LIVE Music This Summer In The OBX

The Outer Banks is a Small Town with Big Charm

Trees in the shape of a guitar in fron of a setting sun.

Hitting the Roads In Search of Live Music In The OBX

Dream, explore, and discover culture & tourism while listening to LIVE music in the Outer Banks all Summer long!

When the weather warms up, the OBX live music scene comes out of hibernation. From small acoustic events at your local brewery or club to unique festivals and bigger events and concerts featuring nationally touring groups, there is something for everyone’s musical preferences.

Bars, Pubs, and Piers

a microphone in a mic stand.

There are so many late-night activities on the Outer Banks that it’s difficult to decide what to do! 

Are you up for some fun dancing or bar hopping? 

For thumping sounds and dancing, enjoy the Outer Banks nightlife when staying in Kill Devil Hills.  The Backyard Venue at the Outer Banks Brewing Station has music throughout the week and the vibe is different every time. Alternatively, you can keep things low-key by listening to acoustic performers sing in some eclectic small bars all around the OBX. Bands with local and even national acclaim can be found touring around eateries, pubs, and other outside venues so keep checking in for some of your favorites during this beach season.

Throughout the summer, keep an eye out all along the Outer Banks for live music events that bring in the big-name country and bluegrass performers, as well as local musicians who perform regularly at some of the most unique hidden gems. For the more daring, karaoke evenings on the Outer Banks are a great way to sing your unique anthem.  It’s difficult to spend an entire night at one spot on the Outer Banks because there are so many possibilities.

You can find live music around the piers throughout the week. Visit Capt. Andy’s Oceanfront Tiki Bar and Grill at the Nags Head Pier for a night full of live music and entertainment! Another great spot for music a few nights a week is FISH HEADS on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier. (Some foodie travelers might just find out how to eat like a local as well!)

Public Fishing Piers In The Outer Banks Featuring Live Music

  • Kitty Hawk Pier
  • Avalon Fishing Pier
  • Outer Banks Fishing Pier
  • Nags Head Fishing Pier
  • Jennette’s Pier

OBX Festivals & Events

A man and woman enjoying music at an outdoor concert.

Outdoor junkies plan to attend one of the area’s popular, family-friendly festivals on your next visit to take your Outer Banks vacation to another level. With so many festivities and special events taking place throughout the year, there’s a high chance you’ll be able to attend one of the festivals that make the Outer Banks so enjoyable. 

Here are a few of the best in the area:

Under the Oaks Arts Festival

June 22nd & 23rd, 2021 | Historic Corolla Park

The Under the Oaks Arts Festival, held on the grounds of the Whalehead in Historic Corolla, features a brilliant assortment of vibrant artworks and crafts. Visitors may expect to find paintings and prints, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodworks, and much more at this popular event, which brings together a mix of creative artists. This is a fantastic opportunity to pick up some one-of-a-kind local treasures.

Molasses Creek will perform live music at the Festival on Wednesday, June 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m.

Corolla Cork & Craft (fka Whalehead Wednesday)

June 16 – September 8th. Every Wednesday | Whalehead Historic Corolla

Every Wednesday, join the Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism for local wine & beer tastings and handpicked craft vendors in Historic Corolla Park’s magnificent and serene environment. With your $15 General Admission ticket, you’ll get a souvenir wine glass, a complimentary tour of Historic Whalehead, and tastings of Sanctuary Vineyards’ featured local wines and beer from the Weeping Radish Brewery, North Carolina’s oldest microbrewery…all while listening to live music.

If you want to buy a ticket, please bring a photo ID with you.

The Duck Jazz Festival 

October 9-10, 2021 | Duck Town Park

On Columbus Day weekend, the Town of Duck invites jazz to Duck Town Park. This event is open to the public and is not ticketed. Food and drinks can be purchased from local establishments, and chairs can be rented. Food, coolers, chairs, blankets, and well-behaved dogs are also welcome. The event does not allow beach umbrellas or tents. Rain or shine, the Duck Jazz Festival takes place. 

