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Outer Banks Events in March, April, & May

What is there to do on the Outer Banks in April?

While there are fewer crowds on the Outer Banks in April, there are still amazing things to do and see during the month (and the entire spring!) that the entire family will enjoy. In fact, some believe that this is the perfect time to visit the Outer Banks. The average temperature on the Outer Banks in April is around 65 degrees. The sand on the beach won't burn your feet and it's the perfect temperature to sit on the beach, visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, and/or go check out Corolla's wild horses. You can even attend a structured "horse tour".

There are several events for you to enjoy in the spring season. The Lost Colony in Manteo has its annual wine festival in April. (If you come a month before in March, you can experience the OBX St. Patrick's Day parade - the longest parade in NC!) OBX Bike Week is in April as well. That week is sure to intrigue even the non-motorcyclists in the group!

Right down the road from the Lost Colony is the Elizabethan Gardens. A visit there at the heart of spring will surely please everyone in the group. All of the best restaurants have opened up by April and are ready for you to enjoy. Most have live music from local artists as well.

Don't forget to visit the local shops on the Outer Banks. Oh, and the amazing lighthouses (Ocracoke, Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island, and Currituck Beach). For the runners in the group, one of the bigger events on the Outer Banks is the Pirate Half Marathon scheduled during a weekend in April. Don't miss the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship in April as well.

Read below for links to available weeks and a list of OBX spring events.

Can you swim in Nags Head, Outer Banks in April?

We are strong believers that you can swim in Nags Head any time of the year! While the water might be a little cooler in April, if it's not rough and the red flags are not flying, you can absolutely dive into the waves on the Outer Banks!

Are the Outer Banks fun for spring break?

The Outer Banks is always fun, but absolutely fun for spring break vacation! A great time is always had when hanging out with friends on the beaches allowing you to enjoy the warm weather. People are getting over the winter blues and are going out and about to visit attractions, attend some Outer Banks annual events, take the time to relax, and enjoy some delicious local food. The restaurants all begin to open back up in March - just in time for spring breakers to enjoy them. Also, the local shops are opening and ready for visitors. It's an exciting place to be and a great time sure to be had!

Why do people visit the Outer Banks during Spring Break?

Many people come to the Outer Banks for their spring break vacations. The weather is amazing, the restaurants and bars are open and activities such as mini golf, golf, bowling, and the movie theatre are all open! There is also the allure of lower rates for rentals in the spring. Start planning your spring break now! The Outer Banks is the perfect place to enjoy your spring break vacation!

The Outer Banks, while pet-friendly, it is even more so in the spring. Most beaches have a relaxed leash policy in the springtime and it's cooler for your pooch than in the summer. (Some towns do not allow pets on the beach in the summer.) Also, the fewer people on the beach make for less distraction for your dog. Let your dog have a great vacation too!

Explore History Without Crowds

There is so much history on the Outer Banks. Visiting in April/springtime means you can explore the history and attractions without the summer crowds. Enjoy a trip to the Wright Brothers Memorial, Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and Bodie Lighthouse. Don't forget about the historic Graveyard of the Atlantic or the Roanoke Island Aquarium.

OBX Spring Break Weather

The weather on the Outer Banks in the spring is beautiful. The sand is cooler than in the hottest months and the temperatures tend to reach the mid to high 70s. This is perfect weather for outdoor adventures - exploring Nags Head Woods or other walking trails, buying a kite from Kitty Hawk Kites and walk-up Jockey's Ridge, and walking around towns.

Down on Hatteras Island, grab a rod and some bait and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year while on vacation. Perhaps use the locals and learn a new watersport. The waters are less crowded allowing for plenty of space for boating, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Outer Banks Bike Week

For the motorcyclists (or non-motorcyclists), the popular OBX Bike Week is in April. It is an exciting weeklong event that brings out good musical groups as well as a Battle of the Bands concert. You can find vendors scattered throughout the Outer Banks, food and beer trucks, fun contests and group rides. With KEES FlexStay, you can stay for the whole week, just the weekend, or just a few days! Take advantage of the lower vacation rental rates in the Spring and reserve your accommodations now!


Annual Outer Banks Beer Mile
Saturday, March 11th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kitty Hawk

Join the crew of The Brewing Station – a beloved destination for beer lovers – for this annual, active celebration that will give attendees a jump start on their St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The Annual Outer Banks Beer Mile is becoming a favorite tradition for locals and spring vacationers alike and is a great chance to get in a little run while enjoying some of the tastiest brews that the OBX has to offer.

Blackbeard's Revenge 100
Saturday, March 27 - Saturday, April 3

Not for the faint of heart, the Blackbeard's Revenge 100 is a relatively new event that first launched in 2019, and which will test the strongest athletes from the Outer Banks area and miles beyond. Covering a lengthy coastal course that extends for 100 miles, this scenic but tough race will push athletes to the limit as they head from the northernmost beaches of the OBX all the way down to the southern tip of Hatteras Island.

Flying Into Spring And Easter EGGstravaganza

Flying Into Spring And Easter EGGstravaganza
Friday, April 7 - Saturday, April 8
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Come enjoy the spirit of the Easter holiday on the Outer Banks while taking advantage of National Kite Month at this fun and family-friendly event that joyfully combines these two celebrations. The Flying Into Spring And Easter EGGstravaganza festival is a great way to take in the fresh spring air along the coastline, while participating in a myriad of games, displays, and a little kite action at one of the best spots on the East Coast for high flying.

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 30

For a beach bike week that's big on hospitality but also provides ample room to roam, head to the Outer Banks. With miles of new terrain, incredible views, and lots of bike-friendly businesses welcoming two-wheel guests, it's no surprise that the Outer Banks is gaining recognition as one of the East Coast's best destinations for a fun beach bike week.

ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship

ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship
Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30
Nags Head

Head to the beach to catch an incredible live show that’s unlike any other on the Outer Banks with the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship. Known as a qualifier for the big USA Surfing’s Prime events and USA Surfing Championships that are held in California in June, this event attracts talented surfers from all across the region and well beyond to the heart of the Outer Banks for a truly spectacular competition.

OBX Rod And Custom Festival

OBX Rod And Custom Festival
Friday, May 5 - Saturday, May 6
Kill Devil Hills

Automobile enthusiasts can meet and greet with fellow aficionados while exploring some of the most stunning coastlines that North Carolina has to offer at this two-day festival that features a wide array of ways to have fun. The OBX Rod And Custom Festival is a special celebration of vintage and antique cars that will boast a host of family-friendly activities, from local food, to cruise-ins, to displays that will impress car fans of all tastes and ages.