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2014 Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Published: May 30, 2014

2014 Blackbeard Pirate Festival
May 30th, 2014 - Jun 1st, 2014
Hampton, Virginia

Festival Hours:
Friday, May 30, 2014 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 2014 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Fireworks @ 9 p.m.)
Sunday, June 1, 2014 12 p.m. - 6 p.m

The 2014 Blackbeard Pirate Festival celebrates Hampton's maritime heritage and relationship with Blackbeard (Edward Teach), one of the fiercest pirates ever known.

Visitors to the festival will see Blackbeard (personified by first-person interpreter Ben Cherry) and more than 100 other authentically costumed pirate re-enactors as they run rampant on the streets of America's oldest continuous English-speaking settlement.

The festivities kick off Friday night, May 30, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel with the 15th annual Grand Pirates Ball (creative black tie or period attire enforced). The celebration, a recreation of Blackbeard's Party at Okracoke, will feature a bounty of food, adult beverages, live music, and more. Though the festival is free, there is an admission charge for the ball. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased by phone, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., by dialing 757-727-8314.

Saturday's activities include a swarm of extemporized street skirmishes between pirates and militia (costumed interpreters), a replica of Blackbeard's pirate camp, complete with living history interpreters teaching the skills of the sailor circa 1700, and the trial and escape of William Howard, one of Blackbeard's fellow pirates with ties to Hampton.

The 2014 Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival will include three tall ships at the downtown docks: MEKA II, Serenity, and Bonny Rover. Also featured will be an re-enactment of the classic sea battle between Lt. Maynard and Blackbeard, featuring two full scale replica vessels in the Hampton Harbor.

At the conclusion of the sea battle a presentation ceremony takes place in which Blackbeard's severed head will be bestowed upon Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood (1710-1722). Afterward, visitors can join Blackbeard's funeral parade and share in the booty from the treasure chest.

Other attractions include a children's area, vendors, live music, street entertainers, photo opportunities with Mermaids in the children's area, cannon fire at Battery Point, period weaponry demonstrations, bird shows, and more a dramatic fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night over the Hampton River.

For more information, visit www.blackbeardfestival.com