This year's Ocrafolk Festival logo was created by artist Kim Mosher, who will have a booth at the festival.
This year’s Ocrafolk Festival logo was created by artist Kim Mosher, who will have a booth at the festival.

The Ocrafolk Festival begins Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. with concerts on the Live Oak Stage on the Books To Be Red grounds.

Hosted by island contemporary folk band Molasses Creek, the festival continues Saturday along School Road, with a Workshop stage, and Howard Street with the Howard Street Stage, and a Kids Activities area outside the Deepwater Theater.

Artisans and food vendors will also be on hand on Saturday.

On Sunday, the festival continues at the Live Oak Stage only.



The music on Friday starts at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon with Michael Stanwood, followed by Beleeza at 2 p.m. Oak Grove String Band performs at 3 p.m.

Then the action moves to the Berkley Manor on Water Plant Road, for “A Taste of Ocracoke” food court from 5 to 7 p.m.

Followed by the Ocrafolk Festival Art Auction also at the Berkley. Preview for both the silent and live auctions begins at 4:30 to 6:30.  The live auction starts at 7 p.m.  

All proceeds from the auctions, button sales, merchandise and more go to cover the costs of the festival, which is a program of Ocracoke Alive, a nonprofit arts organization that does community arts programming.

The 2015 Ocrafolk Festival finale. Photo by C. Leinbach
The 2015 Ocrafolk Festival finale. Photo by C. Leinbach

The weekend schedule is as follows:

(RAIN OR SHINE, We are on! Subject to change)
Friday, June 3, 2016
12:00 PM ~ Ocrafolk Festival Info/Merch Booth Open for business on the grounds of  Books to be Red on School Road
Live Oak Stage (at Books to be Red)
1:00-1:45 PM  — Michael Stanwood
2:00-2:45 PM  — Beleza
3:00-4:00 PM  — Oak Grove String Band

Ocracoke Preservation Society/Berkley Manor
4:30-6:30 PM — Ocrafolk Festival Fundraising Silent Art Auction & Live Auction Preview (Berkley Manor)
5:00-7:00 PM  — A Taste of Ocracoke ~ (Ocracoke Preservation Society/Berkley Manor) Stop by the Ocracoke Preservation Society to check in and purchase your “Ocrabucks” to use on some small plate delicacies across the street at the Berkley Manor, and at participating restaurants around the village. Some of the finest and freshest seafood anywhere!
5:00-6:00 PM  — Mahalo Jazz 2 (Berkley Manor) Listen to incredible jazz by Alison Weiner & Robbie Link while you peruse the auction
6:00-7:00 PM — Craicdown & Friends (Berkley Manor) Fantastic world music!
7:00 PM — Ocrafolk Festival 50/50 Art Auction ~ (Berkley Manor) A much-anticipated event, this year’s 50/50 Art Auction has some real treasures from local artists—Ocracoke and the OBX. Complimentary desserts will be offered to guests and a cash wine/beer bar will be available during the preview, 4:30-6:30. The auction will start promptly at 7:00 PM. Artwork offered is previewed on website and pre-bids accepted online up until the start of the auction.

Friday Evening
8:30-10:00 PM — Menage ‘a Trio ~ Madame Presidents/The Yes Team ~ (Live Oak Stage at Books to be Red)
10:15-Midnight — Raygun Ruby ~ (Community Center) April Trueblood, Lou Castro, and Jubal Creech. Dance to hopping tunes! Cash bar.

Saturday, June 4
(Festival grounds on School Road and Howard Street)
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM — Music, Stories, Artisans, & Food from Coastal Carolina and beyond!

