A Perfect Weekend to Greet an Outer Banks Summer

Beach goers at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head.

It doesn’t get much better than this. Our Outer Banks beaches were filled, and no wonder. The weather this Memorial Day weekend has been as close to perfect as could be.

Memorial Day…well, Memorial Day weekend…is the unofficial start of summer. For those who are sticklers for detail, June 21 is the first day of summer, but in the world of the Outer Banks, this weekend is it.

The water was cool, the air was warm, the sun was bright and the sand was inviting. What else is needed to have a perfect beach day.

From Corolla clear down to Ocracoke, our beaches were filled with visitors, and quite a few locals, enjoying surf, sun and a wonderful summer’s day.

Before we forget, one of the Ocracoke beaches was named number two on Dr. Beach’s top ten list for this year.

Almost every Outer Banks beach has been on the list at some point in time. Corolla was number one a few years back, so it’s not allowed on the list anymore.

Although Memorial Day is a wonderful holiday and welcomes the summer season, here at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates, we don’t want to forget what its purpose is really all about. It is a day to thank our veterans and remember the many who have sacrificed themselves for our nation.

There will be a number of brief ceremonies tomorrow. We’re including a list for those who may wish to attend.

Memorial Day Ceremonies on the Outer Banks

Southern Shores

9:00 a.m.

Southern Shores Cemetery

Dogwood Trail

Kitty Hawk

10 a.m.

Austin Cemetery

Between Ridge Road and Tillet Street

Nags Head

11 a.m.

Nags Head Town Hall

5401 S. Croatan Highway (Mile Post 14).

Kill Devil Hills


Veterans Memorial across from First Flight High School

100 Veterans Drive


11 a.m. 

Veteran Memorial at the Dare County Arts Council

300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue

First Weekend in June Brings Summer Celebration to Outer Banks

The calendar may say late spring, but it sure felt like summer today on the Outer Banks. And just in time for the summer feel, the weekend event calendar is filled with lots to do.

Two big events are must see and must do. On Saturday the 43rd Annual Dare Day takes over the Manteo Waterfront. And on Sunday the first ever Food Truck Showdown is happening at the Nags Head Event Site on Roanoke Sound.

Dare Day in Manteo

Dare Day is Manteo’s welcome to summer festival, and it’s all about family and fun. It’s a bit of a combination street fair with live music all day and singing pirates. There is also a bit of the country fair atmosphere as well with the Blue Ribbon Food Competition that hands out prizes for the best pie, cake, bread, cookies and canned goods.

In addition to music and food there will be a pirate reenactment—kids will love that—and lots of ride for children.

Dare Day is an all day celebration that goes into the night with live outdoor music. Look for the classic 1960s group the Rhondels to make an appearance as the sun goes down.

First Annual Food Truck Showdown

Save some energy for Sunday for the First Annual Food Truck Showdown.

An afternoon event, there are going to be 12 food trucks on hand, so bring a hefty appetite and a curious palate.

We can’t be sure just what will be served because this is the first go around for the event but looking over the trucks, there should be some pretty tasty offerings with Mulligans, The Outer Banks Brewing Station and Sugar Creek Restaurant on hand. And for dessert, OBX Sunset Slush and OBX Frozen Yogurt will be there.

Local beer and wine will also be available.

And live music all day.

The event is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. and it’s free.

It would be hard to picture a better way to welcome summer to the Outer Banks.

There’s always something happening on the Outer Banks. Check out our great selection of homes at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. to see why the Outer Banks is a vacation paradise.