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7-10pm: Meet The Pirates!

Join us for an evening with the Pirates. There will music, fun and the chance to test your pirate knowledge against the experts!  Beer, wine and refreshments provided.

7:30pm: "Blackbeard: Fact or Fiction”


 A rollicking game show led by historian Kevin Duffus with two competing teams of four people. Contestants will be chosen from the audience. Historical (or hysterical) statements about Blackbeard from actual published accounts will be presented and then the teams will decide if the statements are fact or fiction. The winners will win something, if there are winners.

8:30pm:    The Motley Tones: Rollicking Good Music and Fun

Your piracy education continues with the Motley Tones.  Hailing from the famous sea port of Raleigh, NC, they have no shortage of seafaring and piracy songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Well, the 1760s, 1770s and 1780s.  Their harmonious renditions of songs of love, and travel and the sea will help set the mood for the fabulous weekend of piracy ahead.  Don’t be shy—you will want to sing and laugh along.  And if not, in the true spirit of piracy, they are sure to insist on it! 

  • At the Community Center. A $10.00 donation for the Festival taken at the door *


10am: The Pirates Invade the Encampment!

Watch as Blackbeard and his ships attack Ocracoke with cannons blazing. Our valiant Militia fights back with their own battery of cannons. But who can stop this horde of pirates…?

            Location:  Silver Lake and the Wahab House. Great viewing from the NPS Docks

10am-5pm: The Pirate Encampment at The Wahab House :

 See what life was really like during the 18th Century - Living history exhibits, tavern games and pirate skits. Displays will include:

  1. Shipboard medicine and health

  2. Naval weapons

  3. Seamanship and Navigation: Rigging, knots, etc.

  4. Pirate society and sociology

  5. Period Cooking


Saturday (cont.)

10am-5pm:  Militia Encampment --- Interactive Living History exhibits:

  1. 18th century beehive oven

  2. Rope Spinning

  3. Boarding drills: Pike, Cutlass and Cannon.

  4. Knot tying.

     Location:  Militia Encampment: Wahab House

10am-5pm: Brigand’s Bazaar at the Community Square and the Live Oak Beer Garden

Brigand’s Bazaar :  A marketplace of seafaring fine arts, wares, hearty grub, jamboree T-shirts and the place to get your Festival Information and Maps

Live Oak Beer Garden:  featuring craft beers by Heavy Seas Brewery, pirate swag, commemorative mugs, soft drinks and water - something for everyone!

11am-5pm: View the Pirate Ships:

“The Meka II,” “The Ada Mae” and a Coast Guard Cutter at the NPS Docks

 “The Ranger” at the Wahab House Docks

11am-5pm: Roving 18th Century Minstrels, Pirates and Street Vendors

Just as it was in the 18th Century- don’t be surprised if you see The Oyster Lady or the Fishmonger hawking their wares; or if a song breaks out down the street….


11:30am-5pm: Teach’s Tavern

Here you will find cafe tables and seating nestled under the live oaks where you can relax and take in the entertainment.  Also featuring craft beers by Heavy Seas Brewery, pirate swag, commemorative mugs, soft drinks and waters

Location:  Books to be Red Stage



Saturday (cont.)

11:30am : The Shadow Players

Swashbuckling excitement with the Shadow Players Stage Combat Group....Swords! Whips! Laughter! Experience up close and personal swordplay in an interactive show for the whole family!'

Location:  Books to be Red Stage

12pm : Meet Black Beard!

It’s only fair that he gets to tell his side of the story! Plus, Sword play and Fun

Location:  Books to be Red Stage

1pm : "What Was Blackbeard Doing at Ocracoke?" Author and Historian, Kevin Duffus


When the notorious Blackbeard, arguably the world's most famous pirate, was cornered and killed near Ocracoke's Springer's Point, he was in the company of just 20 men and the only treasure found in his possession was some sugar, cocoa, cotton, and a mysterious letter. It was late November and winter was approaching rapidly. Why was Blackbeard lingering at Ocracoke? What was he waiting for? Blackbeard historian Kevin Duffus answers these questions and more.

Location:  Books to be Red Stage

1:30pm : Scallywag School for Kids — for aspiring Young Pirates!

A chance for your kids to channel their “inner Pirate”, with 18th-century seamanship demonstrations, 18th-century games, and naval weapons and tactics. A great chance to interact with the Pirates!

Location:  Pirate Encampment: Wahab House

1:45pm : The Motley Tones:

 Fun for the whole family! The Motley Tones will delight you with their dulcet harmonies and witty piratical humor.  Sea shanties, pub songs, love songs and sailor songs—they carry out an oral historical tradition of telling stories through song up and down the East coast.  Back on Ocracoke by popular demand, you will not want to miss these motley singing pirates!

Books to be Red Stage

2pmPirate Craft Fun!

Come create fun pirate crafts on the front porch of the Ocracoke Preservation Society. Stop by for a chance to see Ocracoke Island’s rich history

Location:  Ocracoke Preservation Society




Saturday (cont.)

3pm: The Battle at Ocracoke!


In the morning calm the mist begins to clear and the lookout reports to Black Beard aboard his sloop ADVENTURE.  "Captain, I sees two strange sloops makin' thar way t' ours position!"

At 3pm, Saturday, see for yourself the fierce ship to ship Battle of Ocracoke that determined Black Beard's final fate. Cannons roar as Three Ships re-create that fateful day

Location:  Great Viewing all around Silver Lake and NPS Docks

5pm: The Shadow Players:

Swashbuckling excitement with the Shadow Players Stage Combat Group....Swords! Whips! Laughter! Experience up close and personal swordplay in an interactive show for the whole family!'

Location:  Books to be Red Stage

6pm:  The Bawdy Beer Garden:

Relax, kick back, and enjoy some great beer and be entertained by the Motley Tones and pirate friends.  A vivacious and informal round-robin exchange of bawdy songs that date back hundreds of years is sure to make you blush.  This show is rated “I” for "Innuendo", which is  PG-17 for you 21st century types. So, put the little scallywags to bed first!

Location:  Books to be Red Stage



10am – 12pm: Springer’s Point Memorial Service for those killed in Blackbeard’s Last Battle

Join with us as the Pirate and Militia Crews march to beautiful Springer’s Point to honor those who perished on that fateful day. Listen, as the eulogy is read and the hymns are sung. Watch as the wreath is laid on the Sea, while the Pirate Ships fire a cannon salute from just off-shore.

Location:  Start the March at Blackbeard’s Lodge to Springer’s Point

12 – 1:30pmThe Pirate Lunch

Join us in closing out the Festival at a rousing brunch with the Pirates. Your chance to sit down with our Pirate Crews and enjoy a great meal at Howard’s Pub.  Don’t forget to save a seat for a Pirate! But you may need to show them what the ketchup bottle is for……

Location:  Howard’s Pub