These days, spotting the Jolly Roger off North Carolina’s shores is more likely to create a sense of excitement rather than fear. That’s because a pirate invasion off the coastline of Bald Head Island is one of the year’s most anticipated events. There’s still plenty of time to reserve your Bald Head Island Services vacation rental for this year’s festivities!
What to Know about the Annual Festival
Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, the waters off North Carolina’s coast were ruled by pirates, including two of the most famous pirates in the area: Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet. Bald Head Island served as a refuge and home base for these swashbucklers.
This history is celebrated every year during the annual Pirate Invasion, also known as Pirates Weekend. Held every August, the celebration features a weekend filled with incredible events that bring the stories of pirates back to life.
Things kick off when the pirates make their way to shore at Marina Park. After setting up camp, they are known to roam the island, causing mayhem and playing music; you never know where they’re going to pop up. Other events include:
- Musical performances
- Sword fighting demonstrations
- A sea battle
- Treasure hunt
- Ghost walks
The weekend wraps up with a pancake breakfast at Jules’ Salty Grub & Island Pub. In addition to a delicious breakfast, you can also enjoy music and a costume contest. You can even get your picture taken with a pirate.
For more details, including times and locations, check the event’s website for the most up-to-date information.
Escape the Pirates at Your Bald Head Rental
The best place to escape the scallywags during the Pirate Invasion is by returning to your home base from Bald Head Island Services. Our collection of incredible vacation rentals has everything you need to spend a night resting up for another day of pirate fun.
We have something for everyone, from rentals on the golf course to pet-friendly options. No matter which Bald Head Island vacation rental you choose, you’ll have all the comforts of home as well as additional amenities designed to help you have the best stay possible. Browse our inventory online, or call 910-363-4955 to speak with a helpful team member.