Dare Days promises food, fun and diversity during its 3-day celebration in 2022

Thousands of people fill the streets of downtown Manteo on the first Saturday in June each year for Dare Day. [DareDay.org photo]

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 precautions, Dare Day(s) is back and better than ever with not just one, but a total of THREE days for locals and visitors to showcase and celebrate the great community, its diverse culture and rich history.

The Day Days celebration will kick off Friday, June 3 and run through Sunday, June 5, promising a fun line-up of activities and vendors for the whole family. The hectic day-to-day weekend schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, June 3, 2022: The first of three days will begin at the new Dare Campus of Albemarle College (COA) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The doors of the campus will be open to showcase the various programs they offer for quality education. Lawn chairs and fuzzy blankets are recommended for those who want to stretch out on the grassy hills while enjoying treats from local food trucks and playing with local bands. Be sure to follow the downtown sidewalk to continue discovering the town of Manteo during the First Friday festivities as well.
  • Saturday June 4, 2022: The next day will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Park in downtown Manteo. FamilyYou and your friends can experience the variety of craft and food vendors, music, live entertainment, lawn games and a great kids corner. High school bands, local dancers, entertainers, obstacle courses and hula hoops will also be on hand to provide quality entertainment.
  • Sunday June 5, 2022: The weekend of family, friends, smiles, laughter and jibes will end from 2-4pm at the Pea Island Cookhouse on Sir Walter Raleigh Street where a gospel concert is to take place. Grab a drink from the old-fashioned lemonade stand and treat yourself to sensational local treats at the bake sales while relaxing and enjoying a wide array of music provided by local churches and other groups.

Dare Days 2022 is all about celebrating and connecting communities locally to share our wonderful and diverse culture and rich history through this very special event.

Although this is a free event, attendees are encouraged to shop (locally) and dine at the many local shops and restaurants throughout the weekend. They are also reminded of kSave their receipts and redeem them anytime during the weekend festivities for fun gifts and prizes.

For more information or if you have additional questions, email info@manteonc.gov.

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