National Geographic Events

Washington, D.C.

Pirate Family Festival

Past Event

Photo: The Valhallas Pirates
Pirate Family Festival
C. Shells Band

Ahoy, me mateys! Tired of the same old pirate stories? National Geographic Museum brings Real Pirates to life with historical re-enactors, telescope making, and traditional pirate tunes. Create your own jolly roger, see a live pirate show and falconry demonstration, learn how to build a boat and dive into the world of underwater archaeology!

Watch, Listen, and Learn

• Experience pistol duels and cannon fire, and learn about emergency amputations with The Valhallas Pirates, a group of modern day pirates

• Sword-fighting and sea shanties add up to a swashbuckling time with the Shadow Players

• Come meet Captain Flint along with his pirate puppet crew through storytime and songs with performances by Cliff Long

• Falconry demonstrations based on their use during the golden age of piracy with the Earth Conservation Corps

• Enjoy a delightful mix of sea shanties and musical styles. C. Shells will have children of all ages laughing, smiling and stamping their swashbuckling feet

• Sing along to maritime, nautical, and Celtic music, songs of past, present, and future with House of Cadarn

• Learn what it takes to survive as a modern pirate from the Moody Crewe

Create

• Create a stomp cannon, test ship technology like ropes and pulleys, and design your own ship sail with Ideaventions

• Walk the plank with KEVA planks! Build a pirate ship, beach landing, or anything you want

• Make a maritime map and a sailor valentine to send abroad with the US Navy Museum

• Learn about the Whydah’s roots in the slave trade with the Pearl Coalition

• Face Painting

• Pirate Dress Up

• Spyglass Making

• Pirate Games

• Knot Tying

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