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Yo ho all ye pirates, Buccaneer Days calls

TWO HARBORS—Grab yer mateys, it’s a pirate’s life in Two Harbors, Oct. 3-6. The annual Buccaneer Days event is returning for its 30th year, drawing eye-patch wearing, peg-legged pirates from all over.

While the event doesn’t promise you’ll find any gold doubloons, it does promise live music, entertainment, food and multiple bars. There will also be a treasure hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday and costume contest Saturday evening. Musicians include Michael Basic, Humble Hooligans, Michael Basic & Ricky Rocks, Dollface, Splyce and Knyght Ryder.

Captains will be able to rent moorings on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mooring availability for the event will go online at Thursday, Oct. 3 at midnight and reservations can be made starting at 8 p.m. at A three-day minimum stay is required. Fees are based on the size of the boat the mooring can accommodate.

Those traveling to Two Harbors without their own boat can hop on the Catalina Express, which will depart daily from San Pedro or the Cyclone, which leaves from Avalon. Those interested in relaxing on the sand ocean side, can rent a lounge chair from Harbor Sands. Those in seek of a little shade or space for a small group can rent a furnished palapa from Harbor Sands.

The four-day pirate party is a nod to the days of bootleggers and rumored buried treasure on Catalina Island. According to one legend, a chest of Spanish gold coins was rumored to be buried beneath a tree somewhere on the island’s West End in the 16th century.

A three-day general admission ticket costs $45. Festival goers can upgrade to VIP at a cost of $100. The VIP area will be open Friday, Oct. 4 and Sat., Oct. 5 from 5:00 p.m. to close. It includes a complimentary favor and light snacks. Two or three night camping tickets are also available for Two Harbors Campground and Buffalo Park overflow campground. Two day camping tickets cost $110 and three day camping tickets cost $130.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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