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Dare County Arts Council Announces 2017 Keystone Events

From children’s art to surf films to a masquerade ball, Dare County Arts Council announces a wide variety of events happening from Duck to Hatteras Village.

“At DCAC, we strive to have something for art lovers of every age and interest,” said Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards. “We are excited about the fantastic line-up of activities and events we have for our community this year.”

February 11-April 28 ~ 4th Annual Outer Banks Forum Playbill Exhibit

The Outer Banks Forum Playbill Exhibit presented by the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and Dare County Arts Council will be on display at Duck Town Hall February 11-April 28. The theme of the fourth annual exhibition is Spotlight On Performing Arts, which will reflect many facets of the performing arts, including musicians, singers, musical instruments and scores.

April 30- May 30 ~ 20th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show

The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 30 at the DCAC Gallery in Downtown Manteo from 2-4pm. The show will remain on display through Tuesday, May 30. The annual show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of the Dare County Arts Council, and features an eclectic mix of artwork.

May 13 ~ 28th Annual Artrageous Kid’s Festival

DCAC is partnering with the Town of Nags Head on the Grand Opening of Dowdy Park in Nags Head, which will be held Saturday, May 13 from 10am-8pm. The free, family-friendly event will feature Dare County Arts Council’s 28th Annual Artrageous Kid’s Art Festival from 10am-3pm, followed by an outdoor concert from 3:00-8:00pm. Artrageous is an annual community event that brings families together to paint, sculpt, dance and be creative.

June 19-23 ~ 5th Annual Rock the Cape Festival

Rock the Cape is an annual arts event on Hatteras Island. In its 5th year, Rock the Cape returns to the island June 19-23 with a full slate of artistic activities from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village, including an art show on the grounds of Hatteras Realty and an oceanfront concert at Koru Village’s Beach Klub in Avon. For more information, visit

August 16-17 ~ 39th Annual New World Festival of the Arts

The New World Festival of the Arts returns to the Manteo waterfront August 16-17 from 10am-5pm. The free, outdoor festival brings 100 artists from all over the East Coast to showcase their fine art, including painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, wood design, and leather works. Artists wishing to participate in New World Festival of the Arts can find an application online at The application deadline is Friday, March 31. The festival was originally started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene, and is sponsored by the Town of Manteo.

September 21-23 ~ 6th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival

The free, family-friendly event will feature international, regional and local surf film screenings at various venues on the Outer Banks. Screening locations and times will be released at a later date. Other aquatic activities will also take place during Surfalorus, including a surf art and surf photography exhibit at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in downtown Manteo. For more information, visit

October 28 ~ Black Opal Masquerade Ball

Mark your calendar for Dare County Arts Council’s Black Opal Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 28 at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion in Manteo. The biggest social art event of the year will feature delicious cuisine, live music, breathtaking décor and a silent auction. The Black Opal Masquerade Ball is Dare County Arts Council’s annual fundraiser, which honors the generations of artists who came before us and sets the course for the next era of creativity in the vibrant arts community of Dare County. Ticket information will be available soon.

November 4-5 ~ Veterans Writing Workshop

The 2017 Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project will be held November 4 and 5 at UNC Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island. Returning to the Outer Banks for its fifth consecutive year, the free two-day writing workshop will be taught by Veterans, for Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers. The Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project is part of the Veteran-friendly events sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau during Outer Banks Veterans Week, November 3-12.

First Friday in Downtown Manteo

First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival held the first Friday of each month, April through November from 6pm to 8pm in Historic Downtown Manteo. The sidewalks pulse with live music, food, magic, artisans, and more. Each First Friday, Dare County Arts Council opens a new art exhibit, which they keep on display for the entire month.

Workshops at Dare County Arts Council

Throughout the year, Dare County Arts Council offers a variety of workshops, classes and learning opportunities for children and adults. Visit for a list of upcoming workshops. All workshops require preregistration and prepayment, which can be done by calling (252) 473-5558 or visiting clicking here.

Dare County Arts Council programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about upcoming Dare County Arts Council events or on how to become an event sponsor, please call (252) 473-5558. Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

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