Josh Gates Scott Dawson Roanoke - Cape Hatteras Motel

The Lost Colony of Roanoke – Expedition Unknown –

Josh Gates joins leading archeologists, including author and historian Scott Dawson [son of Cape Hatteras Motel owner, Dave Dawson], as they investigate America’s first ‘missing persons’ case, The Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Following newly unearthed artifacts and clues, they dig for answers to this 400-year old mystery, including a jet ski ride to Scott’s Croatoan sites on Hatteras Island.

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Learn About Sea Turtles With A Real NPS Ranger - Cape Hatteras Motel

Learn About Sea Turtles Like A Ninja From A Real NPS Ranger On Hatteras Island

ATTENTION ALL KIDS … of all ages!!

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering a fun way to learn about sea turtles. Every Tuesday through Friday until September 5th, a kid-friendly park ranger activity will be conducted on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse grounds. Meet at the Keepers of the Light Amphitheater at 11:30am.

Learn like a ninja and have a great time with a National Park Ranger!

Learn more about sea turtles and other great events, dining spots and activities at the official Outer Banks Events Calendar.

Learn About Sea Turtles Like A Ninja From A Real NPS Ranger - Cape Hatteras Motel

Was the Lost Colony truly LOST?

It’s a question that continues to be debated and discussed by scholars, archaeologists, armchair historians and casual tourists alike.

Join The Croatoan Archaeological Society for an evening of enlightenment on the subject with Dr. Mark Horton of the University of Bristol, England on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hatteras Village Community Building/Library. Dr. Horton and his teams of archaeologists and students have been coming to Hatteras Island annually for a decade in an attempt to determine if some or all of the colonists could have resettled in this area.

The evening will include a lecture as well as the unveiling of the new CAS Artifacts display. You can follow the progress of this year’s dig on Facebook at Dig Hatteras or the Croatoan Archaeological Society. The March 31 program is free to the public. For more information call 252-216-7118 or email

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Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb 2015

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open for a special holiday tour for one weekend only. Join us for a FREE winter climb of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Climbing the lighthouse is a unique experience, but a bit strenuous … equivalent to climbing a 12-story building … but it is worth the effort and the 360 degree view is nothing short of spectacular. After all, it is the nation’s tallest lighthouse and the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. That will certainly boost your bragging rights when you’ve completed your climbing adventure!

Children must be at least 42″ tall to climb the lighthouse and those under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old.

Not too many folks even know about this special event, because the facility is typically closed this time of year as noted on the park website, so only tell your very best friends!


Check online for more.

Island Art Shows 2015

Shows host over 20 LOCAL Outer Banks Artists and their wares. Each Island Art Show is a Benefit for a different Local Cause: from the OBX SPCA to the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association and more. Admission to these shows is FREE — we ask attendees to simply support our local artisans & crafters. Attendees can find everything from fine local art and prints to woodworks, photography, upcycled art, collage, handmade hula hoops, handmade soaps and body products plus more. Live local music and lunch will be available at each Island Art Show as well as Raffle tickets for one lucky winner to win a basket full of local arts and crafts donated by our participants. There will be event pages posted on their Facebook page … please feel free to LIKE their page and “join” the events to stay updated.

See more details on the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.

SLICKSTOCK 2015 – A Cape Hatteras Music Festival Event

SLICKSTOCK is the premier music event for Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, coming August 10-14. The Dubplates kick off at 8pm with an epic DJ session and full band set. Next, they will introduce and perform the headliner live with Chali 2na of JURASSIC 5 and Rahzel from THE ROOTS.

All shows August 10th-13th free admission, Chali 2na of JURASSIC 5 and Rahzel from THE ROOTS August 14th $20pp, kids 10 years and younger free.

This great music festival event is hosted by Real Watersports, Waterman’s Bar & Grill and Waterman’s Retreat.


Band Of Oz Comes To Hatteras Island

By consistently playing top clubs and corporate parties of the Southeast with excellent reviews along the way since touring began in 1977, Band of Oz has been an invited guest on most of the major beach concerts in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. One of the most successful groups in the Southeast, Band of Oz now features a full horn section to complete this dynamic eight-member group.

