Ocracoke Earth Day Weekend Celebration 2024

The Ocracoke Earth Day Weekend Celebration sponsored by Ocracoke Alive will begin on Friday, April 19th with a afternoon tour of the Island Inn Commons. Weekend events offer many choices, indoors and out, for all ages including nature walks, history talks, gardening, nature crafts, live music, stargazing, a village litter pick-up, and many informative discussions […]

Ocracoke Island Waterfowl Festival

ocracoke school gym 120 School house rd, Ocracoke, NC, United States

Presented by the non-profit Ocracoke Island Decoy Carvers Guild, this annual event draws decoy carvers and collectors in celebration of a time-honored art.The featured waterfowl species will be the Pintail duck, often referred locally as a Sprigtail. 

Scallywag 5k/10k and 1/2 Marathon

Join us for a Runfest that includes a half marathon, 5K and 10K races, and a one-mile family fun run. The races take place in village through historic roads, by Ocracoke Harbor, and by the second oldest lighthouse in the nation. Each participant receives a t-shirt and a finisher medal. The top three male and […]

Portsmouth Island Homecoming

Every other year, the Friends of Portsmouth Island, in cooperation with Cape Lookout National Seashore, sponsor an old-fashioned homecoming in Portsmouth Village. In addition to the homecoming service, the village is open for visiting, and the service itself is followed by a traditional "dinner on the grounds." The 2024 Homecoming will be focused on the Lifesaving Station […]


39th Annual Ocracoke Surf Fishing Invitational

Ocracoke's 39th annual Surf Fishing Invitational brings together anglers from far and wide, eager to cast their lines into the Atlantic's rolling waves. Against the backdrop of stunning coastal scenery, competitors vie for bragging rights and prizes, fostering a sense of camaraderie amidst the thrill of the chase.

Ocracoke Island Wide Yard Sale

Sell, buy, browse—or do all three—at the Ocracoke Island-Wide Yard Sale. Maps will be available at the Variety Store locating all participating parties. **Rain Date May 5**

British Cemetery Ceremony and Reception

This ceremony and reception commemorate the sinking of the H.M.T. Bedfordshire off the coast of Ocracoke Island in 1942. Four sailors from the Bedfordshire are buried on the island in a small plot of land that is “forever England.” Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, British Royal Navy, and Canadian Royal Navy, as […]

Ocracoke Volunteer Fireman’s Ball

No gowns or tuxedos required for a good time here. Our Memorial Day weekend Fireman’s Ball starts with a pig picking, includes a silent auction and live auction that encourages good-natured bidding wars, all to support Ocracoke’s Volunteer Fire Department. Following the auctions, three live bands rock out all night long for your listening and […]

Ocrafolk Festival

Presented by Ocracoke Alive, this three-day festival celebrates music, storytelling, and artisans from the North Carolina coastal region and beyond. Wander the festival grounds for delicious food from local restaurants and an amazing selection of fine arts and crafts. For details visit https://www.ocracokealive.org/general-info-and-tickets.html

Ocracoke Island Independence Day Celebration

The Fireworks show will be held on July 2! More details on the Independence Day festivities to come. Independence Day activities are sponsored by the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board, Hyde County and the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association.

OPS Fish Fry

Join us on Ocracoke Island for a savory celebration of coastal cuisine at the  Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Fish Fry event. Indulge in a mouthwatering array of freshly fried seafood delicacies and lively island vibes.

Ocracoke Fig Festival

Berkley Barn 58 Water Plant Rd, Ocracoke, NC, United States

The Ocracoke Fig Festival offers something for everyone. The festival celebrates the island’s sweetest traditions, Ocracoke figs, fig preserves, fig cakes, and fig trees! This family-friendly event includes exhibits, demonstrations, fig preserve and fig cake contests, porch talks, vendors, music, and dancing. Everyone is welcome to submit a cake to the Fig Cake Bake-Off. A […]


Ocracoke Seafood Festival

Join us for Ocracoke's Seafood Festival benefiting the Ocracoke Health Center. This  fund-raising event helps support the Ocracoke Health Center in repairing, renovating, and expanding the facility, as well as help support their mission to provide quality, accessible, and affordable community-based medical care to our community and visitors.

OPS Working Waterman’s Festival

Celebrate this Ocracoke Heritage Event with its rich history and continuing tradition of working on the water in Ocracoke. Since the first inhabitants of the island, Ocracokers have made their living on the water, the first being pilots who guided ships through the treacherous Ocracoke Inlet, to fishing, crabbing, clamming, oyster harvesting, duck hunting guides, […]

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree

Come celebrate Ocracoke’s unique pirate history with a weekend of swashbuckling fun. The Jamboree features an historically-accurate pirate encampment and a reenactment of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s last battle. Interactive living history exhibits, sea shanties, music, and a shopping marketplace of seafaring fine arts and wares provide entertainment for all ages. The event culminates when […]

Festival Latino de Ocracoke

Produced by the island non-profit, Ocracoke Alive, in partnership with Ocracoke’s vibrant Latino community, the festival will feature music, ballet folklorico dances, incredible food, games, and more. Proceeds from the Festival Latino de Ocracoke will benefit programming in the island community. The Festival Latino is supported by Ocracoke Alive with assistance from the Ocracoke Township […]

Turkey Trot

The annual 5K Turkey Trot on Ocracoke Island takes place Thanksgiving morning. Get together with family, friends, and fellow runners, burn some calories, and have fun before the Thanksgiving feast!

Parade of Boats

Ring in the holidays island-style with this seasonal parade that takes place on Silver Lake Harbor.

Holiday Gift Market

Do your local holiday shopping and support Ocracoke Island’s local businesses,  spend an afternoon with friends and family sampling products from local shops and vendors.

OPS Wassail Party

Ocracoke Preservation Society 49 Water Plant Rd, Ocracoke, NC, United States

Join the Ocracoke Preservation Society in toasting the holiday season with a warming cup of wassail and a treat. The Wassail Party includes a raffle and it’s a great time to browse the museum’s gift shop for holiday gifts.