Crowds watch two pirates perform a sword-fighting demonstration at the Beaufort Pirate Invasion
Annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion

Beaufort Pirate Invasion

Pirates attack the Beaufort historic waterfront by land and sea. For two full-days Beaufort is overrun with pirates, wenches, privateers and scallywags. These nefarious characters dressed in historical period attire from the 17th and early 18th centuries, engaging in battles, bursting into song and recruiting aspiring pirates, young and old. The mayhem begins on Friday with sword fighting, cannons blaring, pillaging, and plundering. There will be storytelling, sea chanteys, cutlasses and black powder weapons displayed in the pirate encampment.

Featured in USA Today, the Beaufort Pirate Invasion is a reenactment of when Beaufort was attacked by pirates in the 1700s.

The events take place at Gallants Channel this year. Adult General Admission Tickets (for the entire weekend) are $10 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Click here for the complete schedule of events.

Locals Recommend

“Make sure you visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum, the official repository for the artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.”

Hotel Reservations

The Beaufort Hotel is the host hotel for the 2023 Beaufort Pirate Invasion. Make plans to spend the weekend. Call 252-728-3000 for room reservations or book now using the button below:

Event Details

  • Date & Time: Friday – Sunday, September 22 – 24, 2023
  • Location: Gallants Channel and Downtown Beaufort
  • Distance from Hotel: 7 Miles (7-minute drive)