August 19, 2023

Ahoy there, mateys! Embrace the legend of Captain Kidd and the joy of pirate play. Don your pirate attire and gather with us at Parade Plaza by the Pirate Ship for a delightful photo session. Mingle with the swashbuckling crew, enjoy a shanty or two, and engage in conversations about seeking hidden treasures as we unveil hints on the exciting New London Pirate Adventure Map.

Ahoy, me hearties! The boisterous Bawdy Buccaneers are charting a course for the New London Pirate Festival on August 19th, right at Parade Plaza!

Embark on a musical voyage with Captain Lance D. Boyle of the Picaroon Princess and his trusty First Mate & “Cruise Director,” Truly Scrumptious. They’ll dock their vessel, The Picaroon Princess, at New London Parade Plaza, ready to welcome fellow pirates. Join in the merry exchange of tales and treasures, raise a chorus of beloved pirate melodies, or even learn a fresh tune or two.

Open Studios Art Stroll- click the link for a complete list of  artists & venues. 

Red Square (Studio & Gallery) 116 Federal Street

  • Featured Artist: Mike Alewitz – Inside Studio
  • Featured Artist: Emma Willer – Inside Gallery

The Dewart Building -300 State Street

  • Featured Artist: Amy Hannum – Inside Reiki by Paint Dragon Studio, 4th Floor
  • Featured Artist: Kim Abraham – Inside Kitchen Gallery Studio, 3rd Floor
  • Featured Artist: Katie Fogg – Inside KFOGG Studio, 3rd Floor
  • Featured Artist: Marvin Espy – Inside Espy Studio, 3rd Floor
  • Featured Artist: Karl Lavae Alford – Inside 98.9 WDUP Studio, 4th Floor

Harris Place Building – 165 State Street

  • Featured Artist: SFVA – Inside Atrium
  • Featured Artist: LMisuWerk – Inside Atrium
  • Featured Artist: Aly Maderson Quinlog – Inside Magik Press (Micro-Press & Community Art Studio)
  • Featured Artist: Emily Barresi – Inside Atrium Staircase

The Annex (Gallery & Retail Store) -140 State Street

  • Featured Artist: Various – Inside Gallery

Sarge’s Comics and Games (Retail Store)  -124 State Street

  • Featured Artist: Bradley Sheridan – Inside, front of store  

Women’s Business Development Council (Regional Office) -61 Bank Street

  • Featured Artist: Andrea Lawl Manning – Inside Office Lobby
  • Featured Artist: Jessica Zimmer – Inside Office Lobby

The Golden Owl (Antiques & Book Store) – 19 Golden Street

  • Featured Artist: Hattie Beschinski – Inside Book Store

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery is having a drawing for one of local sea glass artist Lori McLain’s pewter whale tail necklaces. The pewter whale tail is on a woven leather and sterling silver cord, cord comes in two colors silver and black, two sizes 16″ & 18″, a value of $42 to $46.

Food Trucks

Local Business Specials:

Lyman Allyn Art Museum– Free Kids art activity

Niantic Children’s Museum – free pirate hat making for children’s

NL Youth Affairs– will be passing out Pirate themed children’s books for free for children to take home.

 Thames River Water Taxi Hop on Hop off   will be offering a special discount for those dressed up as pirates for Pirate Fest:

Adults: $7.50 – 50% off regular fare of $15 if dressed as pirate

Children: Free (normally $7.50) if dressed as pirate

Discounted tickets available for purchase on the boat.

Favorite’s Bistro Bar –  Drink Special -Treasure Island margarita & Captain cove cooler and  a pirate of the Caribbean soup.

City Dock Restaurant– ( located on the Custom House Pier) Stop by for a Pirate punch and listen to the live music with skyway. Giveaways for the best pirate costume.

 Thames river Gallery – Lighthouse Inn providing Lighthouse Inn famous lobster bisque and chicken satays and GALLERY GROG. Live music by Pfred Mileski.  She is the wife of prominent New London artist Brad Guarino whose work is on display in the gallery.  She is appearing from 7:00 – 9:00 and is a treat to be savored and worth waiting for until 7:00.  She’s quite acclaimed as you can see what Rick Koster had to say about her.

A new artist STEVE CRYAN from Old Saybrook with select works of some very recognizable landmarks will be on display as well as Harry Thomas MSW author of “Peace By the Sea” will be signing his two books.

Woodfellas Pizza –  Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Pineapple, Citrus & Cherry Juice Garnished with a Maraschino Cherry & Edible Gold Glitter.

Wing Special: Caribbean Jerk Wings

Hygienic Art Park – Screening Room | Saturday, August 19th | Time TBD

Flavours of Life, The Fair Trade Store – Treasure Chest Guess-Guess how many  “Gold” coins in the pirate’s treasure chest

Seafood Delights– Fish & Chip seafood dinner, Beer specials and DJ.

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant #2 –  Specials are guacamole & chips and Taco Dorados. Drink specials  Daiquiris and Sangrita.  House margarita happy hour 3 to 6 and DJ.

Blue Duck


Pick up a New London Pirate Adventure map at City Pier and have fun visiting the clue locations.


Piggy Printing

Amiela Snuggles & Co

The Elegant Raven