Even if you think Roanoke Island is small compared to the rest of the beach, you must acknowledge that its activities are far from lacking. Summers weeks are rich with daytime Roanoke Island events that can appeal to everyone, but year round there's some kind of daytime event to enjoy. From tournaments, festivals, farmers’ markets, plays, book signings and camps, Manteo events under the sun attract both locals and tourists from all over the Outer Banks. Some Manteo events, like the farmer’s market, happen weekly. Others occur monthly, such as First Friday. Others, like the Bluegrass Festival or the Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival, are annual events. If your visit to Roanoke Island falls around the dates of any of these festivals, you won’t want to miss them. Vendors set up stations with their wares, food is available to purchase, live music fills the air and friendly faces surround you. When you check out any of these festivals, you might feel like you’re checking out a cool block party in the funky part of a big city.
If you aren’t able to make it to any of the festivals, never fear – Roanoke Island events don’t run out. Roanoke Island Festival Park often presents original performances as well as those from larger theaters, and the Elizabethan Gardens often holds classes and kid-centered events during the day.
Roanoke Island events are available to visitors of all ages. While children will definitely enjoy festivals and performances, a handful of camps are also open to younger explorers who want to do some hands-on activities, such as working with animals at the North Carolina Aquarium. Start browsing through the listings below to see which fun Roanoke daytime event you could enjoy during your visit to the Outer Banks!
Want to see every, single Roanoke Island thing to do? It's easy to do here. And, expand your fun by checking out all daytime events being offered from Corolla to Ocracoke at OuterBanksThisWeek.com/daytime-events.