We followed the guidance of the Google Gal, and then the line of cars hoping to find parking at the Northwest Pirate Festival. It was after noon by the time we arrived from the Portland area, so parking was at a premium. We kept asking for disabled parking, and finally a guy showed us a spot through the employee gate where he said we could park. We made a side trip to the restroom, then down the paved road to the gravel parking and gate to the event below. Beside the parking, half the event was graveled with huge cobbles, so that it took vigilance as well as my motor to get me through the least worst parts. We saw some other disabled folk in wheelchairs, some manual, accompanied by care givers. I don't know how they managed.
The Northwest Pirate Festival was held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503--between Long Lake and Hicks Lake. Long Lake Park is next to the Fairgrounds, Wanschers Park is on the west side of Hicks Lake. Both offer trails & picnicking, swimming offered at Long Lake Park, fishing at Wanschers Park. Woodland Creek Community Park at 6729 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503--west of Carpenter Rd, where you turn off Pacific Ave SE to get to the Fairgrounds--looks like a great family-friendly place with lots of amenities.
Just past the entrance to Thurston County Fairgrounds is Boat Launch St, for the boat ramp on Long Lake.
Northwest Pirate Festival, Lacey WA
Vendors--period costumes & accoutrements, jewelry & crafts, hair braiding, fortune telling, storytelling, massage on the spot, weaponry . . . and food!
The Crow's Nest--pub and performances
Bonnie's Roost performers
No Quarter Arena--Boom Pirates shows & Raptor Events
Pirate Connections at home and abroad
I got all enthused about Pirate Food and Pirate stories, and the related topics of ships, the ocean, and other stories of the high seas . . . so here's what we did for the weekend, and some further pursuits:
What Did Pirates Eat at Sea?’
The romanticization of bad guys, like pirates, highwaymen, the mafia . . . continues . . .
I attended the Oregon Renaissance Faire on a Pirate themed day (though much of the Faire was similar for all three weekends), see
I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.