Join us at the Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon, NC Thursday June 18 at 7pm.

$12 in Advance, $15 at the Door

Read More and Buy Tickets Online.

Southern Culture On The Skids Comes To Hatteras Island

Formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1983,  “the bards of downward mobility” have played their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly and swamp pop sound (self described as “toe sucking geek rock – kinda weird, but it feels good when you’re doing it”), while delighting fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. Assisted by their cohorts in chaos, drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff Miller remain prolific and ubiquitous for over twenty years.

Join us at the Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon, NC Thursday June 11 at 7pm.

$12 in Advance, $15 at the Door

Read More and Buy Tickets Online.

June Events on Hatteras Island

Jun 2, Full moon climb

Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Climb at the Cape Hatteras. Hear stories of keepers of old, view the working light close up in the lantern room, and catch the reflection off the Atlantic Ocean of the newly-risen full moon as you stand on the lighthouse balcony.

Two tours will be given at each lighthouse — one at 8:30 p.m. and a second at 9:30 p.m (Times are subject to change. Please check with NPS for tour times). Tickets are required.

Tickets for the Full Moon Climbs must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. Ticket sales at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. You must purchase your ticket at the site where you wish to climb. The number of tickets for each tour is limited. Tickets are $8 per adult, and $4 for children (11 and under) and seniors (62 and older).

Children joining the climb must be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own—they cannot be carried. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment. Children 11 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 or older).

Prior to purchasing tickets, consider your own limitations and those of your group. The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot and humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There is no air conditioning or internal lights.

Jun 5-13, 57th annual big rock blue marlin tournament

57th Annual Big Rock Tournament is a non-profit fishing tournament donating over 2 million dollars to charity to date. Total release Sailfish competition includes categories for Blue and White Marlin.

Jun 14-19, 56th annual Hatteras marlin Club tournament

The Hatteras Marlin Club hosts this annual Hatteras Island tournament. All tournament rules are based off of the rule-set for the IGFA (International Game Fish Association). The event features evening cook-outs and cocktail parties each night, daily activities for the kids, music, dancing, and a champagne breakfast to cap off the event.

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Jun 20, 3rd annual grom prix surf contest

The 3rd Annual Grom Prix will be held at 9am behind the Koru Beach Klub. Groms are ages 15 and under. Entry fee is $15 per contestant. Winner receives free entry to O’Neill Sweetwater Pro-AM Surfest Pro & Amateur. Great prizes for all finalists. So come on out and meet some of O’Neill’s team members Brett Barley, Brendan Petticrew, Conner Lester, Parker Sawyer and Laney Brooks.

Enter now at HIB Surfshop or get info and entry form at

Jun 26, Avon art show

We will be hosting 35 Dare county artists ranging from paintings, wood working, photography, jewelry, pottery and much more. All work will be emphasizing the local Outer Banks styles. Avon Office @ 10am

Jun 26, 3rd annual summeritaville

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Kitty Hawk Kites, Waves Village Watersports Resort, and Good Winds Restaurant are pleased to present the 3rd Annual Summeritaville Music Event.

This year’s event will feature live music from SOULone and Jonny Waters & Company, great food and beverages, a craft beer garden, raffle prizes, activities for children, watersports and skill toy demos, local craft vendors, and more.

Jonny Waters is no stranger to the Outer Banks. He is a multi-talented musician from the Inner and Outer Banks of North Carolina. Recently winning the OBX Entertainment 2012 Band of the Year award. He recorded a video for his hit single “Flip Flop Cowboy” on the Outer Banks in 2013.

SOULone is a local band on the Outer Banks, fusing musical styles like acoustic rock, reggae, blues, jazz and funk. They mold all of these expressions into their own, creating a unique experience.

Adults (16 and older): $10.00
Youth (ages 12-15): $5.00
Kids(under 12): FREE!

