Friday-Monday 8.31 to 9.3

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

Wave Riding Vehicles stands for surfing and has been spreading the Aloha throughout the world since 1967. Today WRV continues to support surfing in all its traditional and competitive forms.

The Wave Riding Vehicles Outer Banks Pro found its home in 2009 with the completion of the new Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The pier’s stellar views and its ample parking both add to what has become the most core surf contest on the east coast. Its eco-conscious design supports ocean ecosystem conservation and awareness.

The WRV Outer Banks Pro is an official WSL QS1000 event drawing top rated surfers from around the globe to the unique coastline of Outer Banks of North Carolina.

When: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free to watch

Where: Jennette’s Pier, 7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail. Nags Head


Saturday 9.1

Manteo Farmer’s Market

Local home-grown, home-baked and home-made products, such as jams, jellies, produce, gourmet popsicles, handcrafts and more. The Outer Banks SPCA also hosts a dog-washing service for donations; funds are used to help the nonprofit in its mission to find homes for abandoned, abused, and homeless animals.

When: 8 a.m.-noon

Cost: Free

Where: George Washington Creef Park, adjacent to the Maritime Museum, in Manteo on Roanoke Island

Tuesdays through 9.25

Magnolia Craft Fair at Magnolia Marketplace

Enjoy a fine selection of gifts, products and custom home decor — from candles and soaps, bath and baby accessories to hand woven baskets, paintings, wood crafts, jewelry and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. recurring weekly

Cost: Free admission

Where: 407 Budleigh St., Historic Downtown Manteo

Wednesday-Thursday 9.5-6

OBX Arts & Craft Festival

This annual show features a superb variety of creations from 25 Outer Banks artists whose specialties include painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, glasswork, fiber and textile arts, collage, metalwork and more. Admission to the show is free on both days and there is plenty of free parking. In addition to the handcrafted art, you can gather information about two local charities — N.E.S.T. and Friends of Youth — that participate in the show. A portion of artists’ entrance fees are donated to the charities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk


Thursday 9.6

Comedy Club OBX Presents Cliff Cash and guest

Cliff Cash comes from the religious and conservative south and adds a new twist to stand-up that you won’t soon forget. He is a North Carolina native born in a small southern town where he was exposed to everything from Nascar to banana and mayonnaise sandwiches. Finding absurdities in everyday culture, media, politics and dogma; Cash draws comparisons that others miss. Whether it’s through one of his characters or voices, an angry rant or a satirical rap song, Cliff will make you question what you accept as normal.

When: 8-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $26 (ages 16 and older-only show)

Where: Comedy Club of the Outer Banks, inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills

Info:, (252) 207-9950

Friday 9.7

DCAC Ceramic Show Opening Reception

Vessels, sculptures, and wall-mounted work will be featured in Dare County Arts Council’s Ceramic Show, which opens in their Vault Gallery Room in September. The Ceramic Show is being curated by sculptor and installation artist Gabrielle Graber. In 2017, she graduated with her MFA from NYSCC at Alfred University and is currently living in North Carolina as a resident artist at Pocosin Arts. Her practice is an ongoing investigation of being a body in the world where layers of experience and interactions collide into material form. The show will remain on display through Tuesday, Oct. 2.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Where: Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 473-5558,,

Saturday 9.7

Surfboard Exhibit Opening Reception

Surf and art enthusiasts are invited to Dare County Arts Council for the opening reception a Surfboard Exhibit curated by Steve Wise.

The opening reception will start at 6 p.m. and will take place during downtown Manteo’s First Friday festivities. Sandbar Blues will play live music on the courthouse steps during the reception. The Surfboard Exhibit in DCAC’s upstairs courtroom gallery will feature a curated selection of unique surfboards from surfers across the Outer Banks.The surfboard exhibit is on display at Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo Sept. 7-30.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Where: Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 473-5558,,

Saturday 9.8

Fundraiser for New Horizons, Suicide Prevention and Awareness

The event, which is hosted by McHorney’s Odditorium and Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint KDH, is a fundraiser for New Horizons, Suicide Prevention and Awareness. Rock station Pirate 95.3 and McHorneys Odditorium are bringing Mustang Outreach, Government Cheese, Roaming River Hippies, and Jonny Waters for live music and fun for a great cause. Jack Brown’s will contribute 10% of sales to New Horizons. The event also includes a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and more.

