Downtown to be transformed for pirate, mermaid festival

Downtown Boynton Beach will be transformed into Hobb’s Cove, a bustling old world port brimming with pirate superstitions … shipwrecks off the coast of Boynton Beach and Merlandia, a mysterious oasis where the sirens of the sea lure you into the depths with their song.

It’s almost Halloween, and in Boynton Beach, that means it’s time for the fifth Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash, and that’s how the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency describes what Ocean Avenue will look like.

This year’s free event will starts Friday with a Kick Off concert from 6 to 10 p.m. The festival is Saturday and Sunday.

The concert will be at Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre at 129 E. Ocean Ave. The festival will be along East Ocean Avenue between Seacrest Boulevard and Federal Highway from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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It’s a “unique and entertaining event that combines a renaissance festival, music fest, food fest, and cosplay into an explosive weekend of non-stop fun – making it one of the most anticipated free events in South Florida,” said Christopher Burdick, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s special events coordinator.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Live music
  • Children’s activities including a pirate ship
  • Pirate stunt shows and reenactments
  • Mermaids, magicians and fairies
  • Treasure hunt
  • March of the Mermaids & Mariners walking parade
  • Kids’ costume contest and Mermaid Pageant
  • Food from local restaurants

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And if that’s not enough Halloween-themed fun for this weekend, here’s more:

* The city’s Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center will host its annual Spooktacular: Haunted Schoolhouse on Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per child, with one free accompanying adult. The haunted house is for children ages 3 to 9. The center is at 129 E. Ocean Ave. For information, call 561-742-6780 or visit

* The First United Methodist Church Preschool will host a Trunk or Treat on Friday. The event is 5 to 8 p.m. in the First Avenue parking lot of the church at 101 N. Seacrest Blvd. There will be food trucks, craft vendors, a bounce house, face painting and a costume contest. For information, call 561-732-3435.

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