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Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00475Once a year in May, visitors from all over the country enjoy the sights and sounds of 18th century Hampton overrun by pirates. Hampton’s waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate re-enactors, costumed in historically accurate garb, who transform today’s Hampton into the busy seaport of yesterday. Led by Blackbeard the Pirate himself, re-enactors help visitors step back in time and re-live the history and legends of 1718 Hampton. This year the festival has been honored by being named the 3rd best pirate festival in North America by USA Today. The Festival offers a variety of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors, arts and crafts, and much more!

This year’s activities include a number of reenactments from impromptu street skirmishes between pirates and the militia, to full-scale sea battles in the Hampton Harbor, featuring the popular re-enactment of Blackbeard’s final battle. Onlookers can also enjoy the waterfront view where tall ships tower over more than 50 private sail and powerboats all decked out in their own pirate gear.

Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00472A presentation ceremony follows the sea battle, where Lt. Maynard presents Blackbeard’s head and defeated crew to Virginia’s Governor Spotswood. Visitors can participate in the festivities when they join Blackbeard’s funeral parade, Hampton’s version of Mardi Gras, and share in the booty from his treasure chest.

Plan ahead for this raucous annual festival where you’ll land smack-dab in the middle of sword fights, lively music, pirate encampment, children’s activities, sea battles and fireworks. It’s a way to celebrate Hampton’s maritime heritage and relationship with the infamous Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Plus, there’s a grand pirate ball on May 29 where you show off your best period attire.

The History:   
Travel back in time to a period where The Customs House of the bustling seaport of Hampton regulated the export of tobacco to England and the import of manufactured commodities to the colonies. The wealth of the colonies floating around Hampton’s waterfront made our city an inviting target for one of the fearsome and successful pirates of the Caribbean, Blackbeard. Blackbeard moved his operation north and with a pardon from the governor of North Carolina assumed the life of a gentleman with his fourteenth wife. Unable to give up the adventurous and notorious lifestyle, he cruised and began relieving ships of their cargos. Blackbeard defended his actions saying he was simply salvaging the abandoned cargo. North Carolina officials accept the dubious explanation in exchange for a portion of the cargo.

Blackbeard resumes his life of terrorizing ships and citizens along the east coast and Chesapeake Bay and in 1718, the most notorious pirate festival is hosted by Blackbeard on the beach at Ocracoke Inlet. Attended by the most notorious pirates and their crews, including Hampton’s own William Howard, one of Blackbeard’s captains, they feast and drink rum punch spiked with gun powder. Convinced that Blackbeard and other pirates are operating under the protection of North Carolina, Governor Spotswood of Virginia resolves to send an expedition to capture or kill Blackbeard and his crew. Lt. Robert Maynard is picked by Spotswood to lead this expedition.

The two small ships crewed by the Royal Navy and Hamptonians sail from Hampton to find Blackbeard. Lt. Maynard and his crew find Blackbeard and engage in a bloody sea battle. Maynard leads the hand to hand fighting after boarding Blackbeard’s ship. During the fight to the death, Blackbeard sustains some twenty five mortal wounds and is slain when his head is severed by Maynard. With losses on both sides, 15 of Blackbeard’s crew are taken prisoner. Upon return to Hampton, Lt. Maynard is said to have presented Governor Spotswood with Blackbeard’s head, flag and treasure. Governor Spotswood decrees Blackbeard’s head be placed on a stake at the entrance to the Hampton River as a warning to all other pirates.

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Friday July 17th, 2020 - 12:10 pm

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We need to do some PIRATING!

Wednesday July 15th, 2020 - 4:10 pm

Adventure sailing by the Chamberlin on her way back home to the Hampton River!

(Thank you Irvin Blake for the great picture.)Sailing by the Chamberlin!
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Adventure sailing by the Chamberlin on her way back home to the Hampton River!

(Thank you Irvin Blake for the great picture.)

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Will the "Adventure" be at Yorktown in August ?

