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Pirate Invasion 2023

Pirate lovers rejoice! The “Pirates Are Coming” Festival, returns to Bald Head Island for a weekend of revelry and mayhem August 2-August 4, 2023.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, when pirates ruled the waters off the coast of North Carolina with greed and terror, Bald Head Island was a favorite refuge and base for notorious buccaneers. The waters surrounding Cape Fear were a hideaway for hundreds of pirates, the most famous of which were Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, and Stede Bonnet, the gentleman pirate. For more on island history, visit Bald Head Island History.

This year’s Pirate Invasion includes a pirate encampment, breakfast with the pirates, ghost walk, sea battle, paint a pirate ship, party with the pirates, breakfast with the pirates, music and more.  Be sure to watch out for the Meeka II Pirate Ship arrival into the Bald Head Island Marina sometime on August 2, tide dependent.  The sea battle can be seen from the shoreline near the harbour entrance.

For a complete schedule of events, visit . BHI Pirate Invasion, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation created to coordinate the Bald Head Island Pirate Festival.  Interested in staying the week or weekend? Check out accommodations available for less than a week at

Published by Trisha Howarth
Thursday, July 13, 2023

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