Pirates Week 2016 runs from November 10th to 20th 2016. The Sister Islands celebrate either side of those dates.
4th - 6th November 2016, Little Cayman
10th - 20th November 2016, Grand Cayman
25th - 27th November 2016, Cayman Brac
Every November the Cayman Islands host an annual Pirates Week Festival, complete with a mock-pirate ‘invasion’ from the sea!
Two old-time sailing vessels, loaded with pirates make a surprise landing at the bowl-shaped George Town harbour with the pirates capturing the Governor.
Thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle and its good-natured fun with a new twist every year. Families just love it. It's the only event of its kind in the Caribbean region. The festival then continues all week with parades, costume contests, music, street dancing, competitions, Heritage Days and fireworks.
Over the last 39 years it has become the country's largest celebration, drawing some 35,000 patrons. It now encompasses 32 different events which in the past have included eight street dances, five heritage days, a float parade and landing pageant, firework shows, song contest, two swim meets, a darts tournament, a steel band competition, kids fun day, two teen music nights, an underwater treasure hunt and two running races.
5th November Little Cayman Celebration: Dance party, Parade, Fireworks, Costume Competition.
10th November Pirates Week Happy Hour at Margaritaville, CUC’s Pan In De City (Steel Pan Competition),Harbour Drive and Kick-Off party at The Wharf
11th November Pirates Week 5k Run, Fireworks, Street Dance & Food Festival in George Town
12th November Pirate Invasion, Landing Pageant, Float Parade, Food Festival & Street Dance in George Town
13th November Children’s Fun Fair at Pedro St James
14th November “Soaked”, Pirates Week Wet Fete, Harbour Drive and 5K Sea Swim
15th November - George Town Heritage Day
16th November - East End Heritage Day
17th November - West Bay Heritage Day
18th November - North Side Heritage Day
14th November - Bodden Town Heritage Day
19th November Pirate Pooch Parade, Caybrew Cardboard Boat Race, Trial of the Pirates, Illumination Night Parade, Fireworks and Street Dance Finale
20th November “To Hell and Back” 10K Run/Walk, Seven Mile Beach
26th November Cayman Brac Heritage Day - demos, craft stalls, live music, fireworks and more
For more information contact the National Festival office on (345) 949 5859 or visit www.piratesweekfestival.com for complete festival information.