The Isthmus at Catalina hosts its annual Buccaneer Days Weekend beginning Friday, September 30th and continuing all weekend. Hundreds of “Pirate boats” and thousands of “Pirates” will descend on the Isthmus Cove to eat, drink, party and make merry. You will know you are at the right cove when you look around and notice pirates… everywhere. Everywhere!
The party begins Friday night at the bandstand with Damaged Goods Band banging out dancing music. Following the live music performance, the party moves over to the bar with DJ music continuing until 2 AM. Here you will see the best and worst pirate behavior in Southern California.
Saturday morning kicks-off with a Customs Booth set up on the Landing Pier where a $10.00 ticket allows you to enjoy all the weekend’s events. For early risers, the bar is open for warm-up libations.
Pirate activities begin officially at noon with a Treasure Hunt for Pirates 12 and under. These Pirates-in-Training will assembly at the Main beach to pillage the sand areas searching out the treasures buried in the sands.
Naturally, while the eager wanna-be pirates are on the beach, full pirates will be descending on Scalawags Booth in the Pirate Village to check out the booty there. Food galore! And drinks at the bar…
At 1300 hours Pirate Time, adults will begin gathering up on the beach to get ready for the Real Pirate Treasure Hunt. This event brings out the cut-throat in every Pirate. With a Treasure Map and Clues, the Pirates will search high and low for the Island’s Treasures, showing no mercy to other treasure seekers.
The best (or worse) dressed Pirates will begin to assemble to sign-up for the Swashbuckler Costume Competition. This is where depredation at its finest begins! It will culminate later in the evening with the full-on judging.
At 1600 PT Damaged Goods returns to the bandstand to play music for the revelers. 2100 PT brings the actual Pirate Costume Contest. Beware me hearties, this may be X rated.
Those not satiated by this time will adjourn back to the bar area for more DJ activity. Dancing, drinking and not a little plundering will occur until the bar closes and the last standing Pirates are dragged off to the boats.
Sunday, for those still able to stand, begins… there are no scheduled events on Sunday, but be assured, there will be tales aplenty told at the Bar. Many Pirates go to the Bar in the morning just to find out what they did the night before.
This event is one which epitomizes the classic phrase “You had to be there”.
Great boating and be safe on the water.
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