There are food, drinks, and pirates of both genders wearing their Summer best, and that's only some of the reason why we can't seem to stay away from the Texas Pirate Festival, taking place on the grounds of Middlefaire in Hillsboro.
The festival will take place the weekend after Independence Day, so you'll be just jonesing for one more weekend to hang out with your friends in fun and goofy getups. Allow us to invite you to that opportunity.
Come on out and spend some time with us pirates as we raid the booths next door and spend the day trying to figure out what to do a hold full of hot sauce, soap, and rawhide.
The Bilge Pumps are making their first stop in a trip to California at the Shoreline Village center in Long Beach as special guests of the Pirates Cove shop.
Strangely enough the owners of several well-to-do businesses seem to like having a bunch of pirates out to hang around their places. We guess that either means we're the worst pirates in the world or they get enough people to come see us that it offsets the cost of all of our pillaging.
Look for us to do 3 sets in the afternoon to help spread the love of piracy to everyone in a state where everyone's hip deep in piracy anyway.
The Bilge Pumps are going to be continuing our left coast trip by roaming the deck of The Star of India to take on the task of singing sea shanties on a tall ship in Southern California at a festival made specifically for sea shanties.
Oh, the agony!
We haven't performed at this show for a few years and we're looking forward to taking the Embarcadero by storm and luring in patrons by the ones as we bellow our voices out over the harbor.
Expect 1 long set and 2 shorts sets during the day as we intend to stay long enough that our bilgy ooze settled into the deck board, thereby claiming the ship indirectly. Hey, pirates will take a ship any way we can.
The Bilge Pumps are once again hitching up our rowboats and crossing the Red River into Oklahoma to take place in the brand new Oklahoma City Renaissance Festival, taking place near the entertainment district in North OKC between the Zoo and Frontier City.
This is the festival's first year, but it's being put on by the vets that did the Lawton Ren Faire years ago and that also put on the Trails of Fear haunted attractions around the city for Halloween.
The festival will take place on the 1st 2 weekends of September, including Labor Day Monday.
Come see the show and help the Bilge Pumps get a new show started in the area with the proper support all new businesses need... more pirates!
We only thought we'd damage the hearts and minds of the local population enough so they'd never invite us back to this border town. Boy were we wrong. They invited us back! That must mean we're either really good or really bad pirates. Though some of us can swing both ways.
We'll be performing 3 or so shows/day as well as the end of day Pub Sing, not to mention our own Jack the Rum Runner doubling up his shows with A Pair of Pirates to run himself really ragged. Like, ragamuffin level raggedness.
So, come on out to where the two states combine and we'll do our level best to cause sea sickness in you while you're on land.
This fall, the Bilge Pumps will be once again board our swanky land galleons and head back into cajun country for year number 16 at the festival that was crazy enough to hire us in their first season and and must listen to their wives every year and make sure to bring us back.
Once again, we'll be there for the first THREE weekends of the festival performing at a yet-to-be-determined stage in front of yet-to-be-determined crowds and yet-to-be-determined times.
2017 will be the 44th year of Dickens on the Strand, the festival that celebrates the world of Christmas under Queen Victoria with lots of unicycles, scrooges, bobbies, and street urchins... and pirates... there are always pirates...
We'll be rolling our land schooners back to the island to spread the holiday joy to all, pirate style, with our oh-so-beautiful pirate Christmas carols combined with our usual dose of nautical nonsense guaranteed to put wind in your sails.
As is our norm, we'll be traveling all over the festival from stage to stage making sure everyone gets maximum exposure to all things pirate-y and Christmas-y and sea-y.
The Friday night Fezziwig party will be happening again this year and we'll be there to help the Queen kick off her slippers and get her pirate on! Admission is free to this Friday night event and it will run from 5:00 to 9:00 with us Bilge Pumps likely finishing off the night starting at 8:15.
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