Each year, we hope that visitors would prolong their stay on the Outer Banks to take advantage of jazz-themed events and promotions at Duck businesses and everywhere else on the OBX. *** (not technically summer but still a fun event)

As you can see from just a few examples above there are music festival events ranging from rock to jazz and bluegrass all summer long. 

Concerts In The Outer Banks This Summer

A pov shot from a concert crowd.

Are you a culture chaser looking for a favorite artist that you have seen in the OBX before on this trip? Check out some of these concerts going on this summer. The Outer Banks has so much to offer, and the events calendar is always filled! This summer, join in the fun!

Joint Operation

July 2, 2021 | Secret Island Tavern, Kill Devil Hills NC

The Baltimore, Maryland-based rock band Joint Operation is a force to be reckoned with. This energetic five-piece has created a name for itself on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Joint Operation boasts a lineup that includes some of the genre’s top names. Hello, and welcome to the rock ‘n’ roll circus!

Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, special guest Hirie

July 19, 2021 | Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo NC

Lead singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez, bassist Eric Wilson, and drummer Carlos Verdugo founded Sublime With Rome in 2010. The band is presently on tour in support of their critically acclaimed 2019 album BLESSINGS, with hits WICKED HEART and LIGHT ON gaining traction on alternative radio.


August 5, 2021 | Klub Kora, Avon NC

The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience was founded in 1995 with the goal of providing the most authentic and enthralling Led Zeppelin experience since the original. It’s much more than just an homage for Zoso. It’s about reliving a musical epoch. In terms of energy, tight-wound talent, and honesty, Zoso epitomizes Page, Plant, Bonham, and Jones.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

August 18, 2021 | Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo NC

Michael Franti is a world-renowned musician, humanitarian, activist, and award-winning filmmaker known for his high-octane live performances, inspirational music, commitment to health and wellbeing, global philanthropic initiatives, and belief in the power of optimism. Franti has three Billboard No. 1 singles in his multi-decade career.

Carbon Leaf 

August 20 & 21, 2021 | Koru Village & Spa, Avon NC

Since the band’s early touring days, Carbon Leaf has played some legendary spots down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including beach gigs dating back to 1997. They haven’t played down here in a few years, and the band is beyond thrilled to be back! They are going to make a weekend of it, and they would love for you to join them. This concert is a great fit for weekend travelers and memory makers planning for memories to last a lifetime!

Go Have Some Fun & Book Your OBX Stay Now!

Some Outer Banks events are family-friendly, while others are exclusively open to people over the age of 21, so double-check the details before deciding on an evening activity. Every season also gives its unique take on Outer Banks nightlife. Take a look at the options above and decide what you want to do. Some bucket listers could be tempted to do everything!

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Duck Jazz Festival Coming October 12 & 13

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Duck jazz Festival. 

Yes it’s free, so there’s no need to buy tickets, but if there is one Outer Banks music festival to check out the Duck Jazz Festival

Held Columbus Day Weekend every year, the man events are on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. and filling up the afternoon until the headliner Leroy Jones Quintet takes the stage at 5:00 p.m.

The setting? It doesn’t get any better than the Duck Jazz Festival.

The town of Duck’s park is as beautiful a village green as there could be. There are stages in the park, making it possible for performance to always be happening.

The Main Stage, on the beautiful village green, could not be more perfect, with the grassy hill for seating that holds the sound in and keeps the audience close enough to the performers that it feels almost intimate.

Under the shade of towering pines, the Duck Amphitheater is a full stage with seating that is ideal for interaction with the audience.

Looking over the music that will be on stage, it’s pretty impressive, bu the Leroy Jones Quintet promises something truly special. Jones has been championing the traditional music of New Orleans for years—he grew up there—and his impeccable trumpet style frames the music perfectly.

Saturday night check out some of the Duck night spots. The musicians are in town, and a lot of them are looking for a place to jam.

Next weekend, October 12 and 13. Don’t miss it.

Fall is an amazing time to visit the Outer Banks. Stay with us at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates for a few days a discover how wonderful life is by the sea.

