Outer Banks Art Shows

With so many artists in residence, and a strong sense of place, culture, and history, it's no surprise that the Outer Banks offers a number of seasonal and annual art shows for visitors to explore.

Check out a show during your vacation, or plan a special quick escape to attend and explore one of these exceptional shows, and enjoy a taste of what the world of Outer Banks art and artists has to offer.


The Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) has a number of seasonal shows, including its major fundraiser Artrageous, which occurs annually on the first Saturday in October.

The festival is held at the Dare County Family Recreational Park in Kill Devil Hills and features a wide selection of art vendor booths, creative hands-on activities for kids, live music, great food, and an auction just for kids. Created with children in mind, the festival encourages kids to explore their creativity and have a fun-filled day in the process.

On Sunday night, adults can enjoy a night of fun with an art auction, showcasing pieces donated by local and regional artists, and complete with food, drinks, and music. Proceeds from the festival benefit the DCAC.

Frank Stick Memorial Art Show

Dating back to 1978, the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is the longest running display of its kind on the Outer Banks. The art show is held annually, and work participating in the show is on display at Glenn Eure's Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head for the entire month of February.

Frank Stick, the show's namesake, gained recognition as an illustrator for magazines such as "Collier's", "Saturday Evening Post", "Ladies Home Journal" and "Outdoor America" during the early part of the 20th century. His legacy includes painting hundreds of hunting and fishing scenes to illustrate outdoor and adventure stories. Stick first visited the Outer Banks in the 1920s on a surf-fishing trip, and instantly fell in love with the area and its potential as a popular vacation destination. As a result, Stick was instrumental in the initial efforts that established Cape Hatteras as a National Seashore.

Admission is free to all residents 18 years and older, and a variety of local works are on display, including sculpture, painting, drawing, fiber, pottery and mixed media. Cash awards are also presented for Best in Show, Excellence Awards, Honorable Mentions and a People's Choice Award.

Art Extravaganza

The Currituck County Arts Council hosts an annual art show, the Art Extravaganza, on the second Saturday in March. The indoor show features a wide variety of local artists and a diverse selection of mediums, from prints to pottery, metal to photography and paintings. Generally, over 50 artists are on site to display and sell their work.

Mollie A. Fearing Memorial Art Show (RIFP)

The Mollie A. Fearing Memorial Art Show is held every year in May, and features an eclectic mix of local art on display at the Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo for approximately an entire month.

The show was created to honor Mollie Fearing, who was a prominent figure in the Manteo community. Fearing helped form the Sea and Sounds Arts Council that evolved into the current Dare County Arts Council. The original organization was formed to expose school children to the arts.

The show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and residents and cash awards are presented to winning works.

Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Show

The Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Guild has two shows annually in the summer and around Thanksgiving, so Christmas shoppers can get an early start on one-of-a-kind pieces.

Both shows feature one-of-a-kind pieces by strictly local artists, photographers, artisans, and craftsmen. There is no charge to stop by and browse, and lunch and snacks are typically available for hungry shoppers. There are also other coinciding events, including a raffle. The shows are held at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton.

Annual "Under the Oaks" Art Festival

The great outdoors is part of the charm in the Annual "Under the Oaks" art festival. The annual outdoor show takes place on the stunning waterfront grounds of Currituck Heritage Park, and features over 100 unique local artists with a spectrum of different works, as well as live music, local food, art auction, and activities for kids.

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