Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these activities are not currently available. For events, please check with the organizer/host on whether it has been cancelled or postponed. Although we compiled this list to celebrate throughout 2020, Dare County and its history, nature, and way of life can be celebrated in any year! Add these items to your OBX bucket list to complete them in the future.


150 Ways

to Celebrate Dare County

  1. Attend the Dare Sesquicentennial Celebration at Island Farm on Saturday, May 2nd. This event has been cancelled.

  2. Attend Dare Day! What began in 1975 as a prelude to America’s bicentennial is now a favorite pastime for locals. Held every year in downtown Manteo on the first Saturday in June, Dare Day is a family-friendly street festival offering a variety of entertainment and activities for all ages. This event has been cancelled.

  3. Enjoy delicious seafood, live music, educational programming, boat displays and more at the annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival held every October. 

  4. Attend Day at the Docks in Hatteras Village–a celebration of the strength of community, heritage and living traditions of the watermen on Hatteras Island. This annual event began in 2003 to celebrate the “Spirit of Hatteras” after the island recovered from Hurricane Isabel. The two-day event held in September offers seafood cooking demonstrations, a clam chowder cook-off, the blessing of the fleet, and lots of family-friendly fun. 

  5. Take a stroll along the Duck Town Boardwalk. The Duck Boardwalk extends nearly a mile along the Currituck Sound. Enjoy the beauty and nature of the Town Park, shop at local retail establishments, grab a bite to eat or take in fantastic sunset views over the sound.

  6. Take a hike through Nags Head Woods–a protected maritime forest in Kill Devil Hills administered by the Nature Conservancy.

  7. Visit the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park. With 360 degree views from the Atlantic Ocean to the Roanoke Sound, the dunes are a great place to fly a kite, enjoy a picnic or watch the sunset. 

  8. Enjoy a showing of The Lost Colony. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green wrote the nation's longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. The drama tells the story of 117 English men, women and children who traveled to America to start a life in the new world and tells the tale of the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America. The 2020 season of The Lost Colony has been cancelled.

  9. Comb the archives or attend a lecture at the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC). The Outer Banks History Center collects, preserves, and provides public access to historical and documentary materials relating to coastal North Carolina. Once a month, CurrentTV and the OBHC release a video highlighting a historic Outer Banks event. Click here to view the video playlist.  

  10. Take a step back in time to the 16th century at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre historic site allows guests of all ages to experience first-hand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585. Historic costumed interpreters roam throughout the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II ship to demonstrate how the first settlers lived, worked and played on Roanoke Island. For a hands-on history lesson, visit the Adventure Museum and American Indian Town featuring interactive exhibits that all ages will enjoy.

  11. Learn more about Dare County, the towns, Coastal Studies Institute, Dare County Schools and the College of the Albemarle by watching videos on-demand at CurrentTV.org.

  12. Cast a line from one of the many fishing piers across Dare County: Avalon Pier, Avon Pier, Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head Fishing Pier, Outer Banks Fishing Pier, and Rodanthe Pier. 

  13. Take a full moon tour at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with the National Park Service. Every summer, the National Park Service opens up the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for a limited number of full moon tours. Tickets are required. Full Moon Tours are a great way to experience this historic structure as the light\keepers would have on their nightly watches. Rangers guiding the tours will share stories of keepers of old and give climbers a rare peek at the working light in the lantern room. On a clear night, the full moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean is a breathtaking sight.  

  14. Take a stroll along the Manteo Waterfront. A walk on the boardwalk in different directions will take you to the waterfront gazebo, the Town boat ramp, and marina or the George Washington Creef Boathouse. Walk a little farther for a nature walk through the marsh areas of Shallowbag Bay. You also get a great view of the Elizabeth II docked at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

  15. Climb the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Hidden between tall pine trees and freshwater marshland, the Bodie Island Light presents anything but a typical lighthouse setting. Though not as well-known as its neighbors, it remains an integral part of local history and a favorite spot for visitors. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is open seasonally—third Friday in April through Columbus Day—for self-guided climbs.

