It is time to meet on the shores of Cedar Key again the Cedar Key Pirate Festival is Back! It is time to hoist your colors and sound the cannons!


It is time for the pirates to come onshore and pillage, plunder and battle any resistance during the 7th Cedar Key Pirate Invasion! It shall be a fun and family friendly event for all ages. Mark ye calendars now and keep a weathered eye on this here page for updates. Please be patient with us as we continue to make updates to the website.


The health and well-being of the citizens of Cedar Key and our pirate community are most important. We ask that all attendees follow all state and local directives regarding COVID. Thanks to all who have supported us on this rough passage!



Cedar Key Pirate Invasion:  Nov 4-6, 2022 – BE THERE!!!


It has been rumored that Jean Lafitte, the famous privateer, had buried some treasure somewhere in Cedar Key.

He is coming back to town under cover of darkness, with pirates from all over the eastern seaboard and a small armada of ships.

It is rumored that the pirates will be setting up camp in the city park and taking over Dock street until the treasure is found.

Come, celebrate with the pirates! See how they lived on land when ashore. Learn from some of the finest re-enactors on the East Coast. Watch and listen as the pirates set up an outpost in the city park, complete with Visit our  trade and commerce area. Come and purchase wares and clothing from foreign lands. Listen to rousing, toe tapping sea shanties.

Prepare for the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday morning. All the scallywags in town will be in attendance.

For the Little Pirates, a treasure hunt with Bloody Sam Rackham, a costume contest and an all-day search for the most infamous pirates in town.  the “Wanted Poster” will be inside your program found around town and at the Info Booth. (full schedule out soon)

For the adult pirates, sample piratical libations all over town, a pub crawl on Friday night entertainment by the finest pirate musicians in the land, find treasures beyond measure at the thieves market.

Epic Battle for Cedar Key!

Then, prepare for battle! The struggle for Cedar Key happens in the park, on the beach and in the water on Saturday, November 5th, which pirates will choose which side?  Hear the clash of steel, the smell of gunpowder and the roar of the cannons!  The clash of steel and the smell of gunpowder will fill the air on Saturday evening.  We’re making plans for the epic contest among rival pirate crews…

Saturday night brings the Pirate Parlay and Treasure Auction. Find amazing wares from across the globe, all will be auctioned off and a portion of the proceeds will go to this year’s chosen organizations.

Sunday morn will dawn with many exhausted pirates who will head to the streets for more music, more fun and the final cannon shot around 4 pm.

Only time will tell the outcome, but whatever happens, you are in for a weekend of fun, merriment and a piratical good time.


Don’t forget to check out what’s happening on Facebook!

Wondering what we’re all about? Check out some pix of Cedar Key and past Invasions …

Photo Credits: Thanks to Hawkeye Jim, Dan Hart, Ann Poche, Cindy Svec, Christine Ford, Taylor Murphy, John Lock and anyone else that we missed. As always, if we missed your contribution or if there’s a photo you want removed – email