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June 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm 4:00 pm

A day of food & drinks, live music, and pirate contests on the island. The festival will take place on our Mackinac Island Main Dock #1.

The Mackinac Pirate Adventure Tour with the Good Fortune pirate ship will feature water cannons for the kids as well as a bar for adults. The pirate ship will be ferrying passengers from our Mackinaw City Dock to the Festival on our Historic Mackinac Island Dock #1, in the morning, with a ticket purchase. The Pirate Ship will end the day by offering evening and Nauti (21+) cruises at 5:45 pm and 7:15 pm, departing from the Mackinac Island dock #1 with a ticket purchase.

Festival admission is FREE and is taking place on Mackinac Island. 

Pirate Ferry or Cruise tickets are available for purchase.

Buy your tickets to ride the pirate ship from Mackinaw City at these times:

9:15 am

11:00 am

12:30 pm

Festival admission is FREE and is taking place on Mackinac Island. 

Things to do:

  • Black Murray Band
  • Pirate Contest
    • Dress like a pirate
    • Talk like a pirate
    • Walk the Plank

For an added adventure, you can purchase tickets to the Good Fortune Pirate Ship evening cruises. The night cruises leave Mackinac Island at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. and will sail under the Mackinac Bridge. It includes pirate music and dancing, crew members dressed and talking like pirates, water cannons for kids on board, and the cruise will culminate with the firing off the Good Fortune’s cannon. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase during the cruise. Book tickets here!