Live Oak Stage (Hosted by John Golden)
10:00-10:45 AM — Bucket Brothers
11:00-11:45 AM — Beleza
12:00-12:45 PM — Green Grass Cloggers (w/ Rodney Kemp)
1:00-1:45 PM — Martin Garrish & friends
2:00-2:45 PM  — Cassie & Maggie MacDonald
3:00-3:45 PM  — Blue Eyed Bettys
4:00-4:45 PM  — Donald Davis
5:00-6:00 PM  — Molasses Creek

Howard Street Stage (Hosted by Louis Allen)
9:30-10:00 AM — Mahalo Jazz 2
10:00-10:45 AM — Donald Davis
11:00-11:45 AM — Cassie & Maggie MacDonald
12:00-12:45 PM — Lipbone Redding
1:00-1:45 PM — Oak Grove String Band
2:00-2:45 PM — Yes Team
3:00-3:45 PM — De Tierra Caliente
4:00-4:45 PM — Bucket Brothers

Deepwater Theater Kids’ Area
10:00-10:45 AM — Clyde’s Critters Painting
10:00 AM -12:00 PM — Fish Print Ts ($10 suggested donation)
11:00-11:45 AM — Alberti’s Flea Circus
12:00-12:45 PM — Juggling Workshop with Jef the Mime
12:00-2:00 PM — Tie Dyeing
1:00-1:45 PM  — Alberti’s Flea Circus
2:00-2:45 PM — Green Grass Clogging Workshop
2:40 PM — Paperhand Puppets parade (meet at school circle)
3:00-3:45 PM — Alberti’s Flea Circus

Workshop Stage ~ United Methodist Church Grounds (Host Bob Zentz)
Visit Bob Zentz’s Homemade Hootenanny Tent celebrating 50 years of of story and song as told in the Folk Legacy Records “Ramblin Conrad Story”

9:00-10:00 AM — The Legend of Ramblin Conrad w/Bob Zentz & Jeanne McDougall
10:00-10:45 AM — “Digeradoos and Don’ts” (and other odd instruments) w/Michael Stanwood, Lipbone Redding and Bob Zentz”
11:00-11:45 AM — Meet Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
12:00-12:45 PM — “Menage ‘a Trio” The Yes Team, The Blue Eyed Bettys and The Madam Presidents
1:00-1:45 PM — “Nova Scotian Traditions” w/Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
2:00-2:45 PM — “Ocracoke’s Music History” w/Martin Garrish, John Golden and Lou Castro
3:00-3:45 PM  — “Jazz Jam” w/Alison Weiner, Robbie Link, Lou Castro and The Bucket Brothers
4:00-4:45 PM  — “Sexy South American Sounds” w/Beleza and De Tierra Caliente

Saturday night
6:00-7:30 PM — Admiralty Party aboard the Skipjack Wilma Lee.  This is a $75 ticketed event to support the Ocrafolk Festival.  Participants enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres dockside and then set sail with Captain Rob Temple at the helm. Music provided by the MacDonald Sisters and Bob Zentz and Jeanne MacDougall.  Space is extremely limited. If you are interested, see if space is available at the Ocrafolk Festival Info/Merch Booth (Community Square Docks).
7:30 PM — Paperhand Puppet Kid’s Parade (Community Square)
8:00 PM — Ocracoke Squaredance with Philip Howard 
(Community Square)
8:00 – 9:15 PM — Donald Davis 
(Community Center)
9:00-10:00 PM — Kaira Ba 
(Community Square)
9:15-10:00 PM — Celtic Roots with Cassie & Maggie MacDonald & Friends
(Live Oak Stage)
10:15 PM — Beleza 
(Community Center)
10:15 PM — Oak Grove Bluegrass Jam 
(Community Store)
10:15 PM — Michael Stanwood 
(Deepwater Theater)
11:00-Midnight — Lipbone Redding 
(Deepwater Theater)  
11:00-Midnight — De Tierra Caliente 
(Community Center)

Sunday, June 5
7:30 AM Tai chi/qi gong with Terrilynn Grace West at Lifeguard Beach (rain location Deepwater Theater)

Live Oak Stage
9:15 AM – Gospel Sing with hosts Gary Mitchell & Louis Allen
11:00 AM – Services at the Ocracoke Churches
12:00 PM – Kaira Ba
1:00 PM – Ocrachicks
2:15 PM – Oak Grove String Band
3:15 PM – All Star Jam
 (Hosted by Rob Sharer)

Deepwater Theater

1:00 PM – “Our Favorite Songs” w/Michael Stanwood, Louis Allen,  and Friends
2:00 PM – “Growing up on Ocracoke” w/Rodney Kemp and friends

Visit the festival website at for details about all the performers, merchandise and weekend activities.

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