15 Awesome New Years Eve Activities To Check Out on the Outer Banks

by Jessie S.

There are plenty of fun activities to do in the Outer Banks during the off-season but during the holidays, there are even more options! So where should you spend your last night of 2018? Whether you are looking for family-friendly events or are planning to go out without the kids, here are 15 awesome New Year’s Eve activities to check out on December 31st from Currituck to Ocracoke.


Corolla/Duck/Southern Shores:

1) Jam out to Vintage Pistol at the NYE Throwdown at Sundogs Raw Bar & Grill!
Presented by Bearded Face Productions and Sundogs Raw Bar & Grill, prepare for an evening of awesome new age blues rock to carry in the New Year! Founded in Arkansas, Vintage Pistol is working on an album while touring across the U.S. and has opened for bands such as the U.N, Big Something and Ben Miller Band. The show begins at 10 p.m. and there is no cover charge to get in. View Info

2) Enjoy an evening of dining, drinks and music at the Village Table & Tavern!
This year, Village Table & Tavern in Duck will be offering a special three-course meal with two seating times - one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert with a glass of champagne to celebrate the day! The first seating costs $50.00 and the later seating costs $65.00. Those attending the later meal will also enjoy a live performance from Mama’s Black Sheep starting after 9:00! Reservations are required for both meal times but a special a la carte menu is available at the bar on a first come, first serve basis. View Info

3) Dine in style for Sanderling New Year’s Eve at the Lifesaving Station!
If you are looking for a delicious New Year’s Eve meal, look no further than the Lifesaving Station at the Sanderling Resort in Duck! With main course options including sea bass, prime rib, duck and a vegetarian selection, everyone in your family is sure to find a meal that suits their preference. Dinner is a four-course a la carte style meal and the hours are 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $75.00 for adults and $25.00 for children aged 4-12. Call ahead for reservations! View Info

4) Attend the New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Duck Woods Country Club!
If your favorite tradition is watching the ball drop in Times Square, this New Year’s Eve celebration is for you! Beginning at 7:00 p.m., come to the Duck Woods Country Club to enjoy live performances from Graham Outten and Jonny Waters while enjoying chef-attended food stations featuring selections like prime rib, sushi and rockfish. At midnight, you and your friends can toast to 2019 as you watch the famous ball drop in NYC! Reservations are required and cost $47.00 for couples/$23.50 for individuals. View Info>

Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills/Nags Head:

5) Taste some delicious wine at the New Year’s Eve Grand Reserve Tasting at Trio!
The annual Grand Reserve Tasting features delicious wine, great food and a live show! Celebrate with Kenny’s selection of holiday-inspired wines and enjoy some food from Chef Emily’s special dinner menu. After dinner and drinks, stick around for performances by local artists Marc Murray followed by the Conch Shells. The tasting begins at 6:00 p.m. and costs $75.00. Call to reserve your spot as there are limited spaces available. View Info

6) Get glammed up at the New Year’s Eve Blow Out & Bubbly Bar at Glimmer Hair & Makeup!
Don’t worry about doing your hair and make-up for your New Year’s Eve party. Let the talented hair and make-up artists at Glimmer Hair & Makeup take care of that for you! For just $45, style your hair with a wash, blow dry & curls. Add an additional $50 for a complete make-up look. Light refreshments and champagne provided. Reservations required. View Info

7) Join the NYE Bash with Zack Mexico at the Outer Banks Brewing Station!
If you’re into the Indie rock scene, you won’t want to miss the live performance of local band, Zack Mexico, at the Outer Banks Brewing Station on December 31st. Complete with a complimentary champagne toast, ring in the new year to a unique psychedelic pop sound and the “biggest balloon drop” on the Outer Banks. Cover is $10.00 at the door, show starts at 10 p.m and is 21+ only. View Info

8) Find some good luck for the New Year at Jolly Roger!
If you want to start 2019 off with a little bit of luck, head to Jolly Roger where you’ll receive traditional kielbasa, black-eyed peas, and sauerkraut for free at midnight on top of complimentary champagne and party favors! Enjoy karaoke and dancing with no cover charge. You can also grab dinner before the celebration starting at 4:30 p.m. off the full regular menu but don’t forget to ask about the New Year’s Eve specials! View Info