Duck Jazz Festival Schedule of Events

 Saturday, October 12

4:00 p.m. Andrew Sanchez & His Hip Six Community Concert on the Green Sunday, 

October 13 

11:00 a.m. Sidecar Social Club Main Stage 

12:00 p.m. Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Amphitheater Stage 

1:00 p.m. Caroline Davis Main Stage 

2:00 p.m. First Flight High School Honors Jazz Band Amphitheater Stage 

2:45 p.m. Benny Green Trio Main Stage 

4:00 p.m. Andrew Sanchez interactive Amphitheater Stage 

5:00 p.m. Leroy Jones Quintet Main Stage

Mustang Rock & Roast Festival Next OBX Music Festival

Big Something will bring their unique fusion sound to the Mustang Rock & Roast stage on Saturday evening.
Big Something will bring their unique fusion sound to the Mustang Rock & Roast stage on Saturday evening.

And the music and festivals just keep on coming

We just wrapped up two great Outer Banks music festivals this week—the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival that ran Wednesday through Saturday and the Duck Jazz Festival that was on Saturday and Sunday.

These were fantastic shows with some great headliners. Steel Drivers were amazing, wrapping up the Bluegrass Festival and the Russell Malone Quartet headlining at Duck was the perfect way to wrap up the week.

Next up is Mustang Rock & Roast in Corolla—combining the best of two worlds next Saturday and Sunday.

It’s a Mike Dianna/Bearded Face Production. For anyone who has had a chance to go to one of the Mustang Music Festivals there is the sure knowledge that there will always be music happening.

Mike’s Festivals use two stages so when one band finishes up the next one is ready to go.

It’s a full day of music both days with two great headliners capping a mere of great local and regional bands.

On Saturday Big Something wraps the day up with their great fusion sound. They’re a little bit funk, a bit of hiphop, some jazz thrown in with a touch of the blues. In other words their not easily classified, but they sound great.

Sunday the show goes out with sounds of Pink Talking Fish—a tribute band like no other. And here’s the kicker…the music they’re playing comes from Talking Heads, Pink  Floyd and Phish. An eclectic and somewhat varied sound, but they pull it off.

What makes the Mustang Rock & Roast different though, is the Saturday oyster roast and the Sunday barbecue showdown. What could be better?

There is something to do on the Outer Banks every weekend it seems. Check out Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates for the best accommodation selection and locations on the Outer Banks.

Duck Jazz Fest Highlights Great Weekend of Music

Davina and the Vagabonds headlined an outstanding day of music at the Duck Jazz Festival.
Davina and the Vagabonds headlined an outstanding day of music at the Duck Jazz Festival.

One thing is for sure—between the Duck Jazz Festival and the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, the Outer Banks sure knows how to throw a music party.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival Highlights

We’ve had a chance to talk about the Blue Grass Festival, and it did not disappoint. Three acts in particular really stood out for us, although music is a lot like beauty—it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Love Canon, with their bluegrass arrangements of classic 1980s hits are worth a special trip to see. An informal survey pointed to their version of Sledge Hammer as being as good as the original if not better…really.

Flatt Lonesome is a young group—no one is even pushing 30. They’re talented, great vocals, and they take some chances, coming out with a different sound that is rooted in bluegrass with a distinct country flair.

Our favorite, though, had to be Billy Strings. The songs start as bluegrass but they wander off into other genres in short order. There’s rock, jazz chords and jazz riffs that are as good as anything out there. Amazing.

And for the traditional bluegrass fans—Rhonda Vincent truly is the Queen of Bluegrass. The consummate professional with an outstanding band, the Rage.

Duck Jazz Festival and Davina and the Vagabonds

The Duck Jazz Festival though is every bit as good as the Bluegrass Festival.

The Jazz Festival has become a two day affair, beginning on Saturday, but luckily Sunday is the main day so no one has to make painful choices.

The Robert Jospe Express—a trio of very talented musicians traced the development of jazz from the basic blues music to the African and Latin American beats that have helped to define it. He ended his show with at least 30 members of the audience on stage, clapping out rhythms.

Davina and the Vagabonds gets our Blue Ribbon Prize for the weekend as the best performance we saw. Great music, great vocals, wonderfully talented band, and Davina keeps up a conversation with the audience that is at once informative and funny.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival Looks Better Than Ever

Things are looking great for the 2017 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival this year from October 4-7. After Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc with fall entertainment plans last year, there’s a certain karmic balance to having great weather on tap for this year.

