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Hampton Virginia - Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns to downtown Hampton June 4 5 20 May 2022 ( news )
Hampton , state Virginia ( By Press Release office)
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May 20 , 2022 - Blackbeard ' s crew will once again invade downtown Hampton June 3 - 5 , setting up an educational encampment in Mill Point Park , complete with costumed re - enactors , cannon battles , mermaids , music , vendors , lectures , and fireworks . The festival , which has been named the 3rd best pirate festival in North America by USA Today , has been on hiatus for the past two years .
There will be a preview on Friday , June 3 , with a “Pirate’s Parlay” from 6 p . m . to 8 p . m . This is a free , outdoor , family - friendly event within the encampment in Mill Point Park . Clan MacCool Band performs on the Mill Point Stage , where the public is encouraged to sing along , dance , and wear their finest piratical attire . This replaces the customary ticketed Pirates Bash .
The main festival will be held Saturday , June 4 , from 10 a . m . to 10 p . m . , and Sunday from noon to 6 p . m . Events include:
Character vessels , include Blackbeard’s sailing ship Adventure , Royal Navy vessels Jane and Ranger , and merchant vessels engaging in battles on the Hampton River Saturday and Sunday .
Character actors , dozens of professional pirate re - enactors , and living history interpreters from all points of the compass will be in attendance , along with Helena the Mermaid , Fins and Seashells , Circus Siren Mermaid , and more .
Weekend performers include Mark Miller/Rusty Cutlass , The Brigands , Chaste Treasure , Press Gang , the Natterjacks , and Field Musick Virginia .
On Saturday from 2 p . m . to 4 p . m . , scholars Dr . Jamie Goodall , author of Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars , and Jeremy Moss , author of The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate , Major Stede Bonnet , will offer free lectures at St . John’s Church , sponsored by the Hampton History Museum . The Museum will also hold its annual Steam Punk Show Saturday from 10 a . m . to 5 p . m . , and Sunday from 1 p . m . to 5 p . m . ( also free and open to the public ) .
Fireworks over the Hampton River will be on Saturday , June 4 , at 9 p . m .
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