Satisfy your inner pirate during North Carolina’s oldest and best pirate invasion!
Beaufort Pirate Invasion activities will happen in different locations around the historic downtown area. The actual Invasion will take place at the Lynn Eury and Grayden Paul Park right on the waterfront in Beaufort.
At the Beaufort Historical Site located on Turner Street, you will be able to walk through our historical encampment where you can see the ship’s surgeon at work, watch sailors make baggy wrinkles and tie knots. A local Blacksmith will be onsite working over a flaming fire and demonstrating the process of making tools. You will enjoy watching as pirates go about their daily routines preparing meals, making ropes and cleaning weapons.
On Saturday at 4:00 pm you can enjoy a re-enactment of a 1747 invasion on the town of Beaufort. Come watch as Spanish raiders invade our shores and try and capture some of the ladies from town as well as provisions. Beaufort women can be a tough lot and may fight back… Will the town be able to fend off the attackers? Maybe…..
Join us for our annual ‘Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Run’ 5K race, Saturday morning. Registration starts at 7:00 am and Race starts at 8:00 am with a BLAST from Capt Blackbeard’s cannon!
Saturday at 4:00 pm, we will recreate the 1747 Spanish Attack on Beaufort. as always , we will have a few new surprises. Sunday afternoon we present the ‘Gathering’, a Parlay that turns into a Battle. The Gathering will bring pirates from across Time and Space…
On Front Street, Vendors will be set up with various booths of food, fun, pirate gear, and Artisan Crafts.
Along the waterfront and throughout Downtown there will be a multitude of activities for all ages to enjoy, such as musical entertainment, wild animals exhibit, children’s area within the Pirate encampment, costume contests, a balloon artist, Pirate School, stilt walker, storytelling, and vendors.
Oh, and don’t think for one minute that there will be no pirates around. Beaufort will be full of them and you can enjoy the search around town for Beaufort’s Most Wanted Pirates.
Stay tuned in the days ahead as we add more events to the schedule.
The Cannon Crew of Beaufort Pirate Invasion
The Cannon Crew are the physical arm of our Non- Profit Organization. Based in Beaufort, we endeavor to serve our community with our piratical presence to entertain, and sometimes educate in Eastern North Carolina and beyond. Our mission is to help attract tourism by commemorating the Spanish Attack of 1747, demonstrate living history skills from our local colonial culture and support institutions that preserve and present our rich local history. Our Crew travels to events all over NC and beyond, telling of Beaufort and our county’s beauty and charm, not to mention bringing back booty to support our annual event. It is our pleasure to serve as your host of the Beaufort Pirate Invasion.
The Shadow Players
Leviathan Nautical Living History
Leviathan Nautical Living History is a group of dedicated amateur historians portraying a ship’s company and their families during the age of sail. We can depict Royal Navy from 1680 through 1780, Privateers, Continental Navy, and of course, Pirates! We have displays of weapons, charts and navigation tools, sailmaking, surgical instruments, apothecary, and cooking, with all proper for the period. Our crew enjoys interpreting to the public at various ports of call! Our twenty-three foot skiff, the “Bon Chien” is outfitted with a swivel gun for waterborne demonstrations. Our home port is Bath, North Carolina with our membership primarily in the Carolinas and Virginia.