There comes a time on the Outer Banks where the days are still warm but the fall breezes are refreshingly cool. The roads and towns are beginning to quiet town, and if you talk to many locals – they will say it is their favorite time of year. There is much to do around town from fall fishing, to watching beautiful October sunsets, music/food festivals and more. Read below to see what our top ten favorite things to do this fall are!
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Island Farm Pumpkin Patch
Nothing says Fall like a pumpkin patch! Head over to Roanoke Island’s Island Farm to take a ride on ox drawn wagons to get your pumpkin picking on. Make your own corn husk doll, candles, play with 19th century toys and games, stuff a scarecrow, and interact with farm animals. Open every Saturday in October.
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The coastal shores of the Outer Banks offer some of the best beach findings due to it’s proximity of the Gulf Stream and other shifting currents. The best time for a walk to find beach treasures is just after high tide has receded, leaving an abundance of alluring shells.
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Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
The 2017 Bluegrass Festival is held at Roanoke Island Festival Park, October 4-7th. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the porch picking sounds while overlooking the Roanoke Sound. Tickets are currently on sale for this 4 day event.
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Jockey’s Ridge Sunsets
Hike up the largest sand dune on the East coast to marvel in the wonders of Fall sunsets on the Albemarle Sound. Pack a picnic, plan a hang-gliding lesson, hike to the sound – there are numerous activities to plan while visiting Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
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Duck Jazz Festival
Every Columbus Day weekend, the Town of Duck brings jazz music to the ears of the town. Take a stroll down the Waterfront Shops while enjoying the faint melodies of jazz throughout the town. The Duck Jazz Festival is a non-ticketed free event, fun for everyone! Sponsored by Sanderling Resort
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Ocracoke Day Trip
Drive down the coast of the Outer Banks and check the ferry schedule to hop right over to Ocracoke Island. Explore the four square miles of the island from the Ocracoke Lighthouse, Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, and more. Ocracoke Island is considered a gem of the Outer Banks, rich in history throughout it’s town.
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Outer Banks Seafood Festival
Every year, the folks on the Outer Banks put on the Seafood Festival at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head to provide a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring, and celebrating our coastal seafood heritage and community. There will be live music, food, and drinks galore so come on out and celebrate the community!
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Ghost Tours of the Outer Banks
Make your way over to Manteo to be spooked by the Ghost Tours of the Outer Banks. Experience the legends and tails of the mysterious Outer Banks, learning of the ghost ships, pirates, and seas. Find out what the locals know…but don’t want you to know.
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The third annual OBX Brewtag will be taking place on Saturday, October 28th at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. The event is a celebration to flight and beer as teams will get creative by constructing a way to launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel. You even may see some friendly faces as our maintenance team will be participating!
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Get ready to be spooked at Wanchese Woods. The best haunted attraction on the Outer Banks. Open every weekend in October. A fright you don’t want to miss out on. There is a special Friday in the month of October this year – make a special trip on this night for an extra special scare.