Get your Groove, Grub and Art on at the Rock the Cape Festival
Local artists, musicians, chefs, Veterans, students, and art
galleries will all be celebrated with style on Memorial Day weekend when the
6th Annual Rock The Cape Festival returns to Hatteras Island.
Rock the Cape was started in 2012 by Dare County Arts
Council as an initiative to promote and celebrate the artistic community on
Hatteras Island. This year, the festival is bringing back some of its beloved
annual traditions, (like the Island Art Show in the Tri-villages), but it’s
also adding some new venues as well as a food-centric celebration to entice
folks to join in the celebration.
Taking place over the course of Memorial Day Weekend at
various locales throughout Hatteras Island, here’s a closer look at what’s
happening during this toast to food, music, art, and miles of fun.
The Main Event
Rock The Cape’s featured event, A Taste of Hatteras, will be
held on Monday, May 28 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. at The Inn on Pamlico Sound in
A Taste of Hatteras will have chefs from Café Pamlico, Ketch
55, Hatteras Bowls, The Frisco Sandwich Company, Good Winds Restaurant, Quarter
Deck, and Cake Hatteras showcasing their culinary skills and serving up a
variety of their most popular tasting options.
The Joey Harkum Band from Maryland, Virginia Beach based
reggae band SoPoz, Hatteras musician Steve Vang and Hatteras Island band
Blurky’s Quirky Friends will be playing live music throughout the evening.
“Rock The Cape is an amazing community event for the arts
and Cape Hatteras,” said Barry Wells, the Skipper of Blurky’s Quirky Friends.
“We were part of the first Rock The Cape in 2012 and it has been awesome
watching the event evolve over the last few years. Blurky’s Quirky Friends has
also evolved adding a percussionist and Jack Frost on the fiddle. We are
honored to be representing Hatteras Island and to be a part of this fun
Tickets to A Taste of Hatteras are $20 in advance and $25 on
the day of the event.
They can be purchased at https://www.rockthecapeobx.com/, The
Inn on Pamlico Sound in Buxton and Dare County Arts Council in Manteo.
The annual Rock The Cape Island Art Show will also be held
on Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
More than 25 artisans will gather at the
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center for the art show. Visitors will be able
to enjoy live art demonstrations, as well as live music while checking out local
arts and crafts. Admission to the art show is free.
Saturday, May 26, will feature two additional Rock The Cape
events for children and Veterans.
Studio 12 in Avon will host a free Youth Art Event from 1 p.m.
– 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The event will feature works on display from
local Cape Hatteras Elementary School students as well as fun art activities.
“There will be an interactive children’s art project at
Studio 12 provided by Cape Hatteras Elementary School that encourages children
to promote positive, friendly behavior and rid out bullying,” said Cape
Hatteras Elementary School art teacher Kevin Biddle. “Children will also have
the opportunity to create a Rock The Cape project to take home. Come out and
support the arts!”
A Wounded Warrior barbecue fundraiser supporting the Cape
Hatteras Wounded Warriors Fund will also be held on May 26, starting at 10 a.m.
at Indian Town Center in Frisco. The dinner, at $9 per plate, features
barbecue, beans, slaw, a roll, and a beverage. The dinner is available for
“This barbecue fundraiser is a wonderful event that has been
going on for seven years now,” said Hatteras Island author Kevin McCabe.
“Hundreds of folks have supported our cause and said it is the best barbecue
plate they have ever had. Come see for yourself!”
Festivalgoers are also encouraged to shop the local art
galleries on Hatteras Island while traveling from one Rock The Cape event to
the next, to sample the full flavor of the island art scene.
About Rock The Cape
For more information about Rock The Cape, please visit https://www.rockthecapeobx.com/ or
call (252) 473-5558.
Rock The Cape is sponsored by Outer Beaches Realty, Sun
Realty, Hatteras Island Arts + Crafts Guild, Resort Realty, Cape Hatteras
Electric Cooperative and Buxton Village Books. This project was supported by
the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and
Cultural Resources, and is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts
organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy,
enrichment and opportunity.