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The Beaufort Pirate Invasion
NC Maritime Museum, Gallants Channel Annex
293 W Beaufort Rd Ext
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 241-9049

August 13 - August 15, 2021   In August of each year, Beaufort commemorates its rich pirate history with the Beaufort Pirate Invasion. Demonstrations of black powder weapons, swords and cutlasses are part of the pirate encampment. Dressed in historical costumes from the 17th and early 18th centuries, pirates engage the audience with storytelling, sea chanteys, and swordplay. This year's event will be at the Gallants Channel Complex at the foot of the Beaufort Bridge, with plenty of food and grog (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages) for sale. Tickets are available for pre-purchase online, or with cash at the event.
There are three Event Ticket options available for the Beaufort Pirate Invasion: 
General Admission – $10 per person (kids under 12 are free), Pirate Parley (Friday movie night) – $10 per person, and Dinner & Show (Saturday night) – $25 per plate

History buffs will be interested to know that in June 1747, a group of Spanish privateers — legalized pirates — entered Beaufort harbor and made off with several small ships. Over a period of several months, these pirates returned and skirmished with the local militia and private citizens, in hopes of taking the town of Beaufort. Ultimately, the stateside militia, with the help of farmers and other locals, prevailed and Beaufort was rescued from pirate occupancy.


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