  16. Let your patriotic spirit shine and participate in the Town of Duck 4th of July Parade. After the parade, the party continues at the Duck Town Park with trophy presentations, food, drinks and live music.

  17. Leave the fireworks to the professionals and catch a 4th of July Fireworks show in Avon, Kill Devil Hills, Manteo or Nags Head.

  18. Attend an event from the Wings Over Wildlife Festival in October. The annual festival offers programs ranging from birding and wildlife photography to paddling, natural history and more.

  19. Watch one of the many surf contests held annually in Dare County - the Eastern Surfing Association Easterns, the WRV Outer Banks Pro, or the Southern Shores Throwdown North of Town.

  20. Take the family to downtown Manteo on the first Friday of every month, April through November, for Manteo First Friday. A fun-filled family-oriented street festival with live music, magic, artisans and more! 

  21. Celebrate Wilbur and Orville Wright and the first flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. The 60-foot monument boasts ocean to sound views and serves as a reminder to let your dreams soar.

  22. Explore 10 acres of native plants and rare and treasured plants from all over the world at the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. The Elizabethan Gardens were created as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago.

  23. Visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Nestled on the north end of Roanoke Island, near the shores of Roanoke Sound; Fort Raleigh marks the beginning of English settlement in North America. 

  24. Visit the life-sized bronze statue of Richard Etheridge in Manteo. Etheridge was the first African-American United States Life-Saving Service Keeper at Pea Island Station. 

  25. Eat local seafood. Dare County’s multi-generational commercial fishing families have provided some of the freshest, most delicious seafood you’ll find anywhere in the world. 

  26. Hop on a charter fishing boat and reel in the catch of a lifetime from the Gulf Stream. 

  27. Visit the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Historic Site in Rodanthe. With its two stations and five outbuildings, it is the most complete site of all remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the most complete sites in the nation.

  28. Take a walk on the wooden boardwalk out to the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and enjoy the view. Tucked away at the east end of the Manteo waterfront, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse constructed in 1877. 

  29. Visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras to learn about local maritime history and shipwrecks. Daily activities include a family and youth-friendly scavenger hunt that has visitors searching for objects throughout the museum and receiving a special surprise for their efforts.

  30. Visit the lesser-known Monument to a Century of Flight in Kitty Hawk at the Aycock Brown Welcome Center. 

  31. Take a drive down the Outer Banks Scenic Byway along Highway 12. Dare County’s portion of the Byway begins at Whalebone Junction and traverses Bodie and Hatteras islands.

  32. Get a permit and take a drive on America’s First Designated Beach, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Permits are available on-line or at the Park’s Visitor Centers.

  33. Visit the Outer Banks Beachcomber’s Museum in Nags Head. Home to the Nellie Myrtle Beachcomber Museum. From the 1920s until her death in 1992, Myrtle walked the beaches almost every day in search of treasure and any items lost at sea. 

  34. Catch a sunrise by the ocean.

  35. Watch a sunset on the sound.

  36. Pitch a tent and camp at one of the National Park Service’s campsites along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore at Oregon Inlet or Frisco.

  37. Fly a kite as a way of touching the winds of the Outer Banks. The Wright Brothers did.

  38. Search through the Dare County Digital Heritage Collection. The collection contains an online digital archive and searchable index covering over 70 years of past issues of the Dare County Times (1935-1945) and The Coastland Times (1951-2009) newspapers and the student magazine, Sea Chest, that covers Hatteras Island culture and history. 

  39. Listen to the red wolves howl or the alligator's bellow at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

  40. Visit Cape Point on Hatteras Island. Cape Point is located where the island turns west and hooks back towards the mainland, creating a small section of both northern and southern facing beaches. Cape Point is known for its phenomenal fishing and shelling.

  41. Build a sandcastle. Building a sandcastle really isn't as difficult as it looks, and only requires a few key tools. So, grab your pail and shovel, and get digging.

  42. Invite some family and friends to the beach for an evening beach bonfire. Please note: the only locations in Dare County beach bonfires are permitted are in Nags Head and along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Both require a permit that is available on-line.

