From Corolla to Hatteras and Roanoke Island, there’s plenty to do in July along the Outer Banks. Check it out!
May 28 – August 20: 73rd Anniversary Season of The Lost Colony
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. Monday – Saturday at 8 p.m. (except July 30, 31 and August 6, 7 and 14). Lavish costumes, daring action, special effects, delightful comedy, music and dance. Children 11 and under are free on Monday and Friday and half price on Saturday with a paying adult. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
May 28 – Labor Day: National Park Service Summer Programs
Summer programs include Civil War on the Outer Banks – offered at Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and The Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island offered at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The summer program schedules also include many other history talks, nature walks, and recreational programs such as surf fishing, cast netting, crabbing, seining, and snorkeling. Program schedules are available on-line at each park’s website: Fort Raleigh NHS, nps.gov/fora; Wright Brothers NMEM, nps.gov/wrbr; and Cape Hatteras NS, nps.gov/caha.
May 29 – September 4: Hatteras Village Fish Fry
Hatteras Fire Station, 57689 NC 12, Hatteras. Every Saturday from May 29 through Sept. 4, 2010, 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy locally caught fried fish along with hushpuppies, cole slaw and potato salad. Proceeds go to the Ladies Auxiliary, the Hatteras United Methodist Church and the Hatteras Village Civic Association. Dinner charge for adults and children varies annually and is set at the start of the season. For more information on Hatteras village, visit hatterasonmymind.com.
May 29 – September 4: Kinnakeet Fish Fry
Avon Fire Station, 40159 Harbor Rd., Avon. Every Saturday from May 29 through Sept. 4, 2010, 5 to 7 p.m. Kinnakeet Civic Association. Enjoy fried fish, locally caught by Kinnakeet watermen. To benefit local civic association programs. For additional information, call (252) 995-5651. Dinner charge for adults and children varies annually and is set at the start of the season.
June 30 – July 2: Outer Banks Sand Sculpture Festival
A professional sand sculpture company will be featured. Sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, Kitty Hawk Sports, Peace Frogs, Brew Thru, Panama Jack Sunscreen, OBX, and Outer Banks Hospital. Jockey’s Ridge Crossing shopping center across from Jockey’s Ridge MP 12 1/2 in Nags Head, 252-441-6800. This is a benefit for the prevention of skin cancer. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kittyhawk.com.
June 16 – August 11: Waterside Art Wednesdays
Waterside Theatre Costume Shop, Roanoke Island. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Create your own watercolor drawings inspired by John White’s 1585 Roanoke watercolors. Activities include a brief video presentation, instruction and time to paint. Beginner’s set of watercolor paints and snack included. $10 per person. Recommended for ages 7-12. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
June 25 – August 27: Interpreter Fridays
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, Kill Devil Hills. The Nature Conservancy is hosting a new summer program each Friday from 10 a.m. – noon. Visitors will join a staff member at an interactive table display with plant, animal and mineral items found in Nags Head Woods. This program is appropriate for all ages, is free of charge and will occur rain or shine. For more information call (252) 441-2525 or visit nature.org/nagsheadwoods.
June 29 – August 5: Duck’s Summer Music Series
Duck Town Stage. 6 p.m. This popular evening concert series returns for its fourth season. For six weeks, local musical groups will take the stage at the Duck Town Park Gazebo. The concerts are from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from June 29 through August 5. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic dinner and enjoy an early evening concert on the town green. Free. (252) 255-1286 or townofduck.com.
Friday Night Live Outdoors
Downtown Manteo – Join us every Friday night starting Memorial Day weekend for a free outdoors acoustic open-mike and local art display under the tent at our store. Hours will be from 5-8pm. Bring your guitar, bongo, flute, violin, whatever you play or bring your own photography, paintings, jewelry, whatever you design and show it off or sell it. No alcohol or drugs. We’ll supply free hot dogs and lemonade. For more information call (252) 473-1356 or visit theoutdoorsoutfitters.com.
Saturday Morning Farmers Market
Downtown Manteo waterfront. 8 a.m. – noon. Flowers, herbs, veggies, art, pottery and more for sale by local farmers and artisans.
