The Ocrafolk Festival is held every year in June on Ocracoke Island. Musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island & beyond band together to create one incredible, memory making weekend of performances & fun!
The Festivities started off on Friday, June 2nd with performances on the Live Oak Stage from 1:00 PM to 9:30 PM. The Live Oak Stage was a beautiful area set up on the grounds of Books to be Red, an incredible, local bookstore that also sells handcrafted pottery, jewelry & other gifts. Listening to music nestled under the shade of a Live Oak Tree surrounded by fellow lovers of Ocracoke was nothing short of magical. The annual Ocrafolk Festival should be on everyone’s bucket list!
If folks needed a break from the music, on Friday night they headed over to the Ocrafolk Festival Fundraising Silent Art Auction or the Ocracoke Festival 50/50 Art Auction. Both events are fundraising efforts put on by the festival to showcase local artists & raise funds for the event every year.
The festivities continued on Saturday, June 3rd with Music, workshops, puppet shows & much more spread across 4 different stages. Artisans & vendors set up on School Road & Howard Street. Festival attendees were able to enjoy the sunshine, shop & listen to soul soothing music – it’s truly a unique experience. There was even a parade put on by the Paper Hand Puppets that was a lot of fun for the whole family.
Saturday night continued the festivities with Admiralty party aboard the Skipjack Wilma Lee which was a separate ticketed event that also supported the festival. Those who attended enjoyed food & drinks dockside & then set sail for a wonderful ride with Captain Rob Temple at the helm. Music could be heard all over the village from the School Circle, Live Oak Stage, Community Center & Deepwater Theater all the way until midnight.
Sunday Festivities started off with a gospel sing that lasted until 11 AM. The rest of the day was filled with more music, fun & story telling on the Live Oak Stage & at the Deepwater Theater. The festival wrapped up at the Ocracoke Community Center where they held a Fiesta Latina Dance from 6:00 PM until the wee hours of 1:00 AM the next morning. The Fiesta Latina Dance had Mexican food, dancing, cash bar & drinks. What a way to end such a spectacular weekend!
Want to learn more about the Ocrafolk Festival? Find out great information by visiting www.ocracokelive.org. Keep an eye out on our social media pages, you can find them by clicking here & here – we’ll be sure to let you know when the 2018 Ocracoke Festival is given a date. We’d love to have you stay with us, whether it’s a night or two at The Castle B&B, one of our vacation homes or villas – we have you covered! Look at our selection of homes by clicking here.
Were you able to come this year & took some awesome photos while you were here? Enter them into the 2017 Ocracoke Photo Contest we are sponsoring. Grand prize winner receives a 1-week off-season stay in Ocracoke! Enter them by clicking here.