  43. Visit the U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island. Built in 1901, the Weather Bureau felt that the need to have a main station on the North Carolina coast was important enough for them to build one in Hatteras Village. Cape Hatteras, where the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current meet, was an important location for weather forecasting. The station now operates as a Welcome Center for the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

  44. Go sea glass hunting. Finding a piece of sea glass is every beachcomber’s delight, but did you know sea glass can be found along the soundside as well. Whole bottles can be found in areas that were once long ago trash disposal sites. 

  45. Visit the Dare County Regional Airport Museum and learn about the heroism of “Kitty Hawk Kid,” Lt. Sheldon R. “Ray” Beacham, a member of the VF-17 Squadron, one of the most famous Navy fighter squadrons.

  46. Catch the sweet sounds of summer and enjoy a concert and picnic in the grass at Dowdy Park in Nags Head or the Town of Duck’s amphitheater.

  47. Go surfing. Dare County is home to some of the best waves on the East Coast. 

  48. Learn to stand up paddleboard. Ride the waves of the Atlantic for a thrill or explore the creeks and sounds for a more leisurely pace.

  49. Visit the Dare County Arts Council in the historic Dare County Courthouse in downtown Manteo and peruse local art. Features include paintings, pottery, works in printmaking, jewelry, wood design, fiber art, and glass, as well as a fine selection of prints.

  50. See the sites at the Rogallo Kite Festival at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. This free festival held every June displays 30 to 100-foot kites, a kite competition, and demos.

  51. Attend the Duck Jazz Festival held annually every October. The free event draws top-tier musicians from all over to perform at the Duck Town Park.

  52. Attend the iconic Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage tour. Designed by local legend, Frank Stick, flat top home facades and floor plans are clean and simple with mid-century modern lines. The flat roofs feature extended overhangs, which offer shade and large windows let in ocean breezes. Many of the cottages feature local juniper-wood paneling, ceiling beams, and hurricane shutters. Stick built around 80 flat top homes in Southern Shores. Less than 20 remains. 

  53. Discover a new park or beach access with all your favorite amenities on the Dare County Community Map.

  54. Participate or cheer on a wide range of competitions in Outer Banks Senior Games. Each spring, local residents over the age of 50 are invited to participate in the Outer Banks Senior Games. Achievement is recognized with gold, silver, and bronze awards and the privilege of representing Dare County in the statewide North Carolina Senior Games with the possibility to advance to the National Senior Games.

  55. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Marvel at the largest group of sharks in the state. Witness their conservation efforts in the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center. Interact with scuba divers. See an alligator. Touch the stingrays. Wonder at the playful river otters.

  56. Visit one of the hottest windsurfing and kiteboarding spots at the world-famous Canadian Hole on Hatteras Island, located on the west side of the road between Avon and Buxton (1.5 miles south of Avon). On windy afternoons more than 100 windsurfers and kiteboarders will be spread across the shallow sound.

  57. Catch the Cape Hatteras Wave Classic, a wave-focused kitesurfing event in September.

  58. Attend the Stumpy Point Oyster Feast held every February. The Stumpy Point Oyster Feast returns for its 35th year at the Stumpy Point Community Building for all you can eat fried and steamed oysters, fried fish and sides. There's a bake sale with a large selection of delicious homemade treats for dessert.  Proceeds go to families in need in the Stumpy Point Community.

  59. Watch or participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade–the largest in the state! It starts at Milepost 11.5 in Nags Head and heads north. Wear your green and enjoy the fun!

  60. Participate in an athletic event hosted by Outer Banks Sporting Events which benefits local charities (5k, 10k, half or full marathon, or triathlon). 

  61. Attend the Wright Kite Festival at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in July. Take flight where flight first began with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoy a walk on the hallowed grounds where Wilbur and Orville took their historic first flight in 1903, then join in for some fun flight of your own.

  62. Explore Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve, which features 1,824 acres, hiking trails and a diverse array of wildlife.

