Charleston remembers the 300th anniversary of colonial piracy through a series of family friendly programs. June 11 – 17, 2018 will be Pirate Week in Charleston as museums, historic sites, and others offer programming centered on the Golden Age of Piracy. Events include, live theater, lectures, walking tours, and adventures for children.  

In June of 1718, the infamous Blackbeard, working in partnership with Stede Bonnet, The Gentleman Pirate, blockaded Charleston’s harbor, stole goods, and held hostages. In the months that followed, others repeated similar acts of piracy. Bouts with these sailing thieves ultimately led to a 1719 petition requesting that South Carolina transition from a proprietary territory to an official royal colony of Great Britain. Pirate Week is the perfect opportunity to explore the early 18th-century Lowcountry while learning stories of its piratical past.

 Program hosts include:
The Charleston Museum
The Powder Magazine Museum
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
Charleston Pirate Tours


Complete schedule:

​June 11
10am - Charleston Pirate Tour: Join pirate historian Eric Lavender for a 2-hour walking tour covering in-depth details of Charleston’s pirate history. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

10:30am - Children’s Treasure Hunt Tour: Hunt for treasure with hands-on activities that make history fun, plus free pirate souvenirs: a foam sword, a bandana, treasure, a balloon parrot, and a flag! This tour is $12 for adults and $15.95 for children (3-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

7:30pm - Pirate & Ghost Tour: Explore Charleston pirate history highlights along with ghost and Gullah legends. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

June 12
10am – Art Room Surprise: Visit the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (25 Ann St.) and decorate a cardboard pirate ship! This event is included with regular admission or free with CML membership. For more information, go to www.explorecml.org.

10:30am - Children’s Treasure Hunt Tour: Hunt for treasure with hands-on activities that make history fun, plus free pirate souvenirs: a foam sword, a bandana, treasure, a balloon parrot, and a flag! This tour is $12 for adults and $15.95 for children (3-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com  or call (843) 442-7299.

12pm – Lunch & Lecture: Explore pirate history at The Powder Magazine (79 Cumberland St.) with a special lunch and lecture with Eric Lavender. Tickets are $20 each and include a Chick-fil-A lunch! For more information, go to www.powdermag.org.

2pm – Let’s Move: Visit the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (25 Ann St.) and celebrate pirates by going on an activity-based treasure hunt! This event is included with regular admission or free with CML membership. For more information, go to www.explorecml.org.

7:30pm - Pirate & Ghost Tour: Explore Charleston pirate history highlights along with ghost and Gullah legends. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

June 13
10am - Charleston Pirate Tour: Join pirate historian Eric Lavender for a 2-hour walking tour covering in-depth details of Charleston’s pirate history. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

10:30am - Children’s Treasure Hunt Tour: Hunt for treasure with hands-on activities that make history fun, plus free pirate souvenirs: a foam sword, a bandana, treasure, a balloon parrot, and a flag! This tour is $12 for adults and $15.95 for children (3-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

3:30pm – Brown Bag Stem Challenge: Visit the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (25 Ann St.) and build a pirate ship with working sails! This event is included with regular admission or free with CML membership. For more information, go to www.explorecml.org.

3:30pm – Blackbeard’s Blockade for Kids: Visit the Charleston Museum (360 Meeting St.) to hear the tale of Blackbeard’s blockade of Charleston, as well as more stories from the Golden Age of Piracy! The event is included with museum admission ($12 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under). For more information, go to www.charlestonmuseum.org.

7:30pm - Pirate & Ghost Tour: Explore Charleston pirate history highlights along with ghost and Gullah legends. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

June 14
10am - Charleston Pirate Tour: Join pirate historian Eric Lavender for a 2-hour walking tour covering in-depth details of Charleston’s pirate history. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

10:30am - Children’s Treasure Hunt Tour: Hunt for treasure with hands-on activities that make history fun, plus free pirate souvenirs: a foam sword, a bandana, treasure, a balloon parrot, and a flag! This tour is $12 for adults and $15.95 for children (3-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

11am – the Gentleman Pirate: Watch Rodney Rogers perform his one-man show, The Gentleman Pirate, about the trial of Stede Bonnet at The Powder Magazine (79 Cumberland St.) at 11 am! This event is $8 for children and $12 for adults. For more information, go to www.powdermag.org.

