Bluegrass Island Festival
There was a time not long ago when the Outer Banks rolled up the streets after Labor Day.
Businesses boarded up and posted “See You in the Spring” signs in their windows.
Not so these days, as the Outer Banks remains vibrant through the end of the year.
Cases in point: three major music festivals, a community theatre production and a film festival take place in October.
The festival runs Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct.6, in downtown Manteo.
Now in its 7th year, the event attracts more than 5,000 music fans who dig all kinds of string music.
Opening day is free, with a half-dozen bands performing at Bluegrass Island Trading Company in downtown Manteo.
More than two-dozen bands and musicians, including the Grammy Award-winning Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and the SteelDrivers, will play the three-day event at Roanoke Island Festival Park’s outdoor pavilion, across from the Manteo Waterfront.
Other performers include The Barefoot Movement, Breaking Grass and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.
What: Bluegrass Island Festival
Cost: Free on Wednesday, $45 per day Thursday-Saturday
When and Where: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bluegrass Island Trading Company, 107 Budleigh St., Manteo, 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday at Roanoke Island Festival Park (lawn seating), One Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront
Info: bluegrassisland.com, (252) 423-3039
Duck Jazz Festival
On Oct. 6-7, jazz will be in the air in Duck.
The annual Duck Jazz Festival at Duck Town Park is a two-day affair that features high-quality musicians from different scenes, including jazz, funk, rock and blues.
Performers this year include Yoland Rabun, Sidecar Social Club, the Russell Malone (a masterful old-school jazz guitarist) Quartet and Bryan Carter and the Young Swingers.
And it’s free.
What: Duck Jazz Festival
When and Where: 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Duck Town Park (lawn seating), 1200 Duck Rd., Duck
Info: (252) 255-1234, duckjazz.com
Mustang Rock and Roast Festival
The Mustang Rock and Roast Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13, at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.
And there should be a whole lot of shaking going on with a dozen bands that traffic in indie rock, funk, jazz, blues, reggae, punk, pop and folk.
On the bill are, among others, Paleface, Groove Fetish and the Mike Dillon Band.
Headlining Saturday night is the wildly inventive jam band Big Something.
Pink Talking Fish, a group that re-imagines tunes by Talking Heads, Phish and Pink Floyd, closes out the festival on Sunday.
What: Mustang Rock and Roast Festival
Cost: $30 for single day, $50 for both days
When and Where: Noon Saturday, Oct. 12 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, 777 Sunset Blvd. (Timbck II Shopping Village), Corolla
Friday-Sunday 10.19-21 and 10.26-28
Theatre of Dare
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a cult classic.
But before it was a film, it was a musical-comedy called “The Rocky Horror Show,” which Theatre of Dare stages Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, at the Sound Stage Theatre in Manteo.
Directed by Lara Parks, the play centers on a young couple who have a flat tire out in the country and seeks refuge in an eerie mansion. The residents include a transvestite scientist, a creepy butler, a zombie and a biker.
A live band will provide accompaniment for the actors, who break into such well-known songs as “Time Warp” and “Roast My World.”
“We’re certainly OK with audience participation,” says Parks, who’s directing her third show for the local troupe.
What: “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students
When and Where: 7:30 p.m. Oct.. 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28, at Sound Stage Theatre, 1409 National Park Drive (next to Waterside Theatre at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site), Manteo
Halloween International Film Festival
The 3rd annual Halloween International Film Festival runs Thursday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Oct. 27, at KDH Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills. It’s the brainchild of husband-and-wife Matt and Sue Artz of Kill Devil Hills.
“We’re sort of horror film freaks,” says Matt Artz. “We also want to support the local film industry.”
More than 40 films, both short-subject and feature-length, will be screened during the three-day festival. They include four locally-produced movies, including “Boy,” which will have its Outer Banks premiere on Thursday. There also will be question-and-answer sessions with some of the filmmakers, actors and technical people.
“I’m excited about the quality of the films,” says Artz, “It should be fun.”
What: Halloween International Film Festival
Cost: $12 per day, $30 for three days
When and Where: 1-4:30 p.m., and 6-10 p.m. at KDH Movie 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy,, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 305-0822, halloweeninternationalfeilmfestival.com