Fort Lauderdale Pirate Fest

Fort Lauderdale Pirate Fest


Saturday, April 29, 2023    
11:00 am - 7:00 pm


Esplanade Park
400 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33312

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Now in its 3rd year, the FORT LAUDERDALE PIRATE FEST is joining forces with the 6th annual SOS OCEAN CONSERVATION DAY presented by The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale and Bobby Rodriguez Productions, producer of the world-renowned Florida Renaissance Festival, along with The City of Fort Lauderdale, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The FORT LAUDERDALE PIRATE FEST will feature a competitive Pirate-themed EVERYTHING, continuous live entertainment on the main stage, pirate encampments, street performers, beer garden, Stoked On Salt Ocean Conservation groups, 3 floating tiki bars on the River, food vendors & food trucks, arts & crafts vendors, LIVE canon demonstrations, LIVE mermaids, pirates, strolling characters, free give-aways and so much more for the entire family to enjoy! Children’s Area includes a climb aboard Pirate Ship, Black Beard Pirate Shows, Face Painting, Pirate Ship Bounce & Slide, Climbing Wall and fun for all ages. Plenty of contests including best dressed pirate!

We are excited for partnering with Stoked On Salt to help embrace their Mission regarding ocean conservation issues here in South Florida. It’s a fun way to contribute to the preservation of our beautiful ocean, beaches and coral reefs that identify the special place where we live.

The proceeds from the Fort Lauderdale Pirate Fest will benefit the Fort Lauderdale Rotary 1090 Foundation (501c3) which provides college and vocational scholarships for deserving local High School Seniors and funding for various community service projects.


“Many people are not aware of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean and I wanted to do something that was inspiring for a younger generation because they’re the ones in line to inherit all these issues.” – founder of SOS Ocean Conservation Day, Lisa Miceli-Capano.

Within the “SOS Ocean Conservation Day” area, ocean/marine conservation groups will engage in outreach with the general public about issues that could be addressed on a local level which we so desperately need:  corals – manatees – lionfish – ocean debris – sharks – sea turtles – manta rays – lobstering – water quality – wildlife rescue – mangroves – fishing regulations – ocean safety and more.

Ocean Outreach for guests to include :

• Conservation groups educating the community on how to become more eco-friendly and help save marine life and coral reefs

• Photo-ops with real live mermaids sitting in her SeaShell throne, Pirate Capt. Theo Jones and strolling characters

• Interactive Areas – Arts & Crafts – Local Artists – Debris Sculptures – Pop-Up Art

• Collect outreach and educational materials as guests visit table-to-table

• Free, eco-friendly, biodegradable give-aways and more TBA!

May your anchor be tight, your cork be loose, your rum be spiced and your compass be true.

Fair winds to ye salty sea dogs!

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