If you didn't vacation on the Outer Banks this summer the good news is the second half of the season is the perfect time to visit. The crowds are gone. The traffic has slowed down and the hot days of summer are slowly turning into warm days and cool nights. The second season is one reason why I love living on the Outer Banks. There are so many things to do on the Outer Banks in the fall. Here are just a few coming up in September and October......
September 13-16 is Day at the Docks in Hatteras Island. A free festival that features fun things to do for children and adults. Activities include crab races, cooking demonstrations, survival-suit races, a mullet toss, fish-print T-shirts, a chowder cook-off, music and dance. http://dayatthedocks.org
September 16-22 is the Eastern Surfing Championships. Dozens of high quality amateur competitors, men and women of all ages, will be riding the waves at Jennette's Pier at milepost 16 on N.C. in Nags Head. http://www.surfesa.org
October 4-7 is slated for the Outer Banks Parade of Homes. Sponsored by the Outer Banks Home Builders Association, the self guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 http://www.obhomebuilders.org
September 22, Saturday - Currituck Food & Wine Festival. Visit this Sanctuary Vineyard in Jarvisburg from noon to 6p.m. Sample tables will be set up throughout the 5 acre site. Live music by Jesse Chong Band. Food will be available. Tickets are $25 in advance at the gate for adult tastings. Free for non-drinking adults and children 252-491-2387 http://sanctuaryvineyards.com
September 21-Friday. Standup comedian Mark Matusof armed with a mandolin tells stories about his family, traveling and popular culture. The Comedy Club at Ramada Plaza, milepost 9 on the beach road. Tickets $26 http://comedyclubobx.com
September 22-23 Outer Banks Triathlon. Register by September 17th for this olympic and sprint event. It takes place on Roanoke Island. Fees range from $80 to $260. http://www.obxmarathon.com
October 5-7 Bluegrass Festival. It's going to be a wide range of sounds with 22 traditional and modern string bands including Grammy Award-winning Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the Billbilly Gypsies, Whiskey Rebellion and Sleepy Mountain Banjo Boys. Friday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct 6. Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. $25-Friday, $35 Saturday or $50 for both days. http://www.bluegrassisland.com
October 7 Duck Jazz Festival. 11 a.m. to dusk with gates opening at 10 a.m. It's free, with a wide range of intertainment from the 30s, 40s and 50s and Paula Atherton (smooth-jazz saxophonist). http://www.duckjazz.com
Other main attractions can be found at Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Historic Site, Coastal NC National Wildlife Refues Gateway Visitor Center on Roanoke Island, Corolla Wild Horse Museum, Fort Raliegh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, Frisco Native American Museum, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, Jockey's Ridge State Park, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Ocracoke Preservation Society, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corola, Outer Banks History Center, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Whalehead Club in Corolla, Wright Brothers National Museum and Lighthouses from Bodie Island to Ocracoke.
Let's not forget the Outer Banks nightlife and restaurants. Good meals and baragains can be found up and down the beach. End the evening with some listening music or a DJ playing your favorite livasions.
More information on the Outer Banks can be found on-line at http://www.coastobx.com.
And, don't forget to call me when you get here. I'd be happy to help you find your place to call home on the Outer Banks.
Suzanne Baer, REALTOR, Broker
Outer Banks Realty Solutions, LLC