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2018 Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree – 300th Anniversary

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree serves up piratical mischief and good times October 25-28, 2018.

Avast, ye hearties!

Photo Credit: Natasha Jackson

Chart your course to Ocracoke for the Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree October 25 – 28, 2018 to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of Blackbeard’s historic last battle directly off the shores of Ocracoke Island.  Step back in time with the sights and sounds of 17th- and 18th-century pirate life as Ocracoke Island comes alive with pirate reenactment crews as they invade by land and sea.  Enjoy musical entertainment, magic shows, history, period encampments, vendors and a live battle with cannons on Silver Lake.

The event is expanded to three days this year, starting Thursday evening through lunch on Sunday. More pirates, more vendors, more activities, and visiting dignitaries from all over the United States and world will visit the island for this historic event.

With cannons blazing and swords flashing, three ships will re-create the last hours of Blackbeard and his crew as Lt. Robert Maynard brings them to battle with cannons blazing. Visitors are encouraged to get in touch with their inner pirate and wear their best buccaneer gear.

Photo Credit: Natasha Jackson

Fun for all ages, the Pirate Jamboree features Captain Jim–the magic pirate and illusionist, the Sword Conservatory crew, the Cannon Crew, and Colonial Seaport Foundation. Returning performers include bands of roving pirates, the Motley Tones, The King’s Rangers militia, 2015 NC Historian of the Year Kevin Duffus, and the sword-fighting Shadow Players.

There are no better ways to experience the past than to visits to the very places where American history took place, to walk in the footsteps of our forebears, to learn what they did, and understand why they did it. Come see what pirate life was really like in this true-to-life 17th and 18th century pirate encampment at the historic Berkley Manor grounds. You and your young scalawags can wear your own pirate costumes and enjoy historical demonstrations, sword fights, pirate storytelling, sea chanteys, navigation, medicine, blacksmithing, demonstrations of pike drills and vintage black-powder weapons.

Brigand’s Bazaar

Brigand’s Bazaar, a vendor fair, will be held in the heart of the festival on the Historic Wahab Estate Lawn, adjacent to the Pirate Encampment. Brigand’s Bazaar will feature local artists in every medium – fine crafts, metal smiths, pottery, jewelry, wood, painting, textiles and more! The following vendors will be on display at Brigand’s Bazaar:

Food/Beverage Vendors:
Back Porch Restaurant
Blackbeard’s Hot Grub Sauce
Kill Devil Rumball Co.
Ocracoke Oyster Co.
The Magic Bean Coffee Bazaar
Freebooters Sweet Treat

 

Brigands Bazaar Vendors:
A Good Catch Oak Trace Pottery
Beach Textiles by Brenda Ocracoke Creations
Blackhearts Publishing Returning Tide
ELA Designs Sea Art By Angie
Gypsy’s Cupboard Sea Glass Compositions
K & M Creations Seacatcher
Kenzie’s Knots Sovereign Tomorrow
Lighthouse Publishing The Creative OBX
Lou Horton Sculpture The Lighthouse Kids
Milk Street Soap Co. This Little Cottage
Nana Glass OcracokeCats
New Maritima Press Ocracoke Child Care

Merchandise Now Available

Get your official 300th Anniversary Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree merchandise in our online store. Items include T-Shirts, Moscow Mule Barrel Mugs, and Tank Tops. If you are not an OCBA member, you can check out as a guest.

                              

 

To purchase, please visit business.visitocracokenc.com/store/.

2018 Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree Program & Schedule

View a Detailed Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 25

7–10 pm:  Historically Fun Night at the Berkley Barn, heavy hors d’oeuvres, food, beer & wine. Ticketed event: $50 per person. Purchase online at visitocracokenc.com

The Motley Tones: Rollicking piratical music and fun
Kevin Duffus: Was Blackbeard Murdered?

3 pm–2 am: Ocracoke Bar & Grille: “Blackbeard’s Kill Devil Rum Garden”

Friday, Oct. 26

11 am–5 pm The Pirate Encampment at Berkley Manor grounds: Living history colonial life /pirate encampment, all day plus special events

11 am–5 pm Community Square:  Info, Jamboree merchandise, food court & beer garden, featuring beer from 1718 Brewing Ocracoke, OBX Brewing Station and Lost Colony Brewery

11 am–5 pm Brigands Bazaar at the Wahab House Lawn: A marketplace of seafaring fine arts, wares, books and more!

