Outer Banks Holiday Markets and Pop Ups

By Molly Harrison | Wednesday, November 11, 2020

With all the downtime of the pandemic, some people were home being productive and getting things done (others, not so much, but who am I to judge?). Can you imagine all the cool stuff that the artists, makers and crafters of the world have been creating since March?

Now we get to see. It’s holiday shopping season on the Outer Banks, and the local artists and artisans are bringing all of their fun goods out to make it easy for us to buy holiday gifts. Markets are popping up in abundance on the Outer Banks in November and December. Here are a few of them, and we’ll keep updating this list as we learn about more.

Before we get to the list, indulge me for a minute while I hop up on my soapbox. Local artists and retailers are depending on us – now in the holiday shopping season and always. Please shop locally, whether at markets like these or in the local shops and boutiques. It feels good to support your neighbors, who in turn support the community and return most of their revenue right back into the local economy. Don’t line the pockets of Jeff Bezos: Do the right thing and support your fellow locals.

Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28

Downtown Manteo Shopping Spree

Kick off the holiday season with shopping, dining and a chance to win a two-night stay in Manteo, plus a $500 shopping spree! Get entered to win by shopping and dining at participating businesses between this Friday, November 27 and December 11. Santa will be strolling around town on Friday, November 27, Saturday, November 28, Saturday, December 5 and Friday, December 11. A minimum purchase of $20 required to earn a prize entry. Participating businesses include Avenue Grille, Bloom, Blue Coral Studios, Bluegrass Island, Charlotte’s, Dare County Arts Council, Downtown Books, Gourmet Olive, Hungry Pelican, Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe, Lucky Dog Antiques, Manteo Furniture, Mermaid’s Purse, Nest, OBX on the Fly, Ortega'z, Poor Richards, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Sleeping In, That Art Place/The Stock Aide, Sisters, Vineyards on the Scuppernong and White Doe Inn. Find more info here.

ShopOBX Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday Markets

Muse Originals (which runs the Outer Banks’ only art bus) and Stoned Art OBX are hosting this event with more than 14 vendors, makers and artisans. There will also be food trucks (Outer Banks Brewing Station, OBX Froyo), holiday music, live music and photo ops with Santa. Held over two days (Friday and Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the market is in Colington Harbour marina parking lot. Tell the guard at the gate that you're going to the art show. Find information here and here.

Black Friday Market in Avon

Held at the Koru Beach Klub on Friday, November 27, the market will feature local artists, produce, food, wine-tastings, coffee and much more. Stop by at Avon Pier between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Find info here.

Outer Banks Entrepreneurs Holiday Pop Up Shop

Outer Banks Entrepreneurs is moving its annual holiday show to the Outlets at Nags Head on Saturday, November 28. They’re taking over a huge empty storefront (old Banana Republic) to have plenty of space for social distancing. Artists, crafters and direct salespersons will be selling handmade and ready-made gifts from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Door prizes will be given away every 30 minutes, and holiday music will be played throughout the day by DJ Cowboy. Find info here.

Light House Art Show Buxton

Dozens of artists and crafters will gather at Buxton Family Life Center across the Street from Cape Hatteras School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28. Fresh produce, art and more will be on hand. PS: The Hatteras Island Art and Craft Guild is not hosting its annual show at the school this year, so this will be the place to find local artists. Find info here

Small Business Saturday Holiday Bazaar

The businesses at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck will host a holiday bazaar with special popups on Small Business Saturday, November 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find info here.

A Wanchese Christmas

On Saturday, November 28 starting at 9 a.m., Wanchese will kick off the holidays with a parade and a winter craft show with more than vendors. The show will be held at 295 Old Schoolhouse Road. Find more info here.

Shop Downtown Manteo Merchants from November 27 to December 11 for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree and a two-night stay in Manteo!

