EASTPORT, Maine — At last count, 79 events spread over three days await pirates of all ages who descend upon the seaside Washington County community of Eastport during the seventh annual Eastport Pirate Festival, which begins Friday, Sept. 7.
In addition to revelers dressed in pirate garb, a famous “movie star” will be on hand throughout the event: the full-scale replica of the HMS Bounty, which was built for the 1962 MGM film “Mutiny on the Bounty.” The tall ship, which since has appeared in a long list of films, will be tied up off Water Street and will open for tours.
Festival events begin Friday evening with music and other entertainment on a downtown stage and the Pirates Ball, at which a pirate king and queen will be crowned at the Eastport Chowder House restaurant. Also planned are cutlass and sword-fighting exhibitions.
Saturday kicks off with two breakfast events and a 9 a.m. 5K run and walk. An hourlong schooner ride for kid pirates leaves the dock at 10 a.m. The 1 p.m. Pirate Parade will be followed by cannon and small arms firings. Fireworks will begin around 7:30 p.m.
A buccaneer and pirate breakfast at the downtown Liberty Cafe launches Sunday’s busy schedule of events, which from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. includes an antique auto and motorcycle show. At 4 p.m., lobster crate races will be held at the Chowder House restaurant.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.eastportpiratefestival.com.