The Courtyard Opening Day

Experience performing, literary, and visual arts in downtown Manteo on Saturday, October 2 during Opening Day for Dare County Arts Council’s Courtyard.


Below is the Opening Day event schedule: 


  • 10am: Nature Out Loud children’s performance with puppetry, trivia and music  

  • 11am: Downtown Books Author Parapalooza

  • 12pm: Theatre of Dare’s Selections from Little Shop of Horrors 

  • 1pm: Artist Talk with sculptor Christina Lorena Weisner 

  • 2pm-4pm: Live music by One Love Caribbean Steel Drum Band

  • There will also be interactive activities for children and adults all day long.

All of the Courtyard Opening Day events are free and open to the public.

About The Courtyard Project

The Courtyard Project’s Groundbreaking Ceremony was hosted on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. 

The project transformed the yard behind the 1904 Courthouse building into a multi-functional courtyard that will enable Dare County Arts Council to expand its programming, serve additional segments of the community and showcase a broader range of creative endeavors including outdoor artwork, workshops and artist demonstrations.

To learn how to participate in the Courtyard, please email Jessica Sands at

The Courtyard was designed by Ben Cahoon of Cahoon + Kasten Architects.

Courtyard Project Supporters

A special thank you to the Percy W. & Elizabeth G. Meekins Charitable Trust, Dare County Tourism BoardOuter Banks Community Foundation, The Cannon Foundation, The Camp-Younts Foundation, Dominion EnergySouthern Bank FoundationLowe’s, Walmart Giving, Ace Hardware, The McLaughlin Family Charitable Fund and generous community donors for supporting this project.

This project is funded in part by the Dare County Tourism Board.