A Pirates Life for Me!

 The Eastport Pirate Festival  September 11-13, 2015, the largest pirate festival in New England and the Canadian Maritimes, will take place with at least 80 events, over the 3-day festival weekend.  The Eastport Pirate Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary of swashbuckling family fun for everyone. Pirates of all ages will descend upon the island in their favorite pirate garb to take part in many events and activities. 

This year’s festival will include all the popular events that have made this festival great over the years including a Pirate Parade, Pirate Bed Race, Fireworks, Pirate Ball, Pirate Crate Race, kids game and events, live music and much more.  Our events for Kids have been greatly expanded to include Free Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo, a Pirate Pageant for kids and youth (Costume Contests with prizes), many sessions of Kids’ Games and of course the R&M IGA Gold & Silver Doubloon Scramble plus much more.

Pirates of the Dark Rose, our professional pirates team, will be invading again this year as they have from year one.  This year’s performances will include some of their best educational programs and fabulous entertainment.  Pirates of the Dark Rose have scheduled a special secret program to help celebrate the Eastport Pirate Festival’s 10th Anniversary.  Their performances will include cutlass fighting, sword demonstrations, small arms fire, and 10 cannon shots.  Kids can enjoy their two day Buccaneer Boot Camp Program teaching kids how to be a Pirate and talk like one and take the Pirate Oath.  Then on Sunday help defend Eastport’s waterfront from invaders.  Pirates of the Dark Rose is an exclusive membership organization who perform at pirate festivals, historic reenactments, and renaissance fairs from Key West, Florida to Eastport, Maine.

For the third consecutive year, Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate will be performing his original songs and putting on numerous performances for kids.  His music will get audiences laughing, singing and dancing to his fun pirate songs.  Rockin’ Ron Carter hails from Smugglers’ Notch New Hampshire and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has become a well-known pirate performer in the Northeast.

New this year starting on Friday afternoon: Ty Openshaw is a 17 year old recording artist from Maine. He is currently in the studio working with Scharff Bros recording and finishing up his first CD scheduled for release in December.  Ty was an opening act at Balsam Valley Amphitheatre for Lee Greenwood and John Michael Montgomery.  In addition Ty has brought his own unique sound to The Bitter End in New York and Disney World in Orlando Florida.

All weekend long enjoy the Human Marvel Nick Penney’s performances which will include: Sword Swallowing, Human Blockhead, Blow Torch on Tongue, Magic, Plate Spinning, Toroflux, etc. and will pose for photographs with guests.  He arrives in Eastport from a book signing for the release of the latest Ripley's Believe It Or Not book titled “Eye-Popping Oddities,” available September 8th in stores everywhere.   The 27 year old Nick Penney is a master of crowd gathering at fairs, festivals, and carnivals all over the US.  He is a member of the Sword Swallowers Association International and Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, World Of Wonders sideshow. 

As always, the prior weekend, September 5, 2015, will kick off the festivities with the Invasion of Lubec, Maine.  The Pirates of Eastport will invade Lubec by land, sea and air to kick off the festival. 


The full schedule of events is now available on Facebook, the Web and at stores in the greater Eastport Area.  Please make you plans now to attend the great event for its 10th Anniversary celebration on September 11, 12 & 13, 2015.  Pirate attire is always encouraged, join in and have more fun!   For more information visit www.eastportpiratefestival.com or like us on Facebook.