Top 10 events on the Outer Banks this month – The Virginian-Pilot

The World Surfing League returns to the Outer Banks after a two-year pandemic hiatus for a five-day race at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Men and women go head-to-head at the WSL’s East Coast Qualifying Series, in Virginia Beach the last week of August, then here on Labor Day weekend. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. FREE ENTRANCE. Vendors present. 7223 S.Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head.

Visit; 252-255-1501.

Painter Joseph Caroppoli will exhibit his work at the Vault Gallery in the Dare Arts Council building in Manteo. The collection of portraits of women from different cultures is “effectively expressing the female ability to maintain grace and ease despite the complexity of their role in society.” Caroppoli will attend an opening reception on September 2 from 6-8 p.m., which coincides with the monthly First Friday festival. FREE ENTRANCE. Gallery Hours Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo.

Visit; 252-473-5558.

Annual exhibition featuring artists from the Outer Banks, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. About two dozen artists will have works on display and for sale in a variety of mediums: painting, jewelry, woodworking, glass, fiber and textile work, metalwork. Show is working with two local charities – this year Beach Food Pantry and NEST (sea turtle care and rescue). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. FREE ENTRANCE. 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk.

Visit; 804-334-6989.

The annual festival brings together massive kites and stunt kite pilots at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. 50 to 100 foot kites, synchronized kite displays, plus free lessons from stunt and motorized kite pilots. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. FREE ENTRANCE. 300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head.

Visit; 252-449-2210.

McCubbins will show and discuss his work at Kitty Hawk Unitarian Universalist Church. She creates colorful paintings, drawings and photographs and mounts them in recycled frames. She will have paintings on wood, photos of Peru and close-ups of the ocean. 11:45 a.m. Free entry. 831 Herbert Perry Road, Kitty Hawk.

Visit; 252-261-2801.

Two-day family festival that celebrates the community and heritage of Hatteras Village. Activities throughout the village include a National Weather Service hurricane awareness talk, a catered seafood dinner, a fun 5K village run, fishing and skills competitions for young and old , hot dishes, shows, artists, vendors and artisans. Some events require tickets and registration fees, others are free. See website for details and locations.


The eleventh annual event celebrates all things surfing with four days of films and receptions, centered primarily at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The festival kicks off with a free life screening of local surfer and businessman Jesse Hines at Outer Surf in Nags Head. Other films include the life of surfing godfather Duke Kahanamoku, Eastern Surfing Association co-founder Cecil Lear and Portuguese big wave surfer Joana Andrade. Some sessions free, others paid. See website for details and locations.

Visit; 910-343-5995.

A family event kicks off the fall season at Sanctuary Vineyards on the Currituck mainland. Multi-vendor barbecue party, local wine, live music, games. Tickets $30. Noon-5 p.m. 7005 Caratoke Hwy, Jarvisburg.

Visit; 252-491-2387.

The Miami-based trio land at the Outer Banks brew station on their East-Summer-Fall tour. As their website describes it, they “embrace everything from AM radio rock and poolside pop to nimble raps and salsa…with no shortage of funk and hooks.” They’ve played Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and their records and singles have racked up millions of streams on Spotify. Tickets $20. 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. 600 S. Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills.

Visit; 252-449-2739.

A non-profit performing arts organization whose scope is based on Latin cultural dance will perform at First Flight High School. Guest instructors will be at elementary schools in Dare County for several days, working with hundreds of children in a Spanish language immersion program, teaching Latin American history and culture. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets $15 general public, free for students and their parents. First Flight HS, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills.

Visit; 252-564-7927.

Early heads-up for the festival in downtown Manteo on the first Friday night of every month. Art, music, artisans, vendors, exhibits everywhere. Live music in several places, TBA. 6-8pm, but many shops and vendors open later. FREE ENTRANCE. Downtown Manteo.

Visit; 252-473-5558.

Gerald R. Schneider