Looking for Adventure? Head South on NC 12 to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Summer on the Outer Banks brings many opportunities for visitors and local residents to explore the natural world. On Wednesdays, learn about the adaptations birds need in order to survive in various habitats during our Bird Adaptations program. Soundside Adventure, is offered on Thursdays at New Inlet. Try your hand at pulling a seine net’ see the difference between a Channel Whelk and a Lightening Whelk. The above programs run from 2:30 to 3:30. In addition, we offer Bird Walks on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, beginning at 8:00. These walks are appropriate for beginning birders, as well as more experienced. Meet at the Pea Island Visitor Center; the programs last approximately 1.5 hours.
Guided canoe tours offer another way to get off the highway and uncover many mysteries of the area. Family canoe tours are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to noon. Thursdays from 9:00 to noon. Depending on the wind and tide, the General Canoe Tour may be considered moderate to strenuous. All canoe tours require reservations. Cost for the Family Canoe Tour is $25 per adult and $15 per child 11 and younger. The General Canoe Tour is $35 per adult and $20 per child 11 and younger. For canoe tour reservations or general program information, call Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 or visit our website at fws.gov/peaisland.
OBXtreme Magic Show
Witness incredible illusions, mind-bending magic and comedy audience participation the entire family will love live on stage. Please visit, OBXtrememagic.com or call (252) 261-7505.
July 1 – 31: Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station Daily Summer programs
Visit chicamacomico.net for dates and times.
The Tale of the Frog Prince
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 9:30 a.m. Hop over to see this delightful journey of a frog-turned prince and how he found his true friends along the way. Face painting, balloon sculpting and games entertain the children thirty minutes prior to the performance. $7 per person. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
Simon’s Pirate Adventure
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your bawdy crew to this swashbuckling young pirate adventure to be dressed like a pirate, talk like a pirate and act like a pirate. Includes the short play, keepsake photo with frame of you and a pirate, delicious pirate’s feast and theatre backstage tour. 48-hour advance reservations required. Allow approximately two hours – actual run-times may vary. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
The Queen’s Fairy Quest
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet Queen Elizabeth and her royal court as she learns about an expedition to discover the fairy queen. Event includes a royal audience with the Queen, complimentary souvenir program, theatre backstage tour and a feast of delicious royal treats. 48-hour advance reservations required. For the full experience, allow approximately two hours – actual run-times may vary. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for youth (4-14 years). (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
Island Farm, Roanoke Island. Explore island life as it was more then 150 years ago.
Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-On Activities and Demonstrations May Include: Woodworking, Horse-drawn wagon rides, Children’s 19th-century toys and games, Farm and garden planting, harvesting and tending, Blacksmithing, Self-guided tours of the farm and house. Activities vary daily and by season and are weather-dependent. Island Farm is open June 7, 2010 through November, Monday – Friday, 10 am to 4pm. An admission fee of $5.
July 1 – 3 Third Annual Outer Banks Sandsculpture Festival
Kitty Hawk Sports at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing Shopping Center, Nags Head. See professional sand sculptures create a 50 ton artistic masterpiece out of sand as well as a sand carving contest for kids. kittyhawksports.com.
The Comedy Club of The Outer Banks
Ramada Plaza Hotel, Kill Devil Hills. Directly across the street from the Lighthouse entrance. Every Wednesday. For more information please visit comedyclubobx.com.
July 2: First Friday
Downtown Manteo Waterfront. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans, period-dressed actors, a rock climbing wall and much more. firstfriday-roanokeisland.com.
July 2: The Lost Colony’s Theatre Arts Camp, Session I Performance
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 10 a.m. Attend this performance by the young talents of The Lost Colony’s Theatre Arts Camp participants and members of The Lost Colony Company. Tickets are $5 per person. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
July 2 – 30: Stephanie Kiker
Dare County Arts Council Gallery, Manteo. Works in colored pencil and soft pastel. darearts.org.
