This Weekend: Portland Pirate Festival Fifth Anniversary @ Cathedral Park + Win Tickets ($30!) | Scavenger Hunts, Talk Like A Pirate, Beard & Mustache Competition


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Win Tickets! We have two pairs of passes for the Portland Pirate Festival on Sunday ($30 a pair!). To win, comment on this post why you would like to win the tickets. Drawing at 3PM on Friday.

From our partners @ Portland Pirate Festival:


Saturday, September 18th, 10AM to 10PM
Sunday, September 19th, 10 AM to 6 PM
(Talk Like a Pirate Day!)
Cathedral Park, under the St John's Bridge,
Portland, OR and (503) 853-1497

Portland PIRATE Festival is a proud sponsor of The Oregon Maritime Museum, helping them celebrate their 30th anniversary as a non-profit organization dedicated to the maritime heritage of Oregon and the Columbia River Basin.

AHOY Land-lubbers! Climb aboard as the 5th Annual Portland PIRATE Festival sets sail for two exciting days of piratical fun and family adventure under the historic St. John's Bridge in Cathedral Park. This year, the festival has rigged a whole fleet of new performers and attractions to celebrate the 5th anniversary.

Privateer Scavenger Hunts for all ages, with treasure to be found, will take place both days of the festival and are brand new this year!

On Saturday, September 18th enter the 1st Stumptown Beard & Mustache Competition. Watch on as competitors display the fanciest facial hair in the Northwest and vie for prizes and titles in six categories. Sanctioned by Beard Team USA (, this event is hosted by Stumptown Stash and Beard Collective ( and PDXYar (

On Sunday, September 19th come help Portland reclaim our GUINNESS WORLD RECORDâ„¢ ( for ¬Å“THE LARGEST GATHERING of PIRATES¬Â. We set the record with 1,670 pirates at the 2009 festival on Sunday, September 20th. Now the Brits in Hastings, UK have claimed the record with 6,166 at an event held on Aug 6th, 2010. In the words of the PPF organizers, ¬Å“This means pirate war!¬Â The new record attempt will occur on Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day and will be hosted by Cap'n Slappy; world famous co-creator of this international pirate holiday.

For the kids, this year's lineup includes the giant strolling puppets of Seattle's Zambini Brothers, Let's Pretend's interactive high energy children's theater, Dragon Theater Puppet Shows, Pirate Sea Battle strategy game by PDXYar, swordplay, scavenger hunts and interactive games with The Pirates of Puget Sound, a pandemonium of colorful parrots and giant inflatable rides on Scupper Monkey Island where every kid gets a free balloon and airbrush tattoo.

History comes alive as Oberon's Three Penny Tavern serves old world mead, cider and Oregon's own Ninkasi brews, complete with tavern wenches & pub sings, B.O.O.M. Pirates and the King's Navy recreate cannon and sword battles on the beach, Academia Duellatoria demonstrates and teaches traditional sword play and Jim Rich, Pirates of the Caribbean Blacksmith and other historians provide insights on the piratical past.

Three stages will feature two full days of Music at this year's Portland Pirate Festival including Portland's own Bilgerats &Pyrettes, Chervona, Chata Addy. Lost Highwaymen, Sam Bam Boo and Bellissimonde. New musical acts are the Dreadnoughts, Tom Lewis, Pirates Charles and kindie favorite Eric Herman.

For more information, schedule updates, and to purchase tickets visit the web site:


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51 Responses to This Weekend: Portland Pirate Festival Fifth Anniversary @ Cathedral Park + Win Tickets ($30!) | Scavenger Hunts, Talk Like A Pirate, Beard & Mustache Competition

  1. Jason B September 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I am so there! I went last year and attend the record attempt! We made it but It was taken from us months later. Now its payback! If the try to take this one away, we will make them walk the plank!!! Just one quick question. Are you going to be giving away any tickets to this.

