Outer Banks mid-April is Blooming Fun!!!

Outer Banks mid-April is blooming with great fun! From Outer Banks Bike Week to Outer Banks Restaurant Week and everything in between. Why not come to the OBX for a few days and check out all the wonders! Tour some of the OBX most distinguished homes, enjoy live music, run a half marathon, take your dog to a festival, indulge your inner archeologist, or visit one of our National Parks. No matter what you might like to do to pass the time, this year on the Outer Banks mid-April fun is growing everywhere!!!

EVENTS THIS WEEK ON THE OBX!

jori-bigdune_0JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – “NC Parks at 100” – April 14th, 21st & 28th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – One-hour video that commemorates North Carolina’s wonderful parks system, its history and people during our Centennial celebration.  See the beauty and charm our state parks have to offer!  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

CURRITUCK FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW – April 15th – Currituck County NC Cooperative Extension – 120 Community Way, Barco – Hosted by the Currituck County Master Gardeners. For more information on the event, please call (252) 232-2262 or visit www.currituck.ces.ncsu.edu

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – From Landmark to State Park – April 15th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – Mariners and travelers from across the world have used the unusual features of the Outer Banks to guide them along the coast.  Join park staff to discover some of their secrets.  Approx. 30 mins.  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

fish heads dinersFISH HEADS GRILL GRAND RE-OPENING – April 15th – Who is ready for long summer nights on the BEST local hangout on the Outer Banks? The web cam is back on at Fish Heads. Check it out!!! The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is now open for fishing, so come out and wet a line. http://www.fishheadsobx.com/

SKY BLUE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Jeremy Russell – April 15th – 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Real Water Sports, Waves – A great family-friendly atmosphere. All shows are FREE unless otherwise noted. Sponsored Outer Beaches Realty along with other great sponsors.

obx restaurant weekOUTER BANKS RESTAURANT WEEK – April 15th – 23rd – Outer Banks Restaurant Week gives food enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy 3-course lunch or dinner menus at participating restaurants at a fixed price of either $20 or $35. NEW this Spring, some restaurants will be offering a $10 Tapas plate, so you can enjoy a light bite for little money, and even hit a few places in one evening and create your custom Tapas Crawl! So much value and great restaurants to choose from, be sure not to miss it! Participating restaurants include Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill, Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern, Pamlico Jack’s, Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar and many other great restaurants. For more information: www.outerbanksrestaurantweek.com

PEPPERCORNS RESTAURANT AT THE RAMADA PLAZA NAGS HEAD PRESENTS – The Wilder Brothers – April 15th – 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills – Locals and visitors alike love dinner at Peppercorn’s and the live music in the lounge!  http://www.ramadaplazanagshead.com/dining-en.html

bj griffinKELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove – April 15th – 9:00 pm – 1:45 am – Nags Head – BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove is a 5 piece band from Virginia Beach, VA. The band has a unique sound that sticks with you well after the show. With a set list includes a perfect mix of oldies-but-goodies with the newest music out today that keeps you dancing all night long. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

FREE ENTRANCE DAYS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS – WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL – April 16th – 24th – The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in 2016, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

bike week 201614th ANNUAL OUTER BANKS BIKE WEEK – April 16th – 24th – Join in another year of great activities, live music, special rides, vendors galore, and so much more! OBX Harley-Davidson and Nags Head Harley-Davidson are your hosts and have activities scheduled at their locations all week – entertainment, great food, events and special attractions like Bike Shows, Poker Runs, Guided Tours, Party Nights, Tattoo and Bikini Contests, Over 100 Vendors, Live Music, Outdoor Concerts, Pig Pickin & more!

