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The Pirate Gathering

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 12-14

Come ashore in the Nation's oldest city for the 3rd Annual gathering of pirates from all over the south for a celebration of the Golden Age of Piracy.  See a pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, sailor's encampment, shop in the Thieves Market and hear stories of the high seas, history and sea shanties.  On Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., experience living history at the De Mesa Yard at the Colonial Spanish Quarter on St. George Street. At 3 p.m., the gates to main gate at Francis Filed open. Then from 7 to 11 p.m. the adults-only Historic Pub Crawl starts at the Maiden's Pub at Francis Field on Castillo Drive at 7 p.m. On Saturday fun activities for the whole family at the Gathering are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Francis Field, on Castillo Drive and the Buccaneer encampment at Colonial Spanish Quarter on St. George Street. At 12:15 p.m., head down to St. Augustine's Bayfront to observe a Tall Ships battle at sea, followed by a piratical land battle along Orange Street. There's even a kids pirate costume contest at 3 p.m. The encampment and Gathering are also open Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  and the battle at sea will be repeated at 2:30 p.m. Admission is a buck-an-ear ($2 per person). For more information, visit or call The Wench at 904.810.0903.

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