Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Saturday and Sunday in early June
The Blackbeard Pirate Festival takes place in Hampton, Va., on a two-day weekend in early June. The festival acknowledges Hampton's history as a key colonial port from which tobacco was exported to England and various manufactured commodities were imported into the new world. The area's wealth attracted the notorious 18th-century Caribbean pirate Blackbeard. The dress, music, and customs of swashbucklers like Blackbeard provide the inspiration for this historical event, which aims to recreate waterfront life in Hampton as it was in 1718. The festival launched in 2000.
The event features tours of replicas of three "tall ships" similar to the ones Blackbeard and his mates may have plundered. A street fair offers live music with historical and maritime themes, as well as refreshments and children's events. Several historical re-enactments can include such incidents as an invasion of Hampton Harbor by pirates seeking revenge for Blackbeard's death and a duel between pirates fighting with pistol and cutlass. Visitors can watch demonstrations of 18th-century crafts, navigation, cooking, and medicine at living history exhibits. The event also features a Grand Pirates Ball for adults, and a Saturday night fireworks display.
CONTACTS:
Virginia Air and Space Center
600 Settlers' Landing Rd.
Hampton, VA 23669
757-727-0900
www.blackbeardpiratefestival.com