The Lost Colony and National Park Service cordially invite you to the 2018 Virginia Dare Faire sponsored by First National Bank. Celebrate the 431st birthday of Virginia Dare, on Saturday, August 18th, with events all day at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site! Virginia Dare Faire will be held in the field outside of the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Activities for Virginia Dare Faire are free of charge and open to children of all ages, guaranteeing fun for the whole family! Events will vary from field games to creating clay pots with actors dressed as Native Americans. Carnival-like activities including coloring, face painting, and bubble stations will be open all morning. Field games like Sir Walter’s potato toss, hula-hoop activities, sack races and archery stations are also a small sampling of the day’s happenings. Other entertainment will include street dancers, royal etiquette lessons, photo opportunities with Queen Elizabeth, a fight demonstration, and special appearances from characters of The Lost Colony.

Join Park Rangers to learn about the design and function of military installations, like the earthen works at Fort Raleigh, by constructing a fortification using moon sand. Participants will learn about the 1585 soldiers, fortifications, the 1952 reconstruction, and the artifacts uncovered at the site. Stop by the National Park Service water color station where you will be able to create your own water color painting and learn about the explorer, scientist, and artist John White. John White was among the first English men to document the Carolina Algonquin people, landscape, flora and fauna found in the New World.

There will be birthday cake, provided by Harris Teeter, at 12:00PM.

The evening’s performance of The Lost Colony features live babies in the role of Virginia Dare.  This year’s Virginia Dare babies will be added to a long list of dignified alumni who participated in the historic drama at a very early age. This yearly tradition has become a much-anticipated event on the Outer Banks. First National Bank is the proud sponsor of the 2018 Virginia Dare Faire and Virginia Dare Night festivities.

More information is available on the website at or by calling the Ticket Box Office at (252) 473-6000.  The Lost Colony runs nightly through August 22, except Sundays.


About The Lost Colony

First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony (a 501-c3 non-profit) is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 2018 season, sponsored by PNC, runs through August 22 at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Curtain time is 7:45 pm. For tickets and information, go to or call (252) 473-6000.