The Outer Banks Second Season

Easterns Surf Association Amateur surf competition at Jennette's Pier, September 20-26.

We’re in the last week of summer 2015 and it’s been a marvelous summer-great weather, lots of family coming to the Outer Banks to enjoy a week or two of vacation. But the end of the summer is not the end of reasons to come to visit the Outer Banks.

Here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates we’ve seen the fall become a new tradition, a time of special events and wonderful new reasons to spend a week or a long weekend.

There’s some great competitions coming up in September with the ESA Eastern Surfing Competition at Jennette’s Pier and Hatteras Wave Jam (Wind Surfing) in Hatteras Village the week of September 20th.

If there is one thing that seems to define the Outer Banks entertainment scene in the Fall, it’s great and amazing music festivals, starting with he 4th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo the last weekend in September. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be back for the fourth year, joining headliners Sam Bush and Pam Tillis.

Columbus Day Weekend has become a tradition for music lovers with the, 5th Annual Mustang Music Festival followed by the 8th annual Duck Jazz Festival. The Mustang Music Festival runs Friday and Saturday, leaving Sunday open for the Duck Jazz Festival.

The setting for Mustang Music is the Whalehead Club and it is a perfect venue for an outdoor concert. Back this year, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with their funky New Orleans sound.

The Duck Town Green,is a beautiful setting that loans itself perfectly to the intimacy of jazz. The Duck Jazz Festival has become one of the highlights of the fall music scene and with Maceo Parker headlining this year, it just keeps getting better and better.

An important part of the local fishing heritage, commercial fishermen have always been a part of the community and the Outer Banks Seafood Festival (October 17) at celebrates that heritage. Lots of music, cooking demonstrations and some really well-prepared offerings made from fresh (very fresh) seafood.

The Outer Banks Marathon has become a family tradition. A fun event with lots to do all weekend, the races includes a family fun run, 5K and 10K courses as well as a half marathon. The marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

Second Season Schedule of Events


30th Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition

Sept. 12-13

Nags Head

Outer Banks Triathlon

Sept. 12-13


OBX Pride Fest 2015

Sept. 18-20

Day at the Docks

Sept. 17-19

Hatteras Village

ESA Easterns Surfing Championship

Sept. 20-26

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Hatteras Wave Jam

Sept. 21-26

Hatteras Village

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 23-26


DCAC Artrageous

Sept. 26

Rec Park, Kill Devil Hills


First Friday

Oct. 2

Downtown Manteo

Manteo Rotary Inshore Slam

Oct. 2, 3

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

Island Farm’s Pumpkin Patch

October October 3-31 (Saturdays only)

Island Farm, Manteo

Psychopath: Haunted Trails

Oct. 2-31st (Fridays and Saturdays only)

Waterside Theatre, Manteo

5th Annual Red Drum Tournament

Oct. 3

Jennette’s Pier

23rd Annual Parade of Homes

October 8-11

Mustang Music Festival

October 9 – 10

Whalehead Club, Corolla

8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

October 11

Duck Town Park, Duck

Manx on the Banx

Oct 12-17

Jennette’s Pier

2nd Annual Century OBX Ride 4 Life

October 17

Meet at Tri Outer Banks Sports in Sea Gate North Shopping Center

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

October 17

Nags Head

Mipso-Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts

October 17

First Flight High School Auditorium, Kill Devil Hills

Wings over Water Wildlife Festival

Oct. 20-25

Various locations

40th Anniversary Dare County Arts Council Ruby Renaissance Gala

Oct. 24

Pirate's Cove Pavilion, Manteo

Harvest Hayday 2014

October 24

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo


March for Babies

November 1

Festival Park, Manteo

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

Nov. 4-7


Draped in Black

Nov. 6

Island Farm, Manteo

Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon

Nov. 6-8

Low and Lower-Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts

November 7

First Flight High School Auditorium

21st Running of the Advice 5K Turkey Trot

November 25

Town of Duck

3rd Annual Redfish Saturday Tournament

November 30th

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head


Grand Illuminations

Dec. 2

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo