Shiver me Timbers! Pirates Are About to Invade the Historic Yorktown Waterfront!
Ye are invited to travel back to the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders on April 28 & 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be hands-on activities and interactive programs for lads and lasses of all ages. Explore a pirate encampment, attend pirate school and witness a pirate trial! Sing along to sea shanties and witness cannon demonstrations.
2018 Pirates Invade Yorktown Schedule
Tall Ships Spotted at Riverwalk Landing
Guests can test their Sea Legs when they sail the waters of the York River with Captain Mayhem on his Pirate Adventure Cruise! He’s always looking for pint-sized recruits to help raise the sails, tie knots and steer the ship. No worries. He hasn’t forced anyone to walk the plank… yet. While the Pirate event itself is free, all sails aboard the Schooners Alliance and Serenity require paid tickets. The number to call for reservations is 1-888-316-6422.
The visiting Schooner Virginia will also be docked at the pier all weekend. The tall ship will make its voyage from Norfolk to Yorktown for the public to step aboard and learn the history of the magnificent vessel. The Virginia is a reproduction of the last all sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for pilots from 1917-1926, training apprentices in seamanship and navigation. The ship will be open for free deck tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27. That weekend, tours will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“X” Marks the Spot
Treasure Hunt for Landlubbers
Children will have the opportunity to collect coins, jewels, and other booty at various businesses and attractions in a town-wide Treasure Hunt. Parents are asked to check in at the Freight Shed to collect a treasure map where “X” marks the spot at Watermen’s Gift Shop, Patriot Tours & Provisions, Yorktown Onion, Viccellio Goldsmith, Yorktown Bookshop, Auntie M’s American Cottage, Schooner Virginia, and the Gallery at York Hall. Kids can keep their treasures or trade them in for a small prize at the end of their visit at the tent behind the Freight Shed.
Ahoy, Me Hearties
Social Media Pirate Costume Contest
NEW this year—a pirate costume will take place on Visit Yorktown’s Facebook page. Event attendees are encouraged to dress in costume and upload their pictures in the comments of a “pinned post”. Qualifying backdrops include: dock entrance (in front of Schooner banner), on the piers or Riverwalk with the ships in the background, in front of Patriot Tours & Provisions, or in front of the Water Street Grille fountain. One child and one adult entry will be selected as winners. For the younger mate—the grand prize is a Pirate Adventure Cruise ticket (with an accompanying adult ticket), provided by Yorktown Sailing Charters. The two tickets may be redeemed through the end of the sailing season. The adult costume contest winner will get a 1-hour complimentary Segway tour from Patriot Tours & Provisions to learn the history of Yorktown in a new way!
Arrr Ye Hungry?
Grub for Starving Sailors& Scallywags
All Historic Yorktown restaurants will be open, and in the spirit of the event, Water Street Grille will add a Sea Dog and Mac to its kid menu – a hot dog shaped like a sea monster, served in a sea of creamy macaroni and cheese. Carrot Tree will have several grab-and-go picnic options for guests to eat lunch along the Riverwalk or down at the Beach Picnic Area. Both Yorktown Pub (Sat.) and Beach Bakery Café (Sat. & Sun.) will be serving brunch, so families can grab something to eat before hitting up all the fun!
Weigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen!
Best Ways to Navigate the Event
Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley will also be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also Happening Around Town
Yorktown Market Days: On Saturday morning, April 28 from 8-12, take advantage of Yorktown’s waterfront farmers market. Enjoy live music; food trucks; chef cooking demonstrations; and a variety of vendors and artists!
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: An Afternoon of Cultural Cuisine, April 28, at 2 p.m. Explore the multicultural heritage of southern cuisine through cooking and conversation with Michael W. Twitty, African American-Jewish culinary historian and author.
York County Historical Museum: In Search of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony at York Hall, April 28 at 2 p.m. Since 1985, archaeologists have been searching for evidence of Sir Walter Raleigh’s legendary 1587 “Lost Colony” on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. Nicholas Luccketti, First Colony Foundation research vice-president will present an overview of the history of their efforts. Sponsored by the York County Historical Museum.
Yorktown Battlefield: Take a guided tour to discover what it took for the United States to be independent as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. On April 29, take in artillery demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15.
Yorktown Scenic Sunset Sails: The Schooner Alliance will sail into the sunset at 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Spend a romantic evening scanning the horizon for dolphins, osprey, and other wildlife. Tickets are $37. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Pirates Invade Yorktown is sponsored by Riverwalk Landing Business Association, York County Arts Commission, York County Tourism, and Watermen’s Museum. Generous support provided by Patriot Tours & Provisions, Yorktown Sailing Charters, Riverwalk Restaurant, Water Street Grille, Carrot Tree Kitchens, Ben & Jerry’s, Viccellio Goldsmith, Yorktown Bookshop, Auntie M’s American Cottage, Yorktown Onion, Lowes of Gloucester, and Yorktown Arts Foundation.