12 Nags Head Events You Need to Experience

07/22/2019 | by Kevin | OBX Events

There are plenty of ways to enjoy your Outer Banks vacation. Whether you visit to relax on the beach or fish the day away in the beautiful waters of the Atlantic, you’ll always find something exciting to see or do. While you’re in town, you need to check out the top Nags Head events in the summer and fall! You can enjoy anything from skimboarding competitions to restaurant weeks!

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The Top Nags Head Events


Nags Head 5K/One-Mile Beach Race

Meet at Jennette’s Pier for this recurring summer event in Nags Head. The 5K is a fantastic way to get out and experience the early morning beach views while getting in a little physical exercise during your vacation!

4th of July Fireworks

There’s no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a massive fireworks display. Crowd the beach near Jennette’s Pier for a night of Independence Day celebrations with your fellow beachgoers.

Sunset Festival

The Sunset Festival is a week-long event in Nags Head, where visitors and residents celebrate the beautiful sunsets from the dunes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Pick up a kite from Kitty Hawk Kites and fly it from this impressive dune system as you watch the sun dip below Roanoke Sound. 

Outer Banks Skim Jam

Once again, Jennette’s Pier is the meeting point for this Nags Head event. The Outer Banks Skim Jam is a fun and exciting competition to watch as the best skimboarders on the East Coast test their skills in the Nags Head surf.

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

Few things are more refreshing than a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day. The Outer Banks Watermelon Festival takes place in Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, where there is a wide variety of activities revolving around this tasty summer treat.

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

The WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest is one of the most highly anticipated surfing competitions on the East Coast. Find a spot along the Nags Head beach and enjoy five days of amazing surfing

Outer Banks Kite Festival

Jockey’s Ridge State Park provides fantastic kite flying opportunities. The Outer Banks Kite Festival is an incredible two-day event in Nags Head that features a large display of high-flying kites in the sky!


Outer Banks Annual Food Truck Showdown

Who doesn’t love tasty food truck grub? Satisfy your appetite during this delicious showdown between food trucks and local eateries where you can enjoy live entertainment and other fresh, local fare (and drinks).

ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

This week-long Nags Head surfing event offers an exclusive list of some of the best surfers in the country. The ESA Easterns Surfing Championships is a grand-finale event that is one of the top surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard.

Outer Banks Jeep Jam

Outer Banks Jeep Jam is weekend gathering for all Jeep lovers! There is plenty of food, drinks, live entertainment, and of course, plenty of ways to meet fellow Jeep enthusiasts! 

Spring/Fall Restaurant Week

Restaurant week is a celebration of local dining establishments! You’ll find a fantastic array of tasting menus and special services at almost all of the restaurants in Nags Head. This event takes place in the spring and fall due to its popularity.

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than when you’re at the beach. Local cuisine and culinary traditions are on display at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head. You’ll discover just about every type of seafood preparation possible.

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