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.

Learn to Talk and Walk Like a Pirate at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Learn to Talk and Walk Like a Pirate at Roanoke Island Festival Park

MANTEO, NC August 13, 2013 – Come join us for Pirate Scallywag School on August 23 at 2 and 3 p.m. (1 hour each class) at Roanoke Island Festival Park.! Children can learn from the pirate crew how to walk, talk and act like a pirate. Kitty Hawk Kites will offer pirate face painting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. Outer Banks Pirate Festival is sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites and continues with other activities on the Outer Banks until its conclusion on Monday, August 26th. Join Kitty Hawk Kites and celebrate the great pirate history of the Outer Banks, home of the Mid-Atlantic Graveyard! Learn about the local maritime history, enjoy a little pirate fight, and […]

Learn to Dance the Big Apple at the Outer Banks History Center on August 10

Learn to Dance the Big Apple at the Outer Banks History Center on August 10

MANTEO, NC July 26, 2013 — Come learn a few steps of the “Big Apple,” the dance craze that swept the nation in 1937. As an adjunct to the Outer Banks History Center’s exhibit Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination and as part of Department of Cultural Resources’ “2nd Saturdays” celebration, you are invited to join Sarah Downing as she teaches a short routine. Downing, the assistant curator at the History Center, is always willing to shake a leg for history. The dance originated in Columbia, South Carolina’s black night club, the Big Apple, after which the dance was named. Two University of South Carolina students are credited with introducing the dance to the white community. Its popularity spread, […]

Hatteras Site to Receive National Underground Railroad Designation

Hatteras Site to Receive National Underground Railroad Designation

HOTEL D’AFRIQUE SITE SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD   HATTERAS, NC July 18, 2013 – A commemoration and monument dedication for the Hotel D’Afrique will take place on July 31 at 11 a.m. at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.   The site of the Hotel D’Afrique was recently identified as making a significant contribution to the understanding of the Underground Railroad and will be officially included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.   Visitors to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum might notice a black stone monument near the entrance commemorating the site of the Hotel D’Afrique. In August 1861, Union forces captured Hatteras Inlet. As word of the victory spread to […]

N.C. highway Historical Marker To  Commemorate Vessel Mercury

N.C. highway Historical Marker To Commemorate Vessel Mercury

Event to be held Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Ocracoke Ferry Landing HATTERAS, NC July 8, 2013 – The security of New Bern and Ocracoke during the War of 1812 was maintained and protected by the U.S. Revenue Cutter Mercury in a daring maneuver 200 years ago. A North Carolina Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated to commemorate the July 12, 1813, escape of the vessel from pursing British barges on Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Ocracoke ferry landing followed by an exhibit opening on the War of 1812 the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.   Adm. George Cockburn landed with 15 barges and 1,000 men at Ocracoke and Portsmouth that day […]

Outer Banks Beach Access Smartphone App Now Available

Outer Banks Beach Access Smartphone App Now Available

Available for download on Apple and Android Devices Outer Banks, NC – June 26, 2013 – Take Me to the Beach, a new smart device application providing users with information about public beach accesses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is now available for download on both Apple and Android devices. Take Me to the Beach provides directions, photos, and a list of amenities for each public beach access on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Beach access amenities include; restrooms; parking, handicap parking, lifeguards, showers, private access, wooden walkway and food nearby. Accesses can be viewed by proximity to location or on a navigable map. There are 124 public beach accesses along the Outer Banks from the northern […]

Take home a treasure from the new Shark Tooth Creek

Take home a treasure from the new Shark Tooth Creek

Roanoke Island, NC April 19, 2013 – Top off your trip to the Aquarium with a search for take-home treasures in the new Shark Tooth Creek adventure. This hands-on, family-friendly activity on the deck beyond the Dairy Queen opens in May. Here’s how it works: Buy bucket of sand. Run it through the sluice – and cool off a little at the same time. Then look for  sharks’ teeth or other fossils the water may have revealed. You keep the pail and whatever you find

British War Graves Ceremony at the Outer Banks

British War Graves Ceremony at the Outer Banks

CEREMONIES TO HONOR WORLD WAR II BRITISH AND CANADIAN SAILORS BURIED ON FOREIGN SOIL   HATTERAS ISLAND, NC April 15, 2013 – Two ceremonies will be held in May to honor the sacrifices of foreign sailors who gave their lives during World War II protecting the coast of the United States. The British War Grave ceremonies will take place on May 9, at 11 a.m. at the British Cemetery in Buxton and on May 10, at 11 a.m. at the British Cemetery in Ocracoke. The ceremonies honor the 63 foreign sailors who lost their lives just off the coast of the Outer Banks. During World War II, German U-boats hunted along the Eastern Seaboard. Unprepared for the attacks, the U.S. […]

Dare County in the 1930s Exhibit to be Featured  In Panel Discussion on April 12

Dare County in the 1930s Exhibit to be Featured In Panel Discussion on April 12

MANTEO, NC April 8, 2013 – The exhibit, “Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination” will be examined in a panel discussion on April 12, at 4p.m., at the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC) annual meeting. OBHC chairman Clark Twiddy invites the public to come learn why the 1930s were a pivotal time as new roads and bridges opened up Dare County. Under the backdrop of the Great Depression, it was the dawn of the modern era of tourism and the beginning of outdoor drama, when Paul Green’s “The Lost Colony” debuted at the Waterside Theater, all topped off by a presidential visit to view the play. Program panelists share an enthusiasm for the period, and include […]

Become a Jr. Marine Biologist at the Aquarium

Become a Jr. Marine Biologist at the Aquarium

Roanoke Island, NC April 5, 2013 – Planning a visit to NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island? Interested in having fun and learning about the plants, animals, habitats and history of the Outer Banks? Join other budding biologists in the new Jr. Marine Biologist Patch Program – an exciting discovery adventure for ages 6 and up to explore the Aquarium’s animals and exhibits! What is a Jr. Marine Biologist? Jr. Marine Biologists attend programs, ask questions, complete workbook activities and promise to take care of the natural world. It’s a great way to learn and have fun at the Aquarium! As a Jr. Marine Biologist, you can help others learn how to care for our oceans. How do you become a […]

Wounded Warriors Dive In at Aquarium

Wounded Warriors Dive In at Aquarium

Roanoke Island, NC March 27, 2013 – In early March, an exceptional group of divers from northern Virginia took part in the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s popular Shark Dive program. Wounded Warriors David Weiner, Jade Sharrocks, Ron Kellogg and Ernest Spycher, representing the U.S. Army, Marines and Navy, took the plunge into the Aquarium’s 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit to the delight of spectators. Accompanying the group was their dive instructor and active duty Marine Eliseo Rodriguez and several close friends from Patriot Scuba. The group completed multiple dives during their two-day visit, assisted by Aquarium Dive Safety Officer Pat Murphy and Assistant Dive Safety Officer/Guest Dive Coordinator Jason Sheremeta. The Wounded Warriors and guests were able to […]