Outer Banks Pirate Festival

Outer Banks Pirate Festival

Jockey’s Ridge Crossing
3933 S Croatan Hwy., Nags Head, NC (US 158 MP 12.5)

Wednesday, August 15 – Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ahoy Mateys! Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival.

Pirates of Blackbeards Crew and mateys will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Come learn the vast history of pirates on the OBX, and participate in Scallywag school for the little ones to see if they have what it take to be a part of Blackbeards’ Crew!

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Schedule of Activities

Wednesday, August 15

  • 10 AM – 2 PM | Pirate Kids’ Day
  • 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 3 PM | Scallywag School- Space is limited (Pre-registration encouraged)
  • 12 PM – 3 PM | Pictures with Mermaids
  • 2 PM – 4 PM | Living History Pirate Encampment
  • 4 PM | Kickoff Cannon Fire
  • 6 PM – 8 PM | Dinner with the Pirates at Pamlico Jacks in Nags Head


Thursday, August 16

  • 10 AM – 4 PM | Living History Pirate Encampment
  • 11 AM, 12 PM, 2:30 PM | Scallywag School-Space is limited (Pre-registration encouraged)
  • 12 PM – 3 PM | Pictures with Mermaids
  • 1:30 PM | Cannon Demonstration
  • 4 PM | Farewell Cannon Fire


Scallywag School
Learn what it takes to be a part of Blackbeard’s Crew! Curriculum may include: Talk like a Pirate, Sword Drills, History of Blackbeard the Pirate, Musket Drills, and Shipboard Line Handling. Interesting and fun for kids’ of all ages! The school is free, but there is a limit of 20 Scallywags per class. 

Living History Pirate Encampment
Interact with and experience how 17th/18th century pirates lived as they set up camp right here on the OBX. Learn about historic topics such as 18th century medical practices, weapons and tactics, spinning, games, cooking, blacksmith sword making, and much, much more. 

For more information on the OBX Pirate Festival, please contact Kelsey Hafele, Events Coordinator, at events@kittyhawk.com

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