OBX Outer Banks NC

Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Outer Banks, North Carolina (OBX) including world famous venues: The Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers flight) and the barrier islands around the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.

Town of Duck 10th Annual 4th of July Parade Traffic Advisory

Town of Duck 10th Annual 4th of July Parade Traffic Advisory

TRAFFIC ADVISORY IN THE TOWN OF DUCK FOR THE MORNING OF JULY 4, 2014 Due to the 10th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade   DUCK, NC June 24, 2014 – The Town of Duck will hold the 10th Annual 4th of July Parade on Friday, July 4, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Traffic may be more congested than usual between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  The parade is expected to last for one hour and draw between 5,000-7,000 attendees. Please plan accordingly if you are traveling through the Town of Duck on the morning of Friday, July 4.  Businesses are asked to advise staff as well as delivery vehicles of the anticipated congestion. Be […]

July 4th Celebrations at N.C. Historic Sites and Museums

July 4th Celebrations at N.C. Historic Sites and Museums

RALEIGH, NC June 18, 2014 – A few N.C. State Historic Sites and museums are open July 4th with special observations. Plan your special day, or add an event to your vacation beach week at some of these destinations in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. East Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. USAF Heritage of America Concert. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform patriotic standards in the Outdoor Pavilion. The Town of Manteo will provide fireworks. Concert at 8 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Free. Historic Halifax, Halifax. Independence Day Celebration. Celebrate 238 years of independence in the town where the spirit of independence was born with the Halifax Resolves in April […]

“The War Comes to Hatteras” A Civil War Exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

“The War Comes to Hatteras” A Civil War Exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

HATTERAS, NC June 9, 2014 – “The War Comes to Hatteras” is an exhibit that features artifacts and documents spanning from across the country that is related to the Eastern North Carolina activities and actions during 1861-1862. The exhibit is focused around the Battle of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, Aug. 28-29,1861. “The Capture of the Fanny” and “The Chicamacomico Races” in October of the same year and also explores the preparations of the Burnside Expedition. This special exhibit is open to the public, free of charge. The exhibit runs thru June 30, 2015. For more information, call 252-986-2995 or email maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov. Visit the website at www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museuum Dr., Hatterass, NC 27943. The museum […]

Earth Fair OBX III

Earth Fair OBX III

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC April 2, 2014 – Celebrate this year’s Earth Day at the third annual OBX Earth Fair Saturday, April 26, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, in Wanchese. A number of local organizations team up to provide an afternoon of family fun, featuring lots of  hands-on activities throughout the facility and on surrounding grounds. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings Enviroscape, an interactive model for demonstrating how water can become polluted when it travels over land, streets, yards and through storm drains. The model also points out how our personal actions can affect the health of our oceans, sounds and waterways. Earth Day features an ongoing speaker series by local professionals and a […]

First Flight Foundation Donates Funds for Reproduction 1911 Wright Glider

First Flight Foundation Donates Funds for Reproduction 1911 Wright Glider

RALEIGH, NC March 29, 2014 – A full-scale reproduction of the glider that Orville Wright and British aviator Alexander Ogilvie flew at Kill Devil Hills in 1911 now soars inside the entrance at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The object is based on the glider the men used from Oct. 16 to 26 to make nearly 100 test glides. On Oct. 24, Wright made a flight of 9 minutes and 45 seconds into the face of a 45-mph gale, setting a record that stood for 10 years. With a 32-foot wingspan, the new addition to the N.C. Museum of History was made possible with funds from the First Flight Foundation in Kitty Hawk. On March 20, 2014, Will […]

Summer Camp Registration, is now open!

Summer Camp Registration, is now open!

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Summer Camps at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are where lasting friendships are made. Where fun and adventure go hand-in-hand. Sign your child or children up today:  Click here. Call 252-473-3494 ext. 232 if you have further questions.  

Bald Cypress Planted for Arbor Day

Bald Cypress Planted for Arbor Day

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Dunes of Dare Garden Club ladies helped the North Carolina NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island Outreach Coordinator, Rhana Paris plant a bald cypress tree with NHES Kindergartners for Arbor Day last Friday. Working as a partner with and in our community, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Brooke Wilson, AmeriCorp member, joins staff

Brooke Wilson, AmeriCorp member, joins staff

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 24, 2014 – Brooke Wilson, a native North Carolinian, was born and raised in Greensboro. She attended NC State University and graduated last July with a degree in zoology. Brooke has worked as a volunteer and intern with variety of conservation groups over the last 9 years , beginning as a docent at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro. She also worked as an intern at the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham and the Manatee Rehab facility at the Tampa Florida Zoo. Currently Brooke,  an AmeriCorps member,  is working with the Aquarium’s education team and presenting daily educational programs. Her stay will last for seven months, as she joins the staff in promoting the Aquarium’s mission […]

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 16, 2014 – On March 16, most likely in the 1780s, an odd and offbeat mariner from Ocracoke Island known as Quawk or Quork went to sea in his small fishing skiff despite warnings of impending foul weather. He never returned. The sailor was said to be a loner, and was, by some accounts, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the island. He was called Quork because of his voice, which was said to be like that of the “quawk,” the colloquial name for the black-crowned night heron. The day became known as Old Quork’s Day, a day of bad luck or misfortune for seamen who might fall victim to quick-forming storms that could catch a […]

Gen. Ambrose Burnside and the Fall of New Bern, 1862

Gen. Ambrose Burnside and the Fall of New Bern, 1862

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 14, 2014 – On March 14, 1862, the Battle of New Bern was fought. The Battle was second of three major engagements in an expedition led by Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside. The first was at Roanoke Island in early February. After capturing the Island and securing the region, Burnside set his sights on New Bern, a strategic port. The advance on New Bern was a strategic success and provided a boost to Burnside’s reputation. He threw all available resources into the effort. Leaving a single brigade to guard Roanoke Island, Burnside’s fleet sailed on March 11, stopping at Hatteras where they were joined by an additional 13 gunboats, amassing a combined force of 11,000 men. On March […]