Rock The Cape returns to Hatteras with two weeks of art events

Published 10:47 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Celebrate the artistic community on Hatteras Island May 27-June 14 at Dare County Arts Council’s 7th Annual Rock The Cape Festival.

This year’s Rock The Cape will begin with the Island Art Show on Monday, May 27 and conclude with a soundfront concert at REAL Watersports on Friday, June 14.

Surf rock musicians The Chong Band from Virginia Beach will headline the concert at REAL Watersports with duo Matt Hoggard and Aaron Caswell from local Outer Banks rock band Formula opening.

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“Hatteras is a magical place, and The Chong Band is stoked to be a part of Rock The Cape this year,” said The Chong Band’s frontman Jesse Chong.

The sunset concert at REAL Watersports is a fundraiser for Dare County Arts Council’s programming and events on Hatteras Island.

“We’re excited to host Rock The Cape 2019,” said co-founder of REAL Watersports Trip Forman. “The local Outer Banks arts and music scene is exploding and this event will help bring funding and awareness to keep it moving forward.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the family-friendly concert, which will also feature a hooping/fire performance by Panda Daniels and Randi O’Sullivan and a kids’ arts and crafts tent.

Concert tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at and as well as inside REAL Watersports’ flagship store in Waves. Kids 12 and under are free.

The Island Art Show at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center will be happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 27. Admission to this indoor/outdoor art show is free and visitors will enjoy live music by Rory Kelleher while checking out local arts and crafts.

“We have so much talent and creativity on Hatteras Island,” said Rock The Cape poster art designer and Hatteras Island artist Stephanie Kiker. “It has been great to be involved in such a special event that brings everything art-related together at the beginning of summer for everyone to enjoy!”

There will be multiple art-inspired happenings in Avon, Buxton and Hatteras villages between the two keystone events, including book signings, more live music, art workshops and the Rock The Cape Art Gallery Tour.

Rock the Cape was started in 2012 as an initiative to celebrate the galleries, artists, and artistic community on Hatteras Island. The annual event is held at the beginning of summer as a way to kick off the Hatteras busy season.

Businesses interested in sponsoring Rock The Cape should contact Dare County Arts Council’s executive director Chris Sawin at

This project is funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

For more information about Rock The Cape, visit or or call 252-473-5558.

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.