Outer Banks Seafood Festival

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival will celebrate its 4th year in 2015.   Not only is this festival highlighting the best in local Outer Banks Seafood, but it also features live entertainment, fishing demonstrations, local fishing history, and more.  This article will show you the basics of the Seafood Festival so you can know before you go.

What Is It?

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is put on by Outer Banks Catch, which is a local organization that works to promote locally caught seafood. It’s an all-day event honoring seafood and the coastal way of life. It features food, drinks, vendors, cooking demonstrations, boat exhibits, live music, crafts, and so much more. Admission is only $3 for people over 12. Sea bucks are available to purchase food, drink and activities. Shuttles take you from the designated parking areas to the Nags Head Event Space. 

When Is It?

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival takes place Saturday October 17th from 10am to 6pm. 


No matter what your age, you’re bound to find something you like at the Seafood Festival . There’s a kids zone set up where your little ones can have fun, learn and play. Storytelling, done in the oral tradition, will thrill you with stories and legends of yesteryear. Cooking demonstrations will give you a new way to cook an old favorite. And boat exhibits will show the history and future of our coastal vessels.


A wide assortment of vendors will be set up with things to buy, things to look at and things to educate. Outer Banks Catch will be there, telling you about the fishing life of local commercial fisherman and the importance of local seafood. N.E.S.T will be there too, to answer all your questions about sea turtles and how you can help. Atlantic Realty will also be there, answering all your questions about buying property on the beach. Many local artists will also be represented, offering sea inspired home and gift times. It’s a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping and maybe get a little something for yourself too. 

Live Music

Live music will be performed between 11:30-5.  Bands featured include the Southern English Band, Unknown Tongues, Croatan Highway Band, Old Enough to Know Better, and Johnny Waters and Company. There will also be an opening and closing ceremony.

For The Wicked Tuna Fansâ?¦

Captains Britt Shackelford, Greg Mayer, Charlie Griffin, and Tami Gray of Wicked Tuna Outer Banks will be on hand  1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for autograph signings and to answer questions about the show.  Additionally, Captains Griffin and Gray will be participating throughout the day in activities within the Outer Banks Catch tent. It’s a great way to meet some local celebrities and go home with the ultimate souvenir. Bring your Wicked Tuna gear and your autograph book.


Who could forget about the food? Restaurants from all over have been brought together to provide you with the best seafood the Outer Banks has to offer. Craft beers are also available. Sea bucks is how you purchase food and drink. Buy as many or as few as you need. Some of the restaurants and distilleries included are: Basnightâ??s Lone Cedar Café, Captain Georgeâ??s Seafood Restaurant, Dirty Dicks Crab House,  Jolly Roger, Kellyâ??s Restaurant & Tavern, Mulliganâ??s Raw Bar & Grille, OBX Moveable Feast, Ten O Six, Beach Road Bistro, Stripers Bar & Grille, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Weeping Radish, and many more.

So if you’re in town on the 17th, be sure to check out the Seafood Festival. A good time will be had by all, and a great memory will be made.  Planning a trip, visit our Outer Banks Specials Page for Deals and Discounts on last minute stays.    

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