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What’s Happening in the Outer Banks?

By on May 16, 2023

Kitty Hawk Kites has long been a leader in hosting events on the Outer Banks, with annual festivals covering the spectrum of celebrations – from festivals, hang gliding, and kiteboarding to watermelons, pirates, and more! Kitty Hawk Kites is pleased to announce this year’s event schedule, featuring events spanning North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 

51st Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

May 18-21, 2023 
Join professional hang gliders, fans, and families for this Outer Banks tradition. This event is the longest-running hang gliding competition in the world! 

Kiteboarding Kickoff Weekend

May 26-28, 2023 
Join in for all the fun at our Waves Village Watersports Resort this May to kick off our 2023 season! Gear Demos, Tech Talks, and more! 

41st Annual Rogallo Kite Festival

June 16-17, 2023 
Kitty Hawk Kites invites you to join us and fly a kite at the 41st Annual Rogallo Kite Festival to celebrate Francis Rogallo and his many accomplishments. Enjoy the sights of 30-100 foot kites as they fly over Jockey’s Ridge State Park while learning to fly a kite! 

45th Annual Wright Kite Festival

July 14-15, 2023 
Take flight where flight first began with Kitty Hawk Kites at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoy a walk up to the Wright Brothers Memorial statue, and around the hollowed grounds where Wilbur and Orville took their historic first flight in 1903, then come join us for some fun flying a kite! 

17th Annual Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

August 3, 2023 
Games, music, food, and LOTS of watermelon. What more could you ask for in a summer celebration? Join Kitty Hawk Kites for a summer bash you won’t want to miss. Splash tank, corn hole, toy demos, face painting, and tons of watermelon competitions including seed spitting, watermelon eating, and a watermelon ice cream eating competition just to name a few. 

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

August 9-10, 2023 
Ahoy Mateys! Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Pirates will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Come learn the vast history of pirates on the OBX, and participate in Scallywag school for the little ones to see if they have what it take to be a pirate! 

Outer Banks Kite Festival

September 8-9, 2023 
The Outer Banks Kite Festival brings some of the nation’s best kite fliers right here to our backyard. Come out and join us for 2 days of kite-flying fun for the whole family. Enjoy massive display kites flying high, and participate in stunt and power kite lessons given by pros. 

Find more information on our website We’ll see you there! 


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