Dare Days 2022: Weekend of family-friendly fun kicks off Friday night

Published 8:32 am Friday, June 3, 2022

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After a hiatus connected to the COVID pandemic, the Town of Manteo’s annual celebration of Dare is back – this time over three days in three different locations instead of the traditional one.

Dare Days 2022, sponsored by the Town of Manteo, kicks off Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at the new College of The Albemarle campus, moves to Roanoke Island Festival Park on Saturday, June 4 for an all-day celebration and concludes Sunday, June 5 with music and more at the Pea Island Cookhouse.


Friday, June 3, 2022

Dare Days 2022 festivities will begin at the new College of the Albemarle (COA) Dare Campus on Friday, June 3 from 6-10 p.m. “The main highway into Town is lined with local businesses and is the gateway that greets all who live in and visit our community each and every day,” states the Town of Manteo. “COA’s beautiful new campus will be the site of various diverse programs offering a quality education. Grab your lawn chair or fuzzy blanket and spread out on the lawn while enjoying yummy food from local food trucks, jamming out to local bands, and smiling as you watch kids of all ages having lots of BIG fun with all the lively activities throughout the evening. Follow the sidewalk downtown to continue experiencing the vibrant and lovely Town of Manteo at the First Friday festivities too!”

Friday’s lineup includes Steel Drums, Blue Crab Boys and Trick Fly.

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Courtesy Town of Manteo

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Continue the community celebration with a day’s worth of family-friendly fun on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Park in downtown Manteo. “Manteo is on the move with various construction projects, so we are spreading out on the beautiful and spacious grounds of one of our local historical attractions,” states the Town of Manteo. “It’s like an adventure within an adventure!  Bring your family and friends and check out the variety of craft and food vendors, music, live entertainment, lawn games, and a great kid’s corner.”

Saturday’s performance lineup includes Dare County Dance, Shadow Players, East Coast Storm Cheer, Steel Drums, First Flight High School, Island School of Dance, K-9 Officer Boscoe and the Motley Tones.

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Courtesy Town of Manteo

Sunday, June 5, 2022

The weekend celebration wraps up on Sunday, June 5 from 2-4 p.m. with a gospel concert at the Pea Island Cookhouse on Sir Walter Raleigh Street. “Look for the Keeper Richard Etheridge statue that stands tall at the roundabout waiting to share his story and see you all!” stated the Town of Manteo. “Grab a drink at the old-fashioned lemonade stand and indulge in some sensational local sweets while relaxing and enjoying a wide array of music provided by our local churches and other groups. What a delight!”

Sunday’s performance lineup includes Haven Creek Missionary Baptist, Pea Island Preservation Society, Manteo Baptist Church, Israel Diaz – Love and Truth Church and Liberty Church

“Dare Days 2022 is all about celebrating and connecting communities at the grass roots level in order to share our wonderful and diverse culture and rich history through this very special event,” stated the Town of Manteo. “Also, don’t forget to shop and dine at the many local shops and restaurants throughout the weekend. Shop local, keep your receipts and exchange them during any part of the weekend’s festivities for fun gifts and prizes. Dare Days 2022 is sure to be an eventFULL weekend!”

Visit dareday.org for information and updates.

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Courtesy Town of Manteo