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7 of the Most Outstanding Manteo, NC Events

03/22/2019 | by Pirate's Cove Realty | OBX Events

Everyone knows that the North Carolina Outer Banks is well-known for its vast stretch of sandy beaches. There’s so much more to OBX than just sun and surf. If you search around, you’ll find some hidden gems that may soon become favorites for you and your family. Savor one of the many events in Manteo, NC for a fun and exciting time on our beautiful island! Whether you’re here in the winter to escape the frigid cold of the north or taking a relaxing vacation in the middle of summer, there’s a family friendly event with food, drinks, and entertainment in every season! Check back in with us soon for the release of our Outer Banks Vacation Guide! It will have the best things to do, places to see, and things to eat in and around Manteo, Nags Head, and Kill Devil Hills!

The Best Events in Manteo, NC

Dare Day

No, Dare Day isn’t a contest to see who can go through with the most outrageous dare. It’s the big celebration of Dare County! You’ll find plenty of food, live entertainment, pig races, kids activities, and much more along the Shallowbag Bag waterfront during this June event in Manteo, NC. It’s a great place to grab a locally made craft or souvenir to take back home with you to commemorate your trip!

Fourth of July Celebration

Who doesn’t love a good Fourth of July celebration? Manteo packs in a full day of fun activities, a parade, live entertainment from The Lost Colony Choir, and are just a few of the happenings you’ll find as you stroll through town. This major Manteo, NC event also includes unique featurettes like a firecracker cornhole tournament and a watermelon eating competition. Nighttime fireworks cap of the Independence Day festivities.

New World Arts Festival

The New World Arts Festival showcases the work of both local and nationally acclaimed artists on Manteo’s beautiful waterfront. This August event is one of the longest-running outdoor art exhibits in the Outer Banks.

Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament

Test your angling skills at the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament! This mid-August event features live weigh-ins and a big celebration with food, drinks, and bands! You won’t want to miss this fishing extravaganza in Pirate’s Cove Marina!

Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament

The Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament takes place during the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament in Manteo, NC. Serious anglers honor Alice Kelly in one of the largest ladies fishing tournaments on the East Coast.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Ring in the Christmas season at the end of November with the Christmas Tree Lighting in the heart of downtown Manteo. Singing, dancing, and other performances take place outside of the historic courthouse where Santa will also be available to meet with children the town lights up for the holidays.

Christmas Parade

Stick around for the Christmas Parade a day after the tree lighting! This Manteo, NC event starts at the high school on the island and works its way to the College of Albemarle Campus near Highway 64. Register your float or bring some snacks and watch on the side of the parade route!

Stay at Pirate’s Cove Resort!

houses lining the streets in the town of Manteo, NC

Pirate’s Cove Resort offers an unparalleled experience in the Outer Banks region. Our extensive collection of vacation homes and condos on the island of Manteo puts you within a 10-minute drive of the beach without all of the traffic that backs up on the main strand of OBX. You can choose from a variety of locations around Manteo, from the gated community of Pirate’s Cove to the shop-lined streets of downtown. Our resort has a long list of exclusive amenities like sports courts, activity areas, and on-site dining that make for a convenient and comfortable stay.


Ready to start planning your trip to our OBX island paradise? Book your property today for an unforgettable adventure! We look forward to meeting you!