X marks the spot and the spot is Northglenn for this year’s Pirate Festival on Saturday, September 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at E. B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park. Young and old alike are welcome to join in a FREE full day of pirate ruckus. Again this year: entry to the Pirate Ball on Friday, September 17 will be FREE (pay for dinner and drink on the side).
During the Festival, young’uns can enjoy bounce houses, crafts, contests, mermaids, treasure hunts ‘n more.
Older mateys can try their hand at physical feats ‘o strength, cardboard boat regatta watching (or racing), plenty of drinkin’ of mead, rum and ale, walking around in costume and more.
This year’s event includes performances by Bella Diva Dance, Big Paddy and Stubby Shillelaghs among others.
The Cardboard Regatta (extra fee) is a test of boat making and racing skills. Teams compete for prizes and fame. Boats will float across Webster Lake.
Festivities actually begin on Friday, September 17 with the Pirate Ball from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entry is FREE to the bash for the 18+ crowd. Pirate Ball will include music on the Main Stage including Finnegan’s Wake at 6 p.m. and Chancer’s Hooley at 8 p.m., a dinner, mermaid encounter, a walk-around treasure map contest, crowning of the “Pirate King” and more.
This will be a social engagement for pirates and costumes will be encouraged (if not expected). Best dressed pirates will be asked to compete in the Pirate costume contest for prizes. Dinner and drinks including mead, rum and beer may be purchased from individual vendors.
The park is located at 11701 Community Center Dr., Northglenn.