FLYING PIRATE HALF MARATHON, FIRST FLIGHT 5K & DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE – April 16th & 17th – This pirate-themed half marathon is a lot of fun! The course winds its way through the natural beauty that is North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  Beginning in Kitty Hawk the course heads 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! The First Flight 5k is SOLD OUT! And the Double Dare Challenge (run the 5k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday) is almost sold out. www.flyingpiratehalfmarathon.com

WOOFSTOCK-LOGO-2016WOOFSTOCK 2016 – April 16th – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo – Let the dogs out for our second annual tail-wagging’ happy affair! Features local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family with contests (and first place prizes) for your dog. There will be live music, a dog photographer and concessions available for both dogs and humans. Standard admission for members, non-members and canine visitors applies. For more information: http://elizabethangardens.org/events/woofstock-2016/

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY – April 16th – 3:00 pm – Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills – The NPS is partnering with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service for this event as well as local and statewide schools so that students can watch and learn about the process of becoming an American citizen. The partnership helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation’s most significant natural and cultural resources. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for the ceremonies. The public is welcome to attend and join in the joy of these new citizens.

FISH HEADS BAR & GRILL PRESENTS – Jeremy Russell – April 16th – 5:00 pm – Outer Banks Fishing Pier, Nags Head – Enjoy live music, great food, a huge variety of beer on tap, and one of the best views on the Outer Banks! http://www.fishheadsobx.com/music-calendar.html

PEPPERCORNS RESTAURANT AT THE RAMADA PLAZA NAGS HEAD PRESENTS – Bobby Soto – April 16th – 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills – Locals and visitors alike love dinner at Peppercorn’s and the live music in the lounge!  http://www.ramadaplazanagshead.com/dining-en.html

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove – April 16th – 9:00 pm – 1:45 am – Nags Head – BJ Griffin & the Galaxy Groove is a 5 piece band from Virginia Beach, VA. The band has a unique sound that sticks with you well after the show. With a set list includes a perfect mix of oldies-but-goodies with the newest music out today that keeps you dancing all night long. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

First Colony FoundationFIRST COLONY FOUNDATION ARCHEOLOGICAL DIG: “PROJECT DOGWOOD” – April 17th – 23rd – Roanoke Island – The First Colony Foundation is planning an archeological dig in honor of the Centennial and the 75th anniversary of Fort Raleigh National Historical Site. The focus of the dig will be to further investigate the “Ganz Workshop” site adjacent to the earthen fort. This event will help us to gain knowledge about the park which will help to excite and engage new audiences about the Lost Colony.

SKY BLUE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Hal Lester – April 18th – 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Real Water Sports, Waves – A great family-friendly atmosphere. All shows are FREE unless otherwise noted. Sponsored Outer Beaches Realty along with other great sponsors.

JOCKEYS RIDGE STATE PARK – All About the Ridge – April 19th – 10:00 am – Nags Head – Join us for a discussion on the history and interesting characteristics of Jockey’s Ridge. Meets in the auditorium for about 30 minutes. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

UPCOMING EVENTS!

OUTER BANKS HOSPITAL – American Lung Association Better Breathers Club – April 20th – Nags Head – Taking care of your emotional health is a key part of managing your COPD or other lung disease. The Better Breathers Club offered at The Outer Banks Hospital can offer you a place to share your thoughts with others who know what you are going through. Family members and caregivers are also welcome to join. Call 449-7300 to let us know you are coming!

TOWN OF DUCK- Nature on the Boardwalk with the NC Aquarium – April 21st – 9:00 – 10:30 am – Join North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island educator, Rhana Paris, for a stroll along the Town of Duck’s soundside boardwalk to check out wildlife and local plants. Programs are designed for older audiences, however, if children wish to participate with an adult, suggested age is 9 and up.  Program is free, but space is limited. Call 252.255.1234 to register.  Once registered, plan to wear walking shoes and gather at the First Floor Conference Room at Duck Town Hall, 1200 Duck Road to begin the program. https://www.townofduck.com/

SENIOR GAMES HEALTH FAIR, OPENING CEREMONIES – April 22nd – 8:00 – 11:30 am – Join us to celebrate senior fun, fitness and health. The Health Fair will offer free health screenings. Local vendors will also be on hand to provide information about health services and community resources. Stay to enjoy the Senior Games Opening Ceremonies, followed by lunch. No appointment is needed for the screenings. Call 449-7300 to let us know you will be joining us for lunch.

