Ocracoke will be open to visitors this Friday, September 21, 2018 via the Swan Quarter Ferry.

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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!

To sign up as a vendor for Brigand’s Bazaar, please click here. The deadline to apply is Friday September 9, 2018.



October 25 @ 3:00 pm
October 28 @ 2:00 pm
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Ocracoke Civic & Business Association


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