Creativity takes center stage at 35th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival

Published 3:06 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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Families are invited to create, dance, sing and play at the 35th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Dowdy Park in Nags Head.

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

“As an annual celebration of creativity and community, Artrageous helps bring the arts to life for our region’s youngest citizens, while also helping support local small businesses,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president for eastern Carolinas. “All of us at PNC look forward to welcoming children, families and businesses to share in this dedicated time of enrichment and fun.”

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Metal stamping, weaving, making mushroom prints, creating stained glass suncatchers, collaging with treasures, painting and culinary art are just a few of the free art activities that children can participate in at this year’s Artrageous.

Students from Hatteras Island Community Strings, Mustang Music Outreach Program, Ascension Music Academy, the Dare2Care OBX Shredders and Atlantic Dance will be performing throughout the day.

There will also be interactive stage performances by science-inspired musical act Nature Out Loud and children’s improv theatre by Donna Roark’s Shadow Players with Drama Mama.

“I am looking forward to participating in Artrageous and showing support for the arts on the Outer Banks by sharing children’s theatre,” said Donna Roark. “I will be inviting children up on stage to join me in a fun, interactive program.”

Over 25 local artisans will be selling their work at Artrageous, including the Young Artist Village, which provides a venue for students to sell jewelry, paintings, fiber art and more.

Fork‘et Me Not, Island Snowball, Blurred Lines Bakery and The Lopez Lemonade Stand will be selling snacks, cool drinks and sweet treats onsite all day.

Additional parking for Artrageous will be available at Nags Head Elementary School.

Presented by PNC Bank, the Artrageous Kids Art Festival is Dare County’s longest-running kids art program.

Sponsors include the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series. This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about the event, go to or call 252-473-5558.

Dare Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.