When: 2-10 p.m.

Where: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, 800 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills

Cost: Free admission

Info: (252) 715-3328

Thursday 9.13

Free Concert: Mamma’s Black Sheep

Mama’s Black Sheep is the soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals). Together, this duo creates a blend of hit worthy originals and covers with a unique spin. Each song allows you to travel with time, whether you’re swinging to country, rocking to pop, grooving to soul, or swaying to the Blues, there’s always something to move your body and stir your soul. Bring a chair and a picnic dinner.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Dowdy Park, 158 Bypass and Bonnett Street, Nags Head

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 441-5122

Friday-Saturday 9.14-15

Day at the Docks

an annual celebration on Hatteras Island that pays homage to the men and women who fish the waters and feed the masses. A highlight of the festival is Saturday’s Shrimp and Grits Throwdown, a chance for visiting celebrity inland chefs to strut their stuff — live, in front of a crowd — using local shrimp and stone-ground grits. Limited samples of the chefs’ creations will be available to the public.

When: Begins at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free admission

Where: Hatteras Village on Hatteras Island


Saturday-Friday 9.15-21

2018 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic

The 2018 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic presented by Patagonia is a wave-focused kitesurfing event held September 15th-21st in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Warm water, hollow barrels, epic wind, and pumping surf combine for the most exciting kitesurfing competition in the world. This is an open event, anyone is allowed to register for their chance at the equal cash purse for the Men’s Open and Women’s Open. The registration is $100 and will be Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. in-person at the REAL Watersports Flagship Store in Waves.

When: 9 a.m.

Where: REAL Watersports, 25706 NC-12, Waves on Hatteras Island

Cost: Free to watch


Thursday-Sunday 9.20-22

7th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival

Surfalorus is a premier collaboration between Dare County Arts Council and Wilmington, NC-based Cucalorus Festival, which will celebrate its 24th anniversary this fall. The free, family-friendly event will feature international, regional and local surf film screenings at various venues on the Outer Banks. Surfalorus screenings will be held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head (Thursday, Sept. 20), Dare County Arts Council in Manteo (Friday, Sept. 21), and the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills (Saturday, Sept. 22). Doors will open at 6:30pm and screenings will start at 7pm. New to the mix this year, awards will be presented at the screenings for Best Short Film, Best Feature Film, People’s Choice/Audience Award, Best Wave, Best Wipeout, Best Soundtrack and Lifetime AchievemAnother new twist this year, Surfalorus will feature booths from the region’s most talented surf artisans exhibiting their works, including surf resin jewelry, ocean paintings, surf photography, local surfboard shapers and more. Along with a variety of eclectic surf films, Surfalorus will also feature live music, pop-up performances, and a surfboard exhibit that tells the history of shaping curated by Steve Wise.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Jennette’s Pier Nags Head; Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo; Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 473-5558 and on Facebook

Wednesday-Saturday 10.3-6

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

The 3-day festival kicks off with a warm-up event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, with free performances at Bluegrass Island Trading Company, 107 Budleigh St., Manteo. The Wednesday lineup includes Presley Barker (2:30 p.m.), Edgar Loudermilk Band (4 p.m.), Sideline (6 p.m.), and Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith (7:45 p.m.).

Details: Live music, food vendors – including The Jolly Roger Restaurant, Stripers Bar & Grille, Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant, and Darrell’s Seafood Restaurant, and Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack

When: Thursday schedule includes Kristy Cox Band (12:30 p.m.), Sideline (2:15 p.m.), Lonely Heartstring Band (4 p.m.), Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (6:30 p.m.) and Blue Highway (8:15 p.m.); Friday lineup includes Carson Peters & Iron Mountain (12:30 p.m.), Cane Mill Road (2:15 p.m.), Mile Twelve (4 p.m.), Donna Ulisse (6:30 p.m.), and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (8:15 p.m.); Saturday lineup includes Cuttin’ Grass (11 a.m.), A Deeper Shade of Blue (12:30 p.m.), The Barefoot Movement (2:15 p.m.), Darrell Webb Band (4 p.m.), Breaking Grass (6:30 p.m.) and The Steel Drivers (8:15 p.m.)

