The Pirate Party on the Beach returns to the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, for two rollicking days of music, mayhem, and more! This family-friendly event features activities designed to bring out the “pirate” in everyone. Costume contests, games, a treasure hunt, pirate re-enactors, and movie on the beach all combine to celebrate those scallywags we all wish we could be: pirates.
When arriving at the Pirate Party on the Beach, beware of those scurvy scallywags, The Moody Crewe. These pirate re-enactors will be posing for photographs, singing sea shanties, and demonstrating swordplay. The Moody Crewe loves landlubbers, and this merry band of pirates will entertain as well as educate. Joining the Moody Crewe will be the Loose Cannon Company and Overland Crew.
Saturday features a full day of activities. The pirate stunt show by Shadow Players Stage Combat Group features actors in authentic costumes, sword-play, and audience interaction. The show will be presented several times throughout each day. On Saturday dress like a pirate and enter the costume contest!
Also on Saturday, participate in Cap’n Pete’s Treasure Hunt at 6:30pm, and then settle in the sand at 8:00m for a pirate-themed movie shown on a giant screen, right on the beach!
On both days, enjoy arts and crafts and displays by participating museum organizations like the Old Coast Guard Station and Mariner's Museum.
Other activities throughout the weekend include bandana-making, face-painting, storytelling, weapons demonstrations, and shopping for pirate-themed merchandise.
On Sunday, enter your team in the Pirates Challenge, which will test your skill in several physical challenges, all pirate-themed. Winning teams receive cash prizes and trophies. There is an entry fee for teams participating in the Pirates Challenge.
Pirate Party on the Beach is FREE and open to the public.
Saturday, May 16
10:00am-10:15am, Opening proclamation and firing of cannons
10:15am-10:45am, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group
10:45am-11:00am, Overland on the stage
11:00am-11:15am, Weapons demonstration
11:15am-11:30am, Storytelling (A Pocket Full of Stories)
11:30am-12:15pm, The Brigands pirate band
12:30pm-12:45pm, Weapons demonstration
12:45pm-1:00pm, Storytelling (A Pocket Full of Stories)
1:00pm-1:30pm, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group
1:30pm-2:00pm, Costume contest
2:00pm-2:15pm, Weapons demonstration
2:15pm-2:30pm, Storytelling (A Pocket Full of Stories)
2:30pm-3:15pm, The Brigands pirate band
3:30pm-3:45pm, Weapons demonstration
3:45pm-4:00pm, Storytelling (A Pocket Full of Stories)
4:00pm-4:30pm, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group
4:45pm-5:15pm, Overland on the stage
5:30pm-6:15pm, The Brigands pirate band
6:30pm-7:30pm, Cap’n Pete’s Treasure hunt
8:00pm-9:30pm, Movie on the beach
Sunday, May 17
12:00pm-12:30pm, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group
12:00pm-12:30pm, Overland on the boardwalk
1:00pm-1:15pm, Weapons demonstration
1:00pm-4:00pm, Pirates Challenge competition
1:30pm-2:15pm, The Brigands pirate band
2:30pm-2:45pm Weapons demonstration
3:00pm-3:30pm, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group
3:30pm-4:00pm, Overland on the stage
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