2pm- Story Time with Grade: Visit the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (25 Ann St.) for story time and play on a pirate ship with Irish pirate, Grace O’Malley! This event is included with regular admission or free with CML membership. For more information, go to www.explorecml.org.

7:30pm - Pirate & Ghost Tour: Explore Charleston pirate history highlights along with ghost and Gullah legends. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

June 15
10am – Sea Shanty Sing-a-long: Calling pirates of all ages! Come to The Powder Magazine (79 Cumberland St.) between 10 am to 12 noon and meet Mary Read while hearing pirate stories and learning songs that you would sing while working on a pirate ship! This event is $5 per guest. For more information, go to www.powdermag.org.

10am - Charleston Pirate Tour: Join pirate historian Eric Lavender for a 2-hour walking tour covering in-depth details of Charleston’s pirate history. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

10:30am - Children’s Treasure Hunt Tour: Hunt for treasure with hands-on activities that make history fun, plus free pirate souvenirs: a foam sword, a bandana, treasure, a balloon parrot, and a flag! This tour is $12 for adults and $15.95 for children (3-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

2pm: Pirate Council: Visit the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (122 East Bay St.) from 2-4 pm and help the royal council decide what to do about Blackbeard’s blockade of the harbor. You can also enjoy living history presentations throughout the day. For more information, call (843) 727-2165 or go to www.colonialcharleston.com.

7:30pm - Pirate & Ghost Tour: Explore Charleston pirate history highlights along with ghost and Gullah legends. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

June 16
10am - Charleston Pirate Tour: Join pirate historian Eric Lavender for a 2-hour walking tour covering in-depth details of Charleston’s pirate history. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

10:30am - Children’s Treasure Hunt Tour: Hunt for treasure with hands-on activities that make history fun, plus free pirate souvenirs: a foam sword, a bandana, treasure, a balloon parrot, and a flag! This tour is $12 for adults and $15.95 for children (3-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

11am – the Gentleman Pirate: Watch Rodney Rogers perform his one-man show, The Gentleman Pirate, about the trial of Stede Bonnet at The Powder Magazine (79 Cumberland St.) at 11 am! This event is $8 for children and $12 for adults. For more information, go to www.powdermag.org.

2pm – Let’s Move: Visit the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (25 Ann St.) and celebrate pirates by going on an activity-based treasure hunt! This event is included with regular admission or free with CML membership. For more information, go to www.explorecml.org.

7:30pm - Pirate & Ghost Tour: Explore Charleston pirate history highlights along with ghost and Gullah legends. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

June 17
10:30am - Children’s Treasure Hunt Tour: Hunt for treasure with hands-on activities that make history fun, plus free pirate souvenirs: a foam sword, a bandana, treasure, a balloon parrot, and a flag! This tour is $12 for adults and $15.95 for children (3-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

2pm – Charleston Pirate Tour: Join pirate historian Eric Lavender for a 2-hour walking tour covering in-depth details of Charleston’s pirate history. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

3pm - History Round Table: Discuss pirate history with local author Chris Downey during our history roundtable at The Powder Magazine (79 Cumberland St.)! This event is $15 and includes a copy of Downey’s book, Charleston and the Golden Age of Piracy. For more information, visit www.powdermag.org.

3:30pm – Brown Bag Stem Challenge: Visit the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (25 Ann St.) and build a pirate ship with working sails! This event is included with regular admission or free with CML membership. For more information, go to www.explorecml.org.

7:30pm - Pirate & Ghost Tour: Explore Charleston pirate history highlights along with ghost and Gullah legends. This tour is $20 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, and $13 for children (4-12). For more information, go towww.charlestonpiratetour.com or call (843) 442-7299.

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Charleston Pirate Week Schedule

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