July 3 – 27: Steve Alterman – Nature Photography
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday). Alterman is an award-winning artist and published photographer. Free. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
July 4: America Celebrates/July 4th Fireworks with the Town of Manteo
Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 8 p.m. Enjoy music and fireworks. Bring a picnic and celebrate America! Free. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
July 4: Independence Day Celebration
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building, 23186 Myrna Peters Dr., Rodanthe. 3:30 p.m. The seventh annual Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association, features patriotic music, community singing and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy a watermelon feast afterwards. Visit rwscivic.org Call (252) 987-1303 for information. Free.
JULY 4: ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS – Sunday, 6 pm to 10 pm. The Whalehead Club, Corolla. Fireworks begin at dusk but arrive early to enjoy food, fun activities, fabulous music and find a place for your blankets and chairs to settle in for the best fireworks on the Outer Banks! Sponsored by the Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism. Admission and Parking are free. The Whalehead Club will be open from 12 noon till 8pm on this day for tours. Due to Fireworks display, the boat ramp at Currituck Heritage Park will be closed Sunday, July 4, 2010.
JULY 6 – 8: Wild Horse Days. Come celebrate with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund the presence and significance of the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs living on the Currituck Outer Banks for nearly 500 years. There will be food, music, games and crafts! Meet a gentled mustang, enjoy carriage rides and try a mini riding lesson too. Call 252-453-8002 for more information.
JULY & AUGUST – Whalehead Club Summer Concert Series
Every Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. Relax on the south lawn at Currituck Heritage Park and enjoy local musicians performing on the historic Whalehead Club front porch. Bring your beach chair or blanket and watch the sun set over the Currituck Sound while supporting the musical arts! No alcohol permitted to be brought into the park. Wine and snack concessions available. Leashed pets welcome. Admission and Parking are free.
JULY, AUGUST, & SEPTEMBER – WEDNESDAY WINE FESTIVALS – Every Wednesday afternoon, 3 pm to 7 pm. Enjoy a Wednesday afternoon of wine tasting and entertainment under the tents on the north lawn of the Whalehead Club. With your $20 admission adults can sample wines from North Carolina and around the world; keep your souvenir glass; listen to popular local musical artists perform on the stage; sample food from local vendors. Children are also welcome at no charge. Bring your pets on a leash. Parking is free.
July 5: Town of Duck’s 6th Annual Independence Day Parade
9:00 a.m. with an after-event following at the Duck Town Park featuring music by Ruth Wyand & Friends. The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at Scarborough Lane and continues down Ocean Way and then Christopher Drive. For registration information, contact the Town at (252) 255-1234 or at email@example.com.
July 5: 5th Annual OBX Killer Dunes 2 mile run/walk
Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head. The event is a benefit for Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina & Virginia, To register visit fsseries.com/obxkillerdunes.
June 5 – July 9: Team Green Summer Camp
For children 10 and up. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join Roanoke Island Festival Park’s Team Green Summer Camp. Explore the Outer Banks and learn how to keep it Green through activities and field trips based on the preservation of our local environment. (252) 475-1500 Ext 232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit roanokeisland.com.
July 6, 7, 8: RIFP Performance Series – Western Carolina Presents Charlie Brown
8 p.m. Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500. roanokeisland.com.
July 6, 13, 20, 27: Kid’s Day
Corolla, Hatteras, & Avon Kitty Hawk Kites. Join us at 3 locations every Tuesday during the summer for a FREE Kid’s Day! Come to Hatteras Landing from 10am – 12pm, Corolla from 2pm – 4pm, and Avon from 4pm – 6pm. Climb our rock walls, shoot water guns, get your face painted, and try out our newest toys and games! For more information email email@example.com or visit kittyhawk.com.
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Kid’s Day
Nags Head & Rodanthe Kitty Hawk Kites We’ll have FREE Kid’s Day events every Wednesday during the summer from 10am – 2pm at Nags Head Kitty Hawk Kites (mile post 12.5) and from 4pm – 7pm at Waves Village Kitty Hawk Kites in Rodanthe (mile post 40)! Make kites, get your face painted, shoot water balloons, fly kites, and try the hottest new toys and outdoor games, and much more! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kittyhawk.com.
July 7 – 8: The OBX Summer Arts Festival
Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission and feature local artists. For more information call Charlotte at (252) 441-1850.
