There are many reasons to justify a visit to the Outer Banks in September. The prices of the vacation houses drop and you can find great deals, you won’t be caught in traffic, and there are hardly any crowds of tourists on the island. But if you think that there is nothing going on during this time, you have mistaken. There are many great events and activities you can still do with your family while on your Outer Banks vacations. The following are the top 5 are a few events that we recommend attending:
August 29 through September 2 – Wave Riding Vehicles Outer Banks Pro Presented by Hurley will be returning to Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head. This surf competition is a part of the Western Atlantic Surf Series and has a total purse of $30,000 in prize money. Admission for the public is free.
September 1 – If you are a fan of American Idol, then the Concert in Manteo is for you. Not only is Scotty McCreery the youngest male to ever win American Idol but he also won the New Artist of the Year in 2011 at the American Country Awards and the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. He is even in the Guinness World Records book for being the youngest male to ever get a No. 1 album on the all-genre chart with a debut release. You and your family will not want to miss out on seeing him perform. Tickets for the concert, which is held at the outdoor pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, are $25 for advance tickets and $30 for the day of show.
September 4 -5 - OBX Arts and Crafts Festival will be held in Kitty Hawk at the Hilton Garden Inn. If you are a creative person, then attending this event on your Outer Banks vacations is a must for you. This event features creative works from glasswork and metalwork to pottery and paintings to handmade soap and jewelry. A portion on the proceeds will go to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles and the Hosea House, which are local charities. Admission and parking are free.
September 14 – Outer Banks Bootcamps presents the 4th Annual “All Out Pink” Road Race. This race gives you two courses to choose from. One is the 12K bridge run and the other is the 5K run. Every penny of the event goes toward providing local women with mammograms and gives men access to health care. The race admission is $35 to participate in either race. If you are participating in the race you will also be given a t-shirt, access to the post-race garden party, chip timing and a finisher medal. If you would like to attend as a spectator, admission is $15 for children 13 and up.
September 15 – 21 – The 46th Annual Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Eastern Surfing Championship will be held at Jeanette’s Pier. This surfing association has been around from 1967, and has been responsible for debuting some well-known surfers. The ESA originally started to protect the sport of surfing along the East Coast and grew into an association with a current membership of 10,000 surfers. Admission to the public is free.
If attending events isn’t your thing, there is also fishing at the Pier, going to Corolla to see the wild horses and relaxing at the beach. Beach time in September is perfect time of year to enjoy. The weather cools off some and the water gets warmer.