Rock The Cape returns to Hatteras Island for 10th year

Published 1:10 pm Thursday, April 21, 2022

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Entering its 10th year, Rock The Cape will span two days of free family-friendly fun celebrating the visual and performing arts on Hatteras Island June 2 and June 3.

On Thursday, June 2 there will be a full day of art and live music at Kitty Hawk Kites’ Waves Village Watersports Center at Milepost 40 in Rodanthe. The day will start at noon with an art show and acoustic musicians on the front lawn and conclude with a concert on the back deck overlooking the Pamlico Sound.

“This is such a fun event – I don’t know any other all-day festivals on Hatteras Island like it,” said Ben Saltzman, marketing director for Kitty Hawk Kites. “We are proud to host Rock the Cape again this year to support DCAC and the Hatteras Island arts and music community.”

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Artists wishing to participate in the Rock The Cape Island Art Show can sign up online at The application deadline is Friday, April 22.

On Friday, June 3, Rock The Cape will host Friday Arts on the Island, which is a First Friday tour of the galleries on Hatteras Island. A full schedule of participating galleries and their events will be released soon.

“This will be a special day full of fine art and crafts, photography, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, demonstrations, classes, sales, raffles, music, food and drink and serious fun at our participating galleries from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village,” said Swell Art Gallery owner April Trueblood, who is coordinating Friday Arts on the Island.

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

Rock The Cape was started in 2012 as an initiative to celebrate the galleries, artists and artistic community on Hatteras Island.

Kitty Hawk Kites co-hosting Rock The Cape and the event is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

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