medical care, shelter and rehabilitation for homeless cats and dogs, trap neuter return assistance for community cats, and investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty and neglect cases. With 100% of the net proceeds remaining in the community, collaborating organizations in 2018 include the Coastal Humane Society, Feline Hope, Friends of Felines – Cape Hatteras Island, and the Outer Banks SPCA. This year’s theme is A Starlit Night for the Animals! Tickets are $75 each and will be available locally and online. The event includes a buffet dinner provided by Kelly’s OBX Catering with full cash bar, silent auction, dancing and live music by The Crowd

When: 7-11 p.m.

Where: The Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove Marina, 2000 Sailfish Drive, Manteo

Cost: $75 per person and a cash bar

Info: facebook.com/wagsandwhiskersobx


6th Annual Surfin' Turkey 5k & Puppy Drum 1/2 Mile Fun Run

Run this beautiful 5K course through the historic fishing village of Hatteras to support the youth of Hatteras Island. The proceeds from this race support the Hatteras Island Youth Education fund (HIYEF). HIYEF provides funding for educational opportunities and enrichment in Hatteras Island schools.

When: 8-11 a.m.

Price: Register early to avoid price increase! Non- refundable charity event. Race is raid or shine but will be canceled for safety reasons in event of severe weather.

Info: hatterasyouth.com/surfin-turkey-5k


Hangin’ with Santa

Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa, cocoa and cookies and a light show with kites on Jockey’s Ridge are just a few of the fun and festive things going on. Have some fun with Santa’s elves and try out classic toys straight from the workshop. On Saturday, we’ll also have a bake sale with plenty of holiday treats to enjoy, with the proceeds benefitting Beach Food Pantry. The lighting of the Jockey’s Ridge State Park solar Christmas tree on the dunes is set for 5 p.m. Saturday. At 6 p.m. Saturday at, at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Kites with Lights will feature large 19- to-30 foot kites decked out in the spirit of the holiday season

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Kitty Hawk Kites, 3933 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head

Cost: Free

Info: kittyhawk.com/event/hanging-with-santa


Outer Banks Entrepreneurs 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar

More than 50 local artists, crafters and direct salespersons will showcase their handmade items and readymade goods. Shop local and support our community of female entrepreneurs. Holiday music will be provided throughout the day by Dj Cowboy. Door prizes will be given away every ten minutes. You do not have to be present to win. This is a free, family-friendly event.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfrontm 1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills


Jockey's Ridge State Park Holiday Lights 2018

View light displays sponsored by Outer Banks area organizations, businesses and residents in the parking lot of Jockey's Ridge State Park on Fridays and Saturdays beginning on Saturday, November 24th in coordination with Kites with Lights and the lighting of the tree; running through December 29th. Sunset is approximately 5 p.m., and the park will stay open until 7PM for viewing the lights. A hot cocoa booth will be staffed by Friends of Jockey's Ridge volunteers at the Visitor Center.

11.24 through 1.19.19

Winter Lights

Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn. Seasonal gift shop and plant sales coincide.

When: 6-9 p.m. The event is Tuesday-Saturday through December, Friday-Saturday only in January.

Where: Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo

Cost: $11 adults, $9 ages 6-17, $6 ages 5 and younger. Extended passes are available. Last tickets sold at 8:15 p.m.

Info: (252) 473-2324, elizabethangardens.org


14th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

These locations will be festively decorated and open for tour participants to enjoy from noon to 6 p.m. Included on the tour are several of the historic island homes, new construction built by the “Manteo way of life” guidelines and a renovated dual-purpose office/home building plus more. The Outer Banks Distillery, home of the Kill Devil Rum and located at 510 Budleigh Street, will serve as the check-in point for the tour. Light refreshments will be served there, and tour participants will have the added benefit of touring the building and seeing the before and after photos of this historic building. The owners are also doing afternoon tastings for the tour goers. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased the day of the tour beginning at 11:30am. Participants will be given a brochure that includes a map of the tour route. We encourage walking or biking the tour to enjoy the sidewalks, the fresh air and the other homes and businesses you will see along your way. Brian Brockway of Manteo Cyclery has donated the usage of his bikes during the tour on a first come, first serve basis.Manteo Preservation Trust sponsors the tour to encourage the public’s understanding and appreciation of the historic heritage of Manteo and Roanoke Island, both architecturally and culturally. The Holiday Tour of Homes is one of the highlights of a festive weekend of events in Manteo including the Town’s holiday pageant and tree lighting on Friday evening beginning at 5:45 p.m., the Christmas parade at 11am on Saturday morning and Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens on the north end of the island. Come early, shop, dine and bring in your holiday season Roanoke Island-style.

When: Noon-6 p.m.

Cost: $20

Info: (252) 473-7336


Wanchese Christmas Craft Show

The Wanchese Christmas Craft Show brings more than 25 exhibitors together to offer a fun and successful shopping event. The show has a variety of products and activities that appeal to the entire family.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Wanchese Community Building, next to Wanchese Fire Dept. Old School House Road


Duck Yuletide Celebration

The Town of Duck businesses have something for everyone on your shopping list! Pick-up a “Great Yuletide Elf Hunt Passport” which is included below, at select locations, then shop and stroll through Duck Village from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy strolling carolers from First Flight High School during the afternoon. Bring your completed passport to the Yuletide Celebration at Duck Town Park to receive a gift for children and be entered into a drawing for gift baskets. Assembled and donated by Tommy’s Natural Foods Market & Wine Shop the gift baskets are full of Duck Merchant goodies and gift cards sure to make your holidays bright. Gather at the Duck Town Park from 3 to 5 p.m. for holiday music by Just Playing Dixieland, tasty treats from local Duck Businesses, the lighting of the Crab Pot tree, and carols by First Flight High School students in preparation for Santa’s arrival on the Duck Fire Engine. Participants will enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and tasty treats provided by Ships Watch Realty, and by Treehouse Coffee and Rope Ladder Kitchen & Biscuits. Participants are encouraged to bring donations for community partners Outer Banks SPCA and Food For Thought. Once Santa arrives, he will greet attendees in Town Hall until 5 p.m.

