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Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest XVI

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Pyrate Fest XVI: A Swashbuckling Adventure Awaits at Put-in-Bay

Set sail for an unforgettable adventure at Put-in-Bay’s Pyrate Fest XVI, happening from June 28th to 30th, 2024. This annual pirate-themed extravaganza, sponsored by Shores and Islands Ohio, promises a weekend filled with daring escapades and family fun. Engage in pirate antics, witness live cannon firings, and meet mermaids and legendary pirates. Discover a Pyrate Encampment & Marketplace, where the era of buccaneers comes to life. Enjoy interactive activities, treasure hunts, and historical demonstrations, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Put-in-Bay. With unique events each day, including a spirited Pyrate Pub Crawl for the adults and a captivating Antique Car Parade, Pyrate Fest XVI is an extraordinary journey into the heart of pirate lore, perfect for all ages.


Schedule of Events

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Friday’s Festivities: The Adventure Begins

Pyrate Fest XVI kicks off on Friday, June 28th, with a grand Flag Raising ceremony at DeRivera Park & Harbor, marking the commencement of the pirate festivities. As the evening sets in, adult buccaneers can join the Pyrate Pub Crawl, indulging in island-inspired drinks and merry company. This crawl, a hit among pirate enthusiasts, provides an opportunity to explore the local pubs and enjoy a night of revelry and camaraderie.

Saturday’s Spectacle: History and Fun Unite

Saturday at Pyrate Fest XVI is a full-day affair, starting from 10 am with the Pyrate Encampment & Marketplace. Witness the early 1800s come alive with pirates, treasure hunts, and interactive activities. The Pyrate Kids Zone becomes a treasure trove of excitement, with sword fights and the chance to join the Pyrate Krew, under the watchful eye of Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew.

Sunday’s Delights: Treasures and Parades

The excitement continues into Sunday, with more from the Pyrate Encampment & Marketplace. Kids can dive into interactive activities and another thrilling treasure hunt. The highlight of the day is the Antique Car Parade at 2:00 pm, a cherished spectacle winding through downtown Put-in-Bay, delighting attendees of all ages.

Cannon Demonstrations: A Blast from the Past

Experience the thunderous roar of live cannon firings, a hallmark of Pyrate Fest. Led by Cannon Master Bob Gilmore, these historically accurate demonstrations recreate the drama of pirate battles, providing a thrilling spectacle and a vivid glimpse into the past.

Meet a Real Mermaid: Mermaid Tami Returns

Once again, Pyrate Fest XVI features the enchanting presence of Mermaid Tami. This live mermaid attraction offers a magical experience, especially for the little ones. Don’t forget your camera for a memorable photo opportunity that captures the whimsical spirit of the festival.

Dress Like a Buccaneer: Embrace the Pirate Spirit

Immerse yourself in the pirate world by dressing in your finest buccaneer attire. Pyrate Fest XVI is the perfect occasion to don your pirate hat, eye patch, and swashbuckling gear, joining a sea of fellow pirate enthusiasts in a celebration of this unique culture.

An Unforgettable Family Adventure

Pyrate Fest XVI is not just for adult pirates; it’s a family affair with activities and entertainment suitable for all ages. From interactive kids’ areas filled with crafts and games to the excitement of treasure hunts and historical reenactments, there’s something for everyone at this one-of-a-kind festival.

Plan Your Stay

Make the most of Pyrate Fest XVI by exploring Put-in-Bay’s range of lodging options. With hotels, resorts, and villas available, extend your pirate adventure and enjoy everything the island has to offer.

Join the Crew

Mark your calendars for Pyrate Fest XVI and prepare for an exhilarating journey into the world of pirates. Keep an eye on the official website and social media for updates, and get ready for a weekend of pirate-themed fun at Put-in-Bay.

Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors

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Space is limited and registration is accepted on a first come basis. A display space is equivalent to a single 10’x10′ space in DeRivera Park. The cost is $75 for a display space equal to or less than a 10’x10′ open space for BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (6/24-6/25).  One eight foot table will be provided or you may bring your own. The cost is determined by the space rented and not by whether a table is needed. We will only be providing one (1) table per space rented. Additional tables may be rented at a rate of $25 per table.

Those who bring a pop-up tent will be charged a flat fee of $75. A single eight (8) foot table will be provided if needed. Vendors must provide their own pop-up tent. Pop-up tent spaces will be ten (10) feet by ten (10) feet, so tents should be no bigger than 10’x10’. You MAY NOT exhibit in the park unless you are a part of this show. THIS IS NOT A TENTED EVENT SO IF YOU WANT TO BE UNDER A TENT, YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN.

Please note,  you will be charged for the space being occupied (10’x10′). No electricity will be provided!

All fees must be paid in advance and are non-refundable.

Set up begins at 8:30am on 06/29. We can not accommodate any early arrivals. Tear down must begin promptly at 5pm on Sunday as vendors must be out of the park by 6pm on Sunday.

Vendors must have some pirate themed or related items. We reserve the right to deny any vendor registration. Any registration fees will be refunded if denied.

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DeRivera Park

DeRivera Park, Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA