Endless hours, sacrifices, and dedication mixed with talent and skill are the components of a  volunteer.  Without volunteers who are eager to give of their self and time, events like the Beaufort Pirate Invasion would not be possible. We begin each year with a team of individuals that have the heart and energy it takes to come aboard as a volunteer. During the course of a year, it takes approximately 100 volunteers who are willing to chair a committee, join in the planning process or assist in the execution and presentation of bringing this historical event alive.
We have many volunteer opportunities and invite you to sign up today. You just need lots of enthusiasm and a positive attitude, excellent
communications skills - so get your pirate on and come play pirate with us.


Featured artist from Fuquay-Varina, NC.
"Plotting The Invasion" 

 Each year we seek talented artist who have a special interest in Beaufort and Maritme history.  This year Chris Kennedy contacted us with his interest in painting a pirate scene that brought both Beaufort and our pirate heritage to the forefront. 

When asked how he picked the content for his painting, Chris replied: "I wanted to create an intimate setting that only the Captain, the First Mate, and Quartermaster were privy to... The moonlight in the background adds a sense of mysticism to the painting. I wanted the characters to look like pirates, but I didn't want that look to be too heavy-handed, that's why only one of the characters has a typical pirate hat. I feel like the small elements of the painting taken as a whole help illustrate the idea that these are pirates and they are plotting to invade the town of Beaufort. There are several intentionally subtle details about this piece that one might not immediately notice, but after looking at it for a few minutes, or viewing it a second or third time, these things might all of a sudden become apparent. Ultimately I wanted to portray the plotting of the Beaufort Invasion, it just seemed appropriate, considering the festival/celebration that this piece was created for and I think it turned out well."

Collect All of Our Commemorative Poster Prints
Limited Edition numbered 18x24 prints available at Beaufort Trading Company, 400 Front St., Beaufort, NC


The Beaufort Pirate Invasion is a historical re-enactment and pirate encampment. We welcome vendors to submit a completed application to be considered and juried based on merchandise, items and pricing.  All applications will be reviewed and responded to prior to May 1st, 2015. Vendor fees must be paid by June 1st, 2015. CLICK HERE FOR VENDOR APPLICATION.



It has become quite competitive amongst our pirate crews to be chosen and featured on the Beaufort Most Wanted cards.The cards have become extremely popular commemorative items, along with the posters, and pirate flags of each year. Visitors of all ages love to collect the cards and roam through the invasion looking for pirates to get signatures of those featured. To be chosen for this role and becoming an Ambassador of the Beaufort Pirate Invasion is an honor. CLICK HERE FOR MOST WANTED APPLICATION.