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Yo-ho-ho! Get Yer Pirate On at the Tennessee Pirate Fest!

May 2, 2023

GREATER KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (April 27, 2023): The seventh annual Tennessee Pirate Fest invites you to go back in time to the Age of Piracy. This outdoor daytime family entertainment-oriented festival will be held the last two weekends in May including Memorial Day at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.

“Get Yer Pirate On! with famous British privateer, Sir Captain Henry Morgan, in Port Royal, Jamaica, circa 1674. As the new Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, Captain Morgan is throwing a festival to celebrate his daughter’s 20th birthday. All are invited—pirates, socialites, supernaturals, and even Spaniards. Captain Morgan had sacked Panama--a Spanish colony--and sent the gold to Britain after the war with Spain was over. Was Captain Morgan a privateer or pirate? Are revenge and love involved? Come and find out!” said Lars Paulson, GM.

Rotating on several stages will be professional touring and local talent. New this year will be sword-fighting demonstrations and sparring games by the Society of Creative Anachronism (May 20-21), comedy sword-fighting shows by The Renaissance Men (May 27-28-29), and pirate music by Loch Morr. Back by popular demand will be interactive danger shows by The Flaming Ginger; slapstick Punch and Judy puppet shows by Professor Brent DeWitt; and music by The CrossJacks, Kris Colt the Black Rose, PanEZZ Steel Drum, Bravura Music Academy (May 20-21), and Timothy Russell (May 27-28-29).

The interactive costumed street character ensemble—the Royal Players--will seek to entertain in Kombat Kroquet, The Plot Thickens at Port Royal, Governor’s Follies, Throw Me A Line, Puppet Adventures, and Captain Chester—Defender of the Caribbean. For those who like slightly spooky entertainment, Captain Davy Jones and Calypso will guide those willing on the Trail of Doom (PG)--a pirate version of A Christmas Carol.

Patrons are encouraged to dress in pirate costume and enter the Costume Contest to win a prize. All can learn to be a pirate in Pirate School or join a pirate crew by performing a talent on stage in the Gong Show. Other free games and activities will include Pirate Olympics, the mid-day parade, folk dancing, speed courting, corn hole, giant chess, and steel drum. There will also be pay-to-play activities, including axe-throwing, sparring (May 20-21), and taking photos with a mermaid or Captain Redbeard and his pyRAT. This pirate entertainment can be found at and is subject to change as needed. Schedules will be available online and at the entrance.

The merchants of Port Royal will be selling their custom wares such as period costumes, leather goods, chainmaille, drinking horns, bath and body items, gaming accessories, wooden wares, face-painting, and unique jewelry. A variety of food will be available, including turkey legs, BBQ, brats, grilled chicken wraps and salads, sandwiches, shaved ice, and funnel cake. Beverages will also be available, including water, soda, sweet tea, fresh lemonade, and beer. Vendors are independent entities and accept cash and credit; and a list of vendors and their wares is available at

The Tennessee Pirate Fest will be open rain or shine on May 20-21, 27-28-29, from 11am-6pm ET. The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. Free parking is provided in rough-cut fields, and handicap parking is available. Entrance tickets can be purchased online now at Tickets will also be available for purchase on festival days at the ticket house for cash or credit. Entrance ticket prices include all taxes and fees and are $20 for ages 13+, $10 for ages 5 to 12; and admission is free for ages 4 and under. Festival beverage tickets (in $1 increments) are available online, will be available at the gate, or patrons can use exact change. There will be no ATM onsite, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips, and convenience.

Festival rules include the following: costumes and behavior should be family-friendly, footwear is required, no loaded or sharp weapons, bladed weapons must be sheathed, all weapons must be peace/zip-tied, service animals only, no outside food or drink, enter at your own risk. Festival grounds are primarily grass with small hills. Portable benches will be available at the stages and patrons can bring their own seating. To purchase beer, one must be 21+ years of age with valid photo ID. There will be no onsite public camping; however, a list of local accommodations has been provided by Roane Tourism: For more information, please visit, “like” and “follow” the Tennessee Medieval Faire | Tennessee Pirate Fest on Facebook, or call 865-466-1902.