KILL DEVIL HILLS HISTORIC LANDMARKS OPEN HOUSE – April 22nd – 1:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills Town Hall – The self-guided tour of a sampling of the historic homes beginnings with a reception at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall. Two new 2015 historic home designations – Owen Cottage at 2019 S Virginia Dare Trail and the Young/Croarkin Cottage at 201 Random Street will be honored. Participants will be given a map of the properties and they will have from 2 to 5 p.m. to tour those that are open. Signs will be placed in the yards of those available for touring. The event is free and open to the public. The Historic Landmarks Commission was developed to identify preserve and protect the heritage, history, architecture and culture of the Town of Kill Devil Hills. For more information, call (252) 449-5318 or visit http://www.kdhnc.com/145/Historic-Landmarks-Commission

BENEFIT FOR GEORGE “CHIP” HENDENBERG – April 22nd – 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Waveriders Coffee Shop, Deli & Pub, MP 11. 5, Nags Head – George “Chip” Hendenberg of Shiva’s Drum Yoga Shop is in need of your support. A beloved, long-time resident of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Chip was recently diagnosed with terminal brain and lung cancer. Chip need funds to provide in-home care during this difficult time. For more information about the benefit – https://www.outerbankschamber.com/index.php

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Outer Banks Earth Fair – April 23rd – 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Nags Head – Join Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and a host of Outer Banks agencies in celebrating Earth Fair 2016. What’s better than one agency celebrating Earth Day? All of us getting together and throwing a party! For more information, contact Justin Barnes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. (252) 441-7132 http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

SOUTHERN SHORES – Historic Flat Top Cottages Tour – April 23rd – 1:00 -5:00 pm – the Outer Banks Community Foundation is hosting a self-guided tour that includes world-famous “Flat-Top” Cottages in Southern Shores.  Made popular by wildlife artist/developer Frank Stick, most of these beach cottages were built in the 1940’s and 1950’s and have dominated the architecture of Southern Shores. This year’s tour proceeds will once again benefit Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. For more information, please email seatide1@gmail.com or call 804-399-8342.

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – What’s in a Name? – April 25th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – Do you wonder how Jockey’s Ridge State Park got its name?  How about Bodie Island, Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills?  Learn the legends and facts about how local landmarks and towns got their names.  Approx. 30 mins.  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Birds of Prey – April 29th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – Join park staff for a talk on the basic biology of birds of prey.  Learn how their unique adaptations help them catch prey and discover how to identify some of the species in the area.  Approx. 30 min.  All ages welcome. Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

OUTER BANKS DUALATHLON – A Run Bike Run Event – April 30th – 7:00 am – Nags Head – This is an event for all ages and skill levels. The run course takes you through the quaint ocean side town of South Nags Head, and is set-up against a challenging fast 20 mile ride through the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge which includes the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse and Oregon Inlet. As an added feature the second 5K run, to finish this event, is held on the beach at the newly restored Jennette’s Pier. There is a beach-cruiser division available. Sponsored Brindley Beach, Sun Realty and other great local sponsors.  See more at: http://www.theobxrunningcompany.com/

GIRL SCOUT DAY – April 30th – 9:30 am- 4:30 pm – Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo – Girl Scouts, grades 2-8, will have the opportunity to obtain the Explore Roanoke Island Festival Park Badge. In addition, Girl Scouts can work on the following badges: Brownie Bugs; Girl Scout Brownie Potter; Brownie Fair Play; Junior Play in the Past; Junior Flowers; Cadette New Cuisines; Cadette Trees; Cadette Wood Worker. To register visit www.ebiz.gsccc.org

REGULAR WEEKLY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, ACTIVITIES & SPECIALS! 

