Pirates from across the state and beyond will return to the shade of Riverside Park’s 300 year old oak trees. The 3rd Annual Vero Beach Pirate Festival will take place Friday, July 28th through Sunday, July 30th 2017.

The festival was created to commemorate the loss of the Spanish Treasure Fleet back in 1715.  Also a 3-day celebration of piracy, better known as the Vero Beach Pirate Festival. A festival that is “Over 300 Years in the Making”.


  • pirate bands and performers
  • living history pirate encampments
  • pirate weapon displays
  • mermaids, costume contests
  •  arts and crafts vendors
  • roving performers
  • live music

Little buccaneer kids zone where younger pirates can play all day with a $10 wristband.

The festival will feature world famous treasure hunters, historians, authors. Also, an abundance of pirate enthusiasts that will converge to share their stories and exhibits depicting pirate lore and the never ending quest for gold.

Patrons can indulge in some delectable dishes, tasty libations, frozen treats and delicious cuisine.

Pirate themed exhibitions

Pirate themed exhibitions featuring weaponry and all things piratical, including a Pirate’s Ball Friday evening at Riverside Park for adult’s 18 and older. (Ticket required).

The Vero Beach Pirate Festival is held under the shade of 300 year old oak trees at beautiful Riverside Park located at 3258 Riverside Park Drive Vero Beach, FL 32963

Festival Hours: Friday 2pm to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Festival Admission is Free.  A voluntary $2.00 “Buck-N-Ear” contribution is appreciated.

Looking for some Treasure? Come and hear tales from treasure hunters who use modern day technology to find the lost treasure that lured Pirates to the Treasure Coast.

Learn from the expertise of Carl Fismer. He is  one of the most respected and knowledgeable Spanish coin experts and treasure diving professionals in the world.

Meet Allen Balogh, historian and the author of the book “Black Sails 1715” a historical novel inspired by the fate of the 1715 Spanish Fleet that sank along Vero’s coast.

Please visit the event’s website for more information on these and other special guests.

The scheduled lineup of live music is equally impressive with the fun-loving Irish American band, the Bawdy Boys, and the eclectic world fusion band “A”-Tribe, who blend the Australian Didgeridoo, Indian Sitar and a mix of other organic instruments with modern day rhythms. Rusty Cutlass who perform Authentic Sea Shanties, Pirate Songs, Irish Tunes, and Contemporary Nautical favorites with old world and traditional instruments, and For Love or Money. An amazing duo of strolling minstrels that play traditional instruments and perform many maritime favorites and shanties from around the world.

For the young Pirate

There is also plenty for the younger pirates such as, the kid’s costume contest. Blackbeard’s Kid’s Show, guided treasure hunts, the very popular Little Buccaneer Kid’s Zone, and the Quest Game. If you are lucky, you can see one of the many beautiful mermaids swimming around in the Mermaid Tank throughout the weekend.

The Living History Pirate Encampment is a firsthand look at how pirates would live ashore back in the day. Be sure to catch the Pirate Weapon Demonstrations with real swords, muskets and cannons! Visitors can shop more than a hundred various nautical theme and arts & craft booths and enjoy delicious foods and drinks.


The 2017 Vero Beach Pirate Fest is produced and hosted by POTTC Events, the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce, Pirates of the Treasure Coast, and is proudly sponsored in part by Southern EagleDistributing, Cricket Wireless, Tobacco Free Florida, Storm Tight Windows, Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum, Pirate’s Town Orlando,Hometown News, Treasure Coast.com, Vero Vine, 99.7 Jack FM, 93.7 GYL, Coast 101.3, Pirate Radio of the Treasure Coast, Vero Beach Inn & Suites, JJ’s Sports Bar, Brevard RV Rentals, Sea Turtle Inn, Indian River Walk In Clinic, Minute Man Press- Vero Beach, and the Florida Hospitality Industry Association.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit local 501(c)(3) charity the “Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise Foundation”


For more information please visit www.verobeachpiratefest.com or contact:

POTTC Events (561) 792-9260 info@pottcevents.com, or

the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce at (772) 226 – 5459 info@verochamber.com



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