December Events on Hatteras Island

The holidays are upon us and there’s plenty of cheer to go around, so grab your friends and family and head out to a few festive events on Hatteras Island!

Saturday, December 8
• Free admission. Climbers must be at least 42 inches tall and must be able to climb on their own. There are 257 steps to the top, which is the equivalent of a 12-story building.

ART SHOW, Hatteras Village Civic Center.
• Tackle that shopping list by supporting local artists.

• Enjoy an afternoon of exhibits, live music, activities for children, and refreshments.

• Parade starts at 2pm at Teach’s Lair Marina and will continue up Hwy 12 to the Hatterasman Drive-in. After the parade, join everyone at the Hatteras firehouse for cookies, hot cocoa, and an announcement of the winning floats!

• Enjoy great food and live music all for a good cause! Join the 6th grade class following the parade in support of their efforts for a awesome end-of-the-school-year trip…

For more holiday events on the Outer Banks, check out our calendar


U. S. Coast Guard to perform Historic Breeches Buoy Reenactment

This Thursday, October 25 at 2pm, the USCG will perform the Historic Breeches Buoy Reenactment in a special post-season beach apparatus drill. The demonstration will be held at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and Museum in Rodanthe and will begin promptly at 2pm. Please allow plenty of time to park, get tickets, and get to the program start area. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors (62+) or youth (6-17).

For more information, call 252-987-1552.


National Wildlife Refuge Week kicks off on Oct. 13th

Take a few hours out of your busy fall schedule to explore Alligator River and Pea Island refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20th!

Get the celebration started with a tram tour at Alligator River from 9am until noon on Saturday, October 13th. Explore the refuge and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all of the wildlife that call this territory home, while enjoying a beautiful fall morning on the OBX.
You may register ahead of time by calling Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 to make your reservation. Tickets are $7 for adults, while children 12 and under may register free with one or more paying adults. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge, on a first come/first serve basis the morning of the tour.

Later that evening, join a refuge guide to learn about the endangered red wolf while participating in a special Red Wolf Howling to celebrate Wolf Awareness Week. Starting at 6pm, the guides will introduce and speak about the Red Wolf Recovery Program in place at Alligator River refuge and then your group will venture into the heart of the refuge in an attempt to hear the resident red wolves. No reservation is required. Meet at Creef Cut Trail located on Milltail Road and US Hwy 64 west of Manns Harbor.

On the mornings of October 17-19th, from 8am to 9:30am, take part in a guided bird walk at Pea Island refuge to experience a variety of resident and migratory birds. Meet at the Pea Island Visitor Center near milepost 32 on Hwy 12.

Be sure to take advantage of these opportunities to connect with the wildlife of the OBX!


BIKE (to) THE LIGHT(house)

Dust off those vintage clothes from your attic, grease up those squeaky bike chains, and head to Buxton this Saturday, October 13th for the 4th Annual Bike the Light!

Register at Cape Hatteras Secondary School starting at 9am, adorned in the wackiest costume imaginable! Registration is $5 and includes a goodie bag. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed child, teen, and adult, as well as the best dressed team!

Photo: Bryan Elkus

The fun-filled, scenic, five mile trek to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will begin at 10am. Upon returning to the school, refreshments will await you and the prize ceremony will begin!

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of HI to raise money for children’s charities and programs on Hatteras Island.


Columbus Day weekend at it's BEST

If you’re lucky enough to be able to take advantage of a beautiful, extended October weekend on the OBX, you will not be disappointed by the abundance of events taking place!

Check out our top picks…

Friday, Oct. 5
*Cape Hatteras Secondary School homecoming game, Buxton, 7pm.

*20th Annual OBX Parade of Homes, Corolla to the Nags Head/Manteo causeway, Friday – Sunday.

*1st Annual OBX Bluegrass Festival, One Festival Park, Manteo, Friday-Sunday.

Saturday, Oct. 6
*Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run (5k), Avon, 10am.
• Come “pinked out” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

*Indian Town Gallery Arts & Crafts Show, Frisco, 10am – 5pm.
• Come hungry and ready to shop! Ribs and NC BBQ will be served and Lou Castro and his jazz band will perform between 2 and 4pm!

Sunday, Oct. 7
*Climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, starting at 9am.
• The lighthouse closes for the 2012 season after climbs on Mon., Oct. 8.

*6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival, Duck Town Green, 11am.

Monday, Oct. 8
*United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration on the beach in front of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, Rodanthe, 11am.


