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Fall is arguably one of the best seasons of the year—who doesn’t love pumpkin patches, warm sweaters and apple cider? On the Outer Banks, Fall is basically our “second summer” where visitors get to enjoy everything from great weather and quiet beaches to savings on lodging and relaxed dog leash laws. However, we think that the numerous fun events that occur during the fall months might be the best reason of all to visit.

Here are some upcoming events that you don’t want to miss:

  • September 24, 2019 - October 19, 2019 (Tu & Th Only): Outer Banks Ghosts & Legends Tour
  • September 26, 2019: Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market
  • September 27, 2019 - September 29, 2019: 2019 OBX Jeep Jam
  • September 28, 2019: The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival
  • October 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019: Grandy Greenhouse & Farm Market Pumpkin Patch
  • October 3, 2019 - October 5, 2019: Halloween International Film Festival
  • October 4, 2019 - October 12, 2019: Fall Outer Banks Restaurant Week
  • October 5, 2019 - October 26, 2019 (Saturdays Only): Island Farm Pumpkin Patch
  • October 12, 2019: 18th Annual Oink N' Oyster Roast at Longboards Restaurant
  • October 12, 2019: Oystoberfest 2019
  • October 12, 2019 - October 13, 2019: 2019 Duck Jazz Festival
  • October 15, 2019 - October 20, 2019: Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival
  • October 19, 2019: Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival
  • October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019: 2nd Annual Mustang Rock & Roast Music Festival
  • October 24, 2019 - October 30, 2019: 2nd Annual Haunts Against Hunger Tour
  • October 26, 2019: 5th Annual OBX Brewtag
  • October 26, 2019: 3rd Annual Dare to Scare 5k & Sweet Treat Fun Run
  • October 27, 2019: 6th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade

Outer Banks Ghosts & Legends Tour

2019 fall obx event: outer banks ghosts & legends tour

Date: September 24, 2019 - October 19, 2019 (Tuesdays & Thursdays Only)

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Various stops throughout Manteo, NC. Check-in in front of the Laughing Lollipop at 1010 Budleigh St. in Manteo.

About: If you love a good haunt this time of the year, be sure to check out the Outer Banks Ghosts & Legends Tour by Outer Banks Tastes and Tales! From historic ghosts to current paranormal activity, a local guide will take you through the streets on the original Manteo ghost tour. Tours cost $18 per adult, $12 for kids aged 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Click here for more information.

Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market

2019 fall obx event: dowdy park farmers market

Date: September 26, 2019 and October 10, 2019.

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: 3005 South Croatan Highway (at Bonnett Street), Nags Head, NC 27959

About: The Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market is a fun community event that runs through the middle of October featuring local crafters, farmers, bakers, and artists handmade goods. Visitors will find items like jewelry, crafts, baked goods, fresh meat and seafood, local produce, soaps, skincare products, photography, clothing, home décor, pottery, handbags and more. Click here for more information.

2019 OBX Jeep Jam

2019 fall obx event: obx jeep jam

Date: September 27, 2019 – September 29, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Nags Head Soundside Event Site (6800 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959)

About: The OBX Jeep Jam is an exciting event for the whole community of Jeep fans out there. Enjoy live music, Jeep show, parts swap, raffles, local food/drinks/merchandise vendors, activities for kids and more. Ticket cots vary but General Admission is $10.00 per person. Kids 12 and under get in free. Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival

2019 fall obx event: lost colony wine & culinary festival

Date: September 28, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (1:00 PM for VIP ticket holders)

Location: Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island

About: Presented by the Lost Colony Roanoke Island Historical Association, the Wine & Culinary Festival is an annual event filled with delicious wine, local seafood, educational seminars, live entertainment, and a silent auction all with a waterfront view. The Grand Tasting features wine from local NC vineyards as well as wines from all over the world. Ticket prices vary. Click here for more information.

Grandy Greenhouse & Farm Market Pumpkin Patch

2019 fall obx event: grandy greenhouse & farm market pumpkin patch

Date: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 6264 Caratoke Hwy. Grandy, NC 27939

About: Come visit the farmer’s market—a great fall tradition! Along with the great greenhouse and market shop full of fresh produce/preserves, etc., there are plenty of festive events to try! Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to select your favorite pumpkins for your Autumn décor. (Wagon rides leave every 30 minutes on the weekend). You can also enjoy a fun cider-making workshop to learn how apple cider is made and even sample freshly squeezed cider! Click here for more information.