CAPTAIN GEORGE’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT – FIRST CATCH EVERY SUNDAY!  Only $27.00! From noon to 4:00 pm enjoy their world famous seafood buffet offering over 70 items! (Excluding Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) www.captaingeorges.com

MIKE DIANNA’S GRILL ROOM – Sunday Brunch – Every Sunday – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – You simply cannott beat this great way to enjoy a leisurely brunch. http://www.grillroomobx.com/events

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Sunday – Best Brunch on the Beach! (as voted by the Virginia-Pilot) All Day. http://www.chilli-peppers.com/best-brunch-on-the-beach-2/

MAKO MIKE’S – Every Monday – 8 oz Prime Rib Served with Two Sides $12.99 or Buy on Pasta Get One Free. http://makomikes.com/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Monday – Burger Night – Enjoy handmade burgers with a new specialty burger every week.  https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152941035834714/?type=1&theater

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Shag Night with the OB Shag Club and Ladies Night – Model Search – Every Monday – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – All invited – free to the Public. The purpose of the Outer Banks Shag Club is to promote and preserve Carolina Beach Music and dancing. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

MAKO MIKE’S – Every Tuesday – Fried Oyster Dinner $12.99 – http://makomikes.com/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Tapas & Wine – Every Tuesday – Enjoy a variety of small plates and excellent wine pairings. Tapas are different every week. https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152943454364714/?type=1&theater

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Loretta’s Line Dancing Classes – Every Tuesday – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Beach music & line dancing & instruction. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Karaoke with Hambone – Every Tuesday – 8:00 pm – 1:00 am – Come show your talent while singing along to your favorite song. 18 and up. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

GENTLE CHAIR YOGA – Every Wednesday – 1:15 – 2:15 pm – Outer Banks Hospital Cancer Resource Center – Nags Head – Cancer survivors and those with chronic illness are invited to participate in our gentle chair yoga program at The Outer Banks Hospital. For more information and to register, contact Marie Neilson at 449-4554

MAKO MIKE’S – Every Wednesday – Crab Leg Dinner $15.99 – http://makomikes.com/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Every Wednesday – Working Women’s Wednesday – 5:30 – 7:30 pm – $15 M&M = Manicure & Martini OR $5 Martini. Games, Gifts and complimentary Appetizer’s. Ladies… celebrate your hard work!!! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Every Wednesday – Open Mic Night – 8:00 – 11:00 pm – The Bellhops provide all sound and light needs, musical accompaniment, back-up. All you need is the talent! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Thursday – Tapas Night… Flavors from Around the World! – Each Thursday Chilli’s highlights amazing dishes from different international regions. April 14 – Cajun Creole; April 21 – People’s Choice; April 28 – Mom’s Cooking; May 5 – Mexican; May 12 – New Menu Preview!

MAKO MIKE’S – Every Thursday – 8 oz Prime Rib Served with Two Sides $12.99 or Buy on Pasta Get One Free. http://makomikes.com/

MIKE DIANNA’S GRILL ROOM – Burger Night – Every Thursday – 5:00 – 9:00 pm – Enjoy one of Mike’s superbly flame-grilled burger with a specialty burger every week. http://www.grillroomobx.com/events

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Thursday – Sushi – Chopstick included.  https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152932057069714/?type=1&theater

MAKO MIKE’S – Every Sunday – Prime Rib Served with Two Sides $12.99 – http://makomikes.com/

ONGOING EVENTS!

ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK PRESENTS – Dare County High Schools Annual Art Show – April 1st – April 28th (Monday – Friday 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.) – Manteo – The free exhibit, located in the Art Gallery, features works of Manteo, First Flight, and Hatteras High Schools. Come enjoy the creativity and promise in our young students. There will be an opening reception April 10th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. For More information, call 252-475-1500. www.roanokeisland.com