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.


Ada Mae

Carolina Coastal Classrooms, Inc. whose mission is to provide environmental education programs promoting understanding and appreciation of our coastal waters and maritime heritage through hands-on shipboard educational experiences. The centerpiece of this program is the environmental education curriculum taught onboard the skipjack ADA MAE. This educational vessel is homeported in New Bern, North Carolina and offers daily and extended shipboard environmental education programs throughout the year. 


Thunder__SpicceThunder & Spice

Thunder and Spice love to sing and harmonize traditional Celtic, Renaissance, Seafaring, American and World folk music with theatrical flair and a bit of history thrown in! Years of music and theatre experience make this performance group extremely versatile:  they will perform in modern or period dress, customizing their costumes for your specific occasion. They perform music that will make you get up and dance, sing along, or just close your eyes and listen to the wonderful harmonies.


hoc_webHouse of Cadarn

House of Cadarn is a musical trio comprised of Roger Collins, Stacy Cassidy and Daniel Gichner. We specialize in maritime, nautical and Celtic music, songs of ships past present and future among other random silliness. Music has always been how people passed the time either for enjoyment and entertainment or to make work go more smoothly or to pass stories and tradition for one generation to the next.


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!  



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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. 



motley_2webThe 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 with us again this year at the Invasion.



captjimCaptain 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 closeup magic of cards, coins & more. Along with his lovely wench, Sea Shel, they perform professional stage illusion shows. An Invasion favorite for Pirates of all ages!




The Loose Cannon Company 

Mister Willis and the pirates of the Loose Cannon Company. A group of living historians from the east coast which specialize in historic
re-enactments, special events, educational programs and black powder demonstrations. A finer assortment of cutthroats you'll never find.






Black powder weapons master, storytelling, and singing, Braze travels the high seas looking for adventure. Bedecked in authentic garb and props, he creates mischief and mayhem wherever he goes with swashbuckling swordplay and a 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 2006.



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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.



Dark_Rose_webCrewPirates of The Dark Rose

Well, Matey, this be the Pirates of the Dark Rose. Professional Pirates fer hire, specializing in Cannons, Blades, and Birds. Their territory be the waters of the East Coast, washin' ashore at events from Maine t' Florida. The Dark Rose Pirates wash ashore at events and pile their salvaged booty under a tent made from old sails.



ECP_webEast Coast Pirates

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.



sirens_callSiren's Call

Siren's Call is coming to Beaufort for the Pirate Invasion. Dancing their way into your hearts... Siren’s Call provides unique and creative, family friendly, piratical entertainment in both a stage show and while roving. We perform various world folkloric dances, ranging from Europe to Tunisia and beyond, using various props such as swords, reptiles and fire!  Zatara Delavaga, Jenny Lawrence, Kris Nicole. 




Black powder weapons master & silversmith Cascabel the high seas looking for adventure. Bedecked in authentic garb and props, he creates mischief and mayhem wherever he goes with his swashbuckling swordplay and sharp wit...bedazzling one and all with tall tales and sea stories from the magical days of pirates and buccaneers.




Rowdy Robin

Robin Berkman a.k.a. Rowdy Robin the Pirate and Professional Storyteller. Rowdy Robin loves telling stories to children. She claims to have enough stories in her head that she I can walk into a room, gauge the audience, and tell the appropriate stories. She always wears a special hat whether it be a ship, castle, or pirate scene on her hat depicting the story she tells or the mood she is in. So be prepared for the lady with the hat and her rowdy personalitity and roaming library of story's.


Sea Hunter

Hunter Brancel a.k.a. Sea Hunter, an up and coming master of illusion. Sea Hunter and his side kick Tiki enjoy entertaining the young and the young at heart with card tricks, magic tricks and unique balloon art that wows the crowd.



Johnson and Moffet

Lon Johnson and Molly Moffet breathing life into history…and bringing history to life. Lon and Molly are historical reenactors and educators of seafaring life in the 18th century. Come visit their shore encampment, where Lon, the ship’s carpenter, will demonstrate his craft and explain the tools of his trade, and Molly, the ship’s surgeon, cook, and chief bottle washer, will explain the medicine and surgeries of the time, and how effective (or ineffective) they really were.