Alexandria Bay's Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days

Date Aug 10 - 19, 2019

Alexandria Bay is the proud home of the Famous “Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days.” There are 10 days filled with family fun and special events. Our sword-fighting group, known as the ‘Tales from Remikreh,’ will be performing throughout the Village streets and at various Route 12 locations. Be sure to stop by and visit the Entertainment tent for a list of activities planned for that day.

Bill Johnston was a renegade after the Patriots War, who blew up the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel, hid among the 1000 Islands, and was hunted by both U.S. and Canadian authorities. The annual Bill Johnston’s Pirates Days celebration commemorates some of his exploits. Fill your senses with the sound and spectacle when pirate ships attack the village from the St. Lawrence River, as the brave villagers try to stave them off. The air is filled with smoke and the sound of musket fire and cannon, and eventually the villagers succumb as the pirates invade the town. After the Mayor turns over the key to the village to the invading marauders, everyone becomes a pirate.

The Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce, through the hard work of our members; sponsor all of the above events. You are invited to join in the spirit of Pirate Days and dress as a Pirate, Patriot, or Indian when attending any or all of these events. All times are subject to change. Please check the Event Board at the Entertainment Tent or at the Chamber Office at (315) 482-9531. A band of Sword Fighting Pirates will be available during all 10 days at most events listed for photo opportunities. The Tales from Remikreh group will be throughout the Village so BEWARE! Please see the schedule at the Entertainment Tent for specific locations and times. Check out local merchants for sales of event flags. Most events are free and for the enjoyment of the public.

Schedule of Events is Subject to Change

8/9 Friday:

8:00pm – 10:00pm – Block Dance by Upper James Street Dock

8/10 Saturday:

10:00am – Children’s Crafts at Scenic View Park Pavilion

11:30am – Children’s Parade Lineup at Scenic View Park Pavilion

1:15pm – Capture of Scouting Party at Uncle Sam Boat Tours

2:00pm – Invasion at Scenic View Park Pavilion Pier

4:00pm – Children’s Costume Contest at Scenic View Park Pavilion

8/11 Sunday:

12:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

1:00pm – Children’s Games with the Pirates at Scenic View Park

4:00pm – 5:30pm Children’s Pirate Dress Up and Photo Op at River Walk Entrance

8/12 Monday:

10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise aboard Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Activity at Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration at Scenic View Park

1:00pm – Pirate Games at Entrance to River Walk

3:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

5:00pm – 6:00pm Children’s Pirate Dress Up and Photo Op at River Walk Entrance

8/13 Tuesday:

10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise aboard Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Activity at Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration at Scenic View Park

3:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

8/14 Wednesday:

10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise aboard Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Activity at Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration at Scenic View Park

1:00pm  – 2:30pm – Children’s Pirate Dress Up and Photo Op at Entrance to River Walk

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Reptile Exhibit at Entertainment Area on James Street

3:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Children’s Pirate Dress Up and Photo Op at Entrance to River Walk

7:00pm – FREE Concert in the Park at Scenic View Park Pavilion

Featuring The Midnight Riders

8/15 Thursday:

10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise aboard Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Activity at Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration at Scenic View Park

3:00pm – Pirate Skit with Tales of Remikreh at Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:00pm – Pirate Skit with Tales of Remikreh at Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

4:30pm – 6:30pm – Pirate Meet & Greet – Free Admission!!

at Scenic View Park Pavilion Sponsored by Heron Hill Winery

  • Live Entertainment
  • Wine Tastings with Heron Hill Winery
  • Children’s Pirate Dress Up and Photo Ops with the Pirates

5:00pm-7:00pm – Pirate Scavenger Hunt at Alex Bay Big M! Pirate Photo Op

Complete the scavenger hunt for a prize!

8/16 Friday:

10:00am – Little Pirate Adventure Cruise aboard Uncle Sam Boat Tours

11:00am – Pirate Activity at Scenic View Park Pavilion

12:00pm – Archaic Weapons Demonstration at Scenic View Park

1:00pm – Pirate Games at Entrance to River Walk

2:00pm – 5:00pm – Birds of Prey Exhibit at Entertainment Area on James Street

3:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Uncle Sam Boat Tours

4:00pm – Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh at Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza

8:00pm – Block Dance on James Street between Skiffs and Downtown @ 11 James

8/17 Saturday:

10:00am – Children’s Boats & Treasure Chest Crafts at Scenic View Park Pavilion

11:30am – Children’s Parade Line-up at Scenic View Park

11:45am – Children’s Parade Through Downtown

1:15pm – Capture of the Pirate Scouting Party at Uncle Sam Boat Tours

2:00pm – Pirate Invasion at Scenic View Park Pavilion Pier

4pm – Children’s Pirate Dress Up and Photo Op at Entrance to River Walk

8/18 Sunday:

11:00am – Live Drill & Demonstration by the Brockville Infantry

2:00pm – Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days Grand Parade (winners announced after the parade)