Ocracoke fall sunset. Photo: P. Vankevich

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Many consider the fall as their favorite Ocracoke season weather-wise. It’s still summer-like and the ocean waters remain warm into October and some maintain that it’s the best time to see spectacular sunsets.

The fall is also a good time to visit for some nice events when the island is not as crowded.

Here are some fall activities for your consideration.

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is one of the premier wildlife festivals in the United States. It offers dozens of birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history trips, tours and programs.

Although most activities are in Dare and mainland Hyde counties, birding field trips will take place on Ocracoke on Oct.18 and on Portsmouth Island Oct. 19, run by Peter Vankevich. Go to www.wingsoverwater.org for more information and to register.

Wings Over Water field trip on Ocracoke. Photo: P. Vankevich

Ocrafolk School, Oct. 20 to 25

Revived after a long hiatus, it is an adult retreat week at the historic Berkley Manor. In small classes, enrollees can learn and practice with island experts.
Here are courses  being offered:
Decoy Carving: Carve & Paint a Redhead Duck Decoy with Jason Daniels
Drawing with Love (and a Little Science) with Kitty Mitchell
Exploring Ocracoke’s Past, Present, & Future with Ann Ehringhaus
Jewelry Making with Robin  Macek
Cooking with Island Chefs (Class is full)
Mind and Body Renewal with Desiree Christa Ricker along with Ann Ehringhaus, Amy Hilton, Cindy Fiore, Danielle Creeksong and more.
For details, click here.

Abner and Katy, drawing by Kitty Mitchell








Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, Oct. 24 to 27

Pirate and colonial reenactors and pirate ships will invade the island by land and by sea. The festival offers fun, food and entertainment highlighted by a historically accurate living history colonial encampment and a live reenactment of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s last battle on Silver Lake with cannons blazing. For more information, go to http://www.visitocracokenc.com/event/blackbeards-pirate-jamboree.

There is also a Facebook page for this event.

The reenactment of Battle of Ocracoke in Silver Lake Harbor is a highlight each year of Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree. Photo by Natasha Jackson

Latino Festival de Ocracoke Nov. 8 to 10 offers a celebration of Mexican culture with music, folk dancing, food, games and vendors. More details will be provided later.

The Ballet Folklorico de Ocracoke highlights the dances of Mexico. Photo: P. Vankevich


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