There are dozens of annual events that occur on the Outer Banks of North Carolina each year. From hang gliding and kiteboarding competitions, to national surfing contests to fishing tournaments, the OBX has a different event tailored for everyone in the family.
Take a look at our monthly Outer Banks events pages to plan your stay around major OBX celebrations.*
The highlight event of the month is the Outer Banks Wedding Expo and Tours during mid-January. There are also a few smaller celebrations sprinkled throughout the first 31 days of the New Year.
There are about a handful of small events that occur during the shortest month of the year on the Outer Banks.
As temperatures start to warm-up and we head into springtime, there are several large events during March that attract hundreds of visitors including the Taste of the Beach and Kellys Restaurant's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
For one week during April, the Outer Banks Bike Week occurs midway through the month, and there are a slew of restaurant, lodging and activiy specials from Corolla to Hatteras as a sea of bikers invade the barrier islands.
One of the biggest kitesurfing competitions in the nation comes to the OBX along with opening night for The Lost Colony during the action-packed month of May.
There are several Outer Banks fundraiser running competitions along with a few Kitty Hawk Kites hosted events during one of the peak months out of the year for visitor of the area.
Most of the events during July occur on Independance Day when most every Outer Banks town has their own Fourth of July bash. There are also a few small events sprinkled throughout the month.
The second busiest month in terms of visitors on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, August is one of the quiter months out of the year when it comes to events.
As the kiddos go back to school, the events heat up as the three-day Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival and OBX Triathlon occur during this month.
There are quite a few Hallowen related celebrations including several haunted houses and trails scattered throughout the OBX. The largest event of the year for the area, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head occurs during October.
A slew of holiday events are qued up towards the end of the month and the highly popular Outer Banks Marathon occurs earlier on in November.
A fantastic month to visit the Outer Banks, visitors and locals can enjoy over a dozen holiday events like WinterLights at the Elizabethan Gardens.