44th Annual Dare Day Festival

June 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Downtown Waterfront, Manteo.

Celebrate the 43rd annual Dare Day event on Saturday, June 1 on the downtown Manteo waterfront starting at 9 a.m. with the Blessing of the Season by Pastor Steve Wescott on the Magnolia Pavilion stage. Graham Outten, starts off the day’s entertainment followed by Trinidad Ron on the steel drums. The Motley Tones, a group of singing pirates will perform and stroll through the crowds during the day singing sea chanties and telling pirate tales. The Breeze Band from Wilson NC will perform in the afternoon and Nature Out Loud will be on stage with a great show for the kids.

The racing pigs are back again this year with 4 shows throughout the day. The Hogway Speedway always attracts a crowd.

Be sure to see Captain Jim and his magic pirate show with its own stage, parrots and magic. Captain Jim is magic, he is master or trickery, your mind will freak and your belly will laugh!

Sky High Skyler will be there! He stands 9 feet tall stilt walking and juggling among the crowds. You gotta see him. No, really you can’t help but see him!

The Shadow Players Stage Combat Group will be performing 3 shows during the day featuring ECU pirate mascot Steve Whetzel. The Shadow Players Stage Combat Group portrays and recreates the Golden Age of Piracy. Their show combines comedy and hi-jinks with rousing sword-fights and educational information.

Enter your best pie, cake, bread, cookies and canned goods for the Blue Ribbon! The North Carolina Cooperative Extension staff is providing judges and volunteers for this event. Entries will be accepted on Friday, June 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 108 Budleigh. Please visit dareday.org for complete rules and entry forms.

The Oasis Boathouse Stage has a great line up this year featuring The Original Rhondels kicking off with some great music at 10:30 a.m.. At 11:30 a.m. the Echoes of Heritage take the stage. At noon, the award ceremony will take place to honor the Town of Manteo and Dare County Citizen of the Year for 2018. At 12:30 p.m. the Original Rhondels take back the stage and the music continues throughout the afternoon with performances by The River Boys, and The Deloreans. Come and dance the night away with North Tower returning again this year from Raleigh.

Kid’s amusement rides and train are back again this year along with approximately 100 food and craft vendors. For more information about Dare Day activities and the stage line up visit dareday.org

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