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Wilmington Pirate Festival

Wilmington Pirate Festival New 2018
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation THANKS all of our visitors, friends, volunteers, sponsors, partners, trustees and donors for making our 4th Wilmington Pirate Festival even bigger and better!  Stay tuned for a photo gallery and plans for next year...

Saturday, July 7th, 2018 from 10 am - 4 pm

Free Admission


Pirate Day Sponsors

Ahoy mateys! Pirates are boarding Kalmar Nyckel.  Join the fun with this family friendly day of pirate and maritime-themed activities offered at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Fort Christina Park. Activities include loads of pirate history, lore and fun:

       Pirate demonstrations by the Vigilant Crew

       Tours of the Kalmar Nyckel with friendly pirates & deck hands*

       Musical performances by Pirates For Sail

       Aerial Pirates by Ascend Flow Arts of Wilmington

       Pirate Crafts*

       Pirate face painting*

       Food Trucks and Beer Garden (for age 21 and older)*

Fort Christina National Historic Landmark: tours and hands-on activities. Children can earn Junior Ranger Badges on July 7th!

Restored rail car from the original Jackson and Sharp Company on display in shipyard!

     *Fees apply for some activities


Volunteer TODAY!   Volunteer Signup Form

Please sign up to help with an activity or station. This Google form is your opportunity to get involved in an exciting community of Kalmar Nyckel volunteers & get a free Festival t-shirt!


FREE Parking and Shuttle Bus

Check out our Google Map with 5 free parking lots for the Festival plus Free Shuttle Bus stops and Handicap Parking.

Handicap parking is available in the lot across the street from the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard entrance, 1124 E. 7th St., Wilmington, DE 19801 (green/Point 9 on map). Only vehicles with valid placards or handicap license plate will be permitted, please.

Icon legend:     Blue = General parking     Green = Handicap parking     Red = Shuttle stop


Directions for 5 Free General Parking lots:

Delaware Technical Community College: 3 outside parking lots
  • Between 2nd and Martin Luther King Blvd (bounded by N. Shipley St., N. Orange St., N. Tatnall St. and West St.)
  • Shuttle bus stop for all three lots is on N. Orange St. between two of the lots. 
Noramco Inc. parking lot:  500 Swedes Landing Rd, Wilmington, DE 19801 (on the right just after turning from 4th St. onto Swedes Landing).  NO shuttle bus service as the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard is 2 blocks away.

7th Street Skatepark lot:  1195 7th St., Wilmington, DE 19801 at the end of 7th St. (drive past Festival at Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard). Shuttle bus stop across the street.



Kalmar Nyckel : Events : Wilmington Pirate Festival

Did you know: That today's Kalmar Nyckel is a re-creation of a three-masted, square-rigged, gun-armed merchant ship?


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