Blackbeard Pirate Festival seeks volunteers

Blackbeard Festival, 2013

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Blackbeard Pirate Festival is looking for volunteers for its 15th annual event,  May 30-June 1, in Downtown Hampton. Help is needed with registration, set up, the children’s area, hydration stations and more.

Hampton CVB Manager, Ryan LaFata, wrote in a news release the festival expects 50,000 seafaring attendees, as well as Blackbeard and his crew.

“Visitors can interact with Blackbeard and more than 100 other authentically costumed pirate re-enactors as they run rampant on the streets of America’s oldest continuous English-speaking settlement,” LaFata said. “Activities include a swarm of extemporized street skirmishes between pirates and militia, a replica of Blackbeard’s pirate camp, the trial and escape of William Howard, an epic sea battle, tall shipsfireworks, and more!”

All volunteers will receive a free festival t-shirt. For more information on how to volunteer, call (757) 728-2085 or register online here:

The Blackbeard Pirate Festival schedule is: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30 (Blackbeard Ball, Ticketed Event); 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31; and Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 1.



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