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Easter Eggstravaganza 2019

Apr 20 - Apr 20 2019, 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

“The largest egg scavenger hunt on the beach with thousands of eggs!”

Please note: This event is subject to change and modifications based on the weather conditions.

ADMISSIONMembers/Friends: Free. Non- Members: standard admission. One child (under 5 years) admitted free with each paying adult. 

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Egg spoon races, hat contest, musical acts, dancers, special visit from Sir  easteregg3 Walter “Peter” Wabbit, make and take crafts, egg roll race, find special prize eggs to win: prizes, gift certificates, stuffed animals and more!

Hop on over to attend our Easter Eggstravaganza. Sign up to be a vendor: Easter Eggsstarvaganza Vendor Info Form

“Please bring your own Easter Basket for collecting eggs and prizes.”

This event has become an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring an egg scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, story time, educational crafts, games, music, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun.

“The Gardens will open at 10am on this day for the Eggstravaganza.”

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For info or details, call 252-473-3234.


  • 10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Begins
  • 10:30 a.m. Fiddle and Violin Time with Club Violin on the Main Stage of the Great Lawn of the Gardens.
  • 11:00 a.m. Enjoy the music of the Mustang Music Program on the Main Stage of the Great Lawn of the Gardens
  • 11:45 a.m. Musical Chair/ Cupcake Walk on the Great Lawn of the Gardens
  • 12:00 p.m. Egg Races on the Great Lawn of the Gardens.
  • 12:00 p.m. Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Ends. Thanks for helping us crack all those eggs! 
  • 12:30 p.m. Bonnet Contest/ Judging on the Main Stage. Best Booth announcement on the Main Stage of the Great Lawn of the Gardens. Coloring Contest Winners are announced on the Main Stage of the Great Lawn of the Gardens.
  • 1:00 p.m. Vendors and Concession Close. Have a fabulous Easter.

We will have a Castle Bounce House too!

Butterflies Releases

Apr 24 - Apr 24 2019, 10:00 AM TO 10:30 AM

Every Wednesday in April at 10:00 a.m. we LET IT FLY with butterfly releases in the John White Butterfly Center. General Garden Admission Applies. Come join us in the Gardens for a grand butterfly release and learn about butterflies. The butterfly release is firmly scheduled for 10:00 a.m. so attendees need to plan to arrive promptly by 9:45 for distribution. The butterflies will be released and given yummy watermelon. (April 3, 10, 17, 24)

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Batik Butterfly

Apr 25 - Apr 25 2019, 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

Every Thursday in April 9:00–Noon join us and make a butterfly using the art technique known as Batik. Pre-registration is required. Members: $35. Not-yet members: $45. Limited to 12 guests. Minimum of three required for class tom make. Join us Thursday mornings with local artist Robin York. We will create your very own butterfly painting. All supplies are provided. (April 4, 11,18,25)

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Pop UP Art Gallery

Apr 27 - Apr 27 2019, 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

Pop UP Art Show – Free with standard admission. Art prices as low as $50. Enjoy a glass of wine (cash bar, $5), morsels of cheese, and sweets while you stroll the gardens and see what the art community of North Carolina has to offer. See watercolor, acrylic, oils and mixed media paintings. Both established and new emerging artists will be presented together, giving the public a chance to see some favorites and to discover new works too. This is one show you will not want to miss!! Proceeds benefit The Elizabethan Gardens.

DOWNLOAD ARTIST FORM: POP up Art Info & Contract Form


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Spring and Sip Floral Arranging

Apr 28 - Apr 28 2019, 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

$45 member, $50 non-members and guests. Class is limited to 16; minimum of 5 participants required

Carl Curnutte will lead a class on how to create a spring bouquet arrangement, all while sipping delicious wines and enjoying fine cheeses. This is the perfect opportunity to create a wonderful floral artwork showpiece for your table in this hands-on educational workshop.

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Butterflies on Canvas

Apr 30 - Apr 30 2019, 1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

A mixed-media butterfly painting class inspired by butterflies! Class gathers every Tuesday in April starting at 1:00 p.m. Free with paid admission/ membership. All supplies provided (April 2,9,16,23,30)

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Derby Party 2019

May 4 - May 4 2019, 3:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

“Our THIRD annual multi-group charity with Dare Education Foundation.”

  • Individual General Admission $125 
  • Tables of 8 persons $1,000

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Proceeds benefit The Elizabethan Gardens and Dare Education Foundation


The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits two fantastic Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contests and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live. For tickets, call 252-473-3234.

The event will take place on the Great Lawn.


Of course, there will be BOURBON… our sponsor Jefferson’s Bourbon will be served.

