19th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Photo Courtesy: City of Hampton

Take a step back in time to the days of Blackbeard and the other infamous pirates that sailed the seas of our coast!

The 19th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival will be held June 1 through June 3 in Downtown Hampton.

Throughout the festival you’ll see re-enactments of pirate battles on ships, get up close and personal with a replica of Blackbeard’s camp and participate in a Mardi Gras style celebration for a Blackbeard’s pretend funeral. There will be tall ships and small boats to view each day. Children will have their own special area with lots of activities, face-paining, inflatables and more!

Those looking for dock space during the Blackbeard Festival are encouraged to contact marinas located throughout the downtown area, including the Hampton Public Piers (757-727-1276), Customs House Marina (757-636-7772), Bluewater Marina (757-723-6774), and Sunset Boating Center (757-722-3325).

Click here to view the full schedule of events and map. 

Friday, June 1  – Grand Pirates Bash
7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel
Come in your pirate’s best! Or your most creative black tie. You’ll get to meet Blackbeard and dance the night away, all while drinking adult beverages (we know pirates love rum) and eating some delicious food! This is a ticketed event. You can buy tickets at the door for $40 or buy them in advance for $35 at Hampton Parks and Recreation or by calling (757) 727-6348.

Saturday, June 2 – Blackbeard Pirate Festival
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Downtown Hampton

Sunday, June 3 – Blackbeard Pirate Festival
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Downtown Hampton