May 24, 2018

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 Buxton.

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 event.”  

Tickets to A Taste of Hatteras are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

They can be purchased at, The Inn on Pamlico Sound in Buxton and Dare County Arts Council in Manteo.

Additional Festival Happenings

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 take-out only.

“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 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.

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