Outer Banks guide for summer 2022: what not to miss | Company


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People traveling to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this summer will find a wide variety of interesting events and places to visit.

Here is an overview:

n “The Lost Colony”

Until August 20: Now in its 85th year, the drama features more than 100 professional actors, technicians and designers who come together each summer to honor the memory of the brave people who came here to build a new country.

Set on the sound front of Roanoke Island, the production is as epic as their story.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, “The Lost Colony” is America’s longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. 1409 Dr. Manteo National Park. 252-473-6000. thelostcolony.org

n Rogallo Kite Festival

June 17: The Rogallo Kite Festival at Nags Head is a free, family-friendly event that features several days of kiting in honor of Francis Rogallo, NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing.

To celebrate this innovator, visitors can have fun flying their own kite, take part in free stunt kite lessons and even enjoy kite-making, which is a perfect way for kids to become crafty. Kitty Hawk Kites: 3933 S Croatan Hwy., Nags Head. Jockey’s Ridge State Park: 300 West Carolista Dr., Nags Head. kittyhawk.com/event/rogallo-kite-festival/

n Wright’s Kite Festival

July 16-17: Now celebrating its 44th year, the Wright Kite Festival in Kill Devil Hills is a celebration of aviation that takes place where flight began – the Wright Brothers Memorial. Enjoy a drive through the hallowed grounds where Wilbur and Orville made their historic first flight in 1903, then join us for a fun flight. Admission to the park is $10 for ages 16 and up. kittyhawk.com/event/wright-kite-festival/

n Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

August 4: Have you ever wanted to try Watermelon Bowling?

Celebrate summer at the annual OBX Watermelon Festival.

This beloved celebration takes place at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head. Highlights include Native American jewelry-making classes, watermelon-themed contests, arts and crafts, music, and more.

Free for guests to attend; however, ticket purchase is required to play and eat. kittyhawk.com/event/outer-banks-watermelon-festival/

n Outer Banks Pirate Festival

August 10-11: ARRGH…are you ready for a pirate invasion on the Outer Banks?

This festival will be held adjacent to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the central Outer Banks town of Nags Head.

Come discover the vast history of pirates on the OBX and participate in the Scallywag school.

Free to attend. Scallywag School is $10. kittyhawk.com/event/outer-banks-pirate-festival/


n North Carolina Black Heritage Trail

Discover more than 30 sites and explore the stories that celebrate the contributions of African Americans and their importance in the cultural heritage of northeastern North Carolina.

This self-guided digital heritage trail includes outdoor interpretive signs and monuments, parks, waterways and museums.

Highlights include the historic Jarvisburg Colorful Schoolhouse, the Pasquotank River, Pea Island Kitchen, the Union Colored Soldiers Monument, Colonial Waterfront Park, and the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Learn more at: ncblackheritagetour.com/experience-the-trail/

n North Carolina Oyster Trail

Oyster farmers, restaurants, markets and educators invite travelers to indulge and learn along the self-guided NC Oyster Trail, which highlights an industry whose colorful history includes a war against poachers from outside the state.

Stops span from the Outer Banks to Bald Head Island with oyster farm tours, exhibits, excursions and dining with indoor markets and restaurants sharing the delicacy with their customers. https://ncoystertrail.org/

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