9) Party with friends at the NYE Celebration with DJ Styles at Secret Island!
If you’re in the mood to have a good time with your friends this New Year’s Eve, you won’t want to miss out on the NYE Celebration with DJ Styles presented by Secret Island Restaurant. Complete with a complimentary champagne toast, you’ll enjoy watching the balloon drop at midnight and have a blast as DJ Styles brings in the new year! View Info

10) Dance the night away with Cheers to the New Year Celebration at New York Pizza Pub!
If you’re in the mood to dance, be sure to check out New York Pizza Pub for their Cheers to the New Year Celebration featuring DJ Fresh! Enjoy friends and dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is no cover charge and you’ll receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!. View Info



* 11) Staff Pick: Begin 2019 at the New Year in the New World celebration in downtown Manteo!
Perhaps the largest and most exciting family-friendly selection on our list is downtown Manteo’s New Year in the New World celebration. This festival features everything your family could ask for in a holiday event from an awesome DJ and live music performances to a S’more station for the kids and of course - fireworks! And don’t forget, the town of Manteo is always decorated and covered in lights for the holidays! If you get hungry, swing by Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop, Ortega’z, 1587 Tranquil House Inn or the Lost Colony Brewery Cafe which will all remain open late for dinner. If you prefer the food truck experience, Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe and Garden Deli Pizzeria will both have trucks along the street for a great meal! After enjoying some tasty local food and each of the fun events, settle in near the dock around midnight and prepared to be awestruck by an incredible firework display shot right out of a barge in Shallowbag Bay! Nothing says Happy New Year quite like waterfront fireworks so bring your family and friends to downtown Manteo if you want ring in the New Year Outer Banks’ style. View Info

12) Grab dinner at Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar!
Enjoy live music and fresh local food at Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar in Manteo. Beginning at 5pm, you will receive a 4-course meal for $75 per person (or $100 with wine) and after 9, SoulOne will perform until midnight. They offer several mouth-watering options including chicken, salmon, beef tenderloin and oysters for any surf or turf lover. Reservations encouraged. View Info


Hatteras Island/Ocracoke Island:

13) Celebrate a little early with Old Farts NYE at Pangea Tavern!
Sometimes it’s fun to stay out all night but other times, it’s nice to be back before midnight so you can start the new year by relaxing at home! If that sounds more your style, consider stopping by Pangea Tavern in Avon for the Old Farts NYE dinner! The restaurant is open at 5:00 p.m. for their regular dinner menu. At 10 p.m, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast while watching an anchor drop to bring in 2019! View Info

14) Chill out to some Space Age Folk Wave sounds at Gaffer’s Restaurant!
If you’re looking for a fun celebration on Ocracoke Island, stop by Gaffer’s Restaurant to enjoy a live performance by Emma’s Lounge! The Emma’s Lounge New Year’s Double Feature actually begins on Sunday and they play again on New Year’s Eve so you can definitely find time to fit this event in your holiday schedule! Dance, sing and chill with your friends to this new age band beginning at 8:30 p.m. View Info

15) Make an appearance at the O’Bar New Years Eve Party at Ocracoke Bar & Grille!
If you’re on Ocracoke this year for New Year’s Eve, be sure to check out Ocracoke Bar & Grille’s all night NYE party! Beginning at 3:00 p.m., this party is the perfect place to celebrate with your friends and includes tons of events like Wii Bowling and live music from Trevor Daniels and the Cocker Spaniels! And of course, a champagne toast to bring in the new year! You can also try your luck at one of the many competitions from a taco eating contest and wing eating competition to a crazy hat contest for cash prizes. There is no cover charge to get in. View Info

Don’t forget your designated driver!
New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to celebrate and enjoy yourself but if you do go out, please remember to have a designated driver, order an Uber or catch a ride with one of our local taxi companies!

  • A1 Taxi OBX: Website (252) 599-7777
  • Atlantic Cab: Website (252) 255-5555
  • Bayside Cabs: Website (252) 480-1300
  • Beach Cabs: Website (252) 441-2500
  • Coastal Transportation: Website (252) 449-8686
  • Island Taxi: Website (252) 441-2500

Or for something a little fancier…
  • Island Limousine: Website (252) 441-5466

From all of us at Seaside Vacations, Happy New Year!


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