Weekly Scheduled Events

Koru Village and Beach Klub Events

Yoga by the Beach, Buxton Woods Eco-tours, Paddle Board adventures, Live Music and so much more! Check out the weekly events and premier events held at Koru Village and the Beach Klub!

real watersports kids camps

June 16 to August 28. 10 AM to 4 PM. Three-day weekly camps (T, W, Th). Learn the sports of kiteboarding, surfing and standup paddleboarding, while being schooled on the water safety topics of rip currents, wind strength/direction, surf conditions and more. Ages 7 to 12. For more information please call (252) 987-6000 or visit

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

To enhance and enrich you and your family’s time on Hatteras Island, we offer a wide variety of recreational and educational programs for children ages 5 and up that occur on a weekly schedule, most of which are FREE. We also offer a series of evening talks geared toward adults that occur based on the availability of our speakers. Often, when there is an evening event that might not be of interest to young children, there is a parallel event for children. Check out the schedule of events.

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Summer Programs

Check out the weekly summer programs at the historic site! All programs are FREE with regular site admission and begin at 2pm. View the summer schedule at

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Weekly events are held at the museum in Hatteras. Hours are 10am-4pm. View the summer schedule at

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Both weekly programs and special events that are great activities for families. Check out their page at

Upcoming Things to Do on Hatteras Island

april 18-19, First Flight 5k and flying pirate half marathon

The Flying Pirate Half Marathon course winds its way through the natural beauty that is North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Run the 13.1 miles and cover some spectacular ground – 2015 is the 6th Anniversary of this fun filled Pirate themed half marathon! Come to the Outer Banks and join the Pirate’s for this fantastic race! Begin in Kitty Hawk and follow the course into Nags Head, along the Albemarle Sound, around the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest. Finish with a Pirate Jamboree in Nags Head!

On Saturday run the First Flight 5K on the NPS grounds of the Wright Brothers Memorial! Fun for everyone includes Finisher medals, event shirts, SWAG & Pirate Jamboree on Sunday! Come fly with the Pirates! Save the date: April 18 & 19, 2015

april 18-26, obx bike week

Packed full with entertainment, great food, events and special attractions. Bike Shows, Poker Runs, Guided Tours, Party Nights, Tattoo and Bikini Contests, Over 100 Vendors, Live Music, Outdoor Concerts, Pig Pickin & more!

april 30-may 3, 2015 ESA mid-atlantic regional surfing championships

With a history of over forty-five years of success, ESA contests are organized at the grassroots, district level on a year round basis. Each district conducts four or more contests per year, and each year the ESA has over 150 competitions along the entire East Coast. From the local district level, top finishers are invited to advance to Region competitions (of which there are three; Southeast, Mid-Atlantic & Northeast). The top finishers in those Regional championship events are invited to the The Easterns® which is held each September on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

This 4-day surf competition is sure to rock the pier this spring. Starting on Thursday and concluding early afternoon on Sunday with competition starting each day at 7 a.m.

may 1-2, Hatteras storytelling festival

Yarn tellin’, foot tappin’ Hatteras style! This year, the Festival will focus on local talent & Hatteras Island stories.

may 2, 4th Annual run in the sand- 5k road/beach race- 1 mile fun fun

Announcing the 4th Annual NCSHP / MADD / NCLEAP Run In The Sand. Proceeds go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and North Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program. The event consists of a 1 mile Fun Run / Walk which begins at 9:30 am. The 5K, which courses through the lighthouse grounds, begins at 10:00 am. Lastly, a M.A.D.D. Kid’s 50 Yard Dash on the beach starts at 11:00 am for ages 12 and under. Check us out on Facebook at NCSHP RUN IN THE SAND

may 25, shore break 5k and tide pool fun run

8am for 5K, 9am Fun Run. The 4th annual Shore Break 5K will be held at 8am and the Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach will immediately follow the 5K at 9am. Run through Kinnakeet Shores on gorgeous Cape Hatteras, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This race terrain will keep you entertained the entire 3.1 miles, from paved roads through winding beautiful Kinnakeet Shores to wooden bridges, boardwalks, beach walkways, a few steps up and over the dunes and finally finishing with an unbelievable view of the Atlantic Ocean as the final stretch takes you to the beach. Run, jog or walk, all are welcome! Come celebrate Cape Hatteras and give back to a great community! All proceeds from this event will go toward the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund.