All events listed are planned to take place with every precaution and safety measure taken to ensure a reduced risk of COVID-19 spread. Dates and times of events are subject to change. Please visit the event’s website link for up-to-date information.

APR

Scallywag 5k/10k and 1/2 Marathon

April 29 – 30, 2023

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 female contestants of each category receive an award. Sign up here.

Ocracoke Island Waterfowl Festival

Apr 15, 2023, 9am – 5pm

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.

MAY

British Cemetery Ceremony and Reception

May 13, 2023

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 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

May 27, 2023

The Firemen’s Ball started years ago when a couple of talented musicians who love Ocracoke gathered to play music and raise some money for a good cause. Since then, the original group (The Dune Dogs) out of Raleigh, NC, with the help of local band The Ocracoke Rockers have come together every year to make this fundraiser a huge success.

Not only is it a good time, but it is also an important fundraiser for the fire department.

Find all of the information you need here.

JUNE

Ocrafolk Festival

June 2 – 4, 2023

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.

JULY

Ocracoke Island Independence Day Celebration 

July 4, 2023

Join us for the annual Ocracoke Island Independence Day Celebration! The Fourth of July Fireworks will take place on July 2nd.

 

AUG

Ocracoke Fig Festival

August 3 – 5,  2023

Learn about Ocracoke’s fig history and culture while enjoying old-fashioned crafts and games. Local vendors provide fresh figs, fig preserves, local cookbooks, fig-smoked BBQ, and other fig-tastic items. Everyone is welcome to submit a cake to the Fig Cake Bake-Off. A panel of judges chooses the winners with free samples for everyone after the contest.

SEPT

Ocracoke Island Wide Yard Sale

TBD

You don’t want to miss Ocracoke’s annual Island Wide Yard Sale! Take advantage of this opportunity to turn your seldom-used or “clearance” items into cash, or shop for great bargains! Participation in this event is free to all visitors, Ocracoke individuals and businesses.

OCT

Come celebrate Ocracoke’s unique pirate history with a weekend of swashbuckling fun sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association. The Jamboree features an historically-accurate pirate encampment and a reenactment of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s last battle. Interactive living history exhibits, sea chanteys, 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.

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Turkey Trot

November 23, 2023

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 23, 2023

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

Holiday Gift Market

TBD

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.

DEC

The Festival Latino de Ocracoke is a day to honor vibrant Latino traditions and celebrate the unity of all who are part of this great community. Through delicious authentic food, traditional dances and music, exciting games, crafts, and fun for all ages, organizers hope this festival will bring the community together to experience and enjoy the friendship of our cultures.

OWWA Oyster Roast (TBD)

By far our most popular December event, the annual Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association Oyster Roast & Shrimp Boil brings hundreds of eager seafood lovers to the island to line up at makeshift tables in the bright winter sunshine to shuck oysters, peel ‘n’ eat shrimp, and slurp fish stew, washed down with cold beverages. Dessert is offered at the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Exhibit in the Community Square. All are welcome.