Dates and times of events are subject to change. Please visit the event’s website link for up-to-date information.


Ocracoke Preservation Society Art Auction

March 16, 2024

 The OPS annual art auction will take place on March 16. The event features submissions from amateur artists from Ocracoke and across the country and is one of our top fundraisers.

 For more information, contact OPS at (252) 928-7375, or


Ocracoke Island Waterfowl Festival


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. Attendees can also enjoy food, raffles, kids decoy painting sessions, and a decoy head carving contest.


Scallywag 5k/10k and 1/2 Marathon

April 27 – 28, 2024

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, around Silver Lake Harbor, and by the second oldest lighthouse in the nation. Each participant receives a t-shirt and a medal. The top three male and female contestants of each category receive an award. Sign up here


British Cemetery Ceremony and Reception

May 10, 2024

This ceremony and reception commemorates 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 well as Ocracoke High School students participate in the ceremony, which includes a reading of the crew list, the playing of bagpipes, and a 21-gun salute. The event is open to all who wish to pay their respects.

Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department 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 dancing pleasure.


Ocrafolk Festival

June 7 – 9, 2024

Ocrafolk Festival features musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond who come together for one incredible weekend of performances and fun! For details visit


Ocracoke Island Independence Day Celebration 

July 2-4, 2024

The Fireworks show will be held on July 2! More details on the Independence Day festivities to come.


Ocracoke Fig Festival

August 2– 3,  2024

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 panel of judges, often James Beard award winners, will choose the winners with free samples for everyone after the contest. 

Find more information here. 


Ocracoke Seafood Festival Health Center Benefit


Join us for Ocracoke’s Seafood Festival benefiting the Ocracoke Health Center. With seafood, awesome music, a live and silent auction, and all of the island fun, you won’t want to miss this!

This is a fund-raising event that will help 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.

Ocracoke Island Wide Yard Sale


Sell, buy, browse—or do all three—at the Ocracoke Island-Wide Yard Sale.


Ocracoke 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, fishing guides, decoy carvers, charter fishermen, beach fishing, fish houses, commercial fishing, all of which continue today, handed down through the generations.
The festival will celebrate these traditions with booths and exhibits with the watermen themselves., Porch talks throughout the day highlighting each tradition, a traditional Ocracoke Fish Fry, T-shirts, posters and a silent auction are just some of the activities planned.
Mark your calendar now for this exciting new event for OPS and the Ocracoke Community and let’s honor and thank our many Working Watermen.
Booth and exhibit inquiries are accepted, please contact Andrea Powers at Ocracoke Preservation Society at 252-928-7375 or

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 pirate and militia crews march to Springer’s Point to honor those killed in Blackbeard’s last battle with a eulogy, hymns, and final cannon salute.


Festival Latino de Ocracoke Celebrates Unique Community on Remote North Carolina Island. November 3-4, 2023.

6th Annual Ocracoke Island Event features Latino Music, Dance, Food, Games, & Community on Ocracoke Island, NC.

The 6th annual Festival Latino de Ocracoke will take place on Ocracoke Island, NC, the first weekend of November. 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 TDA ( and additional sponsors.


Turkey Trot

November 28, 2024

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

November 29, 2024

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, bring the kids out for some holiday gift-making, or spend an afternoon with friends sampling products from local shops.