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Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest

PYRATE FEST XVI: June 28th – 30th, 2024

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.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28th lifts the anchor on our weekend-long Pyrate Fest. Pirates from across the country unite at the Flag Raising ceremony at 4:30pm in downtown DeRivera Park & Harbor, proclaiming the start of Pyrate Fest. Later, adult pirates are invited to embark on the spirited Pyrate Pub Crawl from 5pm to 8pm, indulging in island-flavored, Pyrate-inspired drinks crafted with Malibu Rum. Registration begins in DeRivera Park at 4:30pm.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29th beckons you to step back in time at the Pyrate Encampment & Marketplace, where the early 1800s pirate life comes alive from 10am to 5pm. Captain Jack Sparrow and his Krew will transform the Pyrate Kids Zone into a treasure trove of activities for the young ones, including sword fights, treasure hunts, and even swearing in new members to the Pyrate Krew!

SUNDAY, JUNE 30th continues the high-seas adventures with more of the Pyrate Encampment & Marketplace, interactive kid’s activities, and another thrilling treasure hunt led by Captain Jack Sparrow. Don’t miss out on the Antique Car Parade winding through downtown at 2:00pm, a spectacle cherished by Put-in-Bay!

Experience the thrill of live cannon firings throughout the day, as we recreate the dramatic flair of pirate battles with historically-accurate demonstrations. Led by our Cannon Master Bob Gilmore, these black powder displays are a sight and sound to remember!

Again this year, prepare to be enchanted by our live mermaid, Mermaid Tami! Bring your camera for a keepsake photo that is sure to make a splash!

Embrace the pirate within and dress in your best buccaneer attire! Pyrate Fest XVI promises a weekend of swashbuckling fun for the whole family. While the Pyrate Pub Crawl is a venture for adult pirates only, the rest of the fest is a family affair, complete with an interactive kid’s area filled with crafts and games.

Join us for an unforgettable journey into a world where every pirate’s dream comes true. Grab your pirate gear, mark your calendar, and prepare to step into the thrill of the Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest XVI. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more updates.

See you at Put-in-Bay, mateys!

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*All events are subject to change with little to no notice.