OBX Winter Activities

Even though we know it’s happening – those beautiful moments of extra daylight that are gained each day – the next few months can still bring on a serious spell of the winter doldrums. Luckily, in a community like ours, there’s always some fun activities and classes to get involved in.

Whether you want to learn something new, get outside, socialize, take a painting class or attend a performance, the very things that can help you beat the winter blues are nestled right here in our local community.  Take a look at this sampling!

Get Outdoors!

Through the winter, local parks, refuges and gardens offer a number of opportunities to get out and explore throughout the winter. At Jockey’s Ridge State Park, visitors can join a ranger and hike the beautiful coastal habitats that make up this unique sand dune, learn some history or get some tips from the ranger on identifying tracks and other signs left by the animals who call Jockey’s Ridge home. Don’t miss the Wildlife and Wetlands of Eastern North Carolina program and other programs scheduled throughout the winter at the National Wildlife Refuges Center in Manteo and at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The Elizabethan Gardens also has some great programs that will help you get outside this winter.

Light Up Your Mind After Dark!

For the eighth consecutive year, All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores will host its After Dark at All Saints series Jan. 30 through Feb. 24. Church members, friends and neighbors can choose from a wide range of classes. You name it, there’s a class for it – from surf fishing, cooking and beekeeping to painting, gardening, stargazing and how to buy a care. The series feature some of the area’s best chefs, naturalists, artists and more who specialize in the classes they lead.

Hurry to sign up because classes fill quickly. For more information or to register, visit allsaintsobx.org

Dive into the Arts!

The Dare County Arts Council has a number of workshops and art shows taking place this winter. The opening of the 39th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show kicks off on Jan. 28 at the arts council building in downtown Manteo. And don’t miss the Poetry Out Loud district competition on Jan 26 when area high school poetry students share their work. Also on the calendar is the opening of the COA Jewelry Exhibit Feb. 3 and on March 3, the Realms of Imagination exhibit featuring talented artists opens. Looking to get your hands a little dirty and get creative? Those interested can register now for the Color Theory Workshop with artist Adele Castillo or a Tin Collage Workshop.  And don’t miss the Spotlight on Performing Arts on Feb. 11 at Duck Town Hall.

There are even some art classes for the kids being held over the winter. The KDH Co-op offers eight-week workshops for budding artists (ages 5-10) beginning on Feb. 1 and one for teens and tweens (ages 11 to 14) beginning Feb. 7. Participates will work with a variety of mixed media under the instruction of artist Julie Moye.

Hang 12 Art in Kill Devil Hills, an open art studio and painting workshop that is home to local artist Brad Price, holds a variety of art classes over the winter, also whether you want to paint a pup, a kingfisher or something else that sparks your creativity. Local Color in Corolla holds a number of classes including the popular Lushes With Brushes series. For those south of Duck, Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern and Outer Banks Brewing Station are regular spots for these fun workshops.

Above is just a sprinkling of the activities that will keep you busy right through spring. There’s the Special Fathom series at R/C Movie 10 in Kill Devil Hills, a free day at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, an OBX Stress Free Health & Fitness Expo and more that are all packed into the next few months. You can even take a polar plunge for a good cause. So no matter where your interests lie, there’s always something to do on the Outer Banks in the winter. Check out outerbanksguides.com for more events, dates, times and other details.

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