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Outer Banks Events

Outer Banks Events

The Outer Banks has a variety of events going on throughout the year. No matter when you visit, something interesting will be happening. Listed below is a calendar of significant events taking place on the Outer Banks.

Guided Interpretive Programs
On-Going Event: 5/1/2018 - 5/31/2018
A range of free educational programs for all ages including Preschool Young Naturalists Fri. 10-11am, and a Pea Island Bird Walk Wed. 8-9:30am. See website for schedules.  Alligator River & Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges. 252-216-9424  www.fws.gov/alligatorriver
Salty Dawg's Lecture Series
On-Going Event: 5/1/2018 - 5/29/2018
Experts share their knowledge and experience on a variety of nautical topics. Tues. 2-3pm. Free.  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-0723  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
Acoustic Sunset Series
On-Going Event: 5/3/2018 - 5/31/2018
Gather on the north lawn of the Cotton Gin to listen to live music and sample some of Sanctuary Vineyards' best wines. Thur. 5:30-8:30pm. Free.   Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg. 252-491-2387  www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/events
Cornelio Campos May Exhibit
5/4/2018 - 5/30/2018
The works of Mexican-American artist Cornelio Campos are presented. Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm. Sat. 10am-4pm. Free.  Dare County Arts Council, Manteo.  252-473-5558  www.darearts.org
27th International Miniature Art Show
On-Going Event: 5/5/2018 - 6/2/2018
More than 500 original, tiny art pieces created by artists from 8 different countries. Ends June 2. Gallery hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm. Free.  Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head. 252-441-5418  www.seasideart.com
Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show
5/6/2018 - 5/30/2018
Annual exhibition honoring a celebrated local arts advocate, featuring a wide mix of artwork. Open to ages 18 and over, Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-4pm. Free.  Dare County Arts Council, Manteo.  252-473-5558  www.DareArts.org
Maritime Crafts for Kids
5/16/2018 - 5/30/2018
Children of all ages can make a maritime craft while learning fascinating facts about local history. Wed. 10:30am-12pm. Free.   Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-0723  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
The Lost Colony Performance
5/25/2018 - 5/31/2018
Presenting the tale of the famous lost colonists from 1587, this outdoor drama is the longest-running in the country. Showtime is 7:45pm. Mon.-Sat. With a reservation, add a backstage tour and/or character dinner. Admission $20-35, kids under 5 attend free.   Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 252-473-6000  www.thelostcolony.org
"Rock the Cape" Arts Week
5/28/2018
A community arts event combining talents of local and regional businesses, organizations and vendors. Book signings, artisan displays, student art shows, live music, delicious foods and more art expressions are presented throughout the week and beyond. On Mon. night, be sure to check out the exciting culinary and music event at the Inn on Pamlico Sound.   Various locations, Hatteras. 252-473-5558  www.darearts.org/rockthecape
Island Art Show
5/28/2018
More than 20 regional artists will present their unique creations, from textiles and jewelry to photography and woodwork. The lively event features music, raffle, demonstrations and food vendors, with a portion of proceeds benefitting local charities. Free entry, 10am-4pm.  Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, Rodanthe. 443-243-5870  www.spinfinitedesigns.com
Tuesday Craft Fair at the Magnolia Market Place
5/29/2018
10am-4pm, waterfront visitors can browse a wide mix of unique, handcrafted items presented by North Carolina crafters.   Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
Currituck Cornhole Tournament
5/30/2018
Wed. Teams compete in a double elimination tournament, for which winners and runners-up receive prizes from Currituck Travel & Tourism. Games are from 4-7pm. $20 per team.   Whalehead in Historic Corolla. 252-435-2947  www.visitcurrituck.com
Lighthouse 5K Series
5/30/2018
Summer morning walk/run through historic Corolla Village, presented by Brindley Beach Vacations. Race begins at 8am, and is walker, stroller and service dog friendly. Fees are $28-$38, and everyone receives a medal and t-shirt.   The Whalehead Club, Corolla. 252-489-8239  www.theobxrunningcompany.com
Whalehead Wednesdays
5/30/2018
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the park, sipping local wine and beer while listening to live music. Fun for the whole family. 3-7pm. Tickets $15.   Historic Corolla Park, Corolla. 252-453-9040  www.visitwhalehead.com
Molasses Creek Band in Concert
5/31/2018
Thur. For 25 years Molassess Creek has filled the island with their high-energy folk tunes. With 16 albums under their belts, this trio isn't slowing down yet! Join them in concert on Thur. 8-10pm.   Deepwater Theater, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokealive.org
19th Annual Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival
6/1/2018 - 6/3/2018
This three-day family event celebrates the area's rich culture through music, storytelling, and art, with some of the regions top performers. Food and craft vendors.   Various locations, Ocracoke. 252-921-0260  www.ocracokealive.org
Family Nature Programs
On-Going Event: 6/1/2018 - 6/30/2018
Wide variety of educational programs including hiking, fishing and other activities planned to educate the public about coastal animal and plant life and habitats. Call or view online calendar for dates.   Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, Corolla. 252-453-0221  www.ncwildlife.org
Family Summer Programs
On-Going Event: 6/1/2018 - 6/30/2018
Weekly rotating programs including front porch chats with local experts, book signings, music performances and a weekly reenactment drill. Call for times and schedule.   Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site, Rodanthe. 252-987-1552  www.chicamacomico.net
First Friday
6/1/2018
6-8pm. Hosted by the merchants of downtown Manteo. An evening of music, shopping and more.  Downtown Waterfront, Manteo. 252-473-2133  www.townofmanteo.com
Honors Students' Art Exhibit
On-Going Event: 6/1/2018 - 6/30/2018
"Highlighting the highest level of high school art," this show supports local student artists who have culminated their talents in preparation for this professional art show. Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm. Sat. 10am-4pm. Free.  Dare County Arts Council, Manteo.  252-473-5558  www.DareArts.org
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