Outer Banks seafood festival

Outer Banks Seafood Festival – 2021

There are many types of oysters in the world and there are no single species that you can ignore saying it tastes lesser than another. Of course, you will have a favorite oyster but for a real oyster lover, all oysters will be delicious. Therefore, the world will have endless flavors of oysters to offer you as the flavor of oysters change depending on where they grow. Oyster festivals are the best places to tick off one or more types of oysters out of your bucket list. Outer Banks Seafood Festival is one such event where you can savor oysters and many other seafood cuisines.

 Outer Banks Seafood Festival is an event of fun and educational experience which is organized to promote, honor, and celebrate the coastal seafood heritage of the region and its local community. This is a family event you can go to together as the festival will have events focused on people of every age. If you want to have some all oyster fun, here is all you should know about the Outer Banks Seafood Festival.


1.   Date

2.   Location

3.   History of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival

4.   Tickets

5.   Schedule

6.   Parking

1.    Date

16th of October 2021

2.    Location

6800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959 (MP 16.5 on Route 158)

3.    History of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a celebration organized to honor the local fishing heritage. Years ago, the Outer Banks community held ‘The Wanchese Seafood Festival’ as a celebration of the seafood industry and the village which was developed to provide the market with the freshest fresh seafood.  

 In September of each year, Hatteras Village has a ‘Day at the Docks’ on its seaside which means celebrating the old traditions of the seafood industry. This event includes demonstrations of seafood preparations, displays of fishing boats and gear, fishing industry skills contests and competitions, local seafood cooking competitions, music, author readings, a chowder cook-off contest, activities for children and concludes with a Blessing of the Fleet.  

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival was born as a result of an innovative idea to bring back that historical heritage to the present so the visitors and locals can have fun alike while learning about the local culture. 

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4.    Tickets 

Food vendors at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival will collect their own money this year. So no Seabucks are required to purchase food. 

  • General Admission – $15 for participants of age 13 and over

                                   (12 and under FREE)

This ticket includes $10 of Beverage/Merchandise Bucks eligible for the purchase of beverages and festival merchandise. You can purchase extra “beverage bucks” at the event.

  • $170 VIP Packages includes: 

4 of $15 admissions and $40 of beverage/merchandise bucks. This package also includes 4 t-shirts and reserved parking (Please note that only 90 VIP packages are available)

You can purchase your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/156499352777 

5.    Schedule

Event Schedule for October 16th, 2021 

10:30 a.m. Gates are opened

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Out ‘N the Cold

12:00 noon – Opening Ceremonies

12:30 p.m. – Southern English Band

1:45 p.m. – Johnny Waters Band

3:00 p.m. – No More Room Band

4:30 p.m. – The Patriot Band

6.    Parking

There is no onsite parking available at the Outer Banks Seafood Festivals. But free shuttle service will be provided back and forth from the Festival.

  • Whalebone Park [Blue Lot]:
  • In the 7200 blocks of S. Virginia Dare Trail, across from Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, 10:00am – 7:00pm.
  • Nags Head Elementary School, Nags Head [Gold Lot]:
    • 3100 S Wrightsville Ave, Nags Head, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
  • First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills [Purple Lot]:
    • 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Former Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant Parking Lot –
  • 6708 S. Croatan Hwy (to the north of the festival site), Nags Head, 10:00 am – 7pm

Shuttles will be made available approximately every half hour or less from 10:30 am – 7:00 pm 

  • Please travel light with a bag packed well. Your bag has to fit in your lap.
  • No pets are allowed to enter the shuttles or the festival grounds.
  • Do not bring alcohol or coolers as they are not permitted on the shuttles.
  • You cannot consume food or beverages on the shuttles.

Please visit the official website https://www.outerbanksseafoodfestival.org for more information


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