Dates set for Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival
Published 9:51 am Sunday, May 7, 2023
The 23rd annual Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival will be held on Ocracoke Island on the grounds of the Berkley Manor and surrounding properties on June 2-4, 2023. The celebration features musicians, storytellers, artisans and characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond.
This year’s performers will include Cold Chocolate, Burnett Sisters Band, Larry and Joe, Fiddin Earl White, Blue Cactus, Josh Goforth, Donald Davis, After School Surf Club, Wyldwood, Beleza, Raphael Papo and Caroline Felkins, Berto and Vincent, Martin Garrish, Molasses Creek, Coyote, Aaron Caswell Duo, Paperhand Puppets, mahaloJazz, Bob and Jeanne Zentz, Jef the Mime, Ana Luisa Chavez, Ballet Folklorico de Ocracoke, Green Grass Cloggers, Katy Mitchell, Dusty Old Bones, Noah Daniel, Madame Presidents, artisans, family activities and more.
“Only accessible by ferry, Ocracoke Island is an enchanting step out of modern times into a world of captivating natural beauty, rich maritime history, ghostly shipwrecks, heroic lifesavers, crafty pirates and a community of 1000 independently minded residents,” stated a press release announcing the event. “This remote location attracts visitors from around the world who come for the 13 miles of undeveloped beaches, the intimate village nestled around a small harbor, kayaking, boating and fishing, some of the best seafood and restaurants in the region, and events like the Ocrafolk Festival.”
This unique celebration creates a special community between performers and audience, one that brings fans back year after year. In addition to the performances at four stages, there are local kid’s activities (like making fish print t-shirts with the catch-of-the-day from the local fish house), a traditional Ocracoke Island square dance, a giant puppet parade, workshops and an artisan village to wander through. And, for those who feel the need to get a bite to eat or stretch their legs, stroll to nearby village restaurants or take free village shuttles.
Although lodging on the island books out for the two weeks surrounding the Ocrafolk Festival, event organizers advise “don’t let that deter you … just make your Ocracoke reservations early, or travel down from Hatteras Island to the north.”
Ocrafolk Festival is produced by Ocracoke Alive, a community non-profit committed to enriching the Ocracoke Island community by encouraging and sponsoring cultural, artistic, educational and environmental activities. Proceeds from Ocrafolk Festival support critical student and community programs.