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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
Painting Canvas-Backed Decoys
5/18/2018 - 5/25/2018
Fri. 12-4pm. Watch local expert Sam Green demonstrate how he paints the canvas on traditional duck decoys.   Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 252-986-2995  www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com
Spring Nature on the Boardwalk
5/23/2018
Ages 9 and up can take in the thriving local wildlife and plants, guided by an NC Aquarium educator. 9-10:30am. Reservations required.  Soundside Boardwalk, Duck. 252-255-1286  www.townofduck.com
Shore Break 5k & Fun Run
5/25/2018
Run, walk or jog to benefit the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. The race travels 3.1 miles through picturesque Kinnakeet Shores. 8am.  Koru Beach Club, Avon.   www.hatterasyouth.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
Ocracoke Firemen's Ball
5/26/2018
Three bands rock the roof while guests dance into the night at this pig-pickin' benefit for Ocracoke's local fire department. Includes silent and live auctions. 7-11pm.  Ocracoke Community Center, Ocracoke. 252-928-6711  www.ocracokevillage.com
Memorial Day Beach Blast
5/27/2018
A festive day of live beach music and family fun in the park. Beer and food vendors will be on site. Free admission, 12-5pm.  Historic Corolla Park, Corolla. 252-435-2947  www.visitcurrituck.com
"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
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