Schedule of Events and Activities

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The Festival grounds at the Landing will open at 3 pm on Friday, May 31st, a “Defense of the City” demonstration by Reed’s Raiders will commence at 6:00 pm. Capt. Billy and his Krewe will dock at the Landing around 7 pm for his reconnaissance mission and a skirmish with the Mayor Dick Rynearson and Reed’s Raiders. Make sure to stick around for the biggest fireworks display of the season at 9pm sponsored by Sunrise City Church.



Start the day of with the 45th Annual Billy Bowlegs 5K at 7:30am. Visit ( for registration details.

On Saturday, June 1, the Festival grounds will open at 11 am. The day will be filled with pirate revelry and music, followed by the Pirates’ Landing between 2 - 3 pm. Let’s see if Mayor Rynearson will have success in repelling Capt. Billy’s invasion this year.

Throughout the Festival, there will be entertainment on the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center main stage featuring local favorite Captain Davy and others. There will be a large kids’ Pirate Play Zone sponsored by Kid's Discovery! Kids’ bracelets, allowing unlimited access to all the children’s attractions, will be $15 per day for Friday and Saturday. Attractions will include the rock wall, Euro-Bungee, and Space Walk of Fort Walton and Crestview interactive attractions. And returning this year! The RPM Community Carnival featuring interactive carnival games that will delight children and adults.


And what better way to finish the Bowlegs festivities than the biggest parade on the Emerald Coast! The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade, sponsored by Step One Automotive Group, on Monday, June 3, at 7 pm. The parade floats will wend their way from First Street up Eglin Parkway, with crowds screaming for beads and throws from the festive floats, sponsored by local businesses and organizations, all themed with a nautical spirit. The pirates and their visiting Mardi Gras krewe cohorts always inspire the loudest cheers and applause.

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