The Festival grounds at the Landing will open at 3 pm on Friday, June 3, a “Defense of the City” demonstration by Reed’s Raiders will commence at 6:00 pm. Capt. Billy and his Krewe will dock at the Landing around 7 pm for his reconnaissance mission and a skirmish with the Mayor and Reed’s Raiders. That will be followed by great music from “Shenanigans”, who will entertain the crowd until the fireworks, sponsored by CenturyLink, starting at 9 pm.
Don't miss out on this year's special festival feature.... from 5pm to 10pm you can visit the "Pirate's Lair" sponsored by The Boardwalk where a $20 wristband gets you into a private tent with free flowing drafts and special edition "Pirates Punch" from Timber Creek Distilleries. Grog! Grub! and Hot Pirate Wenches! Fun and Games provided by Emerald Coast Social Sports! What more could a pirate ask for!
Want to avoid the hassle of parking downtown!? Take advantage of the free shuttle service sponsored by EC Rider and Uptown Station. Pickup and drop off locations at Saint Mary's Catholic Church behind FWB City Hall and at Uptown Station from 5pm to 10pm on Friday night and from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday.
On Saturday, June 4, the Festival grounds will open at 11 am. The day will be filled with pirate revelry and music, followed by the Pirates’ Landing between 3pm and 4 pm. Let’s see if Mayor Anderson will have success in repelling Capt. Billy’s invasion this year.
Throughout the Festival, there will be entertainment on the "AJ's Oyster Shanty" main stage featuring local favorites Continum. There will be a large kids’ Pirate Play Zone sponsored by PMI. Kids’ bracelets, allowing unlimited access to all the children’s attractions, will be $15 per day or $20 for Friday and Saturday. Attractions will include the rock wall, Euro-Bungee, and Space Walk of Fort Walton and Crestview interactive attractions.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! Saturday's festivities will hold a special treat... the inaugural Billy Bowlegs Beer Tour! From 12-4pm festival patrons will have an opportunity to sample a multitude of Craft and Specialty beers as well as selected spirits from Timber Creek Distillery. Enjoy your exclusive access to the "Pirates Lair", the only air conditioned tent at the festival while you sample the wares! $25 at the entrance or get your discount tickets in advance for $20 at the FWB Chamber of Commerce May 23rd thru June 2nd or at (EventBrite.com), while supplies last.
Don't forget about the 43nd Annual Billy Bowlegs 5K at 9pm. Visit (www.nwftc.com) for registration details.
Responding to popular demand, the Torchlight Parade, sponsored by WindCreek Atmore, has been moved back to its traditional Monday evening timeslot, on Monday, June 6, at 7 pm. The parade floats will wend their way from First Street up Eglin Parkway, with crowds screaming for beads and throws from the festive floats, sponsored by local businesses and organizations, all themed with a nautical spirit. The pirates and their visiting Mardi Gras krewe cohorts always inspire the loudest cheers and applause.