Looking for some swashbuckling fun during your Nags Head vacation? Visit Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, just a few miles down the road from Surf Side Hotel, to take part in the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Get out your parrot and eye patch before heading out to celebrate the area’s nautical history with a variety of seaworthy adventures on August 12, 13 and 14.
The festivities kick off with Pirate Kids’ Day on Wednesday, August 12. Starting at 10 a.m. there will be face painting, treasure hunts and more!
Let your kids learn all there is to know about becoming a pirate at the festival’s Scallywag School. Here children of all ages will learn how to talk and act like a pirate! From a history lesson about Blackbeard to sword and musket drills, this hour-long course is one your kids won’t forget. Sessions will be held throughout the weekend; hourly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Living History Pirate Encampment
Pirates have invaded the Outer Banks for the weekend! Spend a few hours each day of the festival interacting with pirates from the 17th and 18th centuries. Explore and talk with them to learn about the lives they led on a daily basis. Whether you are interested in medicine, blacksmithing, leisure activities or cooking, there is much to discover! The pirate encampment is open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.
The fun doesn’t stop with these two activities; cannon fire, cannon demonstrations and dinner with the pirates will take place throughout the weekend as well. Click here for the full event schedule and stop by the Children at Play Museum at 7 p.m. on Friday for a showing of the film “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
All activities are free, making this memorable adventure even better. Looking for a place to stay during all the fun? Head to Surf Side Hotel to book your stay! Located here in Nags Head at 6701 Virginia Dare Trail, you and the kids will enjoy an evening on the ocean looking for far-off pirate ships after the excitement of the Outer Banks Pirate Festival.