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The annual celebration of Outer Banks heritage and food, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, is coming up on October 18th, and here is all of the information you’ll need to have a great time!

Scene from last year's Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

Scene from last year’s Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

Seafood, beverages, music, art, cooking, activities and fishing heritage

OUTER BANKS, N.C. –  One of the tastiest events on the Outer Banks, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival sponsored by TowneBank and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, is coming up in just a few short weeks. The third annual festival will held October 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, at the soundside Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head.

The mission of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is to provide a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating the area’s seafood heritage and community. To that end, the festival offers opportunities to meet watermen and see the tools of their trade, including boats. It also offers cooking demonstrations, educational booths and, best of all, the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants.


Some of the restaurants serving seafood and other items at the festival include Sam & Omie’s, Awful Arthur’s, Striper’s, Sugar Creek, Darrell’s II, Mulligan’s, The Salad Bowl, Captain George’s, Proof Bakery, BK Shuckers, The Lone Cedar, Dirty Dick’s, Kelly’s and Jolly Roger. Food and beverages (beer, wine, water and soft drinks) are purchased with SeaBucks, the currency of the festival.


The live entertainment lineup for the festival is as follows:

10:50 a.m. Main stage opening ceremony, Presentation of the Colors by U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, Tshombe Selby sings the National Anthem, Reverend David Daniels delivers the blessing
11:00 a.m. Molasses Creek
12:10 p.m. Mojo Collins & Triple Vision
1:20 p.m.  Bill & Friends
2:30 p.m.  The Crowd
3:40 p.m. Old Enough to Know Better
4:50 p.m. Jonny Waters & Company
5:50 – 6:00 p.m. End of OBSF 2014

There is no on-site parking at the festival.

Free shuttles run approximately every half hour or less from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Shuttle service for vendors and volunteers will begin running from the Nags Head Elementary School/Dowdy’s lot at 6 am.

Handicapped parking and shuttle runs from Nags Head Elementary School/Dowdy’s Site.
Shuttle locations:

  • Nags Head Elementary School/Dowdy’s Site – 3100 S. Wrightsville Ave. Nags Head  (starting at 6 a.m. for volunteers and vendors)
  • Whalebone Park – Next to Sam & Omie’s Restaurant in Nags Head (starting at 10:30: a.m.)
  • Nags Head Town Hall – 5401 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head (starting at 10:30 a.m.)
  • Dare County Government Center – 954 Marshall C. Collins Street, Manteo (starting at 10 a.m.)

Walking and Biking:

  • There will be designated crosswalks at Grouse Street and Harvey Street to the event site for crossing U.S. 158.
  • Pedestrians and bikers may only enter at the main entrance
  • Bike racks are available onsite, but bring your own locks (no charge for bike parking).

Outer Banks Seafood Festival 2014 at a glance:

Date: October 18, 2014

Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $3 admission; food and drink must be purchased with SeaBucks, available at the festival

Location: Outer Banks Event Site, 6800 S. Croatan Highway, milepost 16.5, Nags Head
Information: 252-732-0373;


Get all the info about the Outer Banks Seafood Festival.

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