Halloween International Film Festival

2019 fall obx event: halloween international film festival

Date: October 3, 2019 – October 5, 2019

Time: Showings start at 1:00 PM daily

Location: RC Theatres Kill Devil Hills Movies 10 (1803 N. Croatan Hwy. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948)

About: The Halloween International Film Festival aims to celebrate Halloween and promote the spirit of creativity for talented filmmakers and independent artists by providing an avenue to gain exposure. From premieres, meet and greets, and Q&A panels, enjoy over 30 films from eight different countries. Single day or three-day tickets available. Click here for more information.

Fall Outer Banks Restaurant Week

2019 obx fall events: obx fall restaurant week

Date: October 4, 2019 – October 12, 2019

Time: Varies by restaurant

Location: Throughout the Outer Banks

About: The Fall Outer Banks Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to try out some of the best local OBX restaurants for lunch and/or on a budget! Enjoy 3 course meals at participating locations for a fixed price of either $20 or $35. No tickets or coupons or needed—simply go to a participating restaurant and choose an item off their Restaurant Week menu and enjoy! Click here for more information.

Island Farm Pumpkin Patch

2019 obx fall events: island farm pumpkin patch

Date: October 5, 2019, October 12, 2019, October 19, 2019, and October 26, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: 1140 N. Hwy 64, Manteo, NC 27954

About: Head down to the Island Farm in Manteo (a living museum/experience of an island farm from the mid 1800’s) and visit their seasonal pumpkin patch! Every Saturday in October, you’ll love getting in the fall spirit as you wander the grounds for the best pumpkin. Other seasonal activities will be added to the normal farm experience including “oxen rides,” hot cider and candle making crafts. Admission to the museum site is $8.00. Pumpkins are an additional $5.00. Click here for more information.

18th Annual Oink N’ Oyster Roast

2019 obx fall events: oink n' oyster roast

Date: October 12, 2019

Time: 12 Noon – 2:00 PM

Location: Longboard’s Island Grill (3833 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949)

About: The Annual Oink N’ Oyster Roast is a great way to support the local community while enjoying great food! Come out to eat fresh oysters, homemade BBQ and all the fixings (and if you can’t make it, pick up a BBQ Lunch to go!) Enjoy live music from the First Flight High School Band and chance to win prizes. Pork butts and aprons also available. Tickets are $30 if pre-ordered ($35 at the door) with special pricing available for younger children. Proceeds support local Outer Banks charities. Click here for more information.

Oystoberfest 2019

2019 obx fall events: oystoberfest 2019

Date: October 12, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: Coastal Provisions (1 Ocean Blvd. Southern Shores, NC 27949)

About: If you love oysters on the half shell, you don't want to miss Oystoberfest 2019! This fun event is great for all ages and proceeds support NC Coastal Federation's oyster restoration efforts. Enjoy all you can eat oysters from over half a dozen NC oyster farmers as well as oyster dishes prepared by 8 different local restaurants as they compete for the title of "Best Oyster Dish!" Several NC breweries will also be on site for all you can enjoy beer! Tickets are $55 which includes all you can eat and drink along with a commemorative glass. There are only 400 tickets available so purchase in advance! Click here for more information.

2019 Duck Jazz Festival

2019 obx fall events: duck jazz festival

Date: October 12, 2019 – October 13, 2019

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM Saturday 10/12 and 10:00 gates open Sunday 10/13

Location: Duck Town Park (Duck Town Park Boardwalk, Duck, NC 27949)

About: The annual Duck Jazz Festival is a true celebration of jazz music at a local, regional and national level! Held at the beautiful Duck Town Park bordering the Currituck Sound, visitors will enjoy a host of beloved jazz musicians performing some of their best tracks. This affordable friendly-family event lets you bring in your own chairs, snacks, coolers, blankets, etc. and is free to the public! You can also bring a well-behaved dog. Click here for more information.

Wings over Water Wildlife Festival

2019 obx fall events: wings over water festival

Date: October 15, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Time: Time varies by event/program.

Location: Location varies by event/program.

About: This annual fundraising event is sponsored by the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society and encompasses over 90 different birding, paddling, photography, art & natural history programs over 6 different national wildlife refuges across North Carolina. From sunrise kayak tours and hikes through Nags Head Woods to Lighthouse birding and owl prowls, there is at least one guided event perfect for all the nature lovers out there, no matter your age! Click here for more information.