July 10: Hands on History
Outer Banks History Center. Historical documents, photos, and materials chronicling men of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station will be on view from 3-5 p.m. 2nd Saturdays will bring together North Carolina arts, history, and culture at all 37 of the Department of Cultural Resources’ museums and Historic Sites on June 12, July 10 and August 14, 2010. For more information, visit ncculture.com.
July 10: Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers
2 p.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Join us for 2nd Saturday’s July 10 and August 14th for the documentary film Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers. The film will be shown on those dates at 2:00 p.m. in the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The showings are part of the Department of Cultural Resources state-wide 2nd Saturdays: History, Heritage, Arts & Fun events. The event is free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500. roanokeisland.com.
July 10: Ahoy! Pirates!
Learn of some of the notorious pirates and their history with seafaring along the Carolina Coast. All art mediums will be considered. 2nd Saturdays will bring together North Carolina arts, history, and culture at all 37 of the Department of Cultural Resources’ museums and Historic Sites on June 12, July 10 and August 14, 2010. For more information, visit ncculture.com.
July 10 – 11: 31st Annual Wright Kite Festival
Wright Brother’s Memorial, Kill Devil Hills. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see a 100 ft. octopus, 50 ft. scuba diver and many other kites dance in the air during this jaw dropping event. Stunt kite demos, games, kids kite making and contests. (877) FLY-THIS, (252) 441-4124 or kittyhawkkites.com.
July 13, 14, 15: RIFP Performance Series – Western Carolina Presents I Love a Piano (Irving Berlin Review)
8 p.m. Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500. roanokeisland.com.
July 16: ARTspace Art Show
Southern Shores Crossing. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Grand opening of ARTspace gallery and studio with refreshments from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Art Show, original paintings by local artists including paintings of Frank Stick style historic flat top houses. For more information call (252) 473-3858 or visit obxartspace.com.
July 26: The Lost Colony Sponsors Night
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. Attendees to this evening’s Lost Colony production can enjoy The Lost Colony’s 2010 sponsors who will meet and greet guests with special give-a-ways before the show. Sponsors include Pizza Hut, Kelly’s Restaurant Group, Sunny Day Guide and Kitty Hawk Kites. (252) 473-2127 or thelostcolony.org.
July 26 – 30: The Lost Colony’s Theatre Arts Camp, Session II
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teaches students voice, dance and acting skills, gives them performance experience, ignites their creative spirit, builds a sense of accomplishment and community and encourages them to have fun! All skill levels are welcome. Lunch and snacks are provided. $150 per week, plus $10 registration fee (non refundable). Camp is for ages 6-15. (252) 473-2127 or thelostcolony.org.
July 26 – 30: Cape Hatteras Culture Camp
Fessenden Center, Buxton. Cape Hatteras Culture Camp Fessenden Center, Buxton. Two one-week multi-arts camps for kids (ages 8-12) and adults (high school and up). Includes group instruction in Suzuki violin, watercolor painting/crafts, music and motion and musical theater/drama. Intermediate and advanced Band daily classes. Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music faculty and Department of Theater faculty, as well as Linda Browning, artist in residence will teach the classes. Violins and art supplies will be provided. (618) 536-8742 or email@example.com.
July 26 – 30: Jr. Mercenary Summer Camp
For ages 7, 8 and 9. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A military history camp for those too young for Camp Smolkin. Learn about Smolkin’s favorite moments in history and a week long experience of games and activities. (252) 475-1500 Ext 232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit roanokeisland.com.
July 27 – 29: Children’s Performance Series – Flow Circus
10:30 a.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. July 27 and 28 – 7 p.m. Admission is included in the general admission ticket to the Park. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
July 30: The Lost Colony’s Theatre Arts Camp, Session II Performance
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 10 a.m. Attend this performance by the young talents of The Lost Colony’s Theatre Arts Camp participates and members of The Lost Colony Company. Tickets are $5 per person. (252) 473-3414 or thelostcolony.org.
July 30 -31: The Wizard of Oz (the musical)
Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. 8 p.m. One of the most beloved family musicals comes over the rainbow and to Waterside Theatre’s stage as The Lost Colony company brings the classic characters of