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Outer Banks Events

Outer Banks Events

 The Outer Banks has a variety of events going on throughout the year. No matter when you visit, something interesting will be happening. Listed below is a calendar of significant events taking place on the Outer Banks.

The Civil War on Hatteras Island
10/4/2017 - 10/25/2017
Wed. at 2:30pm, join local experts for an hour-long lecture from this series, delving into Hatteras' rich Civil War history. Free.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
Island Farm Pumpkin Patch
10/7/2017 - 10/28/2017
Ride an ox-cart to the patch and pick your pumpkin during this fall-themed day, filled with 19th-century style fun. Admission $8. Children 5 and under free. 10am-4pm.   Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
Wings Over Water
10/17/2017 - 10/22/2017
This six-day event guides nature lovers on various adventures, across six Outer Banks National Wildlife Refuges.  Various locations. 252-216-9464  www.wingsoverwater.com
Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree
10/27/2017 - 10/29/2017
Nearly 300 years after Blackbeard's defeat, see his last hours historically reenacted, with three ships firing realistic cannons.   Silver Lake Harbor, Ocracoke. 252-928-6711  www.ocracokevillage.com/Pirate-Jamboree.html
Harvest Hayday
10/28/2017
A festive appreciation of autumnal joys, featuring themed amusements for all ages - like stuffing a scarecrow, getting lost in a hay bale maze, or enjoying pie and apple cider by a crackling bonfire. Adults $9, Children $6. Under age 5 Free.   Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo.  252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
Outer Banks Brewtg
10/28/2017
This free, family-friendly event brings on the food and games, including a lighthearted keg barrel launching competition ($25 to compete). 12-6pm.  The Soundside Event Site, Nags Head.  252-441-6800  www.kittyhawk.com
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show
10/28/2017
An exciting exhibit for the whole family to view for free, or enter for $30. Open to all wooden boats in specified divisions, competing for top prizes in their class. 9am-5pm.  Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, Manteo.  252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
The Civil War on Hatteras Island
11/1/2017 - 11/15/2017
Every Wed. at 2:30pm, join local experts for an hour-long lecture from this series, delving into Hatteras' rich Civil War history. Free.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
Evening Lantern Tours: Draped in Black; Victorian Death Rituals
11/3/2017 - 11/4/2017
Costumed interpreters lead guests on a lantern-lit tour to witness the strange 19th-century customs for mourning the dead. Tickets $10. 7-9pm.  Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
First Friday
11/3/2017
On the first Friday of each month, join the merchants of downtown Manteo for an evening of music, shopping and special presentations. 6-8pm.  Downtown waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
8th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff
11/5/2017
An appetizing competition among local restaurants, whipping up their best shrimp platters to try for Top Choice prizes. This benefit for the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research includes drink specials, a 50/50 raffle and lots of door prizes. Tickets $25. 12-3pm.  Ocean Boulevard Restaurant, Kitty Hawk.   www.obshrimp.com
TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon
11/10/2017 - 11/12/2017
3-day event with four challenges, including a 5K, 8K, half-marathon and Family Fun-Run - finished off with a full-blown party.  Kitty Hawk to Manteo. 252-255-6273  www.outerbanksmarathon.com
Festival Latino de Ocracoke
11/11/2017
A celebration of unity and diversity through samplings of ethnic food, dance and musical traditions of Hispanic culture.   Ocracoke Community Center, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokealive.org/latino-festival.html
Advice 5K Turkey Trot
11/23/2017
Run, walk or TROT in this annual community fundraiser for all abilities. Thanksgiving morning, 9am.  Scarborough Lane, Duck. 252-255-1050  www.advice5kturkeytrot.com
Garden to Hearth; Heritage Cooking and Food Preservation
11/24/2017 - 11/25/2017
Discover fall traditions from the 19th century at a working, interpretive farm, with family activities and live animals. Admission $8. Children 5 and under free. 10am-4pm.  Island Farm, Manteo. 252-473-6500  www.theislandfarm.com
Grand Illuminations
11/24/2017
Debuting the return of WinterLights, a 22-night of brilliant holiday display that stretches all around the Gardens. Enjoy festive food and drink among the decked halls and toasty fire pits. Tickets: $14 Adult, $6 Child.  Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island. 252-473-3234  www.elizabethangardens.org
Hanging With Santa
11/24/2017 - 11/25/2017
Meet the elves while trying out some of the North Pole's latest toys, before posing for that anticipated annual pic with St. Nick. Fri. 10am-2pm, Sat. 1-4pm. Free.  Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head. 252-441-6800  www.kittyhawk.com
Kites With Lights
11/25/2017
Get into the holiday spirit with a free, illuminated kite show on the dunes, along with the lighting of the Jockey's Ridge Tree. Sat. 4-6pm.  Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head. 252-441-4127  www.kittyhawk.com
Ocracoke Parade of Boats
On-Going Event: 11/25/2017 - 11/25/2027
Watch local ships of all sizes gleaming in this festival annual procession along picturesque Silver Lake.   Silver Lake, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokealive.org/general-info.html
The Big Curri-shuck
11/25/2017
Sat. 12-5pm. An afternoon of live music and all-you-can-eat steamed oysters, crab and BBQ (while they last). Tickets $40.  Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg. 252-491-2387  www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/events
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