Week of April 26, 2021 - May 2, 2021

ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship

  • Friday, April 30th - Sunday, May 2nd
Nags Head

Head to the beach to catch an incredible live show that’s unlike any other on the Outer Banks with the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship. Known as a qualifier for the big USA Surfing’s Prime events and USA Surfing Championships that are held in California in June, this event attracts talented surfers from all across the region and well beyond to the heart of the Outer Banks for a truly spectacular competition.

Week of May 10, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Hang Gliding Spectacular

  • Thursday, May 13th - Sunday, May 16th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

The 49th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is landing on the Outer Banks, and visitors are welcome to take flight on a new adventure and join in the fun. Renowned as the longest running hang gliding competition in the world, the Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show is a multiple day event that combines a wealth of activities for professional hang gliders and spectators alike. The incredible air show is the cornerstone of the event, and visitors can head to the sky high dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park to check out the action. Throughout the day, an incredible display of colorful gliders will fly overhead, and lots of fun will be had at ground level as well thanks to a host of activities for competitors and everyday sightseers alike.

Week of May 24, 2021 - May 30, 2021

Week of May 31, 2021 - June 6, 2021

Outer Banks Annual Food Truck Showdown

  • Sunday, June 6th 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Nags Head

Hungry visitors will want to make sure they attend the Outer Banks Annual Food Truck Showdown – a fairly new event on the OBX that is already garnering plenty of attention and anticipation. Featuring a wide array of food trucks, area eateries, breweries, entertainment, and so much more, this filling festival is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with any visitors who have an appetite for fresh, local, and ultimately delicious Outer Banks fare.

Week of June 7, 2021 - June 13, 2021

Sunrise 5k & Little Crab Crawl

  • Wednesday, June 9th 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Nags Head

Start your Outer Banks vacation with a burst of energy and a little sunshine on the sand with this family-friendly racing event that highlights the best views on the beach. The Sunrise 5k & Little Crab Crawl takes place along the oceanfront shores of Nags Head, and is a great way for walkers, joggers and runners to enjoy a little friendly competition and comradery with fellow active visitors and locals while taking in a scenic OBX sunrise over the Atlantic.

Week of June 14, 2021 - June 20, 2021

Sunset 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin

  • Thursday, June 17th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Nags Head

Take advantage of an opportunity to enjoy two of the things coastal North Carolina is known for - fantastic beaches and barbecue – with this racing event that combines a wealth of OBX activities in a single and fun-filled evening. The Sunset 5k & Carolina Pig Pickin is held at the stunning Jennette’s Pier in the heart of Nags Head, and is a fun and lightly competitive race that cruises by the beaches and soundside regions where the sunset is at its natural best. Walkers, joggers, and runners are all welcome to attend, and to enjoy the scene while engaging on a fast-paced tour of the central Outer Banks.

Week of June 28, 2021 - July 4, 2021

Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular

  • Sunday, July 4th 9:25 PM - 10:00 PM
Nags Head

Head to the heart of Nags head for this special 4th of July fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean that will leave all beach-goers breathless. The Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular will be held on the evening of Independence Day, and is sure to be a show-stopping aspect of any Outer Banks vacation.

Week of July 5, 2021 - July 11, 2021

Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run

  • Monday, July 5th 8:30 AM
Nags Head

Put your running, jogging and even hiking abilities to the ultimate test via this race that may be short, but which features one of the highest climbs that the Outer Banks has to offer. The Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run features one of the most unique courses on the coastline, and includes a unique challenge of climbing the dunes that are located within the Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Week of August 2, 2021 - August 8, 2021

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

  • Thursday, August 5th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Celebrate summer with Kitty Hawk Kites and support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition at the annual OBX Watermelon Festival. This beloved local celebration that’s held at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head features a wealth of activities for visitors of all ages, and is the perfect way to toast the peak of the summer season on the Outer Banks.

Week of August 9, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

  • Wednesday, August 11th - Thursday, August 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Get ready for a pirate invasion on the Outer Banks, courtesy of the two-day Outer Banks Pirate Festival. This festival that will be held next to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the central Outer Banks town of Nags Head promises plenty of swashbuckling good times and activities, and will be a memorable event for young and old salty visitors alike.

Week of August 23, 2021 - August 29, 2021

OBX Wedding Fest

  • Sunday, August 29th 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Nags Head

Couples who are dreaming of a wedding on the Outer Banks will want to make the OBX Wedding Fest their first stop. This full-day wedding fair that’s hosted by the Outer Banks Wedding Association provides access to a wealth of wedding professionals to make planning a destination OBX event a breeze.

Week of September 6, 2021 - September 12, 2021

OBX Pridefest

  • Friday, September 10th - Sunday, September 12th
Nags Head

Head to the cool and relaxed Outer Banks in late September to join in the fun of one of the region’s most distinctive and popular area festivals. Pridefest is a three-day gay pride festival that is full of activities, food, music, and ample beach time, and which is open to all LGBTQ folks and their supporters and friends.

Outer Banks Kite Festival

  • Saturday, September 11th - Sunday, September 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Enjoy a thrilling scene along the towering sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park as giant kites and stunt kite pilots wow the crowd at the engaging and family-friendly Outer Banks Kite Festival. Hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites, this festival features both live demonstrations and interactive activities to ensure that everyone can have a ball enjoying the high flying lifestyle on the Outer Banks.

Week of September 13, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament

  • Saturday, September 18th - Sunday, September 19th
Nags Head

Get a taste of the exceptional fall fishing on the Outer Banks from a new and on-the-water perspective at this September event that will appeal to experienced anglers and kayaking newcomers alike. The annual Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament shines a spotlight on the sport of kayak fishing through a host of great prizes, exceptional fishing conditions, and plenty of fun enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and cool weather of autumn in the Outer Banks.

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 19th - Saturday, September 25th
Nags Head

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the best surfers on the East Coast go head to head at this “grand finale” event that is renowned as one of the best surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard.

Week of September 20, 2021 - September 26, 2021

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

  • Sunday, September 19th - Saturday, September 25th
Nags Head

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the best surfers on the East Coast go head to head at this “grand finale” event that is renowned as one of the best surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard.

Week of October 11, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

  • Saturday, October 16th
Nags Head

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of the fall season, with plenty of fresh seafood, storytelling, and activities to keep everyone fully entertained. This all-day event takes place at the waterfront Event Site in Nags Head, and is a family-friendly outing that will make anyone fall in love with this staple of the Outer Banks’ culinary cuisine.

Week of November 22, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 26th - Saturday, November 27th
Nags Head

Get a head start on the holiday season with this post-Thanksgiving event that offers a world of fun for visitors of all ages. Held at the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head, this two-day event features amazing shopping, activities, demos and displays, and - of course - a visit by old St. Nick himself to allow kids to get a jump start on their Christmas lists.

 

Kites With Lights

  • Saturday, November 27th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nags Head

Ignite your holiday spirit with this special annual event that combines the natural beauty of the Outer Banks with twinkling Christmas lights for an unforgettable display and seasonal experience. The Kites With Lights event is hosted by the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store that’s just across the street from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the beautiful landscape of twinkling kites with the iconic massive sand dunes of the park in the background will be a sight that spectators won’t soon forget.