Pirate Invasion comes to Yorktown – Saturday, April 27 and Sunday April, 28 2024

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Pirates Invade Yorktown – Saturday, April 27 & Sunday April 28, 2024

Ye are invited to travel back to the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders on April 27 and 28, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

What will you do with the family?  How about Yorktown Market Day markets on BOTH days with over 50 vendors each day? Enjoy live blacksmith demonstrations, explore a pirate encampment, sing along to sea shanties, witness the live dance performance “Pirates & Mermaids of Yorktown,” take part in a town-wide treasure hunt, and experience cannon demonstrations.


Stop by York Hall for live Pirate Puppet Shows. Be sure to head to the Freight Shed for the History Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enroll your kids in Pirate School where they will learn how to walk, talk, and act like pirates. You also won’t want to miss the exciting Pirate Trial at York Hall. The fun continues at the Waterman’s Museum with a pirate encampment, kids’ crafts, food vendors, and various live performances throughout the day. But wait, …and that’s not all! 

Here is a list of events!

Pirate Invasion Market at Yorktown Market Days on BOTH Saturday & Sunday -Pirate Invasion Market – Saturday, April 27 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) & Sunday, April 28 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 
Beware of pillagers as pirates invade Yorktown Market Days! At this special extended farmers market you can shop for fresh produce and choose from a variety of fresh breads and pastries. Shop for seasonal produce; fresh baked goods; meats; fresh-cut flowers; handmade soaps and candles; honey; gourmet dog treats; and a beautiful display of work from local artists and artisans. See vendors here

❌’ Marks the Spot
Treasure Hunt for Hearties
Children can collect pirate’s booty including coins, jewels, and eye patches at various businesses and attractions in a townwide Treasure Hunt. Be sure to  download the treasure map to view the participating businesses.

Arrr Ye Hungry? Grub for Starving Sailors & Scallywags

Many Historic Yorktown restaurants will be open, and in the spirit of the event, Yorktown Market Days will run until 3 p.m. each day with several food truck options. Island Time Delights, Coastal Thirst, Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, and Kathi’s Clam Chowder will be in attendance from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Reggae Jamaican Kitchens, Coastal Thirst, Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, and Kathi’s Clam Chowder will be serving from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
            Water Street Grille welcomes walk-ins and will serve special-themed menu items. Carrot Tree has several grab-and-go picnic options available, perfect for guests to eat lunch along the Riverwalk or down at the beach picnic area. The Yorktown Pub is serving lunch, so families can grab something to eat before or after enjoying the fun. And up the hill on Main Street, Mobjack Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe has sandwiches, salads, and desserts, while the Little York Confectionery offers treats to please your sweet tooth.


American Revolution Museum at Yorktown:

Learn more about our nation’s story through exciting indoor galleries with period artifacts and immersive environments and films. Don’t miss “The Siege of Yorktown,” shown on a 180-degree surround screen complete with dramatic special effects like smoke and vibrations from the cannon and musket fire! 

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In the outdoor areas, you’ll find a re-created Continental Army encampment to learn about the life of a soldier and to take in daily demonstrations of medical treatment, camp life and cooking, and flintlock musket firings. Explore a Revolution-era farm, based on a real-life 18th-century family, where you can help with chores related to the house, kitchen, tobacco barn, gardens, and crops. The museum has adapted operations with safety protocols for everyone’s enjoyment. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to James City County, York County, and City of Williamsburg neighbors with proof of residence.

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public lots. The complimentary, wheelchair-accessible  Yorktown Trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional Event Info:

For more information visit Pirates Invade Yorktown
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690


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