    • Kathy Rankin September 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

      I met some of these pirates. I wanted to
      see them again or see if there are any
      new pirates. I was surpirsed to see how
      many women pirates there are? And its
      interesting, are there any children Pirates?
      I would like to go and take pictures of the
      ones that are the loudest, and ask for their names and put their photos on here. With the captions of what
      a Pirate says. they have to say more than what
      they say now. AHHHHHHHHH

    • Kathy Rankin September 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

      its me again, Kathy. Forgot to say that I want to win Pirate tickets for only saturday NOT sunday. Thanks, and I really hope I win these.

    • Mattie Kaiser September 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

      yarrrr, I must be huntin treasure cause I sure am diggin your chest.

      I need tickets in order to learn new pickup lines!

  2. Tom Nasty September 15, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I’d love some tix for the Pirate Fest (2 please) for Sat. I’ve never been and the pirate’s life for me!

  3. Jason B September 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    ARRRR…. Ye be giving away booty to the pirates festival matey. This Capt’n be needing Tickets….For some odd reason they won’t let me pull me ship into port without tickets….If ye give me a pair, I’ll share me rum, me wenches, and me treasure…..Arrrrr…thank ye PDX for givin those old Capt’n a shot at this.

  4. Aaron September 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    Its tickets you’d be givin away? Arrr, count me in.

  5. Melissa September 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I really want to go to the pirate festival, esp for the beard and mustache contest!!

  6. Aaron September 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Blimey, This weeks end, we be plunderin yer booty, ye lilly-livered, parrot-loving hornswagglers.! -Huzzah.!!

  7. Marc September 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    A pirate walks into a bar with the ships steering wheel in his pants and the bartender says “Hey, you know you have a steering wheel in your pants?” and the pirate says “RRRR I know, and it’s drive’n me nuts!” Sorry I had to. Oh, and I could use some tickets for Saturday too. Thanks

  8. Matt Shoobridge September 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm #


  9. toe knee September 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    would be great to go with the kiddos dressed as pirates

  10. Carly September 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I’ll go to the pirate festival! Shiver me timbers.

  11. Michael Foreman September 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    A real pirate would just gut you, take your tickets and have 14 friends stand on your chest while singing a song.

  12. DiAnna Conda September 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    This wench would soooooo like to join her fellow pirates, yet unless I pillage or win tickets, I won’t be able to afford to go. Please help keep our community safe by keeping this pillager off the streets.

  13. Mo September 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Ahoy! Bucko – I’ll sing ye a fine chantey for yarr tickets to meet me brethern of the coast!

  14. Blake September 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    I’d love to do anything related with pirates! Food, fun, and plunder! :)

  15. Lisa Andrasi September 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    must – – take – – more – – PIRATE – – photos…….

  16. Teresa September 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Oh I so want to take the fam to this. We have tried the last couple of years and havent been able to make it. My 6 yr old is pirate obsessed. We have the Pirate Festival card hanging on the fridge since he has been doing a count down to the Pirate Festival. lol I even have sunday off How cool is that?

  17. Daniel September 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Tickets plz!

  18. Jessica C September 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm #


  19. ruth September 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    I really want to take my 3 year old boy. He’s really into pirates and we meet a group from the festival at the Hawthorne STreet Fair and he’s wanted to go ever since then. I dont care when we get tix for I would just really like to take him and I cant afford it. You would really be making my kids weekend!!!

  20. Lydia Moore September 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    Yarrrgh! For every holiday I be’s gettin me some piratey booty. My pillar case seyz Surrender the Booty! I would luv an opportune to carouse with my fellow mateys! Pick me!

  21. BKTN September 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm #


  22. Matt September 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    love the pirate festival! it’d be fantastic to win tix as it’s my 3-year-old’s favorite event… mostly because he gets to wear a mustache all day.

  23. Brittany O September 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    I hear from Facebook that you are giving away tickets! Well I’m commenting so I can win and b a pirate too!!

  24. Shannon Kalmarzi September 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    I want to win tickets because it will be my son’s first pirate event. He’s almost 9 months old and will definitely be the cutest little powder monkey there. We also would like to help reclaim the world record.

