The Outer Banks Voice – Two Manteo traditions set to return this summer


Two Manteo traditions set to return this summer

By story submitted on June 24, 2021

Mary Joy McDaniel. (Courtesy of Mary Joy McDaniel)

After being postponed for more than a year due to COVID-19, the Dare County Arts Council will once again host the First Friday in July and the New World Arts Festival in August.

The First Friday returns on Friday July 2 with live music on the courthouse steps by Mary Joy McDaniel, an opening reception for the art exhibit, and shopping and dining at other businesses. Manteo from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday is a fun, family-friendly festival that takes place from April to December in downtown Manteo.

Kathleen Redman’s pottery exhibit will open in the Vault Gallery of the Dare County Arts Council.

“I am honored to have the chance to show my work at the Canada Council for the Arts and am delighted that the First Fridays are starting again,” said Redman. “I think they’re a great way to bring the community together for a fun night out, especially after the tough year we’ve just been through. My exhibition will present both functional and decorative pottery and sculptures. I love to create pieces that make people happy every time they see them and that they will use for years to come.

The New World Festival of the Arts will be held on the Manteo waterfront on Wednesday August 11 and Thursday August 12. Established in 1981 by Edward Greene, the New World Festival of the Arts is the oldest outdoor art fair on the Outer Banks. The family-oriented event showcases current trends from a diverse group of East Coast artists and familiarizes guests with the historic town of Manteo.

“We are delighted to be able to once again host the New World Arts Festival,” said Jessica Sands, program director for the Dare County Arts Council. “This show is the perfect excuse to come and discover Manteo and support our local and regional artists.”

The deadline to apply for the New World Arts Festival is July 1. Artists can apply online at

First Friday and the New World Festival of the Arts are supported by the Town of Manteo, the Rotary Club of Manteo and Kitty Hawk Kites.

This project is supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information on these events, visit or call 252 473 5558.

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


Comments are closed.