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The Best Kill Devil Hills Events You Need to Experience

03/20/2020 | by Kevin | OBX Events

Do you like to celebrate with locals and discover traditions that take place every year when you travel? Well, you won’t want to miss out on these Kill Devil Hills events! Whether you want to enjoy an annual 5K run, a holiday light showcase, or learn about the history of the Outer Banks; there is something fun for everyone here!

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You Need to Check Out These Kill Devil Hills Events


OBX Rod and Custom Festival – May

Car enthusiasts will love this celebration of vintage and antique automobiles. The OBX Rod and Custom Festival is a two-day Kill Devil Hills event is full of family-friendly activities, food vendors, cruise-ins, and of course, plenty of cars! 

Nags Head Woods 5K Run – May

The Nags Head Woods 5K Run is the perfect chance to enjoy one of the most beautiful outdoor areas in the Outer Banks while participating in physical fitness! This is one of the longest-running events in Kill Devil Hills and is an excellent way to enjoy part of your Mother’s Day weekend. 

Coastal Gardening Festival – May

The Coastal Gardening Festival provides an educational showcase of local plants and flowers. In addition to the beautiful exhibits full of colorful plant life, this event features children’s activities, garden art, handcrafted goods, and food. You’ll also find plenty of pertinent gardening information that you can take home with you! 

Freedom 5K – July

The Freedom 5K is a great way to continue your Fourth of July celebration into the next day. This annual run along one of the most scenic stretches of the beach in the heart of the Outer Banks. A post-race event takes place at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall where refreshments are available.

Wright Kite Festival – July

The Wright Kite Festival commemorates the first flight in the exact location of the birthplace of aviation. The Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills hosts this showcase of large kites flying in the beautiful blue skies of the Outer Banks.


Labor Day 5K – September

We like to be active in the Outer Banks (in case you didn’t notice by the collection of running events on this list). The Labor Day 5K winds and weaves through the heart of Kill Devil Hills and offers a great opportunity to see the town on foot. 

Poulos Family Christmas – November-December

The Poulos Family Christmas is a gorgeous holiday light display that is one of the most beloved Christmas traditions in the Outer Banks. This famous Kill Devil Hills event takes place throughout November and December.

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight – December

The name of this event says it all! Head to the Wright Brother Memorial to commemorate the launch site of the first flight where a variety of activities and aviation exhibits tell the story of this important event in American history.

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