11 am–5 pm View the Pirate Ships

  • “The Meka II” and a Coast Guard Cutter at the NPS docks
  •  “The Ranger” at the Wahab House docks

11 am: The Kings Rangers Muster!

Drills: Pike, Cutlass and Long Gun: Cannons fire as we kick off a great festival at the King’s Rangers encampment Wahab House dockside!

Books to Be Red Stage

12:30 pm: What Was Blackbeard Doing at Ocracoke? Author and Historian, Kevin Duffus

1 pm: The Shadow Players Stage Combat sword fighting

1:30 pm: The Motley Tones: Family show: Sea shanties, pub songs

2:30 pm: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. A wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rave-ups, rock and more.

3 pm Zillie’s: Freakin’ Firkin Heavy Seas keg tapping

3 pm–2 am Ocracoke Bar & Grille: “Blackbeard’s Kill Devil Rum Garden” plus Pirate duo Crossjacks, 8 pm

3:30 pm: The Pirates invade the encampment!

Ocracoke Community Center
$5 per person. Non-alcohol refreshments

6–9 pm: Family Night

69 pm: Meet the Pirates
6:30 pm Captain Jim Magic Show

Berkley Barn

7:30–9 pm: Meet the Pirates, sponsored by 1718 Brewing Ocracoke
$10 Admission. Cash Bar with Beer and Refreshments

Purchase tickets online at visitocracokenc.com

8 pm: The Motley Tones
8:30 pm: Will the Real Blackbeard Please Stand Up? What happens when three men portray themselves as Blackbeard but only one of them is the real notorious pirate while the other two are imposters?

8 pm Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers. A wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rave-ups, rock and more.

Saturday, Oct. 27

10am–5pm: Community Square: Info, Pirate Jamboree merchandise; Food court & beer garden, featuring beer from 1718 Brewing Ocracoke, Outer Banks Brewing Station and Lost Colony Brewery

10am–5pm: Pirate Encampment Berkley Manor grounds: Living history colonial/pirate encampment, all day plus special events

10am–5pm: Brigands Bazaar at the Wahab House Lawn

10am–5pm: View the Pirate Ships

  • “The Meka II” and a Coast Guard Cutter at the NPS docks
  • “The Ranger” at the Wahab House docks

2 pm The three-ship Battle of Ocracoke, Silver Lake Harbor

Books to Be Red Stage

11 am: Meet Black Beard!

11:30 am: The Shadow Players Stage Combat sword fighting

Noon: What was Blackbeard doing at Ocracoke? Kevin Duffus

1 pm: Captain Jim Magic Show

3:30 pm: The Motley Tones: Family show: Sea shanties, pub songs

4:30 pm: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. A wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rave-ups, rock and more.

Ocracoke Oyster Co.

5:30 pm: The Shadow Players Stage Combat

8 pm: Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers

Berkley Barn

8 pm Bawdy Beer Garden, sponsored by 1718 Brewing Ocracoke. A vivacious and informal round-robin exchange of bawdy songs that date back hundreds of years is sure to make you blush.  $5 Admission. Cash Bar with Beer and Refreshments.

Other Events around town

3 pm–2 am Ocracoke Bar & Grille: “Blackbeard’s Kill Devil Rum Garden”

Pirate duo Crossjacks, 8 pm

7 pm Magic Bean Haunted House

8 pm Ocracoke Alive: A Tale of Blackbeard musical, Ocracoke School gym. $15 Adults, $7 Kids. Tickets at the door or online at http://www.ocracokealive.org.

9 pm Gaffer’s: Train Wreck & Annual Costume Party, Alice in Wonderland Theme

Sunday, Oct. 28

10 am 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, Nov. 22, 1718. The Militia’s cannons will kick off the march at Blackbeard’s Lodge. Join in at any point along the route.

Noon Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Lunch with the Pirates. 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.

Details

Start:
October 25 @ 3:00 pm
End:
October 28 @ 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/BlackbeardsPirateJamboree/

Organizer

Ocracoke Civic & Business Association
Phone:
252-928-6711
Website:
http://www.visitocracokenc.com

Venue

Ocracoke Village
Ocracoke, NC 27960 United States + Google Map