Pirates in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Pagosa Springs Renaissance & Pirates Festival. Courtesy Photo
All photos courtesy of the Pagosa Springs Renaissance & Pirates Festival and used with permission.

Mermaids, knights in shining armor, craft beer and belly dancing? I am so there! And I will be, because I’m attending the 5th Annual Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival on July 19-21, 2013.

This festival is a fundraiser for the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the town’s 1700 residents have truly embraced this event. Last year more than 2400 people attended the Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival in Town Park.

“It has grown so magically,” says event organizer, Stacy Kirby.

Pagosa Renaissance & Pirates Festival. Courtesy photo
This fest is fun for people big and small.

She has worked hard to keep the festival as authentic as possible, and although we all know that there weren’t mermaids during the renaissance period, Pagosa Springs has one for their magical weekend. Despite her mermaid, Kirby does insist all vendors and performers must fit with the theme of the festival,  and as many of you know, authenticity is one of my measures of a good fest.

This 3-day event turns Town Park into a renaissance village, presided over by sitting royalty. Thunder Mountain Colorado Living History will be there to make sure things stay true to the renaissance theme. This nonprofit is a historical, educational, restoration and re-enactment organization dedicated to re-creation of history and cultural events. In Pagosa, they re-enact the renaissance and teach children what the period was all about.

Baby at the Pagosa Renaissance & Pirates Festival. Courtesy photo
Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat your pirate sword. There will be plenty of food at the Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival.

Crafted with families in mind, children will be endlessly entertained from the moment they arrive at the festival and are given their quest. This quest involves solving eight riddles throughout the day in return for small prizes. Once he or she collects all eight prizes they will win a custom made pirate mug or pirate name tag.

Other children’s entertainment includes Sarah the Mermaid, the Salida Circus, weapons practice and more.

Laughter at the Pagosa Renaissance & Pirates Festival. Courtesy photo
It’s very likely that your child will learn a thing or two at this festival.

In addition to the many activities and vendors, there will be music, magic and theatrical performances throughout the weekend. Pandora Celtica will close out each day of the fest at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Food will include Mediterranean cuisine, turkey legs and other scrumptious items worthy of a king or queen. Beer will be provided by Pagosa’s two breweries, Pagosa Brewing and Riff Raff Brewing.

The Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival is a family friend event that costs only $3 for adults and $2 for youths and children under 48″ are free.   Visit the event website for other information.

We are looking forward to exploring Pagosa Springs during our stay, and these adventures will result in follow-up blog posts about this trip. In the meantime, if you want to join us at the Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival, go to VisitPagosaSprings.com to start planning your trip.


  1. See you’re traveling to Pagosa Springs. Be sure to stop by The Ice Cream Shop on Hwy 160, uptown, next to Citizens Bank by McDonalds. Karen and Dave will love to meet you and tell you all about their HOMEMADE ice creams, gelatos, yummy frozen lemonade (my personal favorite) and to die for HOMEMADE waffle cones. Just so you know, I discovered this place a couple years ago on one of my much needed trips to the mineral springs and fell in love with the grapefruit sorbet! When you stop in, make sure to tell her who you are. Karen is there from 11-5 whipping up fresh, frozen delights on a daily basis. Tell her hi from me!!


    1. Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for the tip!!! I think it’s going to be a weekend that calls for an ice cream stop.

      Grapefruit sorbet? That sounds heavenly.

      Thanks again for the tip!!!

      ~Heidi, the Mayor


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