Spring Has Sprung!
March has rolled into the Outer Banks like a lamb and hopefully rather than leaving like a lion it will fade into April like a cat basking happily in the sunshine. The beach is blooming – shops and restaurants are opening back up, visitors are beginning to trickle in for a long weekend here and there, and winter-worn locals are blinking out into the sunshine – there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
Lots of folks may think there’s not a lot going on until after Memorial Day, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Along with most local businesses beginning to open up for the season, there are many spring events and activities planned, and there’s surely something for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re in town this weekend you’re really lucking out because it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, which means the 8th annual Running of the Leprechauns 5k & 10K on Saturday and the 27th annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday.
The race will start and end at Kelly’s Restaurant and is sponsored and hosted by Mike Kelly and Kelly’s Hospitality Group. It’s not too late to register! Looking for SWAG? Participant t-shirts, finisher medals, and the best awards party on the beach with a selection of Irish-themed foods and beers to enjoy!
The parade is a mile long and goes from Bladen St. (MP 11.4) to Driftwood St. (MP 10.5). It’s begins at 1pm but people will start gathering along the parade route on the beach road before then – arrive early to get a good spot! Post parade festivities include Three’s a Crowd playing music from 3pm-6:30pm in the tent behind Kelly’s, free hot dogs (2,000 dogs til they run out), karaoke & a DJ. Later, dine on traditional corned beef & cabbage in the dining room (opens at 4:30pm).
If museums and history are more your speed, then you should head down to Hatteras on Saturday, March 12 for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum’s Underwater Heritage Symposium. Free and open to the public, this event will feature speakers covering a variety of topics ranging from underwater archeology, shipwrecks, and artifacts to diving, safety techniques, and marine biology.
One of the most anticipated spring events on the Outer Banks is Taste of the Beach. This year it runs from March 17th through the 20th. Taste of The Beach Weekend is a fantastic way to sample the fare of many fine restaurants on the Outer Banks in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend! Casual chefs to full-on foodie fanatics will revel in innovative culinary opportunities offered up by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. You can indulge in a fancy wine dinner one night and mix with the masses in an organic farm to fork experience the next. Or maybe an intimate cooking class with one of the area’s talented chefs is more your speed. Over 50 events over four days at nearly 40 different venues!
Easter weekend, Fly Into Spring with Kitty Hawk Kites as they celebrate the change in seasons with kite flying demonstrations at Jockey’s Ridge and an Easter egg hunt at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. There will also be photos with the Easter bunny and yoyo school! Friday, March 25 and Saturday March 26 from 10am-4pm.
On April 2 the Elizabethan Gardens is hosting an event that has become an Outer Banks spring tradition. Held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms, the Easter Eggstravaganza features an egg scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, storytime, educational crafts, games, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun. April is a great time to visit the gardens, and why not plan your trip around a fun event that will keep everyone entertained?
In between beach walks and mini-golf, be sure to check out some of the fun things planned for this spring!
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