Our next event (when it happens) will be the 7th Sometimes-Annual
Iowa-Minnesota Pirate Festival
#Safe4Kids & Fun4Grownups

Where & When

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  • Captains (grown-up) – $TBA
  • First Mates (age 8-14) – $TBA
  • Cabin Tots (7 and under) – Free
  • X-tra Day – $TBA

What & Why

A weekend of family-friendly piratey fun with entertainment, food and shopping. Because pirates.

Costumes welcome (and encouraged, for more fun)! Plus, there will be costume contests! So, there’s that…

A two-day family-fun experience that is safe for kids and fun for grownups! We may be pirates, but we promise to be mindin’ our manners this weekend. We strive to keep every act kid-friendly with no parental guidance warnings needed at this event!

Explore a village marketplace full of unique merchants. Be entertained by performers from around the land. Have a bite to eat or quench your thirst in our food court. Meet and interact with colorful characters from parts unknown. It’s the most unique live entertainment shopping food experience around.

Where To Stay

Please consider supporting our lodging sponsor:

Super8 by Wyndham Clear Lake
2809 4th Avenue South
Clear Lake, IA 50428
(641) 357-7521

Best Western Holiday Lodge
2023 7th Avenue North
Clear Lake, IA 50428
(800) 528-1234


Costume Policy: Yes, please! Just keep it family friendly. There will be kids around. (That includes you, cosplayer who plans to come as a sexy Star Trek ensign.)

Outside Food & Drink Policy: Beyond special needs, please don’t. Our food and drink merchants need to make gas money so they can sail back home Sunday night. We reserve the right to confiscate and drink any rum you attempt to sneak in.

Weaponry Policy: Swords and other weaponry must be peace tied. Cannons must remain unloaded and will be inspected at the front gate.

Festival History

  • 2012 – August 10-12 in PM Park, Clear Lake, IA.
  • 2013 – August 9-11 in PM Park, Clear Lake, IA.
  • 2014 – August 9-10 in PM Park, Clear Lake, IA.
  • 2017 – August 12-13 in Morehouse Park, Owatonna, MN. (Co-produced with David “Snake” Lorton)
  • 2018 – August 11-12 in Morehouse Park, Owatonna, MN. (Produced by David “Snake” Lorton)
  • 2021 – September 11-12 in PM Park, Clear Lake, IA.

See Also

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