The Spanish Attack of Beaufort started in the spring of 1747 and continued for several months until local militia finally drove the pirates away. In 1960, Grayden Paul and the Beaufort Fire Department reenacted that Invasion. Over the many years since, we have celebrated that part of our history and the Invasion has become Beaufort’s largest annual event. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many events including our had to be cancelled, conversations with the Town concluded it would be better to have the event and others at Gallants Channel as to not crowd the downtown area. That and other issues as traffic and parking were considered. After a successful event last year at our new site, we are excited with a new layout with additional parking. Join us this year at Gallants Channel for an all-new presentation of the Beaufort Pirate Invasion!
In 2017, we became a non-profit 501 c3 charitable organization with the mission of helping to preserve our local coastal history and heritage and to support other non-profits who share our vision. All of our staff and committees are volunteers, and all funds are from donations, sponsorships, fundraisers, and sales from the event. Our physical arm of BPI is The Cannon Crew, who travel the coast (and many times inland) to perform, entertain, and do living history and reenactments at other events. We also serve museums, local schools and libraries. Many of these other events also generate money for our event and this year we brought over $12,500.00 back to homeport. Please donate to help support our continued effort to keep our history alive.
Beaufort is an historic seaside town located on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast at the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Visitors will delight in all the area has to offer, from fishing and golf to beaches and boating. In addition to the Beaufort Pirate Invasion, with a host of restaurants, shops, and quaint accommodations, you’re sure to thoroughly enjoy your time in Beaufort.
Visit the official website for North Carolina’s Crystal Coast for a complete listing of local accommodations, businesses, and attractions.
Come stay at some of our favorite places on the Crystal Coast and be a pirate with us!
Located on the East end of Taylor’s Creek, Beaufort’s newest and most luxurious Hotel with all amenities including restaurant, lounge and conference rooms. https://beauforthotelnc.com
Beaufort Inn is the perfect place to relax in historic Beaufort. We are located right on the water and in the heart of the historic district. Easy walk to all Invasion venues!
101 Ann St. – Beaufort, 252-728-2600
If you are looking for a quiet and comfortable Inn that offers the privacy of a hotel but with the amenities, charm and service of a bed and breakfast, and you want the best view in Beaufort, this is the place for you. Located in the center of all Invasion action!
601 Front St. – Beaufort, 252-728-3600
Morehead City Lodging
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
The Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Morehead City is located right off Highway 70 perfectly situated for a leisure or business stay. We are just a short drive to enjoy the beautiful Crystal Coast. Relax in our outdoor pool or work out in our fitness center and enjoy our complimentary, hot Express Start Breakfast Bar for a great beginning to your day with our signature cinnamon rolls.
5063 Executive Dr.; Morehead City, (252) 247-5001