Ahead of the coastal storm forecast for Friday, Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree officials are changing some outdoor event locations for the weekend event celebrating the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise off Ocracoke Island.
The Jamboree kicks off on Ocracoke Thursday (Oct. 25) evening and continues through Sunday (Oct. 28).
The National Weather Service, Morehead City office, forecasts periods of moderate to heavy rain Friday and Friday night with isolated thunderstorms possible. One to two inches of rain are expected, with highest amounts along the coast. Gusty southeast winds will develop Friday and become westerly Saturday. Wind gusts 25-35 mph will be possible along the coast.
“In order to keep everyone dry, the living history exhibits and artifacts of the outdoor pirate encampment will be moved into the Berkley Barn, located right behind the encampment for Friday only,” said Helena Stevens, executive director of the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association, which produces the event, in a press release.
Also for Friday only, the events scheduled for the Books to Be Red Stage have been moved into the Ocracoke Community Center.
“We have also distributed the food and libation vendors into indoor arenas (Ocracoke Community Center and Berkley Barn) for Friday only,” she said.
Brigands Bazaar vendor fair on the Wahab House lawn will expand to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an additional day on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, everything will go back to its regularly scheduled locations.
Below is the Pirate Jamboree schedule with revisions.
Thursday, Oct. 25 (BRIGANDS BAZAAR ADDED)
11 am to 5 pm on the Wahab House Lawn
7 to 10 pm: Historically Fun Night at Berkley Barn with heavy hors d’oeuvres, food, beer & wine featuring historian Kevin Duffus “Was Blackbeard Murdered?” and the Motley Tones with a night of rollicking piratical music and fun. Ticketed event: $50 per person. Purchase online at visitocracokenc.com.
Friday, Oct. 26 (CHANGES TO LOCATION)
11 am to 5 pm: The Pirate Encampment at Berkley Manor grounds: Living history colonial life /pirate encampment & in The Berkley Barn: Living history exhibits/demonstrations; Pirate Jamboree merchandise; Beer & Food
11 am to 5 pm View the Pirate Ships, “The Meka II” and a Coast Guard Cutter at the NPS docks; “The Ranger” at the Wahab House docks.
11 am: The Kings Rangers muster!
Drills: Pike, Cutlass and Long Gun: Cannons fire as we kick off a great festival at the King’s Rangers encampment Wahab House dockside!
3:30 pm: The Pirates invade the encampment!
3 pm Zillie’s: Freakin’ Firkin Heavy Seas keg tapping
At Ocracoke Community Center plus Food & Beer
12:30 pm: What Was Blackbeard Doing at Ocracoke? Author and Historian, Kevin Duffus
1 pm: The Shadow Players Stage Combat sword fighting
1:30 pm: The Motley Tones: Family show: Sea shanties, pub songs
2:30 pm: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. A wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rave-ups, rock and more.
6 to 9 pm: Family Night Magic Show
$5 per person. Non-alcoholic refreshments.
6 pm: Meet the Pirates
6:30 pm Captain Jim is Magic Show
At the Berkley Barn
7:30 pm-10 pm: Meet the Pirates, sponsored by 1718 Brewing Ocracoke
$10 Admission. Cash Bar with Beer and Refreshments
8 pm: The Motley Tones
8:30 pm: Will the Real Blackbeard Please Stand Up? What happens when three men portray themselves as Blackbeard but only one them is the real notorious pirate while the other two are imposters?
At Ocracoke Oyster Co.
8 pm: Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers. A wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rave-ups, rock and more.
Saturday, Oct. 27 (NO CHANGES TO SCHEDULE)
10am-5pm: Community Square: Info, programs, Pirate Jamboree merchandise; Food court & beer garden
10am-5pm: Pirate Encampment Berkley Manor grounds: Living history colonial/pirate encampment, all day plus special events
10am-5pm: Brigands Bazaar at the Wahab House Lawn
10am-5pm: View the Pirate Ships: “The Meka II” and a Coast Guard Cutter at the NPS docks; “The Ranger” at the Wahab House docks
2 pm The three-ship Battle of Ocracoke, Silver Lake Harbor
At Books to Be Red Stage
11 am: Meet Black Beard!
11:30 am: The Shadow Players Stage Combat sword fighting
Noon: What was Blackbeard doing at Ocracoke? Kevin Duffus
1 pm: Captain Jim is Magic
3:30 pm: The Motley Tones: Family show: Sea shanties, pub songs
4:30 pm: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. A wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rave-ups, rock and more.
At Ocracoke Oyster Co.
5:30 pm The Shadow Players Stage Combat Group
8 pm Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
At the Berkley Barn
8 -11 pm Bawdy Beer Garden, sponsored by 1718 Brewing Ocracoke. A vivacious and informal round-robin exchange of bawdy songs that date back hundreds of years is sure to make you blush. $10 Admission. Cash Bar with Beer and Refreshments.
Other Events around town
3 pm to 2 am Ocracoke Bar & Grille: “Blackbeard’s Kill Devil Rum Garden”; Pirate duo Crossjacks, 8 pm
8 pm Ocracoke School gym: A Tale of Blackbeard musical, Ocracoke School gym. $15 Adults, $7 Kids. Tickets at the door or online at http://www.ocracokealive.org.
8 pm Howard’s Pub, Raygun Ruby
Sunday, Oct. 28
10 am to 5 pm Additional Brigands Bazaar on the
10 am Springer’s Point Memorial Service for those killed in Blackbeard’s Last Battle.
Join with us as the Pirate and Militia Crews march to beautiful Springer’s Point to honor those who perished on that fateful day, Nov. 22, 1718. The Militia’s cannons will kick off the march at Blackbeard’s Lodge. Join in at any point along the route.
Noon – Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Lunch with the Pirates. Join us in closing out the festival at a rousing brunch with the Pirates. Your chance to sit down with our Pirate Crews and enjoy a great meal.
The Hyde County Tram will operate throughout the Jamboree weekend from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., taking visitors around to tram stops throughout the village.
Public parking is available at the NPS Visitors lot at the south end of the island, 4352 Irvin Garrish Highway.
Please check facebook.com/BlackbeardsPirateJamboree for the latest updates.