Celebrate City of Oaks Pirate Fest on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., inside and outside of North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh.
This is a free, family-friendly event.
2018 marks 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard roamed the Carolina coast and lost his life – and his head – in a fight with British soldiers. Learn more about the history of pirates in N.C. at the City of Oaks Pirate Fest.
Look for updates on the Facebook event.
Here’s some of what you can do at the festival:
- Meet Captain Blackbeard
- Engage in Sword Fights
- Sing Sea Chanties
- Play Swashbuckling Games
- Feast at Local Food Trucks
- Participate in a Costume Contest
- Enjoy Pirate Crafts
- Listen to a Notorious Pirate Band
City of Oaks Pirate Fest Schedule
Main Stage (Located on the Jones St end of Bicentennial Plaza)
- 10:00-10:50 a.m. – Rusty Cutlass will perform sea chanties.
- 11:00 a.m. – There will be a costume contest and prizes given out to winners.
- 12:00-12:30 p.m. – Shadow Players Stage Combat Group will perform a comedy sword fighting demonstration.
- 12:45-1:00 p.m. – The Motley Tones will perform songs and skits.
- 1:15-2:00 p.m. – Rusty Cutlass will perform sea chanties.
- 2:15-3:00 p.m. – Shadow Players Stage Combat Group will perform a demonstration skit.
- 3:15-3:30 p.m. – Special Guest speaker
- 3:30-4:15 p.m. – Pub sing (All performers)
- 4:30 p.m. – The event ends.
Bicentennial Plaza (Ongoing)
- “Presenting the Past” by Michelle Murillo featuring Port Royal Artifact Presentation, Making of Cannon Demonstration and Roving Interactive Historic Characters.
- Check out sword fighting demonstrations by Shadow Players Stage Combat Group.
- Meet Motley Tones and Rusty Cutlass band as they roam the festival!
- Go to the Cannon Crew tent with cannon demonstrations.
- Head over to the Colonial Seaport Tent for educational demonstrations.
- MOHA will be selling T-shirts and memberships to the museum at their table.
- WKIX will be broadcasting live from their table.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina will be available at their table.
- Sand Sculpture from Bugfest on display. (Note: maybe not, since BugFest was postponed because of weather)
- Educational booth led by representatives from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
- The Sword Conservatory will display historical combat techniques.
Daniels Auditorium in North Carolina Museum of History
- 1:00 p.m. – David Moore, Curator of Nautical Archaeology, NC Maritime Museum Beaufort
- 2:15 p.m. – Sarah Watkins-Kenney, QAR Lab Director and Chief Conservator, Queen Anne’s Revenge Project
- 3:15 p.m. – Dr. Charles Ewan, Director – Phelps Archaeology Laboratory, East Carolina University
Lobby of North Carolina Museum of History (Ongoing)
- Make Your Own Pirate Ship
- Make Your Own Pirate Hat
- Wheel of History Pirate Edition (Trivia)
- Piracy in North Carolina (From NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Learn about the real pirates who plundered the North Carolina shore from Cape Fear to Currituck.)
- Myths of Sea (From NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Discover the science behind the most famous mythological sea creatures and learn more about the real animals on which they are based.)
- Manatee Game (From NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Learn facts and figures regarding manatees, while participating in a fun game in the Demo Gallery.)
Food Trucks will sell food at their own accord from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (See our list of food trucks here.)
Fletcher Garden on Bicentennial Plaza
Acrobat Amanda Finch will be performing aerial dance in pirate costume.
Food trucks at City of Oaks Pirate Fest
- Chirba Chirba Dumpling
- Wandering Moose
- Not Just Icing
- Poblanos Tacos
- Havana Dave’s
- Kono Pizza
- Will and Pops
- Qspresso Cubanos
- The Heights Dominican Kitchen
- Flattz Food Truck