The year-round sun and warm temperatures of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region, in addition to the sand, sun, water, and fun the area has to offer makes them an ideal destination for your next getaway. There are several islands and areas to choose from, but Cape Hatteras is full of fun, as well as all that sand, sun, and water activities you came to enjoy.

There are plenty of things to do and see to make it a trip to remember. You’ll need and want to do some shopping while you’re here, so add a stop at some of their unique farmers and craft North Carolina markets to your must-do list.

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Old Trent Market

Stop by and pick up unique items created by local artists and craftspeople as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jam, honey, and more. Add them to your next home-cooked meal, or as a fun souvenir to remember your trip.

Markets are held every Thursday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the fun at the Frisco Woods Campground in Frisco. The market is open now, and will continue through summer and into the fall.

Tri Villages Memorial Day Market

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day with a trip to Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. The summer season will be getting underway, and that includes the premier weekend for the market. Explore the market and its many artists’ and makers’ tent setups featuring clothing, art, baked goods, fresh produce, and more.

Head to the Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place one day only, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Rock the Cape

The annual celebration shines a spotlight on performing as well as visual arts in Cape Hatteras. Enjoy live music from styles such as contemporary Celtic, pop, funk, soul, and more. The concert is free and take place all afternoon on June 6.

On the 7th you can visit handmade fine arts and crafts by local artists. Stop by the “Friday Arts on the Island” – a First Friday tour of the art galleries of Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. The 2024 festival is June 6-7.

Avon Farmers Market

The market is one of the top markets on Hatteras Island, including Cape Hatteras. Open seasonally, the 2024 season starts in June. Shop the market for items including custom tea blends, handcrafted sauces, seasonings, and jellies, art, textile accessories, jewelry, wood crafts, baked goods, fresh produce, and more. Check their website for this year’s list of vendors, as well as their website and social media information for each.

The market is located at 41156 NC Hwy 12 in Avon. It runs June 11-September 10, 2024, and takes places Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tri Villages Market

Once the market kicks off during the Memorial Day weekend, you’ll want to add its regular day to your calendar, too. The market takes a break to fully stock up, so you’ll have to wait until mid-June. Stop by the ocean- and soundfront camp ground to find clothing, accessories, fresh produce, arts, crafts, and more.

Visit them at Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Wednesday, June 12 – September 25, 2024.

Light House Local Artists Shows

The shows start in spring and run through fall. Stop by on select Fridays and Saturdays to see and purchase local art, crafts, jewelry, homemade foods, and more.

See their Facebook page for the full schedule. Each event is held Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Find them at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center, across from the Cape Hatteras Secondary School tennis courts in Buxton.

Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Guild

The Guild is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to boosting the work of young local artists across Hatteras Island and throughout Cape Hatteras. Since its inception nearly 35 years ago, the Guild has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships for deserving artists.

Not only can you score unique items, but you can enter a raffle to help raise the funds for scholarships. The Guild hosts two shows annually, one in August and one the weekend of Thanksgiving – just in time to kick off holiday shopping.

The August date has not yet been announced.

Craft Your Perfect Cape Hatteras Escape

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Cape Hatteras retreat full of farmers and craft market fun, make booking comfortable accommodations a priority when you book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meal in the fully-equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space, or spend some time outdoors on a private patio or balcony. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so all your loved ones can join in the farmers and craft market fun.

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