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The 10th Annual Northern California Pirate Festival


Waterfront Park, Vallejo , 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA, US
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Shiver me timbers! It's our 10th Anniversary!

Featuring over 500 costumed actors, crafters and musicians the Northern California Pirate Festival is the largest pirate event in the United States. Produced by a group of theatrical and outdoor event professionals, the annual fest is equal parts Mardi Gras, state fair, living history, and Pegged-leg eye-patch-wearin’ fan fest that appeals to children and adults alike. With four stages of continuous entertainment, rows of nautically inspired handcrafts, gourmet foods, micro-brewed beers, and ship to shore canon battles, visitors will encounter proper British Naval Officers to alluring mythical mermaids throughout the streets.

Our mission is to bring to life the spirit of "The Golden Age of Piracy!"

All are encouraged to join in the fun by donning a costume and practicin' yer pirate speech!

Early Bird ticket sales begin on March 25th, 2016 and end April 14th, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

General admission tickets and Tickets to the Buccaneers Bash sales begin April 15th at 12:00 am

Returning Plank Owners will recieve a renewal notice on March 18th to renew yer planks! New Plank Owner memberships and tickets go on sale April 8th 2015.

A “plank owner” is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. Originally, this term applied only to crew members present at the ship’s first commissioning. The origin of the term is the implication that a crew member was around when the ship was being built and commissioned and therefore has bragging rights to the ownership of one of the deck planks in the main deck.
The Plank Owners of the Northern California Pirate Festival get special privileges and perks that normal attendees do not! Check out the Plank Owners Club Webpage here for more information!

This event is not a pet friendly event. No animals allowed.

Please peace tie your weapons by using a cord and securing the weapon shut and to your body. No live munitions or working firearms.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

You will not be required to show your ID at the gate for admission. It is advisable to have identification on you in case there is an issue that you would like us to resolve. The Northern California Pirate Festival is an all ages event, however the Buccaneers Bash is a bit more salty and so we do not admit anyone under 18 without a parent present.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The NCPF takes place along the waterfront in Vallejo California. The Ferry Terminal to and from San Francisco is located next door to the event. Please check Vallejo Ferry schedules before planning your trip.

Vallejo has been upgrading the parking around the ferry terminal and there is a great deal of paid parking near the event site. If you fancy a walk and free parking you can find street parking around Vallejo if you get to the site early.

What is Parking like?

There is limited street parking available at no cost and city lot parking available for a daily fee. Go to the city parking information page for more information.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

This event is not pet friendly. The crowds are large and the guns are loud. The sun is also powerful and cars can heat up very quickly. Please leave your animals at home.

Please peace tie your weapons by using a cord and securing the weapon shut and to your body. No live munitions or working firearms.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Kathy Kingman with any ticketing related questions: Kathy@norcalpiratefestival.com

Any other festival related questions may be directed to info@norcalpiratefestival.com

Is my ticket transferrable?

You may give away any unused ticket before the event but you may not transfer the ticket once it is in use (example: two day wristbands are only good for one person.) Plank Owner Club Passes and VIP Passes are non-transferrable.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You may either print your ticket or download your ticket to your smart device. You must have a ticket in one of those formats in order to enter.

This year we will be working with satellite ticket offices. Beginning April 15th you may find general admission tickets and tickets to the Buccaneers Bash at the "Visit Vallejo" office located inside the Vallejo Ferry building. You will be given a ticket at the time of the transaction, please bring it with you to the event. There are no replacements for lost tickets.

What is the refund policy?

The NCPF has a no refund policy. This event is rain or shine. You may upgrade a ticket that has not been used (example, you bought a weekend pass and would like to go to the Buccanners bash. Pay the extra bit and we will upgrade your pass)

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

If your name does not match the name on the account that the ticket was purchased under you will not be able to address any issue should one arise. Only the person who bought the ticket can change anything on the account. However, anyone can enter with a valid ticket.

Does the Plank Owner Membership include admission?

Yes. The plank owner membership comes with one premium pass for each member. Once you purchase your membership you will receive a code that will allow you a discount off a one day admission for your crew. Your membership also allows you to bring a friend and two children into the VIP area with you.

I purchased a plank in a previous year but did not get a discount code. What should I do?

Your active membership will always be renewed at the price you originally paid for it. You must renew every year in order to keep your membership active. You are allowed a one year grace period to keep your membership active-however if you miss more than one year of renewals you will have to purchase a new membership at the current price.
If you are an active member and you have not recieved a code, go to www.norcalpiratefestival.com and find the link that allows you to update your email address.

What should I be paying for a Plank Membership?

Charter Members renew for $50. Charter members originally purchased thier Planks in 2007.

Foundation Members renew for $70 and became members during the years between 2008 and 2012.

Alliance members are new members and 2013-2015 members who renew at the current rate of $95.

Please Note:Plank Memberships sold at the event will incur a $5 fee per plank purchased. Planks purchased at the event are not guaranteed a gift with the purchase of thier plank. Plank Owner Bags will be available at the event while supplies last.

By March 18, 2016 all renewing Plank Members should have recieved an email with thier personalized code to renew and buy discount tickets.

There is no online discount for premium and weekend passes because the online discount is deeper than the plank discount for both passes. At the Gate you will receive your Plank Owner discount by showing your ticket reciept and ID to prove plank ownership. You will recieve a %10 discount at the merchandise booth when you show your credentials.

If you are ordering past the deadline of May 27th, 2016 you will not recieve a T-Shirt. We will will be including a Plank Owner bag along with your Plank. Memberships bought on site will reive a bag for as long as supplies last. Be sure to print your receipt!