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Beaufort Pirate Invasion

Gallants Channel Complex
172 W Beaufort Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516
September 23, 2022 – September 25, 2022

Event Description

Ahoy, Mates!

Calling all buccaneers! Parlay with pirates all weekend long at the annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion, taking place in the charming coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina.

This year’s event will be held at the Gallants Channel Complex at the foot of the Beaufort Bridge on Highway 70 as you come into Beaufort from Morehead City. From sword fighting and black powder demos with cannons to axe/knife throwing and living history displays and reenactments, this spirited two-day festival offers fun and entertainment the whole family will enjoy.

There will be a movie/Parlay one night and a Dinner/show and Parlay the second night. Event-goers will be able to watch the second annual Pirate Flotilla from shore in many spots in Beaufort, as well as Gallants Channel.

Vendors and local food trucks will be on-site with delicious food items. Tickets are good throughout the weekend, so there’s plenty of time to explore restaurants and shops downtown. Watch out for pirates that tend to roam from the Encampment. You may find them wandering around Gallants Channel or even as you are exploring downtown.

And before you go, make a stop at the North Carolina Maritime Museum to check out the Blackbeard and Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit.

Blackbeards Crew at the Beaufort Pirate Invasion

2022 Beaufort Pirate Invasion Schedule

Friday Sept. 23

7:30 pm: Blackbeard’s Masquerade Ball and Parlay (door prizes and best costume contest)

Saturday Sept. 24

8-10 am: Brunch with Pirates at the Beaufort Hotel and Doubletree by Hilton (tickets available at each location and online)

11 am: Festival opens with cannons blazing

1 pm: Pirate costume contest (several prizes to be awarded)

2 pm: Spanish attack Beaufort in a reenactment of the Spanish pirate Invasion of 1747

5:30 pm: Encampment and stage close, vendors stay open

6:30 pm: Daytime event ends unless holding evening event tickets

7 pm: Gates open for evening event

7 :30 pm: Buccaneers’ Revue Talent Show and Dinner provided by Fat Fella’s of Newport, NC

Sunday Sept. 25

11 am: Festival opens

2 pm: Reenactment of the Battle of Ocracoke

3 pm: Pirate costume contest (several prizes to be awarded)

4 pm: Pirate Trial and Evidence presented

5 pm: Beaufort Pirate Invasion closes… Come back next year!


You can buy tickets for the Beaufort Pirate Invasion with cash at the event or pre-purchase your tickets online.



Parking on the downtown waterfront is paid parking. Additional parking is available in various lots and on most streets throughout downtown.


Contact Info

116 Turner St
Beaufort, NC 28516

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