The autumn season is absolutely the best time of year to visit the Outer Banks of NC. The weather, by far, is most delightful with warm days and cooler nights and low humidity. Ocean temperatures are still warm for swimming, surfing, kayaking and other water sports on both the ocean and the sound side of the island.
One of the best things about the fall season are the multitude of events and activities that are held. Not only do locals emerge from the non-stop work schedules required in the summer season but many vacationers have discovered the jewel of the Outer Banks this time of year. Rates are lower, crowds have thinned with children back to school. More couples without children visit this time of the year; the Outer Banks has a more sophisticated vibe.
Investors and second home purchasers should visit the Outer Banks in the fall to visit a great selection of homes for sale. With crowds and traffic thinner than the summer season, it is far easier to visit many homes in a few towns than it is during the summer season. Closing in the fall will allow you to plan and complete any improvements to the property prior to the opening of next year’s rental season. Discover 5 Reasons It Is Better to Buy in The Off Season.
Restaurants and attractions are uncrowded making it an great time to visit. There is an unhurried and slower pace conducive for making a purchase decision. Experiencing the OBX in alternative seasons is prerequisite for understanding how the island changes from one season to the next. Getting out and partaking in the scheduled events provides a whole new level to the OBX experience.
Here are some of the most popular events scheduled for this fall 2017 in the Outer Banks:
September 30, 2017
Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival – 1409 National Park Dr. Manteo, NC 27954
Sound Stage Theatre: General Admission $50 ($25 designated driver) 1pm entry 5pm close– 21 years and older
The oldest cultivated grapevine in America is located in Roanoke Island. What better way to celebrate this distinction in the same location as the first English Colony than on the site of The Lost Colony. Discover some of the best dishes from area award winning chefs paired with wine from all over the world. Breathtaking coastal views of the Roanoke Sound. Live music on the water front and craft beer garden for local breweries samples.
October 3 – 7 2017
Bluegrass Island Festival – Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo Tue Oct 3 to Oct 7th
Enjoy 4 full days of Bluegrass music with some of the best well known musicians in the industry. There is also a free kick off event at the Bluegrass Island Trading Company (107 Budleigh St, Manteo) on Tuesday, October 3rd at 2pm featuring Sons of the South, Cuttin’ Grass and the US Navy Band. Bring your own chair and enjoy the free entertainment.
Festival officially begins October 4th at 12pm and continues non-stop until 9:30pm. Each day is packed, back to back, from 12 pm to 9:30 pm with bluegrass music you won’t want to miss. A single day ticket is $45 and a 4 day pass is $155.
October 7 (4-6pm) & 8 (open 10am music starts at 11) 2017
Duck Jazz Festival – Duck Town Park
Live Jazz music at this free Festival that locals and visitors look forward to every year. Enjoy a full day of music on October 8th and bring your own food, coolers, chairs, blankets and pets to enjoy one of the best regional events in the area. No beach umbrellas or tents allowed. Food, drink and rental chairs also available on site. Event is held rain or shine with 2 stages packed with entertainment.
Additional related activities held throughout the town over the weekend.
October 21, 2017
Outer Banks Seafood Festival – MP 16.5 on route 158. 6800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 10:30 am to 6pm. No parking on site.
This annual festival honors the areas seafood heritage with local seafood and the men and women that bring these items to the table season after season. Best of all, fresh local seafood presented by over a dozen local restaurants.
Meet watermen and see their tools in action with boats, tackle, crab pots and pound nets. Educational booths, food & drink, live music and crafts provide entertainment and something for everyone. $5 admission; Food and Beverage $1 each
October 28, 2017
Outer Banks Brewtag – MP 16.5 on route 158. 6800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 12 to 6pm.
This unique family friendly event is a celebration of flight and beer with flying kegs, a beer garden with 20 local and regional beers, a kid zone that has a mechanical shark, face painting, climbing wall, and arts and crafts. The event site has live music and local food vendors for a day of fun for everyone. Admission is free, beer tasting requires $20 beer card – good for 4 full cups or 12 tastings.
Visit the Outer Banks for one or more of the above festival or events to see how wonderful autumn is on the OBX. Schedule an appointment to visit area real estate to establish your own 2nd home, investment property or retirement home in our little slice of paradise.