The festival opens at 9 a.m. with a prayer by a local pastor for the "Blessing of the Season" and the music begins. The Dare Day festival is sponsored jointly with the County of Dare and the Town of Manteo and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
Dare Day is a fun-filled family event that is always held on the first Saturday in June. It is an outdoor festival and is held rain or shine. Started in 1976, the only year it was a two-day event and was called Dare Days as part of the bicentennial celebration, the festival is considered by most locals as the unofficial kickoff of summer. Dare Day promises free fun and festivities for the whole family. The day will be a full day of music, food, crafts and entertainment. Children can hop aboard a kiddie train, take in a magic show, have their faces painted, play games and more! Adults can walk along the beautiful downtown waterfront and check out the wares of more than 100 vendors offering furniture, toys, carvings, clothing, jewelry, birdhouses, paintings, wind chimes and photography. The aroma of delicious food fills the air with the smells from seafood, polish sausages, hamburgers and hotdogs! Plenty of cold beverages include fresh squeezed lemonade, slushes and all kinds of soft drinks.