Dare County Arts Council is partnering with local galleries and businesses to celebrate the artistic community on Hatteras Island at the fifth annual Rock The Cape Festival June 17-24.
The weeklong celebration features family-friendly, community-oriented activities including a self-guided gallery tour, an art show, live music every day at various venues on the island, and more.
Rock the Cape’s kickoff party will be held Monday, June 19 at Turner’s HIgh Moon Bar & Lounge from 6:30-8:30pm. The party will include music by DJ Robbie Love, free appetizers, as well as the unveiling of Turner’s brand new mural at 8pm. This is the perfect opportunity for Hatteras Island artists, gallery owners, art enthusiasts, and visitors to mingle and support the island’s creative community. Admission to the kickoff party is free, with a suggested donation of $10 to the Dare County Arts Council.
“Turner’s HIgh Moon Bar & Lounge is excited to host the kickoff party for Rock the Cape on June 19,” said owner of Turner’s HIgh Moon Bar & Lounge Dottie Reed. “In the three years we have been operating in Downtown Avon, we have participated in raising funds for a variety of community programs and we are thrilled to add Rock the Cape to our dance card. Supporting Hatteras Island’s arts and culture is a privilege and we invite all to come out to help kick off a week of fun and festivities. We’ll be serving up food, music and our usual southern hospitality.”
Rock The Cape will travel to Buxton on Tuesday, June 20 for a concert by the Shawn Owen Band from Annapolis, Maryland during Float-A-Palooza at The Inn on Pamlico Sound from 1-4pm. Bring swimsuits and floats to join the fun. Admission is $10 at the door and food and drinks will also be available for purchase. On Wednesday, June 21, make reservations at The Inn on Pamlico Sound and dine on the dinner deck at Café Pamlico while enjoying acoustic music by Chad Bennett.
On Thursday, June 22 over 35 artists will come together for the Rock The Cape Art Show at Hatteras Realty in Avon from 10am-6pm. Admission to the Rock The Cape Art Show is free. Visitors will be able to enjoy live art demonstrations, healing arts, live music by the Cape Hatteras Music Academy, Rory Kelleher, and Blurky’s Quirky Friends, and food vendors while checking out local arts and crafts.
Immediately following the Rock The Cape Art Show, Koru Village’s oceanfront Beach Klub in Avon will open its doors at 7pm for the fifth annual Rock The Cape concert featuring Rumours- A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Tickets to the concert can be purchased online at KoruVillage.com and BrownPaperTickets.com.
"The arts scene on Hatteras Island is as varied and vibrant as any in North Carolina,” said Rock The Cape event chair Randi Machovec. “Dare County Arts Council is committed to celebrating the artists and galleries on the island every year; they are an Outer Banks treasure."
Throughout the week of Rock the Cape, the Hatteras Island Gallery Tour will be happening from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village, offering residents and visitors the opportunity to visit the island’s galleries for demonstrations, trunk shows, tours, and more. Hatteras Island gallery maps will be available all summer at local retailers.
Turner’s HIgh Moon will conclude the weeklong celebration with live music by Mojo Collins and Triple Vision on Friday, June 23 at 9pm.
For more information about Rock The Cape, please call (252) 473-5558.
Rock The Cape is presented by Kenrick J. Albaugh, Inc. Custom Homes Remodeling & Design. Additional support is provided by Corporate Sponsors Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Outer Beaches Realty and Hatteras Realty.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.