Archive for Featured Things to Do in the Outer Banks

18th Annual “Inshore Slam” Fishing Tournament

October 16-17, 2015 at the Manteo Waterfront


Participants compete for largest fish in four categories: stripers, flounder, puppy drum and speckle trout … plus there’s a single “Grand Slam” award for the individual who weighs in fish from at least three of the four categories, with the highest total weight.


Held on the first weekend in October with the expectation of more fish and warmer weather, the tournament commences on the Manteo waterfront, with docking available at the Maritime Museum, where registration will occur 4-7pm Friday October 16. A welcome social will include food, beverages and entertainment.


As a family event, promoters make it a special point to “take a kid fishing”. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in adult, women’s and youth divisions. A silent auction includes great prizes and gifts available for all tastes and budgets. Saturday night awards banquet will be fun for all with live music and a pig pickin’ by Chef Paul Mann & Crew.


This Manteo Rotary community fundraising event has provided over $260,000 in scholarships to deserving young people in Dare County. Bring the whole family out for great fun and support a great cause!


Details about this and more online at the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.




Outer Banks Seafood Festival 2015

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm ...

Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating the area’s seafood heritage and community. The festival offers opportunities to meet watermen and see the tools of their trade, including boats, crab pots and pound nets. You’ll find cooking demonstrations, educational booths and, best of all, the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants.

This year's special guests will include captains from the Nat Geo TV show, Wicked Tuna Outer Banks!

Join us at The Soundside event site located near milepost 16 in Nags Head. Admission is $3.00 for adults.

See more details online at the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.



9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

The 9th Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC returns on Columbus Day weekend in 2015. On Sunday, October 11, 2015, enjoy the free, non-ticketed, day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages.


Gates open at 10:00 a.m. with live music starting at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy jazz-related events leading up to the main event with activities like a jazz-themed movie on the Green, live music and special activities taking place at local Duck businesses.


More details on the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.



Mustang Music Festival Fall 2015 Jam

October 9 @ 1:00 am - October 10 @ 10:00 pm

Join us for two full days of great music featuring:


Keller Williams & More Than A Little, Rusted Root, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Nth Power, Ryan Montbleau Band, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Mike Dillon Band, Fruition, American Babies, The Fritz, Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot, Dead 27s, Ballroom Thieves, Violent Mae, Birddog, Sean Olds & The Church Of The Eternal, Big Bone Daddy, Lunar Test Drive plus artists at large: Mike Dillon, Farnell Newton, Josh Daniel, Mark Schimick and Greg Howell.


Presented by Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, proceeds benefit Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program.


See details about this and more events on the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.


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Outer Banks ‘Taste of the Beach’ SPECIAL!

March 19, 20, & 21, 2015
15% Discount Off Standard Rates
At Nags Head Inn Oceanfront
Use Promo Code TOB15


Kelly’s Running of the Leprechauns 10K SPECIAL!

March 13, 14 & 15, 2015
15% Discount Off Standard Rates
At Nags Head Inn Oceanfront
Use Promo Code ST.PAT


Flying Pirate 1/2 Marathon SPECIAL!

April 17,18 & 19, 2015
10% Discount Off Standard Rates
+ Late Check-Out Sunday for Race Participants
At Nags Head Inn Oceanfront
Use Promo Code OBXRUN


Bodie Island Named USA Weekend “10Best: Scenic lighthouses around the USA”

For its "Scenic lighthouses around the USA," 10Best offers a "look at some of the lighthouses throughout the country that you can climb and take a peek at their original Fresnel lenses, made in Paris." Among the notable lighthouses, 10Best says, "Like its popular neighbor, the Cape Hatteras Light Station, the Bodie Island Light Station (pronounced "body") in North Carolina's Outer Banks sports black and white stripes. A recent restoration reopened the light station to the public in 2013, and visitors can now climb its 214 steps to the top for stunning views and a look at its original 1872 Fresnel lens, with 377 glass prisms, weighing in at 9,000 pounds and valued at $2 million." [Please note the Bodie Island Lighthouse Tours run the third Friday in April through Columbus Day in October. The Bodie Island Visitors Center is open year-round.]

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Duck Jazz Fest Week Special Concert at Scarborough Faire


Please Don't Miss This …

Mojo Collins & Triple Vision Band
Playing LIVE at Scarborough Faire,
This Friday October 10, 2-6pm

If We're Lucky, Special Guest &
Town of Duck Jazz Fest Headliner,
Renee Marie, Will Join the Crowd
for a Song or Two in the Courtyard!

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USA Today’s “10Best” Visits the Alluring Outer Banks!

In a 10Best featured article for USA Today, "10Best Visits the Alluring Outer Banks." The article notes, "When it comes to beaching it, everybody is different. Some sun worshippers long for action, a busy Boardwalk and plenty of after-dark activity. Then, there's the Outer Banks. This series of North Carolina barrier islands attracts a mellower crowd. A strip of laid back beach towns connected by bridges, the Outer Banks, or OBX for short, is home to about 60,000 residents year-round. That number nears 500,000 during the summer and fall, vacationers drawn by powdery sand, stellar fishing and a shallow coastline dotted with historic wrecks. Most stay in the McMansions that line the beaches; six, seven and eight-bedroom homes that can easily host a multi-gen family getaway, a girlfriend's weekend or a sporty man-cation."

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