The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Pirate Festival is on the Horizon

Looking for a weekend of fun and excitement? Look no further than the Treasure Coast Pirate Fest. Located at Veterans Memorial Park in historic Fort Pierce, this amazing event draws a huge crowd each year and has been referred to by many as one of the most historically accurate pirate festivals in and around Florida.

Loaded with colorful rogues, wenches, and scallywags, the family friendly Treasure Coast Pirate Fest offers up some of the nation’s finest reenactors who help provide visitors with a true to life pirate encounter. This highly anticipated event has been a favorite among festival goers for more than 9 years and is on track to exceed expectations again this year.

Some festival high points include exploring the Living History Pirate Encampment (a firsthand look at how pirates lived ashore back in the day), and the Pirate Weapon Demonstrations with real swords, muskets and cannons!

You can also meet world renowned and famous people like; Treasure Hunter “Captain Fizz” Carl Fismer, Authors Allen Balogh and Patrick S. Mesmer, and Pirate Artists Steve Witucki, and Don Maitz creator of the iconic Captain Morgan Spiced Rum Character.

The scheduled lineup of live music is packed with performers such as the fun-loving Irish American band, Bawdy Boys, the soulful and bluesy voice and impressive guitar work of Davee Bryan, the Island and Caribbean sound of Bamboo, and the eclectic world fusion band “A”-Tribe who blend the Australian Didgeridoo and Indian Sitar with hand drums and modern day rhythms.

There is also plenty for the younger pirates like the kid’s costume contest, Blackbeard’s Kid’s Show, a Pirate Puppet Show, Meet and greets with Real Mermaids, guided treasure hunts, the Quest Game which is an interactive hunt for wanted pirates, and the very popular Little Buccaneer Kid’s Zone where young pirates can play all day long with the purchase of a $10 wristband.

Another great feature of the pirate festival is that visitors can shop more than a hundred various nautical theme and arts & craft booths and sample delicious foods while taking in the sights and sounds during this 3-day fun-filled event.

Pirate Fest admission is free, though a $2.00 “Buck -N- Ear” voluntary contribution is greatly appreciated. That be two dollars for ye landlubbers! Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the gates for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Manatee Observation and Education Center.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park / Riverwalk Center 600 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Dates: February 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2018

Event Hours: Friday 2pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm

The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Pirate Festival is sponsored in part by POTTC Events, Pirates of the Treasure Coast, Southern Eagle Distributing, Cricket Wireless, Paradise Exteriors, Professional Concessions Inc., City of Fort Pierce, Hometown News, 93.7WGYL, B94.7 Fresh Country, 99.7 Jack FM, 97.1 Ocean, Pirate Radio of the Treasure Coast, Coast 101.3, Wave 92.7, Oldies 103.7, Doc Brown’s Really Bad Rum, Treasure, Macaroni Kid Port Saint Lucie,Treasures of Fort Pierce, Sampson Tree and the Official Rum Sponsor – Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum.

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The Manatee Observation and Education Center (MOEC) opened in 1996 as St. Lucie County’s first not-for-profit, environmental education center. MOEC’s mission is to promote understanding and responsible actions for the protection of the Treasure Coast’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants.

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