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You’re looking forward to a much-needed summer break this year and can’t wait to start the planning. The year-round warmer climate of North Carolina and Hatteras Island is just what you need to kick back and relax, and the summer months turn up the heat and fun. We look forward to summer as much as you do! If you like celebrations mixed into your days, the area hosts many annual Hatteras events, festivals, and activities you can make a part of your trip’s itinerary.

Avon Farmers Market

The market takes place throughout the summer season and is a fun small event to add to the itinerary. Open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. throughout July and August, you’ll pick up unique local arts and crafts, homemade goodies, and fresh fruits and vegetables to add to your summer cookout menu.

Beach Klub Summer Concert Series

Every summer the Beach Klub hosts a series that includes local acts, tribute bands, and plenty of great music. The event runs Thursdays from late June to mid-August, you’ll hear 90s pop music, the Eagles, Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. The remaining dates are July 13, 20, and 27, and August 3, 10, and 17. Doors open for each show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Order tickets on the Koru Village Beach Klub website.

Zero to Hero Kiteboarding Camp

Keep the kids learning during summer break by learning a fun new skill that’s nothing like school and textbooks. Make one of the camps a part of your Hatteras Island summer getaway. With weekly camps throughout July and August, it’s easy to coordinate your trip to include one. The Kids Zero to Hero Kiteboarding Camp takes beginners from basics to self-sufficient kiteboarders in just a few days. If you can’t make the camp part of your plans, or if the adults of the group want to learn too, the sponsor – Real Watersports, offers kiteboarding lessons regularly outside the camp schedule.

Mirlo Rescue Anniversary

Over 100 years ago on August 16, 1918, the Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station in Rodanthe conducted what’s considered one of the most dramatic operations in U.S. Coast Guard history. The British tanker Mirlo was transporting a full load of gasoline from New Orleans to Norfolk when it struck a German mine off of Wimble Shoals. The series of following explosions caused the captain and crew to flee in lifeboats while the ship sank and set the water ablaze with a massive fire. The Chicamacomico station’s captain and crew of surfmen managed to save all 42 of the survivors. The Chicamacomico station was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1954 and has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

July Fishing Tournaments

The waters of the Atlantic off the shores of Hatteras Island are a prime fishing territory in the summer. You can go solo and cast a line in hopes of landing your next big fish story, or take part in one of the area’s many summer fishing tournaments. Celebrate the 20th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament in Manteo July 26-29. Register the evening of July 26th, or online before the tournament. The tournament is open to all boats.

August & September Fishing Tournaments

With summer in full swing, so are fishing tournaments. This year Manteo hosts the Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament on August 11-13, the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament on August 12-18, and the annual Youth Fishing Tournament on August 12. Many events offer online registration, as well as on-site registration.

Day at the Docks

Since fall doesn’t officially begin until September 23, the event is still part of the summer season. The event celebrates the history and culture of Hatteras Island’s working watermen. Taking place in the heart of Hatteras Village along the waterfront, festivities include fresh seafood, good eats, live demonstrations by working commercial fishing boats, live music, kids’ activities, and more. The event runs on September 15 and 16.

HICF Chowder Cookoff

On the heels of the Day at the Docks festival and all its delicious food, make sure to stick around for some of the island’s best chowder. Taste the best of area restaurants, caterers, and other local organizations’ best clam chowder. Claim your ticket to be a judge and wander vendor to vendor to sample all the chowders. The public votes for their favorite chowder and all proceeds from the event benefit the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HIFC). This year’s cookoff is September 16.

Hatteras Events and Summer Celebrations

As you plan your North Carolina and Hatteras Island summertime adventure, make sure to add your favorite events or festivals to the itinerary for your perfect vacation experience that’s unique to you and your loved ones. Make part of that planning by booking a vacation rental with Midgett Realty. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom suites for a cozy sweetheart getaway all the way up to a ten-bedroom home so you can enjoy your favorite Hatteras events with all your friends and family.

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