Friday July 10th, 2020 - 10:24 pm

A handful of Pirates (and we are a handful just ask the Kings Navy) from Blackbeard’s Crew will be in attendance supporting this worthwhile community event.Please join us next weekend to support our police officers. Family friendly event with free face painting and Pelicans snowballs. There is a lot of Poquoson businesses sponsoring this event- and the Bill Miles Band will be playing. Sunday, 2PM, Surfs Up. ... See MoreSee Less

A handful of Pirates (and we are a handful just ask the Kings Navy) from Blackbeard’s Crew will be in attendance supporting this worthwhile community event.

Friday July 3rd, 2020 - 10:07 pm

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Thursday June 11th, 2020 - 8:06 pm

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Press Gang Video

Monday June 1st, 2020 - 7:36 am

The Members of Blackbeard’s Crew could not let this we can go without continuing our tradition of our piratical family reunion in our piratical Memorial. It was regrettable that it was necessary to cancel this year’s Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival but we are pirates and we will always find a way and it comes to our piratical family.

As usual when it comes to anything pirate, Mother Nature was not necessarily kind to us. Even though we had no rain the wind was very intense. But then again, the strong winds that we experience could in fact have been the souls of our lost crew mates letting us know that they appreciate that we remember and honor them.

Even though during our little ceremony I only mentioned the names specific to Blackbeard’s Crew my hope is that all of you watching the video add the names of your fellow shipmates to the list. In this way we can honor them all. My hope is that we can once again join together for a family reunion in Hampton and 2021.

Their names will be read, their crews shall be recognized, and we will honor them in a way that will catch St. Brendan's ear, by tone of the ship’s bell and reports of the ship’s great guns, for all were Mariners worthy of his guidance and protection.
BBC past Captain, Navigator / Order of Leviathan - Pernell Taylor
BBC Governor Spostwood - Richard Askew
Hampton Dockmaster honorary BBC - Dennis Nate
BBC’s first coin maker David Dezern
BBC - Steve Powers AKA Black Ross
BBC rope maker Tj Bartruff AKA Master Bart
BBC past Captain, Shanty Master / Order of Leviathan Cindy Warner AKA Willoughby Caught
Edward Teach, the original Blackbeard’s Crewmembers of 1718 and the fallen Royal Navy and Marines
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2020 Blackbeard Pirate Festival Pirate's Memorial

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Thank you so much for posting this. Master Bart was a very dear friend and crewed with us for years. I hope Apple sees this. Karl and Michele Team Valkyrie

From these few bretheren - many continue many follow -

FYI - with Respect we share the loss of a well known -

Friday May 29th, 2020 - 3:30 pm

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Blackbeard Pirate Festival updated their cover photo.
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Saturday April 18th, 2020 - 7:19 am

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See you in 2021! Stay safe! ☠️😷

We’re going to miss it this year but definitely looking forward to next year. Cheers 🍻

We will really miss it this year

Looking forward to 2021!

christen this one 'Hope"


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Saturday April 18th, 2020 - 7:18 am


It is with great sadness that after due consideration I must announce that the 2020 Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival is canceled for this year. I have considered all possibilities and potential options of postponing the Pirate Festival to a later date in the year however; due to many factors during this time of uncertainty a postponement is just not feasible. The decision to cancel for the year was a very difficult decision to make and I know that many will be disappointing. But this decision is the most appropriate given the circumstances that we have been dealt. So the members of Blackbeard’s Crew of Hampton will start intensely planning for next year’s Pirate Festival to be held on June 5 -6, 2021 with the Pirates Grand Bash on Friday, June 4, 2021.

In the meantime don’t be surprised later on during the year if you happen to see spontaneous gatherings of pirates in downtown and at the Hampton waterfront disturbing the peace firing off a few cannons and partying at the docks and aboard Blackbeard’s Ship the Adventure. We plan on making several appearances in downtown in and around our very own little customhouse. The Sailing Ship Adventure will be returning to back to her own home Hampton within the next few weeks as well. So even without this year’s Festival we are still here and we will be supporting the City and downtown Hampton any way we call.