  63. On a clear day, paddle out to the USS Huron shipwreck, located in Kill Devil Hills at the Bladen Street Beach Access, just 250 yards from the beach and at a depth of 20 feet. Be sure and take your snorkel and mask and enjoy seeing a shipwreck with your own eyes. 

  64. Show your support for the local first responders. Attend one of the community Police and Fire Departments National Night Out family events or the Dare County EMS open house. 

  65. Explore the sound side from the water, whether in a kayak, on a stand-up paddleboard or in a boat. 

  66. Visit Mashoes, Durant or Banana Island

  67. Volunteer. Make a difference in the Dare County community and volunteer for a worthy cause. 

  68. Grab a flashlight and head to the beach for a ghost crab hunt after dark. 

  69. Attend the Kill Devil Hills Historic Landmarks Open Homes Ceremony & Tour held every October. 

  70. See the latest trends in coastal decor and building at the Outer Banks Parade of Homes in October.

  71. Watch out for over 250 species of birds at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is open all year round during daylight hours. They have great paddling trails, a wildlife drive, two wildlife trails, and all types of wildlife and habitat for you to learn about!

  72. Go fishing and cook your catch for dinner. Catching, preparing and enjoying fresh seafood is part of a long-time tradition in Dare County. Even some of the local restaurants will cook your catch.

  73. Don’t have the best luck with a rod and reel? Visit the docks of Wanchese and buy some fresh local seafood. 

  74. Try some local soft shell crabs. A true Dare County delicacy, all crabs molt their shells, but blue crabs are the only ones sold commercially. When you buy local, you are supporting our local working watermen and their families. 

  75. Or steam some blue crabs yourself. The art of picking out the meat is a talent passed from generation to generation in Dare County, but don’t worry if you have trouble. Visit one of our local seafood markets and buy it already picked.

  76. Want to try and catch them yourself? Go crabbing! They can be caught in Dare County sound waters from late spring to early fall.

  77. Enjoy a picnic on the beach.

  78. Visit the iconic Oregon Inlet Lifesaving Station. The station is on the National Register of Historic Places and can be seen by drivers traveling over the Marc Basnight Bridge, on the ocean side of the northern tip of Hatteras Island.

  79. Visit the Mothervine on Roanoke Island. The Mothervine is America’s Oldest Cultivated Grapevine, circa 1584. 

  80. Watch the two-part episode of Matlock (Matlock Season 4 The Hunting Party Part 1 & 2), filmed in 1989 on Roanoke Island with scenes on the streets of Manteo, at the Dare County Courthouse, and Waterside Theatre. 

  81. Roll down your windows and take a drive on the beach in Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head from October 1 through April 30. A permit is required from both towns.

  82. Brush up on your Outer Banks history by picking up a David Stick book. David Stick authored/edited eleven books on NC history, specifically focusing on the Outer Banks. 

  83. Stir up a batch of Hatteras Island Clam Chowder. Traditional Hatteras-style clam chowder is broth-based and was originally made from what was available in the larder when the clams were harvested: onions, salt pork, potatoes, and black pepper.

  84. Catch a flick at the Ye Olde Pioneer Theater in downtown Manteo - The original was built in 1918 but later burned down, the current theater was built in 1934. 

  85. Fish in the Hatteras Village Offshore Open Billfish Tournament. The three-day fishing tournament is held in early May and sponsored by the Hatteras Village Civic Association.

  86. Stop by Jockey’s Ridge State Park for the 48th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular. The longest-running hang gliding competition in the country.  Pilots from all over the world put on a show.

  87. Ride a bike, walk or jog along one of the many multi-use paths in Dare County. 

  88. Shop at the farmer's markets in downtown Manteo, Wanchese or Nags Head’s Dowdy Park.

  89. Watch a sea turtle “boil” (hatch from their nest), and watch the hatchlings make their way to the ocean, or become a volunteer with N.E.S.T. and help respond to and monitor sea turtle and marine mammal activity along our coastline.

  90. Visit the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center. The center features an assortment of wildlife exhibits and interpretive information, as well as a gift shop operated by the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society for the benefit of the refuge.

