Visit the Hatteras Story Telling Festival


One of the most spectacular times to take a Hatteras vacation is in the spring. At this time of the year, summertime is about to introduce itself but there is still that smell in the air that says "no summer, not quite yet.” It is also fabulous because the huge crowds have not made their way this far either and Hatteras vacation rentals are still readily available.

An event quite new to Hatteras Village is around the corner and, from the response and reviews of those in attendance last year, it is unique and quite fun to attend. The Hatteras Story Telling Festival takes place May 2-4, 2014. This is a really neat event that is in its second year and is full of tall tales, good local music, and great local food. It does not get much better! Over the three days, some of the best local and regional storytellers will come to Hatteras to entertain everyone with some of the best stories and legends.

Fishermen are known for being able to tell a great story especially about "the one that got away” so it seems right that a storytelling festival take place in one of the most beloved fishing towns in the US. In fact, the term "spinning a yarn,” which means telling a tall tale, is actually a nautical term used by sailors that dates back to the 1800s. Combine that with the fact that just about every true-blue dyed in the wool Southerner has the ability to tell a good story (or at least they know one or two stories), you get a storytelling festival that is destined to be a favorite as it becomes more well-known.

attHatteras Story Telling Festival Details

The festival is set to take place May 2-4, 2014 at venues around Hatteras Village over the three days. As a taste of what to expect, master story teller Ben Cherry, a native of the North Carolina coast, will be at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum telling tales of Blackbeard. He dresses in full Blackbeard regalia and has his guests completely captivated by listening to what he has to say. James Charlet has wonderful stories about life at the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station – they are true too!

In addition to good ole storytellers that reel you in hook, line and sinker (we could not help ourselves on that one), there will be great music and food all weekend. Along with good stories, there will also be good finger snapping, toe tapping bluegrass music as part of the Saturday evening festivities with Banjo Island and Nu-Blu entertaining everyone. After all, bluegrass music is, for the most part, storytelling with music added.

And, don’t forget the kids! There is an opportunity to listen to stories that they will love at the Hatteras branch of the Dare County Library.

Ticket prices vary depending on which day(s) you want to attend with full weekend passes priced at $75 for adults and $35 for kids ($10 extra for the concert). Ticket forms are available online. To make plans to attend the Hatteras Storytelling Festival, simply register here. We can also help you with tickets should you choose to stay at one of our Hatteras NC vacation rentals.

A One-of-a-Kind Festival

Lovers of storytelling say that there is nothing better than a good story in a town with so much history. The Outer Banks, specifically Hatteras, is full of tales with half-baked truths to make them that much better. And when you hear those stories told by master storytellers, you know you are part of a one-of-a-kind festival that unlike any other in this part of the state. So make plans to attend the Hatteras Storytelling Festival – it will be one of your favorites. We are sure of that!