The show runs Wednesday through Saturday with a special Tuesday performance at Bluegrass Island in Manteo.

Held at Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Festival has become one of the premier bluegrass festivals around. There is so much talent in the groups that it’s hard to tell just who is the headliner.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage has been at every show since promoter Cory Hemilright began back in 2012. She and her band are some of the finest musicians around, and anytime she takes the stage, there’s energy, professionalism and a good time. Look for her Friday night at 9:30.

The act just before her, Flatt Lonesome, is a great band of younger musicians. Talented and energetic, they put on a great show.

This is an all day affair. Music starts at noon and except for a daily dinner break goes straight through until the last act takes the stage at 9:30.

A true festival, lots of food at the site from local Outer Banks restaurants and Cory tells us there are more art and craft vendors than ever this year.

Hard to list everyone who will be on hand, but the last act of the show, may be worth hanging around to see. The Isaacs are a Grammy nominated gospel group whose vocals are amazing.

The Bluegrass Festival is one part of an amazing week of music with the Duck Jazz Festival finishing out the week on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 4

The Sowell Family Pickers

CommonWealth Bluegrass

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne


Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver 

Thursday, October 5

Charlie Oakley & Blazin’ Grass  

Carolina Blue

Irene Kelley 

Steve Dilling & Sideline


The Gibson Brothers

Friday, October 6

Heidi & Ryan

Code Blue

Nothin’ Fancy

Love Canon

Flatt Lonesome

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Saturday, October 7

The Grascals

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Billy Strings & Co.

The Sowell Family Pickers

Jimmy Fortune

The Isaacs

OBX Matthew News-This Weekend and Beyond

Hurricane Matthew should be long gone by next weekend when the Outer Banks Seafood Festival takes center stage.
Hurricane Matthew should be long gone by next weekend when the Outer Banks Seafood Festival takes center stage.

Even though it looks as though Hurricane Matthew is going to pass well to the south of the Outer Banks as it heads out to sea, we’re still feeling some of the effects of the storm. Nothing at all like Florida is experiencing—and Georgia and South Carolina after that, and we really hope coastal residents in those areas are staying safe and out of the way of the wind and surging seas.

One of the characteristics of tropical systems is they pump a lot of moisture into the atmosphere. That moisture is coming down locally in the form of rain and a lot of it…6-8” on Saturday into Sunday.

That rain—and it’s going to be windy too—means two of the best music festivals around had to be canceled. The Mustang Music Festival and the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival will not be happening this year.

A piece of good news: The 24th Annual Parade of Homes is going forward, and talking to some of the builders today, it looks as though the turn out was pretty good.

The ocean is certainly stirred up right now, and there has been some overwash; the Beach Road around the Black Pelican is closed and NCDOT crews are working to hold the ocean back, piling sand on the dune line as quickly as they can.

If this weekend seems too wet, think about visiting us next Saturday for the Outer Banks Seafood Festival. The early read is the weather looks great.

For some great information about local effects of Hurricane Matthew, check out the National Weather Service briefing:

OBX October Events Fill the Month


October is suddenly upon us and there is so much to do that we can’t even list it all. We’ve gone through the Event Calendars for the month and featured what we think are some of the best Outer Banks events, but check around, we may have missed some.

There is so much to do this October that it’s difficult to make any recommendations, but a few highlights do stand out.

Columbus Day Weekend may be the musical highlight of the Outer Banks year—there’s the Mustang Music Festival, the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival and Shana Tucker will be at First Flight High School courtesy of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts.

One of the best seafood festivals around has got to be the Outer Banks Seafood Festival October 15 at the Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head.

Speaking of seafood festivals, a new one just showed up this year. Oystoberfest at Southern Shores Crossing looks to be a blast. Organized by Dan Lewis and the folks at Coastal Provisions, it should be a lot like their annual Chowder Cookoff—which means a lot of fun and some great oysters.


