Not only is autumn a lovely season here in our neck of North Carolina, it also boasts some of the year’s best festivals. You could easily spend every weekend here at White Doe Inn (we wish you would!) and enjoy an event that celebrates food, music, art, wine, film, and much more. So grab your calendar and check out these upcoming favorites.
OBX Arts & Crafts Festival. Wander through three rooms featuring the works of 25 Outer Banks artists, including paintings, photography, jewelry, glasswork, textiles, collage, and more.
Wednesday-Thursday, September 5-6
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
353 North Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Admission and parking is free
Surfalorus Film Festival. If you love water, surfing, and film, this is the fest for you. The three-day event showcases 2018’s top surfing films and ocean documentaries in outdoor sunset screenings.
Thursday – Saturday, September 20-22, 2018
Thursday: Jennette’s Pier, 223 South Virginia Dale Trail, Nags Head, NC
Friday: Dare County Arts Council, 00 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC
Saturday: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Highway, kill Devil Hills, NC
The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival. Held on Roanoke island, home to America’s oldest colony and its oldest cultivated grapevine, this fest is a celebration of world-class wine and local cuisine from some of the region’s favorite chefs and eateries.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60 (members, $55); designated drivers, $30
Sound Stage Theatre
1409 National Park, Manteo, NC
Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival. This laid-back four-day affair offers a beautiful 22-acre setting overlooking the water, and some of the most acclaimed local and national bluegrass talent.
Wednesday – Saturday, October 3-6, 2018
Performance times vary,so check website for specific times
Roanoke Island Festival Park.
1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954
Tickets: 3-day pass, $125; single day pass, $45
Duck Jazz Fest. Following on the heels of bluegrass is this lively gathering featuring two full days of national, regional, and local jazz musicians on two stages.
Saturday – Sunday, October 6-7, 2018
Music beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Duck Town Park, Duck, NC
Outer Banks Seafood Festival. Come for the delicious seafood and enjoy great musical entertainment, cooking shows, arts and crafts. Savor specialties from12 local restaurants, along with local craft beers, and wines. The 2nd Annual Boat ‘N Tackle Show will also be held during the festivities.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
6800 Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC
Halloween International Film Festival. Enjoy three days of independent films, guest Q&A sessions, and nightly meet-and-greets during the popular event. Films will be shown on a massive 36-foot tall screen at the R/C Theaters. Following on Sunday, October 28, is the 5th Annual Halloween Parade of Costumes.
Thursday – Saturday, October 25-27, 2018
R/C Kill Devil Hills Movies 10
1803 North Croatan Hills, NC
Tickets: $12/day, $30/three day pass
Busy festival days make relaxing nights even more important, and that’s where we come in. Plan to stay at White Doe Inn and you’ll enjoy a charming historic inn with t luxurious guest rooms, and delicious dining just steps away. Call today to book your fall stay!