Festivals On The Outerbanks Of North Carolina

Kitty Hawk Kites puts on two different festivals each year that celebrate the invention of the kite.

The Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination, but it has much more to offer than just sand and sun. Visitors and residents of the Outer Banks can enjoy a variety of festivals year round. If you are interested in music, art or sports, there are festivals to delight every member of your family.

First Friday on Roanoke Island

First Friday on Roanoke Island is a family-oriented street festival that occurs the first Friday of each month, April through December. Taking place on the Downtown Manteo Waterfront, the sidewalks are lined with live music, magic, artists and period-dressed actors. Other activities include wine tasting, a Historic Inn Crawl, a rock climbing wall, as well as arts and crafts. Many of the shops and restaurants do individual celebrations for First Friday, including live music, discounts, and special sales.

First Friday

Manteo, NC 27954

252-202-6666

firstfriday-roanokeisland.com

Under The Oaks Art Festival

The annual Under The Oaks Art Festival takes place in June on the waterfront grounds of Currituck Heritage Park. During the festival the works of over 100 artists will be on display and for sale. The festival also features live entertainment, an art auction, children’s activities, and local food vendors. Admission to the festival is free and parking is available on-site for a small fee.

Under The Oaks Art Festival

The Whalehead Club

1100 Club Road, Rt. 12

Corolla, NC 27927

252-453-9040

whaleheadclub.org

Rogallo Kite Festival

During June, Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the annual Rogallo Kite Festival at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. The festival has been happening annually for over 28 years. It is free and open to the public. The Rogallo Kite Festival features two days of kite flying in honor of Francis Rogallo, inventor of the flexible wing and a NASA scientist. His inventions and designs can be seen in hang gliders, stunt kites, and power kites that fly today. Visitors can enjoy large kite displays, stunt and power kite lessons, live music, parachute races, as well as free kite making and face painting. Kitty Hawk Kites also hosts the Wright Kite Festival which takes place each July at the Wright Brother’s Memorial.

Rogallo Kite Festival

P.O. Box 1839

Nags Head, NC 27959

252-449-2210

kittyhawkkites.com

Outer Banks Sand Sculpture Festival

The end of June marks the dates for the annual Outer Banks Sand Sculpture Festival. The festival runs three days and takes place at Kitty Hawk Sports at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Some of the events include entertainment, sand sculpting competitions, professional sand sculptors demonstrations, and raffles. This proceeds from the event benefit the prevention of skin cancer. Outer Banks Hospital, an annual sponsor, also provides free on-site skin cancer screening to interested patrons.

Outer Banks Sand Sculpture Festival

P.O. Box 1839

Nags Head, NC 27959

252-449-2210

kittyhawkkites.com

Brew Thru’s Bluez’n Brewz Festival

Brew Thru’s Bluez’n Brewz Festival takes place at The Promenade in Kitty Hawk during late August. The festival features live blues music, food, and over 80 different types of beer on tap. Tickets to the music festival and beer tasting may be purchased online or at the event. Attendees to the beer tasting must be 21 years of age or older and will receive unlimited two-ounce pours of the beers on tap.

Brew Thru’s Bluez’n Brewz Festival

P.O. Box 3581

Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

252-384-3494

bluezandbrewz.com

Outer Banks Bike Fest

Motorcycle enthusiasts will not want to miss the Outer Banks Bike Fest. The three-day bike rally takes place each October. Participants are welcome to enjoy a guided tour of the Outer Banks, lighthouse tours, a bike show, a poker run, bike games, vendors, and official parties at local spots. Classes for the bike show include touring, custom, sport, cruiser, and antique. Most of the events happen at the Harley-Davidson dealerships in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head.

Outer Banks Bike Fest

4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail

Nags Head, NC 27959

757-397-5500

outerbanksbikefest.com

Duck Jazz Festival

October also brings the annual Duck Jazz Festival to Duck Town Park. The one-day event introduces attendees to a line-up of national jazz artists. Music starts at 11 am and runs through dusk. Admission to the festival is free. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, coolers, and pets.

Duck Jazz Festival

1240 Duck Road, Suite 106

Duck, NC 27949

252-255-1234

duckjazz.com