The Steel Wheels perform at the 2019 Ocrafolk Festival. Photo: C. Leinbach

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The Ocracoke Alive board of directors announced today that this year’s Ocrafolk Festival, which was schedule for June 5 to 7, will be canceled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ocracoke Alive, the nonprofit presenting organization of the popular three-day music and art festival on Ocracoke Island, said in a press release that the cancellation was made in the interest of public health and the financial stability of the Ocracoke Alive community.

“Many of our Ocrafolk Festival attendees are in the 60+ age category, placing them in the highest risk category for the coronavirus,” said Ocracoke Alive Director David Tweedie in the press release “We want to make sure that everyone stays healthy, and that we do our part to help control this health crisis so that we can look forward to many future years of gathering under the live oaks for great performances.”

Fans who have already purchased early bird tickets will receive full refunds over the next two weeks, Tweedie said, and sponsors will be contacted about either returning their donation or rolling it forward to Ocrafolk Festival 2021. Next year’s Ocrafolk Festival is scheduled for June 4 to 6.

In the event that public gatherings are again cleared for Saturday, June 6, Ocracoke Alive will consider hosting a free community concert that day.

For more information about the festival and other Ocracoke Alive events, visit online at



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  1. So sad that one more great thing got canceled. Still have reservations, still hoping to come and to eat and enjoy the beach. unless of course the island is still closed. Two months away. Hoping for the best.

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