October 13, 2015

Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on the banks of the Tar River, a paradise located in Uptown Greenville, for the 10th annual PirateFest on April 8 and 9, 2016.

PirateFest begins Friday, April 8 with a live music concert, Buccaneer Bash, from 5 to 9 pm.  On Saturday, April 9, PirateFest begins at 10am. The celebration takes place along Evans from 5th to 1st Street and on the Town Common in the Uptown district.

PirateFest features fine arts and crafts for sale, three 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 for children, and other activities.

Also, don’t miss the Fossil Dig, free kayak rides, as well as a variety of food and entertainment from around the world at the International Ports O’ Call. Returning this year, pirates of all ages can enjoy carnival rides at Five Points Plaza.

We invite everyone to get in touch with their inner pirate at this popular annual event,” said Bianca Shoneman, President of Uptown Greenville. “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. Additionally, festival attendees are invited to dress-up and walk in the Parade of Pirates. The walking parade kicks off at 12pm and leaves from the Main Stage. The Children’s Costume Contest will follow the Parade at the Pirate Encampment.

Organized by Uptown Greenville, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, 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. Visitors are invited to escape the ordinary, if only for a weekend!

If you are interested in attending, selling your wares as a vendor, participating in the fine art show, or sponsoring the event, visit www.piratefestnc.com or the following links:



Apply early and SAVE!  Reduced booth fee if you apply by November 11, 2015

Final Deadline to apply is February 11, 2016

In order to maintain quality, vendors must re-apply every year.



View PirateFest rules, regulations, andapplication for arts and crafts vendors.

Click here to apply and pay your fees online!



View PirateFest rules, regulations, and application for food vendors.

All food vendors must complete Temporary Food Service Vendor Application (even if you are exempt from $75 fee).

Click here to apply and pay your fees online!


View PirateFest rules, regulations and application for Non-Profits.

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