VALLEJO, CA - 5,000 pirates will take over Vallejo waterfront park Fathers Day weekend, June 18 and 19, for the tenth annual Northern California Pirate Festival. A colorful encampment of 200 tents, three stages, sword fights, black powder cannon battles, children’s pirate school and mermaid lagoon, the three acre festival is a pirate paradise for adults and children alike.
This year the festival with feature a wide range of live music from acoustic sea shanties to driving pirate rock. British nautical folk singer Tom Lewis, Marin county favorites Shark Alley Hobos, and Skip Henderson and Starboard Watch, whose music is featured on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie soundtrack, will perform throughout the day along with The Pirate Charles a progressive folk rock band from Southern California and Bay Area Celtic pirate rock band O’Craven.
Celebrating ten years in Vallejo next to the SF/Oakland ferry terminal, the festival’s waterfront layout includes a dedicated children’s area with zip lines, a 30’ octopus slide, puppet shows, jumpies and a costume contest. New this year is Under The Black Flag, an interactive children’s show. In addition to nautically inspired handcrafts, fresh seafood and a rum bar, festivalgoers can watch mermaids swimming in the Siren’s Lagoon and the smoke and fire of black powder muskets and cannons booming as the Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (B.O.O.M.) return fire in the ship-to-shore cannon battle twice each day along the waterfront.
Saturday night the festival hosts a separate ticketed event, The Buccaneers Bash, an 18+ only burlesque show and concert featuring fire eaters, dancers, and The Pirate Charles rock band with special guests.
General admission to the festival is $10.00. Children under 12 are free. The festival is open for one weekend only Saturday, June 18 and Father’s Day Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Tickets are available at www.norcalpiratefestival.com or at the entrance. Free street parking can be found nearby, at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal commuter lots and parking garage (Day rate $5.00) or take the ferry from San Francisco or Oakland.