8 Activities for Your Memorial Day Vacation on the Outer Banks!


The Outer Banks is full of beautiful neighborhoods that make up the community that brings you incredible events year after year. If you’re on the beach this Memorial Day Weekend looking for some fun in the sun or a break from the beach, check out the many activities happening up and down the coast. From the northern beaches of Corolla to Hatteras Island, there is endless fun for the whole family.

David McCullough reading and book signing for The Wright Brothers– What better time than Memorial Day to see this two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough read from his new book The Wright Brothers. First Flight High School will host the event starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. The book signing will follow his reading and a talk.

Jennette’s Pier Paddle Tours- The water is getting warmer and that means it’s a perfect time to check out the area on a stand up paddle board (SUP) with an instructor and guide! Reserve your spot online and meet the group on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. for an exploration of the animals and plants that call the Outer Banks their home.

Pea Island Bird Walk- More than 400 species of birds live and migrate through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge! Join an expert bird guide for a morning stroll through the refuge on Friday, May 22 starting at the visitor center at 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. You’re encouraged to bring binoculars, a camera and/or a scope for viewing. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Farmer’s Market- Looking for some fresh fruit and veggies for your weekend? The Manteo Market is open for business, selling everything from home grown produce to homemade baked goods. The market will be at the George Washington Creef Park on Saturday May 23, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.

4th Annual Outer Banks Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts- Rain or shine, these handy creatives will be at the Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Hills from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Artists, crafters, wood carvers and more will be featured indoors and outside in the shaded grasses surrounding the center. Admission is only a buck!

Run-a-Muck in Currituck Mud Run 5k and Spring Wine Festival- This is the second year this 5k obstacle course and wine festival will kick off. Join others on May 23 starting at 9 a.m. at the Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg for this fun-filled day! Runners get in free, non-runners get in for $10 admission to the wine festival which includes a souvenir glass and tastings of local wine and beer. Along with festivities, there will be music and food throughout the event!

Sunday Brunch at the Blue Point- Looking for a place to enjoy a quiet brunch prepared by some of the best chefs on the beach? The Blue Point in Duck offers brunch every Sunday, complete with the popular Blood Orange Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for $5. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be sure to make a reservation because seats go quick.

Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival- Come on and boogie down at this beach music festival. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and will happen rain or shine at the Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Because parking is limited, there will be a shuttle service beginning at 11 a.m. and running every 10 minutes to each location. Tickets start at $30 for general admission.

Don’t miss out on the endless possibilities to keep you entertained and kick off a perfect start to your 2015 summer!

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