  25. Kat M September 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm #


    I’d be lovin somma them thar Piratey tickets for Sunday….arrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

  26. Kurt H September 17, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    Well, this scurvy ain’t going to fix itself. I’d love tickets for Sunday!

  27. patrick hyde September 17, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Iiiiii (that’s with a patch over it) matey
    My surly wench and I would love to attend!

  28. Cap'n Ken September 17, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Argh! I be lovin some pirate tickets to preserve me silver for ale and making merry!

  29. Jeff September 17, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    My pet parrot will be furious if we miss like we did last year. He bought a new eye patch and a new wooden leg and is ready to hit the town! Sunday would be great thanks! :)

  30. Merina September 17, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Arghhh, I be wantin em fer me not so wee anymore lassies!

  31. Ben Kahn September 17, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    My wife and I are avid pirate fans. We have costumes and everything already. We have never been to the festival, but have always wanted to go.

  32. Kalina September 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    I’d like to go, so I can sketch the pirates!

  33. Kelly September 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    my roommate and I just got our costumes figured out late last night. we are stoked!!! both newish to portland and want to go both days!

  34. Rhianna September 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    i’ve heard a great deal about this pirate festival…and i’d definitely like to help them reclaim their world record :) especially since me and my fellow mates will also be attending The Jolly Roger’s pirate costume contest afterward as well.

  35. Miss Treasure Chest September 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    Me be a true a pirate arr, n pirates always get the booty! So hand over the Booty an me wont make ur scurvy arss walk the plank to become the shark bait…. Me n me little pirate n our parrot Buddy shall be seein ya at the festival then! P.s Buddy want a ticket, Buddy want a ticket squak….

  36. alijoon September 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Yo ho yo ho, a pirates life for me. (recited with a monotonic quality)

  37. Scabby Beard September 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    ‘twould be a shame fer me nah t’ go ‘n participate in breakin’ th’ log fer most pirates assembled in one galleon!!! Nay! I wish t’ show me colors polished by me owns spit! I wish t’ make th’ poppets scream in both terror ‘n delight, ‘n t’ sin’ shanties o’ kinship from th’ crow’s nest. Garrr!!!!

  38. Susie September 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Yar! I would love tickets! I have been trying to go the past 2 years, we have pirate garb, we have pirate attitude all we need are tix! There are very few (if any other than this one) pirate events that are kid friendly and I would love to take my 8 year old Jr. Pirate to this event. He would love an excuse to wear the brilliant pirate garb he has on another day than Halloween.

  39. Jim September 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Arrr,Free tickets to dress like a pirate and be part of a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD to beat the Limeys, Yeh

  40. Jenn Woodward September 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Listen here ye scallywags, we went to the 1st Pirate Festival the first yr. we moved to ye olde PDX, and we would love to don our mustachios on Sat. and join in the fun again!

    We just got married last month and our doubloon reserves are mighty low…

  41. devan September 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    i would love the opportunity to sport a corset, eye patch and sword all in one fail swoop. moving to portland from phoenix allows one certain freedoms… can’t complain. is begging part of a wench’s shtick? i have no shame…

  42. PCLong September 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Would love to try and help them gain the new record and stay in St. Johns

  43. BBCPDX September 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Ahoy, me hearties! A very grateful THANK YOU to all of you scallywags who entered. We have chosen two winners for SUNDAY’s events. We hope to see y’all both days, RAIN OR SHINE, at Cathedral Park.
    YARfully, The Portland Pirate Festival Crew

  44. Miss Treasure Chest September 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    when are you gonna announce the winner?

    • BBCPDX September 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

      PDXPipeline will let the 2 winners know shortly, methinks!

    • Julian Chadwick September 18, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      I email the winners. I don;t announce them to their privacy. However, I do encourage them to comment when they win and they often do either here, Facebook page or twitter.

  45. Tara October 18, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I need tickets because I’m fresh out of a 2 year relationship–and I want to show EVERYBODY that I can rape, pillage, and burn bridges better than that bilge rat ever did!

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