Saturday December 5 & Sunday, December 6

Secotan Holiday Market

Secotan Market in Wanchese is holding special holiday markets on Saturdays December 5 and 19. They'll have food and produce as usual, but they'll be hosting more artisans so you can pick up all your holiday gifts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find info here.

Wacky Winterland Market

Come to the backyard at Jack Brown's Burger Joint for a Winterland Artisans Village with 12 or so makers and artists at the Muse Originals art bus. Jack Brown’s is transforming the backyard into a wacky winter atmosphere and will be offering music, mulled wine, hot cocoa and coffee. Photos with Santa will be offered each day from 3 to 6 p.m. Show hours are 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the first three weekends in December. These events will benefit Outer Banks Hotline, Surfing for Autism and the Outer Banks SPCA. Find information here.

Dowdy Park will have holiday markets on December 10 and December 19.

Thursday, December 10

Dowdy Park Holiday Farmers Market

From 3 to 7 p.m., stop by Dowdy Park to pick up fruits, vegetables, ferments and baked goods and to browse among all the gift-giving possibilities of local artists and crafters. The kids can run around on the playground while you shop. Dowdy Park is in Nags Head. Another market will be held on December 19. Find info here.

Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13

Misfits and Rejects Holiday Market

Join several local vendors selling jewelry, candles, photography, health and beauty products, visual art, home décor and much more on Saturday, December 12. They’ll all be in the backyard at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills where you can buy food and drinks as well. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find info here.

Wacky Winterland Market

Come to the backyard at Jack Brown's Burger Joint for a Winterland Artisans Village with 12 or so makers and artists at the Muse Originals art bus. Jack Brown’s is transforming the backyard into a wacky winter atmosphere and will be offering music, mulled wine, hot cocoa and coffee. Photos with Santa will be offered each day from 3 to 6 p.m. Show hours are 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the first three weekends in December. These events will benefit Outer Banks Hotline, Surfing for Autism and the Outer Banks SPCA. Find information here.

Friday, December, 18, Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20

Dowdy Park Holiday Farmers Market

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday December 19, stop by Dowdy Park to pick up fruits, vegetables, ferments and baked goods and to browse among all the gift-giving possibilities of local artists and crafters. The kids can run around on the playground while you shop. Dowdy Park is in Nags Head. Find info here.

Secotan Holiday Market

Secotan Market in Wanchese is holding a special holiday market on Saturday, December 19. They'll have food and produce as usual, but they'll be hosting more artisans so you can pick up all your holiday gifts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find info here.

Light House Art Show Buxton

Dozens of artists and crafters will gather at Buxton Family Life Center across the Street from Cape Hatteras School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19. Fresh produce, art and more will be on hand. PS: The Hatteras Island Art and Craft Guild is not hosting its annual show at the school this year, so this will be the place to find local artists. Find info here

The Muse Originals' roving art gallery bus will pop up in several places this holiday season.

Wacky Winterland Market

Come to the backyard at Jack Brown's Burger Joint for a Winterland Artisans Village with 12 or so makers and artists at the Muse Originals art bus. Jack Brown’s is transforming the backyard into a wacky winter atmosphere and will be offering music, mulled wine, hot cocoa and coffee. Photos with Santa will be offered each day from 3 to 6 p.m. Show hours are 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. These events will benefit Outer Banks Hotline, Surfing for Autism and the Outer Banks SPCA. Find information here.

Of course, at all of these events you'll be asked to social distance and wear a mask. Keep track of other local events on our Daytime and Nightlife pages. If you know of other holiday shopping events, let me know by emailing me at molly@oneboat.com. I'll add them to the list!

 

About the Author Molly Harrison
Molly Harrison is managing editor at OneBoat, publisher of OuterBanksThisWeek.com. She moved to Nags Head in 1994 and since then has made her living writing articles and creating publications about the people, places and culture of the Outer Banks. When not working she practices and teaches yoga and spends as much time as possible outside and in or on the water with her husband and two children.