Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns to Hampton

Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns to Hampton

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- It's known as one of the top five pirate festivals in North America, according to USA TODAY, and it's right in our backyard.

The 18th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns to downtown Hampton this weekend. It celebrates the city's rich maritime heritage by commemorating the demise of its most infamous visitor, Captain Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard the Pirate.

The event kicks off on Friday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., at The Historic Post Office in downtown Hampton with the 18th annual Grand Pirates Bash (creative black tie or period attire enforced).

The celebration, a recreation of Blackbeard’s Party at Ocracoke, will feature a bounty of food, adult beverages, live music, and more.

Though the festival is free, there is an admission charge for the ball. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 757-727-6348. Purchase in person at Hampton Parks & Recreation (5th Floor Hampton City Hall, 22 Lincoln Street, Hampton, VA 23669).

The festival then continues through the weekend with numerous events and activities, including the arrival of two tall ships and a fireworks show Saturday night at 9 p.m. over the Hampton River.

Saturday night will conclude with a dramatic fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. over the Hampton River!

The Blackbeard Pirate Festival goes from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, June 2 (The Grand Pirate's Bash is a ticketed event.); 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 3; and 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. 

More information is available on the event's website. Tickets for The Grand Pirate's Bash may be purchased there, as well as in person.

18th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival Schedule:

Friday, June 2

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 18th annual Grand Pirates Bash with Rusty Cutlass & Brigands at The Historic Post Office

Saturday, June 3

10:00 a.m. Opening of Festival at Battery Point (Field Musick Virginia Fife and Drum Corps)

10:00 a.m. Wishery Entertainment Pirate Fairies in the children’s area throughout the day.

10:30 a.m. Blackbeard Stage (Motley Tones)

11:00 a.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (“Black Caesar” African-American History)

11:00 a.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (The Crimson Pirates)

11:30 a.m. Pirate Sea Battle - Merchant Vessel Seizure (Rusty Cutlass)***

12:00 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (Ship's Company Chanteymen)

12:30 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Brigands)

1:00 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (The Crimson Pirates)

1:30 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (House of Cadarn)

2:00 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Brigands)

2:30 p.m. Pirate Sea Battle - Blackbeard’s Last Battle (Rusty Cutlass)***

3:00 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (Motley Tones)

3:15 p.m. Dockside Reception (Field Musick Virginia Fife and Drum Corps)

3:30 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (Ship's Company Chanteymen)

4:00 p.m. Trial and Treasure (Field Musick Virginia Fife and Drum Corps)

4:30 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (The Press Gang)

5:00 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (House of Cadarn)

5:30 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Ship's Company Chanteymen)

6:00 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (The Crimson Pirates)

6:30 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (The Press Gang)

7:00 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Brigands)

8:00 p.m. Pub Sing Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Rusty Cutlass) / (Motley Tones)

9:00 p.m. FIREWORKS / Cannon Fire at Battery Point
***Battle Narration

Sunday, June 4

11:00 a.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (“Black Caesar” African-American History)

11:30 a.m. Memorial Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Field Musick Virginia Fife and Drum Corps)

12:00 p.m. Opening Cannon Fire at Battery Point

12:00 p.m. Wishery Entertainment Pirate Fairies in the children’s area throughout the day.

12:00 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Rusty Cutlass)

12:30 p.m. Pirate Sea Battle All Boats in the Water for Attack On Hampton

12:30 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (Motley Tones)

1:00 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Brigands)

1:30 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (The Press Gang)

1:30 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (The Crimson Pirates)

2:00 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Ship's Company Chanteymen)

2:30 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (The Crimson Pirates)

2:30 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (House of Cadarn)

3:00 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (Motley Tones)

3:30 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (The Press Gang)

4:00 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Brigands)

4:30 p.m. Gov. Spotswood Stage (The Crimson Pirates)

5:00 p.m. Bunch of Grapes Tavern (Rusty Cutlass)

5:30 p.m. Blackbeard Stage (Ship's Company Chanteymen)

6:00 p.m. Closing Cannon Fire at Battery Point

Those looking for dock space during the Blackbeard Festival are encouraged to contact marinas located throughout the downtown area, including the Hampton Public Piers (757-727-1276), Customs House Marina (757-636-7772), Bluewater Marina (757-723-6774), and Sunset Boating Center (757-722-3325). Call for details and availability.

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