You’re looking forward to a much-needed Spring Break this year. The year-round warmer climate of North Carolina and Cape Hatteras are just what you need to warm up from the winter blahs or squash the cabin fever. We look forward to spring as much as you do! In fact, we celebrate the coming of our even warmer weather and the road leading toward summer with several annual Cape Hatteras events and festivals. Make some of them a part of your spring vacation itinerary for a full experience of Outer Banks fun.

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Rock the Cape

Celebrate spring and the coming of summer to the Cape with food, music, art, and fun on your spring vacation to Cape Hatteras. The 12th annual event is free and family friendly. It features events highlighting the visual and performing arts of Hatteras Island. Enjoy the art show, concerts, and gallery tour during the weekend of fun. Head to Kitty Hawk Kites’ Waves Village Watersports Resort at Milepost 40 in Rodanthe and let the good times roll. The event takes place June 6-7. Stop by on the 6th for a full afternoon of art, live music, and more. Stop by on the 7th and experience “Friday Arts on the Island” a “First Friday” tour of Hatteras Island art galleries.


If you’re here for an Easter getaway this spring, several churches, community centers, and other local groups host Easter egg hunts, parties, pictures with the Easter bunny, and more family-friendly fun. Churches also offer special Easter services, and area restaurants may be serving up the traditional Easter meal. Contact your church or restaurant of choice to find out just what’s happening and when, and whether or not restaurants require reservations for a meal. Easter is Sunday, March 31, 2024.

Taste of the Beach

The event takes place across all islands of the Outer Banks, including several establishments on Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. Take a “Tour of the British Isles” at the Lost Colony Tavern in Manteo or enjoy “Life is a La Playa” at Good Winds Restaurant in Rodanthe. The event takes place Friday, April 12, 2024 – Saturday, April 13, 2024. See the event website for a full list of events and restaurants.

British Cemetery Ceremony

Every year in May, representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Navy, British Royal Navy, and National Park Service gather. The event takes place in Buxton and honors the 63 foreign sailors who perished protecting the area’s coast. There is a concurrent ceremony in Ocracoke at the island’s own British cemetery. This year’s ceremony is May 10, 2024.

Dare County KidsFest

Hosted by the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County, the festival celebrates all things “kids.” The 15th annual festival takes place 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. is bursting with everything kids love. A full schedule has yet to be released for the event that takes place on Friday, May 10, 2024.

Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Spring and summer bring a variety of festivals and competitions. This year, anglers will want to visit for a chance to discover the great fishing along the Hatteras Island coastline. The open is one of the most popular fishing tournaments of the year in the southern Outer Banks. The multi-day tournament attracts competitors from all along the East Coast, and further afield. This year’s event takes place Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Saturday, May 18, 2024.

The Lost Colony Opening Night

Head to the famed Waterside Theater in downtown Manteo this spring. The 2024 season of the Lost Colony, one of the country’s most acclaimed outdoor dramas, launches this spring. The Lost Colony is the longest-running outdoor drama in the U.S. and features a premier telling of the story of the first colonists to arrive in the “New World” from England. Opening night is Thursday, May 30, 2024. The show goes on from 7:45 – 10 p.m.

Dare Day Festival

It’s one of the longest-running festivals in Manteo! The full-day event is held along the downtown waterfront and boasts an array of activities and attractions. Each one celebrates local Manteo culture. Throughout the day you’ll experience a number of events for water and OBX lovers of all ages, like the Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs, “Anything that Floats but a Boat” Race, and the Raingutter Regatta. Check out the Kids Zone, as well as the annual competitions for best cake and pie in all of Dare County. The festival takes place 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Celebrate Spring in Cape Hatteras

As you plan your North Carolina and Cape Hatteras springtime adventure, make sure to sprinkle in your favorite events or festivals to the itinerary for your perfect and unique vacation experience. You’ll also want to make part of that planning booking a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as a one-bedroom suite for a cozy sweetheart getaway this spring, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you can enjoy your favorite spring activities and festivals with all your friends and family.

Contact us today to book your accommodations and start planning a Cape Hatteras spring event-filled adventure to remember!