PORT SALERNO – With summer now officially over, new seasonal events and activities will be coming to the Treasure Coast. Residents can expect plenty of traditional ‘fall fests’ complete with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and costume contests to officially welcome the autumn season.
On Oct. 4-5, the Twisted Tuna in Port Salerno will be offering something a little different with the Mermaid & Pirate Festival and Pirate’s Ball. These events are especially appropriate not only in anticipation of Halloween, but also considering Florida’s history of maritime marauders and buccaneers. The Treasure Coast itself was named in part from the gold and other treasure discovered among Spanish shipwrecks off the state’s eastern coast. Plenty of famous pirates are also associated with Florida’s coastline, including José “Gasparilla” Gaspar, a Spanish pirate who is said to have had a base in southwest Florida, and Black Caesar, an infamous pirate who once terrorized the Florida Keys.
While the days of Gasparilla and Black Caesar may be over, pirate history will still be brought to life at the Mermaid and Pirate Festival. The festival will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and includes plenty of pirate-centered activities including a living history pirate encampment, pirate ship displays, and pirate weapon demonstrations, as well as a variety of arts and crafts vendors and food and drink options. Kids will be able to enjoy an interactive treasure hunt, a costume contest, and other fun activities.
The festival will also feature live entertainment including photo opportunities with pirates and mermaids, as well as music from The Lazy Jacks, A-Tribe, and The Bard and the Minstrel.
An after party will immediately follow the festival at the Twisted Tuna from 9 p.m. until close, featuring drink specials and live music.
The Pirate’s Ball is an adults-only event which takes place at the Twisted Tuna on Oct. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased for $40 each and include admission, a buffet style dinner, two complimentary drinks, and entry into the costume contest. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $50 each. The costume contest will begin at 8:30 p.m., and while costumes are not required, prizes can be won for best male costume, best female costume, and best couple costume.
For tickets and more information, visit mermaidandpiratefestival.com.