Northern California Pirate Festival

Event has passed (Sat Jun 15, 2019 - Sat Jun 15, 2019)
Vallejo Waterfront Park
Family & Children


Featuring over 500 costumed actors, crafters and musicians, the Northern California Pirate Festival is the largest pirate event in the United States. Produced by a group of theatrical and outdoor event professionals, the annual fest is equal parts Mardi Gras, state fair, living history, and pegged-leg eye-patch-wearin’ fan fest that appeals to children and adults alike. With four stages of continuous entertainment, rows of nautically inspired handcrafts, gourmet foods, micro-brewed beers, and ship to shore canon battles, visitors will encounter proper British Naval Officers to alluring mythical mermaids throughout. All are encouraged to join in the fun by donning a costume and practicin' yer pirate speech. So bring yer whole crew!

Children 12 and under are free with one Adult Admission but need a ticket for entry. You may "purchase" a child's ticket at no cost on the ticket page.

A “plank owner” is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. Originally, this term applied only to crew members present at the ship’s first commissioning. The origin of the term is the implication that a crew member was around when the ship was being built and commissioned and therefore has bragging rights to the ownership of one of the deck planks in the main deck.
The Plank Owners of the Northern California Pirate Festival get special privileges and perks that normal attendees do not! Check out the Plank Owners Club Webpage here for more information!

This event is not a pet friendly event. No animals allowed.

Please peace tie your weapons by using a cord and securing the weapon shut and to your body. No live munitions or working firearms.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

You will not be required to show your ID at the gate for admission. It is advisable to have identification on you in case there is an issue that you would like us to resolve. The Northern California Pirate Festival is an all ages event.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The NCPF takes place along the waterfront in Vallejo California. The Ferry Terminal to and from San Francisco is located next door to the event. Please check Vallejo Ferry schedules before planning your trip.

Vallejo has been upgrading the parking around the ferry terminal and there is a great deal of paid parking near the event site. If you fancy a walk and free parking you can find street parking around Vallejo if you get to the site early.

What is Parking like?

There is limited street parking available at no cost and city lot parking available for a daily fee. Go to the city parking information page for more information.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

This event is not pet friendly. The crowds are large and the guns are loud. The sun is also powerful and cars can heat up very quickly. Please leave your animals at home.

Please peace tie your weapons by using a cord and securing the weapon shut and to your body. No live munitions or working firearms.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Kathy Kingman with any ticketing related questions: [email protected]

Any other festival related questions may be directed to [email protected]

Is my ticket transferrable?

You may give away any unused ticket before the event but you may not transfer the ticket once it is in use (example: two day wristbands are only good for one person.) Plank Owner Club Passes and VIP Passes are non-transferrable.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

If you purchase your tickets online you may either print your ticket or download your ticket to your smart device. You must have a ticket in one of those formats in order to enter. When you purchase your ticket at the door you will recieve a paper ticket.

What is the refund policy?

The NCPF has a no refund policy. This event is rain or shine. You may upgrade a ticket that has not been used (example, you bought a single ticket but want to go both days. Pay the extra bit and we will upgrade your pass)

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

If your name does not match the name on the account that the ticket was purchased under you will not be able to address any issue should one arise. Only the person who bought the ticket can change anything on the account. However, anyone can enter with a valid ticket.

Does the Plank Owner Membership include admission?

Yes. The plank owner membership comes with one premium pass for each member. Once you purchase your membership you will receive a code that will allow you a discount off a one day admission for your crew. Your membership also allows you to bring a friend and two children into the VIP area with you.


  1. Vallejo Waterfront Park 298 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA