The dog days of August are upon us and some folks are eagerly looking forward to fall adventures. Autumn along the Albemarle Sound transitions well from the summer tourist season along the coast. Cooler temps, clear skies and a refreshing breeze beacons all of us to continue our outdoorsy ways and celebrate whatever season blows our way. Here’s a fall sampler of serious fun and excitement. Take advantage of the “coastal comfort” and check off a few of these outings on your fall calendar. There’s a little something for everyone – from the artist to the outdoorsman to the wine and craft beer enthusiast or history buff. How about a challenging hundred-mile bike ride through the countryside or a point-to-point foot race along the Outer Banks? We may have to weather a few hurricanes or tropical storms in the near future so get ready for an active autumn and cheers to an endless summer!
Pocosin Arts Annual Benefit Auction
September 23, 2017
Pocosin Arts welcomes you to an exciting evening under the stars to view and bid on more than 100 handcrafted works of art in their silent and live auctions. Great food, fellowship, arts and crafts and local craft beer!
Proceeds help support the arts center’s scholarship programs. These scholarships allow countless students to participate in the workshops, classes and weekly programs at Pocosin Arts. Béatrice Coron is this year’s featured Artist. The local culture, flora, fauna, and wildlife inspire her art. $
2017 Cotton Country Century
September 24, 2017
Welcome in the fall season with your two-wheeled friends and cycle along scenic country roads through the flat countryside of Eastern North Carolina. The Cotton Country Century offers three routes and distances — a 30-mile route, a metric century (62 miles) and an English century (100 miles). The routes are on lightly traveled country roads in the heart of cotton country USA. The 2017 CCC will start and end in Greenville, NC at Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery. Registration is required by Thursday, September 21, 2017. $
The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival
September 30, 2017
Fine wines, food, and craft beer and highlight this year’s fest held at the Lost Colony. Entertainment and seminars will compliment the event. The Roanoke Island Historical Association presents the inaugural two-day event. $
FR (9/29); Vintners Dinner at the Duck Woods Country Club. Tickets and more info.
SA (9/30) The Grand Tasting takes place at the Sound Stage Theatre surrounded by the beautiful views of Roanoke Sound. Local restaurants will pair their fine foods with a variety of wines from Virginia Dare Winery. More info.
2017 Duck Jazz Festival
October 7 & 8, 2017
Enjoy live music from a variety of jazz performers at the beautiful outdoor town green. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from local restaurants. Festival participants are invited to bring food, coolers, chairs, blankets and pets. Beach umbrellas and tents are prohibited. Click here for an updated line-up of performers and more information. FREE.
Elizabeth II Sails to Edenton
October 13 & 14
In celebration of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse 250th Anniversary, the Elizabeth II will leave their Festival Park port in Manteo, NC and travel up the Albemarle Sound to Historic Edenton. On Friday, NC students will tour the boat. The boat will be available for touring by the public on Saturday. More info. FREE.
Event Update: Due to the shallow waters of Shallowbag Bay, the Elizabeth II will not sail to Edenton this year.
31st Annual Oyster Roast for Sound Rivers
November 11, 2017
Come out and join the non-profit organization to celebrate the lowly oyster and the beautiful Tar-Pamlico River. Steamed oysters and chili served under the stars with The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery on tap. Soft drinks and other beers will be available, with a silent auction for your bidding pleasure.
Oysters served from 6:15pm until about 8:30pm. Music begins at 7:30 for dancing and fun.
Sound Rivers monitors and protects the Neuse River and Tar-Pamlico River watersheds, which cover nearly one-quarter of North Carolina. Through partnerships with concerned citizens, members and three riverkeepers, the non-profit organization strives to preserve the health and beauty of the river basin through environmental justice. More info. $
12th Annual Outer Banks Marathon Weekend
Outer Banks, NC
A full weekend of competition, fitness, fun and running events for the entire family. Choose your flavor from a full-fledge marathon to a family fun run with a number of options and distances sprinkled in between.
SU (11/12), 7AM- Towne Bank Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon
Custom Medals For All Finishers
Free Shuttle Service (26.2 & 13.1)
Free Runner Food & Beer (21+)
Runner Expo – Open To The Public
5k & Full | 5k & Half | 8k & Full | 8k & Half