Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days

It has been officially declared the weekend of July 20th through the 22nd as “Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Weekend”. All citizens and visitors are encouraged to participate in the festivities.

Mission: SML Pirate Days is a  community event platform that everyone (residents, businesses and visitors) can participate in.  The theme is simple and ‘family friendly’.  It provides a great way for area businesses to connect their marketing efforts to create a memorable Smith Mountain Lake experience.


Bridgewater Plaza, Route 122, Halesford Bridge

  • Bridgewater Marina – Treasure Hunt, WSLK Live Radio Remote, Giveaways & more
  • Reading with Noah – Children’s Pirate weekend
  • Lake House Beanery – Official Pirate T-shirts for sale
  • Mangos – Pirate themed weekend, music by Dragonfly
  • Gifts Ahoy, Bridgewater Sportswear and Fun ‘n’ Games – 1st 200 children in the door will receive free Pirate stuff


Come dressed in any kind of Pirate Attire, model for us and we will give you $1.00 off any sandwich at Portside per person or $1.00 off per person on a cruise for that weekend. Sunday, we will have a best dressed Pirate Contest. The Best Pirate costume will get either a Gift Certificate for 2 lunches from Portside, or 2 Sightseeing Passes for the Virginia Dare.

Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas

Pirates on the Alpaca Farm!!! Dress like a pirate and get a free Treasure Map! Pirate treasure hunt amongst the alpacas. Know your Pirate facts and also learn about Alpaca facts! Every child who turns in their map gets a prize from the treasure chest of goodies! Pirate games all around the farm, vendors and crafts, demonstrations and Pirate music. $3 pp all ages on Saturday only! 12-5pm, Smith Mountain Lake Farm, Morewood Rd, Hardy, VA

Pirate Essentials – easy to find & order online

  • FLAG!   Skull and crossbones
  • Yard signs
  • Eye Patch (kids love em)
  • Doubloons
  • Pirate Bandannas, tattoos, hats, stickers, swords
  • Goodie bags, treasure maps
  • Treasure chests filled with toy assortment
  • Toothpick pirate flags – great idea for food service
  • Pirate Pins
  • Telescopes
  • Jolly Roger Flag Pennant Streamers
  • Decals

Pirate ideas:

  • Put a Pirate Flag out in front of your business
  • If you have an electronic sign – find a Pirate image to post
  • Any sign – ‘Welcome Matey’s’
  • Lakeside business/residents can transform a dock or boat into a pirate place.

Business Ideas:

  • Employees wear Pirate hats, T-shirts; Talk like a Pirate
  • Restaurants: Pirate theme food/beverages  like ‘grog’, Pirate Bites; Nuggets,
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Coupons

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