Place: 1200 Duck Road, Duck Town Park, Duck

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 255-1286, doducknc.com 


Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is one of the premier wildlife festivals in the United States. It is comprised of dozens of birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history trips, tours and programs. Participants come from all over America and the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife. akes place over a six county northeastern North Carolina area. It includes six national wildlife refuges-Alligator River, Pea Island, Pocosin Lakes, Mattamuskeet, Mackay Island and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges.

The festival maintains reasonable fees per trip. Programs are kept small so that participants can easily get instructions and ask questions. There are both outdoor and indoor events. Program leaders are experts in their field. They come from across North Carolina and the region.

Cost: Varies

Info: wingsoverwater.org


Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

The holidays would not be complete without an old fashion Christmas parade and Hatteras Village is where you can find one. For warm, hometown, holiday spirit, this is an event that no one should miss. After the parade and as twilight draws nigh, Santa is transported throughout the village on one of the local fire trucks wishing holiday cheer to all the local youngsters as well as to those who are young at heart.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: 58372 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras

Cost: Free


5th Annual Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge

A night for foodies and doing good in the community. Outer Banks chefs compete for the title of "Prince or Princess of Canned Goods." Each chef has 60 minutes to cook a dish using item(s) that the Beach Food Pantry would normally keep in stock to provide to their clients. One of the items used must be a canned good. Attendees and a three-judge panel vote for their favorite dishes.

When: 6-10 p.m.

Where: Duck Woods Country Club, 50 S. Dogwood Trail, Southern Shores

Tickets: $75 per person and include event entrance, sampling and voting on the Chefs' Creations, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets can be purchased at the Pantry 4007 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk and on the Pantry website


115th Annual Celebration Of The Wright Brothers First Flight

The First Flight Society and the National Park Service will continue the tradition of honoring the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright at the anniversary celebration of the first heavier-than-air, controlled, powered flight. The event takes place at the tent area south of the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center parking area and park entrance fees will be waived for the day.

The event includes: Patriotic music provided by the Northeastern High School Band from Elizabeth City; Presentation of colors by the Civil Air Patrol, NC and VA Wings; Pledge of allegiance led by the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technology; National Anthem led by Graham Outten, Dare County; Invocation by Mrs. Tess Judge, All Saints Episcopal Church; National Park Service welcome by Superintendent David Hallac; Recognition of special guests by Arthur Lamothe, President of the First Flight Society; Tribute to the First Flight Shrine honoree Elrey Borge Jeppesen by Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics. Smithsonian. Elrey Borge Jeppesen is an aviation pioneer whose "little black book" of notes and hand-drawn diagrams grew into the Jeppesen Airway Manual, which is known and trusted by pilots all over the world; Introduction of the program’s keynote speaker by Joseph Vazquez, Major General of the Civil Air Patrol and First Flight Society board member; Keynote speech by Brigadier General James R. Cluff, US Air Force, Vice Commander 25th Air Force Joint Base San Antonio-Lakeland Texas; Darrell Collins, former NPS Historian, will speak on Wright brothers’ achievement on Dec. 17, 1903, and preside over the wreath-laying ceremony, which is conducted by descendants of the witnesses of the first flight to honor the Wright brothers. The celebration will conclude at 10:35 a.m. with an aviation flyover by the United States Air Force paying tribute to the Wright brothers at the documented exact moment of the Wrights’ first flight (weather dependent). Park rangers will provide interpretive talks at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Youth are invited to participate in the park’s free Junior Ranger program available throughout the day at the temporary visitor center. The park will remain open until 5 p.m.

When: 8:30 a.m.

Where: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

Cost: Park entrance fees will be waived the day of the event


New Year in the New World

Tod Clissold of Poor Richard’s and Cory Hemilright of Bluegrass Island, with the sponsorship of the Town of Manteo, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Southern Bank, are putting together a New Year’s Eve street fair party the likes of which the Outer Banks has never seen. The town is closing the downtown streets so that everybody can gather for live music, family-friendly activities and an early ball drop for the kids. Local food vendors will be on site, and the downtown restaurants and bars will be open late. Topping it off is a full-on fireworks show, the largest in the state, choreographed to music.

When: 3 p.m.-midnight

Where: Downtown Manteo

Coming in 2019

Saturday 1.26.19

Molly Tuttle

Discover why audiences are enthralled by Molly Tuttle, a virtuosa multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice. Performing since she was 11, in 2017 she received three nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association and won Guitar Player of the Year and signed with Compass Records.

• When: 7:30 p.m.

• Where: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills

• Cost: $15-$28

• Info: outerbanksforum.tix.com, mollytuttlemusic.com

Saturday 3.2.19

M5 Mexican Brass

Be mesmerized by Latin America’s most successful Brass Quintet, M5 Mexican Brass, which has earned wide international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, matchless Latin American charm, and their own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical–theatre concert experiences.

• When: 7:30 p.m.

• Where: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills

• Cost: $15-$28

• Info: outerbanksforum.tix.com, metalsm5.com

Thursday 5.9.19

The Virginia Symphony

Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony, conducted by a nationally acclaimed conductor. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, this exceptional program will highlight classical music.

• When: 7:30 p.m.

• Where: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills

• Cost: $15-$28

• Info: outerbanksforum.tix.com, virginiasymphony.org

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