What’s everyone doing this week? That depends on who you ask. There’s so much going on around the Outer Banks that everyone can do their own thing. It all depends on your specific tastes and inclinations. With that in mind here are a few things I suggest, arranged by blatant stereotype. If you don’t fall into one of these categories, don't worry — you’ll find much more to do on OuterBanksThisWeek.com.
Photo: Whalehead in Historic Corolla hosts a kid-friendly event on Thursday.
The World Traveler
A taste of Latin America comes to Ocracoke this weekend at Fiesta Latina Celebration. This event was created by the vibrant Hispanic community of Ocracoke, and it’s a fundraiser for the bigger Festival Latino de Ocracoke that’s coming up on November 11. Try delicious, authentic food and enjoy music and dancing at the Ocracoke Community Center on Saturday night, August 26, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $5.
Photo: Ocracoke Alive
If love is in the air, you can fantasize about or actually plan an Outer Banks wedding at OBX Wedding Fest on Sunday, August 27. Vendors will be on hand at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion in Manteo, and there will also be live music, drinks and tastings. This is a smaller event than the huge wedding expo in January, so you’ll be able to have more intimate conversations with vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and cost is $10, which includes a swag bag.
The Culture Vulture
Bryan Cultural Series' Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series is offering four free concerts on the Outer Banks. One has already happened but you can catch the other shows on Wednesday, August 23, at Duck Amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m.; at Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton on Thursday, August 24, at 7 p.m.; and at Dare County Arts Council Gallery on Friday, August 25, at 7 p.m. Photo: Bryan Cultural Series, Facebook
You could easily spend your whole week restaurant and bar hopping in search of the ultimate meal. The only problem is narrowing down the choices. To get started, peruse our Great Plates listings, which give you an idea of each restaurant’s specialties. If all that eating is making your wallet a little thin, our Dining Promotions and Coupons pages will help you save a few bucks.
Remember, I'm stereotyping this week. But I know that OBX vacationing families are not anywhere near as bumbling as Clark & Ellen. Families should take the littles to the Scarborough Faire Days, held every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck. They’ve got free kid activities galore in addition to things the grownups will enjoy like food, music, books and wine. Whalehead in Corolla holds Kids Day in the Park on Thursdays. With games, bounce houses and a special tour of the house, all for $5, it’s a fun day out in the soundside park.
The Fitness Freak
The Town of Duck hosts free fitness classes on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. and free yoga classes on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. Classes are on the lawn in Duck Town Park. The Town of Nags Head also hosts a free yoga class on Fridays at 9 a.m. on the lawn in Dowdy Park. Bring your own mat or towel and water.
Love to shop? A great place to find numerous local artists in one location is Brew & Arts at Outer Banks Brewing Station. It's held on Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m., and you’ll find a lot of local art plus beer, food and music (and a playground for the kids).
Party people can find all number of excuses to stay up late. Just look at all these options from Corolla to Ocracoke.
Two exciting late-night shows are happening on the same night (isn’t that always the case?) on Saturday, August 26. You’ll have to choose between ASG with Formula at NY Pizza Pub in Nags Head and The Pietasters at Outer Banks Brewing Station in KDH. Tough call.
Photo: The Pietasters, Facebook
Weather-wise, it looks like it’s going to blow northeast for the next seven to 10 days. That means the ocean will be warmer and the air a little cooler. With stronger winds frothing up the ocean this weekend, you might need to find some alternative activities to the beach.