Farmers, Artisans and Craft Markets of The Outer Banks

These markets are more than just places to shop; they are community hubs where locals and visitors alike can connect over a shared appreciation for locally grown produce, handcrafted items, and the distinct culture of the Outer Banks.

1: Secotan Market:

Near the quaint fishing village of Wanchese, the Secotan Market has become a cornerstone of the local community. With its weekly gatherings, this market offers a variety of goods that go beyond the standard fare. You can expect to find a colorful array of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs that embody the essence of farm-to-table freshness. But it’s not just about produce; artisans from the surrounding areas also showcase their craft, offering hand-woven baskets, beautifully crafted pottery, unique jewelry, and much more.

    • The Secotan Market is open every Saturday, May through September from 8AM to 12PM. 
    • From October to Thanksgiving every Saturday from 9AM to 12PM. 
    • From December to April every first and third Saturday ONLY from 9AM to 12PM.
    • You can find the market at: Secotan Market, 2868 NC-345, Wanchese, NC 27981
    • (hours and days may differ)

2: Dowdy Park Farmers Market:

Located in Nags Head, Dowdy Park Farmers Market has transformed from a simple market to a vibrant community hub. Alongside the fresh produce, local honey, and freshly baked bread, the market hosts fitness classes, live music, and local art shows, making it a destination for more than just shopping. The variety of handcrafted jewelry, local art, and homemade preserves ensure that you’ll leave with something unique and special.

    • The Dowdy Park Farmers Market is open every Thursday from mid-June until mid-August from 9AM to 1PM.
    • There are occasional winter or holiday markets in the off-season.
    • You can find the market at: 3005 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
    • (hours and days may differ)

3: First Flight Market:

In Kill Devil Hills, the First Flight Market comes alive with a bustling crowd every week. It’s an eclectic market with a mix of products that cater to diverse tastes. From fresh fruits and vegetables to home decor, clothing, and books, the market offers a little bit of everything. The lively atmosphere, combined with the wide array of goods, ensures that every visitor leaves with a smile and a unique find.

    • The First Flight Market is open every Tuesday from late-June to mid-August from 10AM to 2PM.
    • You can find the market at: 103 Veterans Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
    • (hours and days may differ)

4: Avon Farmers Market:

In the heart of Hatteras Island, the Avon Farmers Market is a treasure trove of local produce and handmade goods. Here, farmers display a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and local meats, while artisans offer handmade soaps, unique crafts, and local artwork. This market provides a perfect opportunity for those seeking the freshest catch from the sea or a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.

    • The Avon Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from early June to early September from 9AM to 1PM.
    • You can find the market next to: 41156 North Carolina Hwy 12, Avon, NC 27915
    • (hours and days may differ)

5: Manteo Farmers Market:

With a long-standing history, the Manteo Farmers Market has built a reputation for offering a wide variety of locally sourced goods. From fresh produce like corn, tomatoes, and blueberries to handcrafted items such as pottery, glasswork, and textiles, the market truly offers a taste of the Outer Banks. Local artists often showcase their work here, adding a splash of color and creativity to the market scene.

    • The Manteo Farmers Market is open every Saturday from early May through mid-September from 9AM to 1PM.
    • You can find the market at: 104 Fernando Street Manteo, NC 27954
    • (hours and days may differ)

6: Soundside Market

Starting up for its first year in 2023, the Soundside Market will provide an amazing opportunity for talented local artisans and makers to get in front of their clientele to share their wares, their stories, and their spirit with Outer Banks visitors and locals alike.

  • The Soundside Farmers Market is open ever other Wednesday from late June to mid August from 10AM to 2 PM
  • You can find the market at: 6800 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • (hours and days may differ)

The local markets of the Outer Banks are more than just places to shop. They’re community gathering places, a lifeline for local farmers and artisans, and an essential part of the region’s culture. By supporting these markets, you contribute to the local economy, help preserve traditional crafts and farming methods, and foster a sense of community.

Each market visit presents a unique opportunity to engage with the people who call this region home. Their stories, shared over the exchange of goods, help to enrich the already vibrant tapestry of the Outer Banks experience. Wander through rows of fresh produce, browse unique handcrafted items, savor delicious homemade goods, and enjoy the lively atmosphere that each market brings. 

In the words of a local artisan, “Every purchase made at our market is a vote for a stronger local economy, a cleaner environment, and a tight-knit community.” So, come join us, support locals, and take a piece of the Outer Banks home with you.