Before the big race, attendees can also enjoy:

  • Silent auction
  • A Derby Hat Contest for party attendees (categories include Most Creative, Most Colorful and Best Overall)
  • A live auction and award ceremony to announce the winners of these contest will be held before the big race.

AND OF COURSE, THE’RE’S THE DERBY RACE, streamed live on large screens.

Place bet’s on the winning stallion with our derby “Horse Bucks.” Winners will receive a variety of prizes based on their luck in the race.


Would you like to help make this event possible and brand your business as a caring partner in our community? There are several options and sponsorship levels available from in kind donations to monetary donations. Click this link to find out more information: Derby-Sponsor-form-annual

Can’t attend but still want to support these organizations? Consider a donation. Use the link below:

Our THIRD annual Kentucky Derby Party – sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty –will raise funds for two great local organizations: the Dare Education Foundation and The Elizabethan Gardens.

3:30 p.m. – Guests Arrive

4:30 p.m. – Dinner service

5:30 p.m. – Official Welcome, My Old Kentucky, Bugle Player,  Chair Welcome, Committee Recognition

5:30 p.m. – Live Auction Begins

6:00 p.m. – 1st Set of Silent Auction Tables Close, Close out Horse Bucks- Horse Racing

6:15 p.m. – 2nd Set of Silent Auction Tables Close

6:30 p.m. – 3rd Set of Silent Auction Tables Close

6:30 p.m. – Final Words/ Derby Race

8:00 p.m. – Conclusion of the Event


WOOFstock 2019

May 18 - May 18 2019, 10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

<<<< ONLY 1,000 TICKETS SOLD!! >>>>

NOTE: GARDENS OPENS AT 10am this day.

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WOOFSTOCK runs 10am-4pm


WOOF! – let your pup out for peace, love and dogs



For the love of dogs! WOOFstock is a family event for two legs and four, in fact canines enter free. One dog and one child free with each paid adult ticket! 

Dogs – All dogs must be on a leash, well-behaved, have a current rabies vaccination and be on a non-flex leash. Watering station for dogs will be provided. 

 “Funds from this event support The Elizabethan Gardens and Outer Banks SPCA!” OBSPCA

WOOFstock also features local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family with contests (and first place prizes) for dogs. WOOFstock also features concessions, music; pet-health and happiness related exhibitors and concessions available for both dogs and humans. Want to be an event sponsor? Here’s more information: Woofstock Sponsorship Form 2019

Other activities include:

  • Food Trucks
  • Silent Auction to support our causes. Must be onsite to win. Auction ends at 1pm
  • Dog Vendors
  • Dog Wash Stations (Suggested donation $5 for SPCA)
  • Dog Competition with prizes (Such as: Gifts, Trohies, T-shirts, Certificate and Baskets)

Funds from this event will support The Elizabethan Gardens and Outer Banks SPCA (OBSPCA).

TICKET PRICE: Standard Garden Admission Prices Apply.


One Child Free for paying adult.

(Tickets will be limited to 1,000 tickets)

Looking for a place to stay on the Outer Banks with your pet?  WOOFstock Accomodations 2019

We thank our sponsors: Outer Banks PuparazziThe Willey AgencySun Realty, Ocean Sands K-9 Resort and Outer Banks Sporting Events.

WANT TO BE A SPONSOR? . Want to be an event sponsor? Here’s more information: Woofstock Sponsorship Form 2019


Fill out this WOOFSTOCK Vendor Info Form 2 23 2019 and return or mail to so we can bring out the dogs.

Schedule for Saturday

May 18, 2019





Prize Donors:


About the Gift Baskets: COMING SOON! Prize table of gifts to include items like trophies, t-shirts, gift certificates and baskets for all winners.

WOOFstock Dog Competition

(All winners receive a prize – actual categories may change)

Competitions for 2019

  1. Dog with the longest ears
  2. Best kisser
  3. Tallest Dog
  4. Shortest Dog

There’s a lot to howl about at this year’s event! Stay tuned here for more info.

Backyard Birds

Jun 24 - Jun 24 2019, 11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

11am-12pm | FREE with admission

Discover more about the birds in your own backyard with educational and hands-on activities for inquisitive minds. Participants will learn how to draw birds and create a bird snack to take to their fine feather friends at home. Following our program, participants and their families can embark on a scavenger-hunt tour of the gardens for a prize reward to extend the fun. A snack will be provided.  Limited to 20 participants. (Indoors and Outdoors) Free with admission.

Fun with Frogs

Jun 25 - Jun 25 2019, 11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

11am-12pm | FREE with admission

Discover the exciting life cycle of frogs with educational and hands-on activities for inquisitive minds. Following our program, participants and their families can embark on a scavenger-hunt tour of the gardens for a prize reward to extend the fun. A snack will be provided. Limited to 20 participants. (Indoors and Outdoors) Free with admission.

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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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