Unsurprisingly, life on the Outer Banks revolves around the ocean. Small fishing villages along the coast gave birth to a proud seafaring tradition that still exists today. The natural beauty of the coast provides inspiration for a variety of local and nationally acclaimed artists. Be sure to attend one of the many cultural, culinary, and historic events that take place throughout the year. Enjoy sampling dishes from over 35 restaurants during the annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, which is held each March. New World Festival of the Arts, held in August, displays work from over 80 artists.