Hey Kentucky! at the Pirate Fest

Rebecca Sanders from Hey Kentucky! visted the Kentucky Pirate Festival to see what the all fuss was about. After spending time talking to scallywags like the Pirate King, Captain Hook, Pirate Santa, Sally Sawbones the mermaid, and others, I think it’s safe to say she’s on board!

A Ship-for-Brain’s Guide to Becoming Pirate of the Year 2018

[A lot of people are still wondering what this Pirate of the Year thing is all about, so we’ve asked an expert to write about her experiences. Mateys, welcome reigning Pirate of the Year Finn Reed to tell you about what she had to go through to win the award. The challenges you will face this year will probably be different than the ones she overcame, but you’ll still find this useful! –Phillip]

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Pirate’s Dice

Pirate’s Dice is a game of chance and bluffing that pirates play throughout the seven seas. On ships, in taverns, on jungle islands…wherever you find pirates, you’ll find Pirate’s Dice! It’s a game of deceit and skullduggery befitting scoundrels of the sea.

The Kentucky Pirate Festival is proud to host the annual Pirate’s Dice Championship Tournament for the second year! Come test your bluffing and dicing skills against other pirates for the grand prize!

How do you play Pirate’s Dice? Well, it’s an easy game to learn at the table and no experience is required! But for those you want to be an expert when you sit down, here are the official KYPF Pirate’s Dice rules!

A Murder Mystery Dinner and a Chance at Free KYPF Tickets!

Murder Out of Time

Murder Out of Time

Our friends at WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater​ have a special surprise for you! If you purchase tickets for their dinner theater production of “Murder Out of Time” between now and January 28th, you’ll also be entered into a drawing for free Kentucky Pirate Fest tickets!

Two great shows for the price of one! Details are on their website: http://whodunnitky.com/

Our 2018 Sponsors!

Good news, mates! The Kentucky Pirate Festival will once again be sponsored by Sailor Jerry (a favorite of sailors and pirates)!

We’re very excited to welcome The Guitar Emporium of Louisville as a sponsor too! This fantastic shop in the Highlands will make sure that all your needs for all-things-guitar are taken care of.  From buying your first or your 200th guitar, restringing, repairs, lessons, appraisals, free advice, test driving (guitars, amps, effects, etc) or just hanging out…they’ll take care of you!

Guitar EmporiumSailor Jerry

If your business wants to be a sponsor of the Kentucky Pirate Festival and get your name out to all the pirates in Kentucky, it’s not too late! Download the sponsor information here, and contact us soon!

New Times!


Because of a recent change in alcohol sales laws, the Kentucky Pirate Fest will be running from 12PM (noon) TO 10PM instead of 2PM to 12AM (midnight).

Got it? 12PM to 10PM. Anyone under the age of 21 MUST be gone by 10PM. Those old enough for adult beverages are welcome to stick around for the EPIC PIRATE AFTER-PARTY!

Tickets for 2018 Now on Sale!

Buy them early and buy them often! Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. If you buy before midnight on Thanksgiving, the prices are only $10.00 and $7.00!

Not only does purchasing your tickets early get you a great discount, you get a better event! Every dollar we have to work with before the day of the festival is a dollar we can spend on this year’s festival to make it better! It really helps us give you the kind of festival we really want to give you.

Entertainment Schedule

The entertainment schedule is here! There are two stages with entertainers from 2pm-8pm, and a rowdy pirate concert featuring Drunk & Sailor and Kracker Dan Minstrels from 8pm to midnight! Kids’ costume contest at 3:30, adult costume contest at 9:30, a pirate dice tournament at 4:30, pirate speed dating at 6:30, painting classes at 5:30 and 7:00, kids activities and scavenger hunt all day, and pirate board game demos from Nerd Louisville. It’s going to be a busy day, so download a handy PDF of the schedule to plan ahead!


Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Tavern on Fourth     Mediaura
Sailor Jerry     Sew Fitting

Clothes Make the Pirate: Be Detail Oriented (Part 2) – The Details

In the previous article, I gave you four questions to use when adding details to your costume. You’re probably wondering just what kinds of details I was talking about. Have no fear, here’s a handy reference list!

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