Events calendar: Outer Banks

May 19, 2010

May

The Currituck Wine and Jazz Fest. Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, N.C. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. May 31. Wines will be poured from all the Currituck Wineries, including the release of the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Syrah. The event features live jazz on the lawn, food from local restaurants, artwork by local artists and vineyard tours. $15-$20.

June

Rogallo Kite Festival. Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head. 252-441-4124. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 12-13. Festival featuring kite demonstrations, children's games, kite making and nightly entertainment. Free.

Evening Under the Stars. outerbanks.org. 8 p.m. June 20. Join the North Carolina Symphony for a night of music under the stars. Bring a chair, blanket or picnic for the concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Free.

Summer Music Series at the Duck Town Park. 252-255-1286 or townofduck.com. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 6 p.m., from June 29 through August 5. Hear artists perform jazz, classic rock, New Orleans dance and bluegrass. Great family fun. Free.

July

Outer Banks Sandsculpture Festival. 252-441-6800 or kittyhawk.com. July 1-3. Kitty Hawk Sports at Jockey's Ridge Crossing Shopping Center, Nags Head. See professional sand sculptors create a 50 ton artistic masterpiece out of sand as well as a sand carving contest for kids. The event features raffles, sand sculpting contests, and live entertainment.

Duck's Independence Day Parade. 252-255-1234 or townofduck.com. Begins 9 a.m. July 5. The town of Duck will host its one-mile parade from Scarborough Lane, down Ocean Way to Christopher Drive. After the parade, take in the after-event at Duck Town Park, featuring music by Ruth Wyand & Friends.

America Celebrates/July 4th Fireworks. 252-475-1500 or roanokeisland.com. Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Parkin Manteo. 8 p.m. Enjoy music and fireworks. Bring a picnic and celebrate America. Free.

31st Annual Wright Kite Festival. Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills. 252-441-4124 or kittyhawkkites.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10-11. A festival for all ages with a spectacular kite show featuring stunt kites, games, kite making for kids and contests. Free.

August

American Heroes Day. Aug. 5. chicamacomico.net. Visit the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe, N.C., to meet the personnel and see the equipment and vehicles of the local Coast Guard, law enforcement, firefighters, water rescue, EMS and more. The event includes lifeboat demonstrations and a military flyover. $5.

Virginia Dare Faire. Roanoke Island. 252-473-3414 or thelostcolony.org. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 18. Celebrate the 423rd birthday of Virginia Dare, the first European settler to be born in the Americas, at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Activites include crafts, games and cake and ice cream. Free.

September

Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. outerbanksforum.org. The Forum offers affordable concerts by well known artists. Performances include jazz, ballet, classical, country/bluegrass and more.

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