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When it comes to fun events on the Outer Banks, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is definitely one you don’t want to miss! Held in October, the 9th annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival will take place at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head and celebrates the history and heritage of the OBX seafood industry while embracing everything incredible about the Outer Banks: fresh seafood, local vendors, and gorgeous water views!

Visitors will enjoy live entertainment and a plethora of events including cooking demonstrations, educational programs, marine exhibits, arts & crafts, a fish toss competition and the popular Boat n’ Tackle Show. On top of all the entertainment, visitors get to indulge in delicious, fresh seafood and tasty beverages provided by the very best local restaurants, breweries, and wineries. There will also be plenty of non-seafood options for those who prefer turf over surf. Dozens of vendors will also be on site selling local goods and merchandise.

This event is held rain or shine so make sure you come properly dressed for the weather! October is a wonderful time on the Outer Banks where temperatures are fairly moderate and perfect for being outdoors. Last year, the average temperature in October was about 72 degrees with the high reaching 88 and the low reaching 56 degrees.

Check back for more details about the 2020 Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

People’s Choice Award

Not only do visitors get to sample some of the finest seafood dishes prepared by talented local chefs but they also get a chance to pick their favorite dish! The first 7500 attendees to the event are given a voting card in which they will vote for their favorite restaurant at the festival. Voting closes by 4:30 in the afternoon and the winner of the “People’s Choice Award – Best Local Dish” will be announced after 5.

What are SeaBucks?

If you’ve read any advertisement about the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, you’ve probably seen the mention of SeaBucks but what exactly are they? To make it easy for vendors and guests, SeaBucks are used as the official currency used within the festival. 1 SeaBuck is equivalent to $1.00 US Dollar. SeaBucks are used in place of dollars to purchase food and beverages at the festival as well as merchandise from any festival vendors. At the festival, SeaBucks can be purchased in $20.00, $40.00, $60.00, $80.00 and $100.00 increments via payment with cash or Visa/MasterCard/Discover. SeaBucks can also be purchased online in advance of the festival in the amount of $50.00. Per the Seafood Festival Committee, adults are advised to purchase about $10-$20 SeaBucks per person to properly enjoy the food and beverages available at the festival. Unused SeaBucks are non-refundable, however, so be sure to only purchase what you need (or start small and purchase more when necessary)! SeaBucks are purchased separately from your admission ticket.

2021 Outer Banks Seafood Festival Details 

Event: 8th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival Sponsored by TowneBank

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021

Time: 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM

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

Line-Up: Gates open at 10:30 AM and Opening Ceremonies begin just before noon. Remaining schedule still TBD.

Admission Cost: 
  • General Admission tickets will be $5.00 per adult. Children 12 and under get in free. *Ticket sale date TBD* 
  • Admission includes the following:
  • Free off-site parking
  • Free shuttle to and from festival
  • All entertainment, educational programs and exhibits
  • VIP Admission tickets: include parking across from event site, 4 admission tickets, $50.00 SeaBucks and 4 festival T-shirts. Limited VIP packages available. Cost TBD.

SeaBucks: $1.00 dollar = 1 SeaBuck. SeaBucks can be purchased online in advance or at the festival using cash, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Unused SeaBucks are non-refundable.

Age Restrictions: There is no age restriction, but children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Adults should bring photo ID as there will be alcohol available for purchase.


There is no on-site parking at this festival. Instead, free off-site parking is provided along with shuttles to take you back and forth that run about every 30 minutes. Offsite parking will be at the following locations:

  • Blue Lot: Whalebone Park (7200 S. Virginia Trl. Nags Head)
  • Gold Lot: Nags Head Elementary School (3100 S. Wrightsville Ave. Nags Head)
  • Purple Lot: First Flight High School (100 Veterans Dr. Kill Devil Hills)
  • Red Lot: *Handicap Parking Only* Nags Head Town Hall (5401 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head).
  • For additional parking details, parking lot hours, and shuttle bus rules, see Festival Parking Info.

Restroom Facilities: Port-o-potties available on site.

Food & Drink Vendors: Several vendors will be on site. Vendor list still TBD.

Merchandise/Craft/Non-Profit Vendors: Several vendors will be on site. Vendor list still TBD.

Live Entertainment - 2021’s festival includes live musical entertainment by several performers.

  • TBD

Not Allowed in Venue

  • Pets (with the exception of service animals)
  • Coolers
  • Outside Food or Beverages
  • Weapons of any type (pocket knives, multi-tools, pepper spray, etc).

What You Should Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Blankets/Towels/Chairs (for viewing area of entertainment stage)
  • Cash or MC/Visa/Discover in order to purchase SeaBucks
  • Your Appetite!

Note: Vendors and festival line-up for this event are still being determined. Be sure to bookmark this page to learn new information as it is updated. Tickets go on sale July 1st and will be available online and at various retail outlets throughout the OBX. Tickets can also be purchased at the festival the day of the event.