Vendors Needed for PirateFest 2015

October 10, 2014

Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on the banks of the Tar River, a paradise located in Uptown Greenville, for the 8th annual PirateFest on April 10 and 11, 2015.

PirateFest is a large outdoor cultural celebration offering fun, food, art, and entertainment with 35,000 plus attendees annually. It begins Friday, April 10 with a live music concert from 5 to 9 pm. On Saturday, April 11, the festival kicks off at 10 am and takes place along Evans from 5th to 1st Street and on the Town Common in the Uptown district.

The PirateFest Committee is seeking art vendors, food vendors, and non-profits to participate in the festival on April 11, 2015. The Art and Treasure Isle will host a juried arts section with $2,000 in prizes for best categories. This area will feature beautiful one-of-a-kind art available from more than 60 exhibiting artists working in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, pottery, jewelry, wood, painting, and more. In addition to art, there will be delicious food from all over the world to try and non-profit booths featuring a variety of activities.

“PirateFest offers regional artists a unique opportunity to showcase their art in Greenville,” said Holly Garriott, Pitt County Arts Council Director, “The quality of art in the past has been amazing and we expect this year’s addition of cash prizes from the jury will provide even more incentive to the artists.”

PirateFest not only features fine arts and crafts for sale, it also offers two live music stages, a grog garden, pirate entertainers, a Parade of Pirates, a Children’s Pirate Costume Contest, and a Pirate Encampment offering crafts, an inflatable pirate ship, and pirate reenactments.

“We invite everyone to get in touch with their inner pirate at this popular annual event,” said Bianca Shoneman, Uptown Greenville Director. “PirateFest offers top-notch entertainment and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend at one of the liveliest celebrations in the region!”

Artists, nonprofits, and food vendors are all invited to apply to participate. Festival attendees are invited to dress-up and walk in the Parade of Pirates, as a Children’s Costume Contest follows the Parade at the Pirate Encampment.

Organized by Uptown Greenville and Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, along with The City of Greenville, Greenville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and East Carolina University’s Volunteer Service-Learning Center, PirateFest will showcase the best of region, from artists, to restaurants, to unique recreational activities.

If you are interested in attending, selling your wares as a vendor, participating in the fine arts show, or sponsoring the event, visit

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