Constable Heartless, Captain of Blackbeard's Crew, Inc.
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Ahoy Me Hearties! Our entire family, and especially our boys will certainly miss this years event as it has been a family tradition for us for a very long time, but we do understand and will be patiently waiting for next year's big bash!

"So even without this year’s Festival we are still here and we will be supporting the City and downtown Hampton any way we can." ... and this, Constable Heartless, is why we love all of you. I'll miss your annual visit to Council Chambers to keep us all in line as you overtake Hampton.

Postpone. Please Don’t cancel. It’s Hampton’s only firework show.

Well I completely understand. We are going to miss it. Just means more time to work on my crews' costumes.

Understandable. Disappointed, as this is our first year here and was looking forward to it. 2021 it is!

Bummer but good for you all making tough decisions for the greater good.

I am very disappointed ! Love the Pirates and festivals: "Are you looking for trouble ?"

Our family will miss being there. Being safe and cautious during this unpredictable time we understand your decision.☠🏴‍☠️

Why not have a virtual festival and have people join in dressed up? Sing pirate shanties, tell stories, & have virtual games?

Sad! I enjoyed this event!

We will miss y’all this year. It’s better safe than sorry so everyone can return healthy, strong & certainly happy 🏴‍☠️

Totally understandable... I'm already planning for 2021!!! 💗

We will miss the festivities but completely understand.

Totally Understandable!!! We will miss you all!!!

Overwhelmingly sad, but the right call. 2021 will be bigger and better than ever (hopefully).

2021 will be remarkable👍☠❤

When we get back, we'll be BIGGER and BETTER!

Thanks for making the tough call!!!

Mary glad we went when we did!

Dianna Pappas we used to have so much fun here

My kids were holding out hope, but it's the right thing to do. Please post when pirates are coming into port over the summer and we'll be around to support.

Understood but so sad!

Will really miss it, but we'll all get through this together ❤

I’m so sorry. I know you didn’t have much Choice. Our governor sucks.

Arrgh, no!

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Blackbeard Pirate Festival updated their cover photo.
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Tuesday March 31st, 2020 - 2:35 pm

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Rest assured this will be cancelled or at least postponed.

JoAnn Hutchinson

Karen Ann Karen Ann Ivey Rissmeyer!

Tuesday March 31st, 2020 - 11:41 am

Even though we had already made the decision of the need to postpone BBF, I am sure that by now everyone is aware of the Virginia governor’s executive order essentially shutting everything down in the state until at least June 1 of later. So anything in May is out the window. I think all of us now can understand how Blackbeard felt back in the day having to deal Governor Spotswood. Amazing how history will repeat itself and Governor Spotswood lives again. As soon as we consider some options that I will let everyone know. For right now, we just need to stand by but don’t give up hope! The Pirates are here to stay and we will never let Hampton down! ... See MoreSee Less

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wishing you guys the best!!!

A very sad moment... we’ve missed our season opener in Greenville and now one of the biggest and best ..... I hope this ends soon, not just to save pirate season but to save our economy and country!!🏴‍☠️☠️🇺🇸

My crew, er, family is just thinking of it as more time to get our clothes and kit together. We'll see you all with our hats on, colors raised and heads held high on the other side. ❤

Words to boost Morale well said - Lean on each other - stay in touch and begin manufacturing accessories to further enhance the uniforms and outfits - scour the beaches and outdoors to find natural items - fill our time with constructive activities - I'm designing custom Peg Legs - all heights and styles - Oh the yarns each will have , , ,

WE'LL GET PAST THIS! And when we do, we can catch up BIG TIME!

Will we get a refund for the Pirate Bash tickets we have already purchased?

Will vendors be reimbursed?

Thanks for being smart

We all hope this can happen, best festival ever...

Doug Brummel

Huzzah, Mates!

Nicole R McFadden


Northam is an idiot

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