Island Farm’s Pumpkin Patch

Island Farm, Roanoke Island

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Includes an ox-drawn wagon ride to the farm’s pumpkin patch. Activities include make your own corn husk doll, candle making, children’s 19th-century toys and games, stuff a scarecrow, scarecrow photo booth for taking photos, and interacting with the farms animals.

Jim Mulford Memorial Red Drum Tournament

Jennette’s Pier

October 1

Open to all ages, costs $15 adults; $8 children 12 and under. Door prizes, giveaways and awards for winners. Register online today or sign-up the morning of the event.

Nags Head Elementary School’s Great Pumpkin Fair And Fun Run

Nags Head Elementary School

October 1

Hundreds of pumpkins and fall decorating items including mums, gourds and corn stalks. Games and activities for kids. Stay for lunch with food from Mulligan’s and Tubb’s Hot Dogs plus treats from Island Snowball and a bake sale.

Outer Banks Parade Of Homes

Nags Head to Corolla

October 6- 9

From dream homes to vacations getaways, the finest Outer Banks builders.

2nd Annual “Inshore Slam” Fishing Tournament

Manteo Waterfront

October 7-8

Tournament will be held on the Manteo waterfront, with docking available, at the Maritime Museum.

Mustang Music Festival

Whalehead Club, Corolla

October 7-8

One of the finest music festivals around. Proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Shana Tucker

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

October 8

Relish the stunning sounds of this award-winning singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots, interwoven with 80s and 90s pop music movie tracks and world music. Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts.

Live Jam At The Blue Point

Town of Duck

October 8

Enjoy live jazz along the sound, and catch festival musicians participating in an informal jam at the Blue Point.

Oink N’ Oyster Roast

Longboards Restaurant, Kitty Hawk

October 8

Fresh oysters, homemade BBQ, crabs. There’s beer, tea (sweet and not), and water. All included in your ticket! Music from the First Flight High School Band!  Tickets may be purchased from any First Flight Rotary Club member or First Flight High School Band member or online. $25

Saturday Evening Community Concert On The Green With Frank Vignola

Town of Duck

October 8

Join us for a new event on the Duck Town Green, on Saturday evening as we kick-off the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival.


10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Town of Duck

October 9

Free live music from azz performers at day-long festival. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, food, coolers, blankets, and pets.

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Outer Banks Event Site, Nags Head

October 15

Festival offers opportunities to meet watermen and see the tools of their trade. Cooking demonstrations, educational booths and, best of all, the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants.

31st Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition

Sounside Event Site, Nags Head

October 22-23

A regional event that showcases world-class stunt kiting skills. OBSKC will be sharing the stage with the OBX Brewtag in 2016.

Dare County Arts Council’s Emerald Elegance Gala

Pirate’s Cove Pavilion, Manteo

October 22

The Emerald Elegance Gala will feature exquisite cuisine by Black Pelican Catering, spectacular décor designed by Holiday House, cocktails, a silent auction full of art and exclusive packages from local businesses and a wine lottery that will entice wine connoisseurs of all tastes. Sponsored by the DCAC.


Outer Banks Brewtäg

The Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

October 22

Brewtäg contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest.

Harvest HayDay

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo

October 29

Event combines all the colors, flavors and fun of fall. Whether it is the hayride or hale bale maze, we have families that look forward to this event all year.

Oystoberfest 2016

Southern Shores Shopping Center, Southern Shores

October 29

Local and regional oyster farmers will be on hand shucking raw oysters for your eating pleasure, along with about a half dozen Outer Banks restaurants offering their individual oyster dish samples. Buy tickets online only. Event also to benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

The Beer Witch Project

The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills

October 29

Zombies, witches, ghouls and maybe even a naughty vampire nurse serving your drinks.  Live DJ and admission to a legendary backyard party following the event included.

3rd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern, Nags Head

October 30

Trick or treat stations, surprise guest appearances, celebrity photo ops, live entertainment & much more. An unbelievable collection of prizes for the best costumes.

A Memorable Autumn OBX Weekend

Outer Banks Weekend Features Something for Everyone

Learning to dance at Artrageous 2016.
Learning to dance at Artrageous 2016.

