Celebrating its 17th year in 2021, the Day at the Docks Festival is once again returning for 2021, and will be held on September 17 and 18, per a recent announcement from festival organizers.
The two-day festival was canceled in 2019 due to Hurricane Dorian, and was canceled again in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Though the exact event and activity schedule have not yet been announced for 2021, sponsorship opportunities are now available, and range from $500 Silver levels to $1,500 Platinum levels.
Initially launched as a one-day event in 2004, Day at the Docks (DATD) was created as a community-wide effort to recover after 2003’s devastating Hurricane Isabel, which cut a new inlet south of the village, effectively separating Hatteras from the rest of the world for weeks.
Aimed at reviving the “Spirit of Hatteras,” the event’s roots have always been anchored to the local commercial and charter fishing industries, and DATD continues to be a confirmation of the strength of community, heritage, and the living traditions of island watermen.
DATD maintains its focus on life on the water, but now the event spans two days, and is an attraction in its own right. These days, many visitors make the trek to Hatteras village in the middle of September to coincide their vacation with the annual DATD celebration, and new activities or vendors are continually added year after year.
More details about scheduled activities will continue to trickle in as Day at the Docks approaches, but in the meantime, locals and visitors alike should save the date for September 17-18 to discover, (or re-discover), everything that this Hatteras-centric celebration has to offer.
A complete schedule of events, as well as event sponsors and locations, will be posted online at http://hatterasonmymind.com/HVCA/DayAtTheDocks/ when they are announced, and visitors can also follow Day at the Dock’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/hatterasdayatthedocks/.