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Weekend Entertainment Information
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Event Info

Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the 10th Annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven, August 8-14, 2016.

With the theme, “Pirates through the Ages,” pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas come from around Michigan and the Mid-West to entertain everyone from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers.

The pillaging’ and plundering’ begins August 8 at 9 a.m. when LDL opens. Kids are invited to pick up a treasure map from the chest located at the Library’s Youth Services Area. This treasure map will lead young pirates and their families around downtown Grand Haven in search of fortune.

Harbor Island is where the pirates set-up for the weekend beginning Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Pirate merchants, stages, cannons, encampments and more are brought in to make any pirate feel at home. Minstrels wander and entertainers perform against this backdrop that is sure to appeal to the pirate in you.

And the pirates do not come alone. Mermaids and others friendly to the sea-going buccaneers join in and set up little areas of their own to help celebrate.

Weekend event admission is $5 for adults and children are free.

Weekday Activities
(Loutit District Library)

Monday:

  • 10-11: Storytelling with Scallywags - All ages Come enjoy a pirate's favorite story. I wonder if it's about treasure...
  • 12-1: Pirates Meet Up and Eat Up at Central Park All ages
  • 3-4:30: Pillaging with Pirates Ages 4-12 Come test your worth with a sword as the Pirates defend their treasure!
  • 6:30: Small Arms Showcase All ages – parking lot

Tuesday:

  • 11-12: Bellydance class and show with Gypsy Raqs (Ages 4-12) Come learn the pirates' favorite bellydance moves, and enjoy a short show.
  • 2-3: Pirate Puppet Show All ages Join the Pirates and their puppets for a silly puppet show.
  • 6:30-7:30: Pirates meet & greet in the park with the Irish!! - WGHN along with LDL presents Music in the Park Series featuring Uneven Ground and Goitshe!.

Wednesday:

  • 10-11:30: Powder Monkey Olympics Ages 4-12 – Join the Pirates and train to be an honorary powder monkey!
  • 2-3: Pirate Crafts and Coloring Ages 4-10 Fun Pirate themed crafts. Make a treasure map, eye patch, or a parrot to complete your pirate ensemble.
  • 7-8: Sea Shanty Singalong All ages Join the Pirates for a fun evening of sea shanties.

Thursday:

  • 10-11: Dress Like a Pirate All ages
  • 1-2: Pirate Games and Coloring Ages 4-12 Come play simple pirate games with a little bit of coloring thrown into the mix
  • 7-8: Pirate Puppet Show All ages Join the Pirates and their puppets for a silly puppet show.

Friday:

  • 10-11: Storytelling with Scallywags - All ages Come enjoy a pirate's favorite story. I wonder if it's about treasure...
  • 1-2: Powder Monkey Olympics Ages 4-12 Join the Pirates and train to be an honorary powder monkey!
  • 6:45ish Sail in on the waterfront!



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