There are always year-round events happening on the Outer Banks. Back in the day, the main Outer Banks events ended right after Labor Day. But now, year-round Outer Banks things to do include programs and events to entertain you, broaden your mind, invigorate your body and sweeten your soul. Outer Banks events center around sea and sound waters, vast open skies, giant sand dunes, woods and nature preserves filled with wildlife and the many attractions that were built on or because of this environment — lighthouses, life-saving stations, historic gardens, aquariums. Local restaurants add to Outer Banks events by offering Sunday brunches, outdoor lunches and gourmet munches. Other Outer Banks things to do focus on history and heritage that are certain to wrap up you and your group in a little pocket of coastal culture.
Depending on how much time you want to set aside, you can find events that last an hour or all day. If you’re feeling sporty, you can check out sailing tournaments, volleyball games and fun-runs that are certain to get your adrenaline pumping. Artisans can improve their craft at jewelry-making, pottery and painting classes. The beach also hosts a variety of festivals, celebrating art, music, kites, local shops and more. And speaking of music, while a majority of Outer Banks concerts occur at night, a good deal also perform during the daylight hours in case you have other plans for the evening. Take advantage of the Outer Banks’s famous winds and waves by signing up for surfing, windsailing, parasailing and hang-gliding classes. For those who are keen to expand their knowledge of the coast, a handful of lectures and programs are offered weekly at local museums, including the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and North Carolina Aquarium.
Many Outer Banks things to do are family-friendly, with several geared just for children, so everyone’s guaranteed fun no matter which activity is chosen.