VENTURA – Guests are encouraged to grab their doubloons and set sail to Ventura’s “Aarghbor” Village for the 9th Annual Pirate Days Festival, July 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ventura Harbor Pirate Days attracts “pirates” of all ages who come dressed for swashbuckling fun.
This year’s theme is “Hook, Jack, and Tinker” with the introduction of a Tinker Bell look-a-like for kids to meet. Also new this year are a Pirate Wedding scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Carousel Stage, Lunch with the Pirates at The Greek at the Harbor at 11:45am on Saturday and Sunday, and the Reece Ryan Kids’ On-Land Pirate Ship. A #PirateSelfie Instagram contest will also be held for a chance to win $100 in Ventura Harbor Village gift cards.
Festival goers will meet mermaids and famous pirate re-enactors, including Capt. Jack Sparrow and Capt. Hook. Mateys strolling through the Pirate Marketplace can spend time at Port Royal Privateers’ historical encampment or visit vendor booths to find woodcrafts, pirate attire, jewelry, handcrafted glass and nautical-themed loot.
Guests can dress up in their best pirate garb and participate in daily costume contests at 2:30 p.m. (0 to 7 years), 2:45 p.m. (8 to 15 years), and 3:30 p.m. (16 years and older) for a chance to win tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain, Hurricane Harbor, Knott’s Berry Farm, or Legoland. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, piratey pets will vie for a gift basket filled with pet goodies.
Wee ones will enjoy the Mermaid Treasure Hunt ($2) and free activities at galleries. Treasure seekers can find pirate merchandise, pirate hats, swords, gifts, eye patches, flags, and gear at Village shops. For grog and grub, hungry crews can choose from a variety of cuisines at Village Restaurants. Live music will be provided by Ship of Fools on Saturday and The Pirate Charles on Sunday. Pirates for Hire will provide daily entertainment.
Admission, parking and shuttle buses are free. Pirate Days shuttle parking is located at Schooner Drive and Harbor Blvd. or Schooner Drive and Anchors Way Drive both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Catch the Downtown – Harbor Trolley from Downtown, Seaward Ave., or at participating hotels for a free ride to the festival (Ventura Harbor Village is located at 1583 Spinnaker Drive.
For more information call (805) 477-0470 or visit VenturaHarborVillage.com/PirateDays.