Artrageous returns to Dowdy Park in Nags Head this fall

Published 6:19 am Sunday, August 15, 2021

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The 32nd Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival will be held at Dowdy Park in Nags Head from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

Presented by PNC Bank, Artrageous is a free, family-friendly event that includes art activities, live music, dance performances, an artisan market and food vendors.

“Artrageous is an inclusive event the whole community can enjoy,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president for Eastern Carolinas. “PNC is happy to continue supporting this festival, which brings enrichment and fun to local children and families.”

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This year’s theme, “Be You! You’re An Original,” encourages children to celebrate being themselves and creating original artwork.

“Having fun, making art, listening to music, and enjoying time with family and friends is what Artrageous is all about,” said Dare County Arts Council interim executive director Jessica Sands. “Our plan is to offer high-quality art activities that inspire children, while showing them there is no right or wrong way to express themselves through art.”

Organizations and businesses interested in hosting a kids art activity and artisans interested in selling their works at Artrageous can find the applications online at The application deadline is Friday, August 27.

The Artrageous Kids Art Festival is Dare County’s longest-running kids art program.


Artrageous fun at Dowdy Park in 2019. Courtesy Melissa Zehner.

“Artrageous will be following all federal and state guidelines regarding COVID-19, while still providing a quality experience,” stated a DCAC press release.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the event and the Artrageous scholarship program should contact Sands at

The Artrageous Youth Scholarship Fund awards one scholarship to a senior at each high school in Dare County every year. The 2021 Artrageous scholarship recipients are Johan Briones from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Jillian Pendleton from Manteo High School and Jonah Wills from First Flight High School.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

For more information, visit or call 252-473-5558.