This past weekend on the Outer Banks was a perfect example of why autumn is the time to come to the Outer Banks.

Saturday was filled with lots of events, all of them family friendly. Our Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. minions tried to get to everything, but we’re sure we missed something along the way.


Kids and creativity is what Artrageous is all about.
Kids and creativity is what Artrageous is all about.

If there is a better event for kids anywhere than the Dare County Arts Council’s Artrageous it would be hard to imagine.

The event is all about kids and creativity. Held every year at Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills, kids can try their hand at blacksmithing, get their face painted or create a mural on the side of a building.

Families, definitely put this on in your autumn calendars for next year.


Beautiful setting and perfect weather made Crabdaddy 2016 one to remember.
Beautiful setting and perfect autumn weather made Crabdaddy 2016 one to remember.

Perfect setting, perfect weather, lots of crab and good wine. Throw in some great music and it just doesn’t get much better.

Held at the Cotton Gin the last Saturday of September every year, Crabdaddy is part celebration of the autumn grape harvest and a wonderful celebration of the bounty of local waters—in this case blue crab.

Sanctuary Vineyards is owned by the Wright Family, the same family that owns the Cotton Gin so the setting makes sense.

The wines have shown steady improvement over the years and they are very good now.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Soggy Mountain Boys headlined Saturday night at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival.
Soggy Mountain Boys headlined Saturday night at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival.

The outdoor stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park is spectacular the bands were among the best in Bluegrass. By the time things wrapped up on Saturday evening there was no doubt that the 2016 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival was something special.

It helped that the Soggy Mountain Boys were the final act. Putting a very traditional spin on what bluegrass is all about, some of their sounds would have fit right in 75 or 80 years ago.

Next big weekend is Columbus Day–Mustang Music Festival on Friday and Saturday and the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday.

Fall Is Music Fest Time on the OBX

Steep Canyon Rangers, headlining Thursday night at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival.
Steep Canyon Rangers, headlining Thursday night at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival.

Fall is music festival time on the Outer Banks and there is some great entertainment lined up beginning this week with the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

Here’s a quick snapshot of what to expect.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

September 21-24

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Thursday and Friday.
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Thursday and Friday.

Some of the biggest names in Bluegrass will be coming to the Outer Banks this week. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will take the stage twice; look for them on Thursday afternoon and Friday evening.

Steep Canyon Rangers will also be performing on Thursday, taking the stage at 7:45. In a music style dominated by great musicians, Steep Canyon really stands out with tight arrangements and innovative sounds.

Also look for Gene Watson on Friday and the Soggy Bottom Boys on Saturday to closeout the Festival.

Hatterasity-A Bluegrass Block Party

October 8-11

Hatterasity is a Hatteras Village bluegrass happening, there’s some great local talent—but local talent in this case is Ocracoke’s Molasses Creek with a national reputation. There’s also a great jam session to kick things off on Tuesday evening—bring your instrument and sit in.

Mustang Music Festival

October 9-10

Lettuce-funk band. One of the headliners at the Mustang Music Festival.
Lettuce-funk band. One of the headliners at the Mustang Music Festival.

Promoter Mike Dianna has created one of the best music festivals around. His move two years ago to the Whalehead Club brought the festival to the perfect setting for Mike’s vision of music at all times.

The two day festival features two stages, so that when one band is playing the other is getting ready to go. No breaks between performance…one stops the next one starts.

The music is always worth the price of admission—Mike consistently manages to bring groups to the Outer Banks that are right on the cusp of going to the next level and it shows.

This is a very family friendly event with proceeds going to two great causes—the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Music Program that works with kids to learn how to perform music.

Duck Jazz Festival

October 11

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, headline the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival.
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, headline the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival.

The 2016 version of the festival is the 10th Annual and the lineup this year is amazing.
Headliners Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo may be the finest jazz guitarists around—certainly the people they have loved with over the years would seem to indicate that.

Their styles are smooth and expressive—a classic jazz sound.

The setting is perfect. There may not be any place better to sit outside, sip some wine and take in a free outdoor jazz concert than the Duck Town Green.