United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration

On Monday, October 8th at 11am, you are invited to become a spectator at a dramatic, awe-inspiring U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration, right here on Hatteras Island. This impressive demonstration will be performed on the Chicamacomico beach in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5, by U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Come watch as these remarkable men and women carry out this exciting demonstration using a 47 ft. motor lifeboat, accompanied by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
Tickets are $5 and include a self-guided tour of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum.



October is the perfect month to enjoy a plethora of events and activities on the OBX! Check out our list and be sure to mark your calendars! It’s going to be a busy month!

October 4th-7th
20th Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes
• Featuring 21 coastal homes from Corolla to the Nags Head/Manteo causeway. Tickets are $10 for the 4-day tour. Visit their website for details.
October 5th-7th
1st Annual Bluegrass Festival, One Festival Park Manteo.
• Check out the website for a full schedule of events.
October 6th
9th Annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run, Avon, 10am.
• Walk or run the 5k adorned in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Click here to register.
Indian Town Arts & Crafts Show, Frisco, 10am-5pm.
October 6th-27th
Island Farm Pumpkin Patch, Manteo.
• Open every Saturday in October from 10am-4pm…Ox-drawn hayrides are available as well, from 10:30-12:30 or 1:30-3:30.
October 7th
6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival, Duck Town Green, 11am.
• Visit www.townofduck.com for details.
October 13th
4th Annual Bike the Light
• Meet at Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton for a full-filled, scenic ride to and from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse! Help the Kiwanis Club raise money for children’s charities and programs on Hatteras Island.
October 13th & 27th
Red Wolf Howlings, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, 6pm.
• Check out their website for details.
October 20th
Outer Banks Seafood Festival, Windmill Point site, Nags Head, 11am-6pm.
• Fun for the entire family! 20 local restaurants will be serving their signature dishes featuring locally caught fish and seafood. Enjoy a day of live music, local artisans, educational exhibits, cooking demos, and a chance to indulge in tasty OBX cuisine! Check this event out on the web
Capital City Four Wheelers 27th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament
• Visit their website for tournament registration and details.
October 24th & 25th
Trick or Treat Under the Sea, Roanoke Island Aquarium, Manteo, 6-8:30pm.
• Tickets are $8/person or $6 for members. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets go on sale on October 1. Call 252-473-3494 to purchase tickets.
October 26-28th
1st Annual OBX Horror Film Festival & Zombie Beach Walk
• Visit their Facebook page for details on how to participate!October 27th
NC Annual Big Sweep, 9am-noon.
• Interested in keeping our watersheds litter-free? Click here to find out how you can help!
October 27th and 28th
Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree
• Free, 2-day pirate fest on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands! Visit www.piratejamboree.com for a schedule of events.


Outer Banks Parade of Homes

Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend on the Outer Banks during the 20th Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes, October 4th-7th!

Homeowners Prem and Amit Gupta, owners of Saga Construction and homeowners of two Surf or Sound Realty homes, #683 Rising Sun and #684 Moonshine will showcase four of their homes in this year’s Outer Banks Parade of Homes! Saga Construction will have real estate professionals on site to answer your questions, from building a home to furnishing it!

Brought to you by the Outer Banks Home Builders Association, this year’s Parade of Homes features 21 amazing homes from Corolla to the Nags Head/Manteo causeway. Tour the homes from 10am to 6pm, Thursday through Saturday and from 10am-3pm on Sunday. Your $10 ticket can be purchased at any of the homes or at select ticket outlets and is valid for all four days of the event. For more information, visit the Outer Banks Home Builders Association website or give them a call at (252) 449-8232.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tour

This Saturday, September 29th, full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be available! This is your chance to climb the 257-step staircase while park rangers provide interesting stories and tales of the lighthouse keeper’s duties. You will also be able to view the light up close and hear about how it operated in the past and how it works today. Weather permitting, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the beam of light reaching out to sea and the reflection of the moon over the Atlantic. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience!

The National Park Service will be offering two tours that evening. There will be one at 7pm and another at 8pm. Each tour is limited to 30 people and tickets must be purchased in person, starting Thursday, September 17th at the lighthouse ticket booth between the hours of 8:15 and 4:40pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children (11 and under), as well as seniors (62 and older). Be sure to get your tickets early!

Just a few guidelines for the climb to the top…
1. Be sure to bring a handheld flashlight. There are no lights inside the lighthouse.
2. All participants are required to be 42 inches tall and must be able to climb the steps on their own.
3. Children 11 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult (16 years of age or older).
4. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group.
5. Keep in mind that the lighthouse can be challenge to climb…It’s tall, dark, and often hot and humid.

Mark your calendar!!!