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Port Washington Pirate Fest 2019

A family-friendly event with a nautical and pirate theme

Port Washington Pirate Fest in Midwest 2020 - Best Time
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Pirate Fest takes place every June at the beautiful harbour of historic Port Washington Lakefront in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Three days of mayhem and merriment also called the Port Pirate Family Daze is a perfect festival for those who like ships and boats, historical reenactions and great for families with children.

Fife and drum at the Pirate Family Daze in Port Washington 2020
Fife and drum at the Pirate Family Daze in Port Washington

Port Washington Pirate Fest features live music acts, comedy, a Thieves Marketplace with dozens of vendors, a Buccaneer Bash, a Gruel Galley with food trucks, demonstrations, educational exhibits, and a Pirate Ship. There are a Costume Contest and Parade for kids, bouncy houses, hamster balls, and children's​ activities. Live music is performed at the Island Bar, the Buccaneer Bar, the Barnacle Stage, and Mini-Bar. The highlights are Block Parties and a capella sea shanty.

Visitors can also tour Port Washington's 1860's Lighthouse, the Light Station Museum, and the Historic Judge Eghart House. Many events of the festival have a Rennaisance theme such as the musical comedies, a reenactment group that portrays a siege encampment in the 16th Century, belly dancing, the Living Statue, and magical acts.