Get ready to set sail on an epic adventure at the Beaufort Pirate Invasion! This annual event commemorates Beaufort’s pirate history and other related historic events with plenty of fun and informative events to thrill all ages. If you live in one of the Beaufort NC homes at Beau Coast, you’re ideally situated to enjoy all of this event’s activities.
Started in 1960 by the town curator, Grayden Paul, and the Beaufort Fire Department, the first event was a recreation of the Spanish Attack of Beaufort that started in the spring of 1747 and continued for several months until local militia finally drove the pirates away. After more than 60 years, the festival involve various recreations of the Spanish invasion as well as events recognizing the long history of pirates and shipping along this stretch of the Carolina coast. Beaufort has a deep inlet and access to rivers along the coast, making it ideal for shipping – and more! Many pirates, including Blackbeard himself, sailed the local waters. Today, pirates hold a special fascination, in part due to their autonomy and daring deeds.
The festival takes place around Gallants Channel from September 22-24, 2023. Brace yourselves for a weekend filled with swashbuckling pirates, cannon demonstrations, thrilling entertainment, and non stop excitement. There are also special ticketed events, such as Blackbeard’s Masquerade Ball on Saturday evening. Gates open at 5 pm on Friday with special vendors and a kids’ area. The first pirate attack on Beaufort Hotel starts at 6 pm and kicks off the marauding and more! A wealth of attacks, memorials, and more take place all weekend, including Blackbeard’s Last Stand: The Battle of Ocracoke.
Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend festival put on by what is now a charitable organization with the mission of helping to preserve the local coastal history and heritage and to support other nonprofits that share the same vision. Get your tickets which range from one-day pass to VIP passes, as well as special extra events that include the Friday Pirate Parlay part. You’ll want to walk the plank if you miss out on any of the events, so get your tickets now! Those of you living in Beaufort NC homes at Beau Coast are sure to become regulars at this annual event if you aren’t already!