Beaufort's own Captain Sinbad recruits pirates from afar to set up camp at the Beaufort Historic Site and participate in the Invasion. Throughout the 2-day event, you can find these buccanneers either at their encampment or wandering the streets wreaking havoc on our unsuspecting visitors and townspeople.


Sinbad & Meka II

"Steady as she goes an' stand t'yer guns". Words spoken hundreds of times as Captain Horatio Sinbad, a modern day swashbuckler born at least 250 years too late, steers his dauntless hermaphrodite brig, Meka II, into battle. Captain Sinbad has lived aboard continuously for over four decades making Beaufort, NC his homeport. Cheer on Sinbad as he and his pirate fleet attack our shores!  




Shadow Players

For over seventeen years the Shadow Players Stage Combat Group has brought fun, excitement, and entertainment to Pirate Festivals, Renaissance Faires, general fairs and festivals, movie premiers, and charity events throughout the U.S. They'll be invading Beaufort this year, engaging in battles, sword fights, and other mischief.  Check the schedule for appearances. 




The Motley Tones

This talented troupe sings madrigals for the King by day, pub songs for the hoi polloi at night and love songs and sailor songs all the day long! We're thrilled to have them perform this year at the Invasion! Be sure to catch them on stage at the Dockhouse Park on Friday and Saturday. You can also see them as they spontaneously break into song around town and perform at The Parley on the Waterfront! 




Captain Jim's Pirate Magic

Magic, mystery & pirate history! Captain Jim's vessel went down at sea causing the loss of his leg below his knee. Now with an authentic wooden peg leg & parrot, Captain Jim tells tall tales mixed with intriguing close up magic of cards, coins & more. Along with his lovely wench, Sea Shel, they perform professional stage illusion shows. Come and be a part of his crew and experience this magical adventure that is fun & exciting! An Invasion favorite for Pirates of all ages!


archangel Crewe of the Archangel

Dedicated to the recreation of the Golden Age of Pyracy, these living historians encompass all manner of mariners and civilians of the times. From brave privateers to the most nefarious pirates, the great actress of the London stage, to the lowly laundress aboard ship, merchants, lawyers, soldiers, tavern owners, dress makers, hangmen, and children are but a few of what they have to offer.




Cascabel and Braze

Black powder weapons, storytelling, and singing, Cascabel and Braze travels the high seas looking for adventure. Bedecked in authentic garb and props, they create mischief and mayhem wherever they go with their swashbuckling swordplay and sharp wit...bedazzling one and all with tall tales and sea stories from the magical days of pirates and buccaneers.




Blackbeard's Crew

Blackbeard's Crew, founded in the year 2000, is a living history performance group dedicated to the accurate representation of seafaring life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries as it relates to Black Beard, specifically the time period between1650-1730 better known as "The Golden Age of Piracy". The Crew has invaded Beaufort annually since 2008.




Rusty Cutlass

Rusty Cutlass is a band of Pirates from Central Florida. They are all full-time professional performers, so when they invade the stage you can expect lots of entertainment, harmony, and good times. The Rusty Cutlass performs authentic Sea Shanties, Pirate songs, Traditional Irish tunes, Tavern songs, Contemporary Nautical favorites and more, most with close vocal harmonies. Occasionally, they feature guest singers and instrumentalists as well..

 east coast pirate crew pix

East Coast Pirates Crew

A Non-profit group dedicated to teaching about history through period dress and mannerisms. The group is comprised of volunteers from the North Carolina Renaissance Faire, hosted by The North Carolina Historic Enrichment Society. The East Coast Pirates Crew is available for various functions to include Home Schooling Groups, Libraries, Parties, Etc.




Beaufort Trading Company

Your source for pirate t-shirts on the Beaufort waterfront!

400 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516