The 9th annual Privateer Festival kicks off this weekend along Thames Street in Fells Point. The free pirate-themed festival is a mix of live music, historical re-enactments, maritime attractions, and of course, beer. Ahoy, mateys!
Friday night’s rainy weather forecast caused the festival's host, Fells Point Main Street, Inc., to cancel the famed Pyrate’s Ball and craft and food market, since both events were scheduled to be outside. But the rest of the weekend is expected to go as planned.
From 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, events will take place at seven different spots throughout Fells Point.
The main stage in Broadway Square will have live music all weekend from buccaneer bands like The Pyrates Royale and The Brigands. On Saturday at 1 p.m., there will be a nautical pet costume contest. The main stage is also the place to buy tickets for the Pyrate Invasion Pub Crawl that starts on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Adjacent to the main stage is where you’ll find the craft and food market and the "grog garden" featuring Heavy Seas beer. A portion of the garden’s proceeds benefit the Tyanna Foundation.
Live historical displays based on the War of 1812 will be at the Broadway pier. Watch cannon and flag demonstrations, tour ships, or set sail on the Pride of Baltimore II (tickets start at $45). And don’t miss the sea battle between schooners and privateers that starts at 5 p.m. both days.
At Brown’s Wharf marina, theatrical group Valhalla’s Pirates will perform three live pirate combat shows each day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Families can check out the Ann Street pier for kids' activities, including face painting and crafts, a treasure hunt, and magic shows by Whitebeard the Conjuror. In Thames Street Park, Ye Pyrate Brotherhood will be doing educational and interactive re-enactments.
If the weather holds up, the festival is sure to be a weekend of swashbuckling fun (complete with a handful of Captain Jack Sparrow impersonators).