  91. Vote! Dare County has 28,427 registered voters yet only 26% of eligible voters participated in the November 2019 Municipal elections. The decisions made by the government have direct impacts on your daily life. Make your vote count. 

  92. Attend an open house or a lecture at the Coastal Studies Institute, a multi-institutional marine science research facility and education campus on Roanoke Island. 

  93. Get in the holiday spirit at one of the town’s annual holiday events in December, the Duck Yuletide Celebration, the Manteo Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade or the Hatteras Village Christmas Parade.

  94. Say farewell to the 150th anniversary of Dare County by ringing in the New Year in the New World at the Town of Manteo’s New Year’s Celebration.

  95.  Take the kids to the Dare County Arts Council Artrageous Kids Art Festival. The festival will be celebrating its 30th year on Saturday, May 11 at Dowdy Park in Nags Head. The event will feature free art activities for kids, local artisans selling their goods, live music, and delicious food vendors. 

  96. Take the family to KidsFest at Roanoke Island Festival Park for a morning of hands-on crafts and activities for young children. 

  97. Sample the fare of local Dare County restaurants at one of the many culinary experiences offered during the annual Taste of the Beach weekend held annually in March. 

  98. Support the local arts by attending one of Theatre of Dare’s live theater performances. 

  99. Discover a new hobby or start learning a new skill by taking a class at the College of the Albemarle Dare County campus.

  100. Try to spot a black bear at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to one of the largest populations of black bears in eastern North Carolina. Except during the bear’s annual winter hibernation, motorists can take a drive through the refuge at dusk and will most likely spot a few bears. Sometimes they pass right in front of your vehicle or you may luck out and see a mother and her cubs enjoying an evening snack. 

  101. Recycle and be a part of Dare County’s exemplary recycling endeavor. For more information about where, visit DareNC.com/RecyclingCenters.

  102. Take dogs to a local dog park. (Registration is required.)

  103. Adopt a pet at the Dare County Animal Shelter located on the north end of Roanoke Island, or simply volunteer to walk the animals in the shelter.

  104. Visit one of the many art galleries on the Outer Banks. Dare County is home to a number of prolific artists and photographers.

  105. Watch planes take off at First in Flight Airport in Kill Devil Hills.

  106. Explore the Buxton Woods Reserve. Unlike the other maritime forests in the county, Buxton Woods does not border a sound. Its area is protected by a line of dunes and borders the Cape Hatteras National Seashore property. 

  107. Enjoy an afternoon at Old Swimming Hole in Manteo. In addition to a place to swim, the area features a covered picnic area and a small playground.

  108. Visit Bebop’s Pier in Manns Harbor to cast a line or watch purple martins roost in the bridge. Purple martins tend to be there from early July to mid-August.

  109. See the charter boats come in with their catch at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Pirate’s Cove Marina or Hatteras Island Marina.

  110. Visit a local skatepark. Riders often go from park to park for diverse experiences and different challenges at each. Parks are located in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Rodanthe, and Buxton. 

  111. Volunteer for or register your kids to participate in one of the many programs that Dare County Parks & Recreation offers. For more information, visit DareNC.com/parksandrec.

  112. Hike and explore the over 123 acres of Run Hill State Natural Area, a smaller and lesser-known dune system tucked away in Kill Devil Hills along the sound behind First Flight Middle School.

  113. Visit the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center and learn about the developments of Hatteras Island’s earliest Native inhabitants. 

  114. Put together the ultimate emergency preparedness kit for your family. It will come in handy during Hurricane season (June-November). 

  115. Just across from the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center’s parking lot and most visible at low tide, the steam engine of The Oriental, also known as the Boiler Wreck, is easy to spot just a few hundred feet offshore.

  116. Host an oyster roast and serve up some local oysters fresh out of Dare County waters. Steamed, grilled, raw - just don’t forget a dipping sauce or lemons.  

  117. Visit the Arboretum and Teaching Garden located near the Baum Center and Aviation Park in Kill Devil Hills.

  118. Go clamming. Rake through the sand in the flats of the sounds and collect your legal-sized mollusk, then serve them for a delicious dinner!

