Each August, historic Beaufort by the Sea provides the perfect backdrop for the scourge of the sea to strut their stuff, bringing with them live reenactments, music, sword fighting, costume contests and much more.
The Beaufort Pirate Invasion, slated for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, highlights the rich history of pirates that have pillaged and plundered along the east coast and includes a reenactment of an actual historical event. In August of 1747, the Town of Beaufort and a ship of Spanish privateers battled for the town. The pirates won … but just the first round. Days later, the residents and nearby farmers fortified themselves and returned to take back their village.
Enjoy the sea invasion on the downtown waterfront as pirates overflow into the streets to terrorize the citizens and try to take the town. Then join the townsfolk, farmers and the militia in a parade as they march from the pirate encampment to the waterfront battle to win the town back from nefarious pirates.
Step back in time with the sights and sounds of the 17th century as Beaufort comes alive with pirate reenactors gathering at the pirate encampment at the Beaufort Historic Site. Watch historical demonstrations such as sword fighting, cannon firing and see black powder weapons displays, a mock trial, a pirate hanging and so much more.
The two-day event includes activities for just about everyone in the family. Aspiring young pirates will enjoy magic shows, costume contests and so much more.
Some of the signature events this year include the Buccaneer Dinner and Revue, held Friday evening, and the Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Run, held Saturday morning.
The invasion comes to close with Saturday night’s event, Parley on the Waterfront. Celebrate the end of the invasion and a return to peace and prosperity to Beaufort with an evening of live music, grog and good cheer from 6-10pm at The Dockhouse. Admission for this event is free.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of the signature events, visit beaufortpirateinvasion.com.