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Choose Between Two Options
- $6 for one festival day pass for general admission (up to a $12 value)
- $18 for a family day pass for general admission for up to two adults and two children (up to a $36 value)
On Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2, starting at 10 a.m. both days, craftspeople, actors, and cooks gather to recreate a thriving island village filled with pirates and lively entertainment. From live music to handmade gifts, the attractions entertain all ages, and between shows families can picnic with fare from one of the hearty establishments in Galley Alley. Children 2 and younger are regularly admitted for free.
Portland Pirate Festival
Across the yard at Thunder Ridge Mercenary Camp, a cannon spews flames at invaders. Nearby, in the recreated island settlement, blacksmiths hammer out weapons and craftsmen manufacture implements for visitors and pirates alike. In the water, bobbing gently with sails relaxed, the tall ship Royaliste waits for a high-seas chase. This living-history tableau is a scene among many at the Portland Pirate Festival, which brings together historical-reenactment actors, convivial taverns, and eclectic live music from regional and international bands for a two-day fest celebrating ancient pirate culture and buccaneering.
Between sword-fighting demonstrations or a stint on an inflatable ride, visitors can feast on hearty grub from vendors such as Sanjai’s Teriyaki, Dave’s Pronto Pups, and Paradise Shaved Ice, and the of-age can gulp a pint of ale from Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern or Ninkasi Brewing Company in Galley Alley. The craftspeople mingle in Tortuga Market, where they vend their traditional handmade pirate wares such as trinkets, toys, or peg legs, which are great for completing a costume or helping a pet shark take to land.