Starting Friday, July 26 at noon live music will be on stage all afternoon into evening. There will be black powder weapons and cannon demonstrations, a pirate encampment, arts & crafts vendors, and more until 6:00 pm. Friday night is the adults-only Pirate’s Ball at the PGI Civic Association from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Attendees will be entertained by three bands: The Brigands, the Bawdy Boys, and the Bone Island Buccaneers. There will be a costume contest to be judged at 9:45 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The ticket price includes hors’douveres, live music, entry to the costume contest and a donation to the Charlotte County “Do the Right Thing” program. A full stocked cash bar will be available for all the buccaneers and wenches.
Get yer rest for Saturday and join us for more festivities! The Pirate Parade through the Village starts at 10:30 am; view this procession of pirates throughout the mall. Live mermaids will be in the Village Center Court fountain, pool, and their own traveling tank. The Pirate Encampment and live music continue throughout the day. Roving musicians will be walking around the festival as well as playing on Center Stage. The Treasure Hunt is your chance to answer clues and win the treasure chest. Village merchants have donated items for a bountiful treasure chest that could be yours simply by answering the riddles and entering the contest.
Then, be a part of the Pirate Flotilla and Invasion at noon! Enter your boat to be a part of the invasion. As you fire water weapons into the crowd, pirates ashore will fire black powder cannons and weapons. Prizes are awarded for the best decorated, most lively, and smallest boats. Or, join the King Fisher Fleet Invasion Cruise. Leaving at 11:30 am, pirates on board the ship will help you feel a part of the invasion action. Only $16.95 per person; children half price. Call 941-639-0969 for reservations aboard the King Fisher Fleet Invasion Cruise.
The fun continues throughout the afternoon with the pet costume contest at 4:30. Dress your pet in his pirate finest and enter to win. Dine with the Pirate’s at the Captain’s Table from 6:30-9:00 pm. The Brigands, the Bawdy Boys and the Bone Island Buccaneers will entertain as you dine on a fabulous Surf n’ Turf buffet dinner of prime rib, clams, crab legs, and more. Adult tickets are $40 per person (children’s menu is available); call 941-637-1177, ext. 2 for reservations. Finish the night off with the Twilight Fire Show spectacular in Center Court at 8:00 pm. Watch as performers twirl, dance, and breath fire.
Sunday is the last day to partake of the pirate fun. The live mermaids, Pirate Encampment, live music, and Treasure Hunt continue. Test your balance as you walk the plank. King Fisher Fleet is offering a Kid’s Pirate Cruise at 11:00 am (call 941-639-0969 for reservations), offering children a chance to sail the high seas with pirate entertainers. Stick around for the children’s costume contest at 4:30 pm. Be sure to finish the Treasure Hunt clue sheet for your chance to win the treasure chest.
With all of this excitement, you may want to stay all weekend! We have partnered with several hotels in the area, as well as Fishermen’s Village Resort, to offer reduced rate accommodations. There is plenty of free parking at the Village and close-up, VIP Parking is available for $5. This year’s charity is the Punta Gorda Police Department’s “Do the Right Thing” program. This program is working to instill positive attitudes and self-esteem in local youth by publicly recognizing them for their achievements, whether their accomplishments involve academics, athletics, community service, conservation, or any other effort where a child is trying his or her best to “do the right thing”. Our signature summer event gets bigger and better every year. Be sure not to miss the fun this year!