  119. Try your hand at duck hunting. There are many waterfowl species that migrate through the waters of the OBX. Be sure to check the season and limits!

  120. Plant a live oak or magnolia tree for future generations to enjoy. 

  121. Learn to scuba dive in the land of beginnings. There are estimates of nearly 3,000 shipwrecks to explore, some that date back to the first English settlements in America.

  122. Try spearfishing, an enthralling way to fish. Be sure to follow the rules and safety measures of the sport! 

  123. Experience the fun of a shrimping boat tour.

  124. Go flounder gigging, another exciting way to catch your dinner. It's a nighttime adventure done in clear, shallow water. 

  125. Give back to your town by visiting your municipal town hall and inquiring about ways you can engage and take an active role in shaping where you live. 

  126. Attend a Homecoming football game at Manteo High School, First Flight High School, or Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

  127. Attend the 2020 Dare County Special Olympics and cheer on the contestants.

  128. Next time the red “No swimming” flags are flying at beaches, spend your beach day at Jockey’s Ridge Soundside Beach

  129. Try skydiving or parasailing for a unique vantage point of our land and waters.

  130. Take a hang gliding lesson. The Outer Banks is home to the largest hang gliding school in the world!

  131. Go sailing on the Albemarle Sound. Whether you're relaxing or a part of the crew, sailing can be a wonderful adventure.

  132. Discover the history of what was once Dare County’s most populous town, Buffalo City, at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge visitor center. Buffalo City is now referred to as a ghost town, that once was a thriving logging community.

  133. Enter the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association’s Annual Red Drum Tournament or the Anglers Club Tournament.

  134. Attend a local fish fry fundraiser. These casual events are great for bringing people together and helping a local cause.

  135. Join in on a Nags Head Fishing Tournament. There are often tournaments that appeal to anglers of various ages.

  136. Support a worthwhile cause by joining in the Alice Kelly Fishing Tournament, a ladies-only billfish tournament. One of the most popular lady angler events on the East Coast, the tournament helps raise money for the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group.

  137. Pack a few blankets and head down to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to sit on the beach and count shooting stars during the annual Perseids Meteor Shower July 17 - August 24. Peak viewing will occur on August 12. Just imagine what Dare County skies looked like before the modern convenience of electricity lit up the night.

  138. Check out one of the visitor's centers operated by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

  139. Kick-off the new year by celebrating “Old Christmas” in Rodanthe–a wonderful tradition that has survived for more than 260 years. 

  140. Celebrate Dare County’s interesting history of moonshine with a legal drink from one of Dare County’s distilleries and microbreweries.

  141. Make a trip to Rodanthe and see the house made famous by the movie “Nights in Rodanthe,” which was partially filmed in Dare County. 

  142. Don’t miss Halloween in Manteo as the streets close for a block party that the whole family can enjoy.

  143. Take a scenic airplane or helicopter tour from Dare County Regional Airport for a bird’s eye view of what makes Dare County such an amazing place to call home.

  144. Get married in Dare County! If you're looking for a place to tie the knot, the Outer Banks is a popular location to host your wedding celebration. Let the local professionals at the annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo help with your special day. 

  145. Attend one of the many events that happen throughout the year. A great resource for finding local events is through the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

  146. Stay in the know and sign up for notifications from Dare County Government at www.darenc.com.

  147. Attend a Board of Commissioners or Town Council meeting for a firsthand look at how the government serves its residents, property owners, and visitors.

  148. Explore the Timeline Map that the GIS Department helped put together. The map acts as a historical timeline for major events and historical moments since Dare County’s beginnings in 1870.

  149. Participate in the 2020 Census! Your response is critical. The Census takes place once every 10 years and affects funding for things like schools, healthcare, social services, transportation, and more. Be counted in Dare County. darenc.com/census

  150. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse’s first lighting by tuning in to a livestream of the event on December 16, 2020 at 4:50 p.m. on youtube.com/CURRENTTVOBX.


Finally, make plans to attend the 2021 State of the County event in mid-January 2021 to get a recap of the accomplishments of Dare County during its 150th year.