Aug. 1 Melon-eating and seed-spitting contests mark this juicy event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also face painting, tie-dye shirt making, a waterslide and crafts. Free admission, but you pay to eat and play.
3933 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head. 252-473-2138. outerbanks.org.
3933 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head. 877-359-8447. jockeysridgecrossinhg.com.
Surfalorus Film Festival
Sept. 19-21 A free binge watch of surf-related films (shorts, features, documentaries) completed in the last two years. Screenings at Dowdy Park in Nags Head (Sept. 19), Dare County Arts Council in Manteo (Sept. 20) and the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills (Sept. 21). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night.
Sept. 28 Roanoke Island bills itself as the “home to America’s oldest known cultivated grapevine.” Sample wines of international vintners and fine food amid 18th century costumed characters and music. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. General admission $60, VIP $85.