BELFAST — The Back and Forth will stage a pirate takeover of the city Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Belfast Harbor dock on the breakwater starting at 10 a.m., featuring Pirate Jack and his ragtag crew, city Mayor Eric Sanders, City Councillors Mary Mortier and Mike Hurley, and others.

The event is free to all. Participants are invited to join the fun as The Back and Forth and Milady arrive, amid cannon fire, the boat filled with pirates. The pirates will meet with Mayor Sanders and demand that he hand over the city or pay them in loot to keep them at bay. In case he refuses, the crew needs local little pirates to help secure the loot!

The Back and Forth will recruit young pirates and offer full pirate training. Eye patches will be awarded to all pirate school attendees and then, strengthened by reinforcements, the crew will meet with the mayor once again to convince him to hand over the city or the loot.

Training includes sword fighting, sea shanty singing, treasure map making, plank walking and more. Young pirate wannabees are encouraged to arrive dressed for pirate recruitment. The event will run until 1 p.m.

The Back and Forth is a traditional wooden lobster boat that offers daily jaunts around the bay and extra special experiences morning, afternoon and evening. For more information, visit and

This event is supported by The Game Loft and Waterfall Arts. Waterfall Arts has created a mapmaking activity and scavenger hunt for creative pirates and art adventurers for the pirate takeover day.