Cost: $45 per day, $125 for 3-day pass

Where: Island Festival Park, 1 Festival Park, Manteo, on Roanoke Island

Info:, tickets also available at Bluegrass Island Trading Company, 107 Budleigh St., Manteo

Saturday 10.6

Great Pumpkin Fair

Nags Head Elementary School PTO’s annual Great Pumpkin Fair includes bounce houses and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and games, raffles, silent auction, food trucks, bake sale, fall décor and other gift items available for purchase — as well as pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, hay bales, corn stalks and mums in a variety of colors

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Nags Head Elementary School, 3100 S. Wrightsville Ave., milepost 11, Nags Head

Cost: Free entry. Tickets can be purchased for rides and activities

Details: The PTO and festival organizers are seeking event sponsors and donations of items for the silent auction. For information, contact Trish LePera at (252) 305-4291 or All proceeds of the Great Pumpkin Fair go directly to Nags Head Elementary School to fund cultural arts, teacher requests, school improvements and more.

Info: and on Facebook: NHES PTO


Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

The annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival — the East Coast’s cardinal wildlife event — includes nearly 90 activities (both indoor and outdoor), including bird watching, SUP paddleboard tours, sunrise kayak tours, reptile and amphibian hikes, an owl prowl, workshops, presentations, photography and painting classes and more.

When: Times vary

Where: Locations vary

Cost: Cost varies, depending on the event

Info: (252) 216-9464,

Saturday 10.20

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Celebrate the history and culture of Outer Banks seafood by sampling local food and drink served by some of the best OBX restaurants and vendors

When: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

Where: Outer Banks Soundside Event Site, 6800 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head,

Cost: Start at $5. Admission ticket includes free shuttle to and from site, live entertainment, arts & crafts, educational programs, marine life and boat exhibits. Under age 12 free with paying adult.

Info:, (252) 441-8144

Saturday 10.27

Bayou Ball

A fundraiser for Dare Arts Council. The centerpiece of the Bayou Ball is a full night of entertainment by two-time Grammy Award winning musician Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience.

Simien, who is an 8th generation Louisiana Creole, and his Zydeco Experience band have performed Zydeco roots music to over 45 countries throughout their 35 years together. Presented by TowneBank, the Bayou Ball will be complimented with delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, a silent auction full of fine art and exclusive packages from local businesses, as well as vibrant décor that will transfer you to Louisiana’s bayou. The Bayou Ball is Dare County Arts Council’s annual fundraiser, which enables the nonprofit organization to fulfill their mission and bring unique programs to Dare County, like Terrance Simien’s Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco, which is coming to Dare County schools Oct. 24-26.

What: Bayou Ball

When: 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Oct. 27

Where: Pirate’s Cove Pavilion, Manteo

Tickets: $125 per person, $1,500 for table of eight. Seating is limited

Info: (252) 473-5558,

Saturday 10.27

OBX Brewtag

A celebration of flight and beer, OBX Brewtäg is modeled after the whimsical and entertaining Red Bull Flutag, translated to “flying day” in German. With OBX Brewtag, the general premise is the same, although rather than human-powered flying machines, Brewtag contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest − and the sky’s the limit as to how creative your homemade flying contraption can be. Individuals and teams are welcome. A rather crafty selection of local and regional beer and food will be available for purchase that day. This family-friendly event will also feature plenty of activities for kids. New this year is the VIP experience, which includes an event T-shirt, commemorative pint glass and specialized tastings to various craft breweries. Supplies are limited. All proceeds from the Outer Banks Brewtag benefit The Rogallo Foundation. The Rogallo Foundation was created to honor Francis and Gertrude Rogallo, inventors of the flexible wing; preserve their priceless records, artifacts, and research; interpret their incredible story; and protect this legacy of free flight for millions of people in all the Nations of the world; to stimulate and support research and education in aerodonetics the science of gliding and soaring flight and low speed aerodynamics. All proceeds will be used to build a museum to feature all of Rogallo’s innovative work, designs, history and advancements since its development.

When: Noon-6 p.m.

Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 6099 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head,

Cost: The cost to compete is $50

Info: and on Facebook

Sunday 11.4

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


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