Schedule of Events and Activities

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The Festival grounds at the Landing will open at 3 pm on Friday, June 1, 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 Dick Rynearson and Reed’s Raiders. Make sure to stick around for the biggest fireworks display of the season at 9pm sponsored by Century Link!

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 9pm on Friday night and from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday.


On Saturday, June 2, 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 Rynearson will have success in repelling Capt. Billy’s invasion this year.

Throughout the Festival, there will be entertainment on the main stage featuring local favorite Captain Davy and others. 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 for Friday and Saturday. Attractions will include the rock wall, Euro-Bungee, and Space Walk of Fort Walton and Crestview interactive attractions. And new this year! The RPM Community Carnival featuring interactive carnival games that will delight children and adults.

Don't forget about the 44th Annual Billy Bowlegs 5K at 9pm and the Bowlegs Kids Run at 6pm. Visit ( for registration details.


And what better way to finish the Bowlegs festivities than the biggest parade on the Emerald Coast! The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade, sponsored by Step One Automotive Group, on Monday, June 4, 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.

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