Manteo, NC

What Are the Best Fall Activities in Manteo?

07/16/2021 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities

The North Carolina coast offers a variety of ways to explore every season. It doesn’t matter if it’s warm and sunny outside or a little chilly—you’ll find something new and exciting around every corner regardless of the time of year. You may not know it, but there are plenty of fall activities in Manteo. Exciting local events, great food, and plenty of beach time are just a few of the best things to experience during your visit! 

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The Best Fall Activities in Manteo 

Explore Roanoke Island Festival Park 

Adults and kids will love exploring the beautiful Roanoke Island Festival Park. This is a fantastic spot is home to some of the best fall activities in Manteo. You’ll find several attractions, including a representational ship from the 1585 English voyage to the island, a constructed American Indian town, and an English settlement site! 

Check Out a Manteo Restaurant 

Want to grab a burger at a brewery? What about a sandwich at a local deli? Or maybe you want to enjoy a romantic date night near the water. Well, all of those restaurant options are available in downtown Manteo.  

Discover Local Shops 

Downtown Manteo is full of charming boutiques that are perfect for browsing in between grabbing a bite to eat. Island lifestyle shops, candy stores, and watersports companies are just a few things you’ll find in our town. 

Sample Craft Rum 

Head to Outer Banks Distilling for a sip of local libation during your OBX getaway. A rum tasting on a cool day is one of the best fall activities in Manteo for adults to enjoy. You can always take a bottle back to your Pirate’s Cove vacation rental! 

Fall Events Near Manteo 


The Easterns 

The ESA Easterns Surfing Championships is a grand-finale event that is one of the top surfing competitions on the Eastern Seaboard. 

Outer Banks Kite Festival 

The Outer Banks Kite Festival is an incredible two-day event in Nags Head that features a large display of high-flying kites in the sky! 

Labor Day Run 

The Labor Day Beer Mile winds and weaves through the heart of Kill Devil Hills and offers a great opportunity to see the town on foot. 


Bluegrass Island Festival 

The Bluegrass Island Festival is one of the most anticipated fall events in the Outer Banks. Music lovers from across the country flock to our beautiful island of Manteo to feast their ears on popular and up-and-coming bluegrass groups. 

Outer Banks Seafood Festival 

Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than when you’re at the beach. Local cuisine and culinary traditions are on display at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head. 

OBX Brewtag 

OBX Brewtag is a unique celebration of flight and beers. You’ll find plenty of incredible beer and keg launching at this fun fall festival in the Outer Banks. 


Christmas Tree Lighting 

Ring in the Outer Banks Christmas season at the end of November with the Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade in the heart of downtown Manteo.  

Poulos Family Christmas 

The Poulos Family Christmas is a gorgeous holiday light display that is one of the most beloved Christmas traditions in the Outer Banks. 

Celebration of Wright Brothers First Flight – December 

 Head to the Wright Brothers Memorial to commemorate the launch site of the first flight, where a variety of activities and aviation exhibits tell the story of this important event in American history. 

Plan Your Manteo Fall AdventureManteo, NC 

Pirate’s Cove Realty has the perfect place to stay for your fall getaway! Check out our collection of Pirate’s Cove homes and condos in downtown Manteo, our gated community, and several other spots on the island. With so many family-friendly activities, you’ll want to come back with your family over and over again!  

Start planning your Outer Banks getaway today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family!