2019 Outer Banks Seafood Festival

2019 obx fall events: outer banks seafood festival

Date: October 19, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Soundside Event Site (6800 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959 – MP 16.5 on the bypass).

About: The annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year! This event celebrates both the history and heritage of the local seafood industry. The soundfront location is the prefect backdrop to this fun festival where visitors can spend the day trying fresh, locally sourced seafood from dozens of Outer Banks restaurants and sample beverages from local breweries and vineyards. Local merchandise/craft vendors will also be on site. Guests even get to vote on their favorite dish! Tickets are $5.00 for admission and all food and drink items bought during the event must be purchased with SeaBucks ($1.00 dollar = $1 SeaBuck). Click here for more information.

2nd Annual Mustang Rock & Roast Music Festival

2019 obx fall events: mustang music festival

Date: October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Time: Doors open at 1:00 PM. Saturday show begins at 1:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM

Location: Mike Dianna's Grill Room in Timbuck II Shopping Village Corolla (777 Sunset Blvd. Corolla, NC 27927)

About: This awesome music festival promises a full weekend of delicious North Carolina oysters and barbecue combined with live music from 14 different bands. Saturday's event is headlined by The Motet while Sunday's is headlined by the band Turkuaz. Saturday will also welcome local restaurants and chefs as they participate in a pork barbecue cook-off where guests can sample different local barbecue dishes between 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Guests to the Sunday show will enjoy an authentic NC oyster roast. Proceeds from the Mustang Music Festival benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. General Admission one-day tickets are $35.00 each. Weekend passes are $60.00. VIP and shuttle tickets also available. Click here for more information.

2nd Annual Haunts Against Hunger Tour

2019 obx fall events: haunts against hunger

Date: October 24, 2019 - October 30, 2019

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (check-in begins at 7:30 PM)

Location: Various stops throughout Manteo, NC. Check-in in front of the Laughing Lollipop at 1010 Budleigh St. in Manteo.

About: This guided walking tour through historic Manteo is sure to delight and spook any fan of the paranormal. As one of America's oldest towns and home to the great mystery of the Lost Colony, there are plenty of creepy tales and otherworldly sightings here on the island. Visit different local haunts and sites (like the graveyard) to learn about the area's history mixed in with a little ghost-hunting technology (like EMF detectors) all for a great cause. Cost is $15/person + one non-perishable food item donation which will benefit the Roanoke Island Food Pantry. Click here for more information.

5th Annual OBX Brewtag

2019 obx fall events: obx brewtag

Date: October 26, 2019

Time: Festival begins at 12 Noon

Location: Soundside Event Site (6800 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959 – MP 16.5 on the bypass).

About: The annual Brewtag celebration is modeled after the Red Bull Flugtag (“flying day in German!). Contestants test the boundaries of aerodynamics by launching and flying empty keg barrels—competing to see who can go the furthest. Plus you can enjoy drinks from the Beer Garden! There are even plenty of events for kids ranging from face painting and crafts to a portable rock wall. Costume contest also awards prizes for best kids, adult and dog costume. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Outer Banks Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund (benefiting families affected by Hurricane Dorian) and the Rogallo Foundation. Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Dare to Scare 5k & Sweet Treat Fun Run

2019 obx fall events: 3rd annual dare to scare 5k

Date: October 26, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM (5k begins); 10:00 AM (Fun Run Begins); 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM (Check-In, etc.)

Location: Dare County Center (950 Marshall C. Collins Dr. Manteo, NC 27954)

About: The 3rd Annual Dare to Scare 5k & Sweet Treat Fun Run is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday while being healthy. The Race begins in the Coastal Studies Institute parking lot (participants will be shuttled to this location from Dare County Center) and end at the Dare County Center in Manteo. The route is 3.1 miles and includes residential roads and multi-surface trails. There will also be games, music, and photo opportunities at the start. Costumes are encouraged! Awards will be given to top three male & female in the 5k along with awards to the best kids and adult costumes for most creative, most scary, and group costumes. Click here for more information.

6th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes

2019 obx fall events: obx halloween parade of costumes

Date: October 27, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Aviation Park (Veteran’s Dr. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948)

About: This fun, family-friendly event begins with a trick or treat party followed by the costume parade! Awards will be given for best costume in multiple categories for all age ranges. Admission is free and registration is also free for anyone who wants to compete in the parade! Click here for more information.