Annual Pirate Festival Won’t Take Place Due To COVID-19
Published Sept. 22
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger
The sounds of fired cannons echoing off the surrounding hills, of “arrgggg” ringing around the cove and of “I’ll have another Buffalo Milk” from before noon until after midnight will be missing from Two Harbors on Catalina Island the first weekend of October this fall.
That’s because Buccaneer Days won’t take place in 2020. The annual pirate festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.
Buccaneer Days is the most popular day of the year on normally-docile Two Harbors. It’s called “days” because boaters and campers come in one to three days ahead of time to start partying earlier than the hundreds who arrive from Los Angeles aboard the noon ferry.
They all take part in this excuse to party, everyone dressed as pirates and wenches and singing and dancing on the deck of the Harbor Reef bar and out into the surrounding area.
Now, you can expect a few regulars to show up in buccaneer outfits anyway and to spend the day drinking Buffalo Milks at the Harbor Reef. But there is no official events and, due to California restrictions, people must order food in order to get a drink and that’s a bit tricky with timing at Two Harbors because the bar at the Harbor Reef restaurant does not open until after 4 pm.
Plus, the restaurant and bar closes by 8 or 9 p.m., at the latest.
So while there might be a bit of the flavor of Buccaneer Days – even with a few sounds of “argggg” and orders of Buffalo Milks, it sure won’t be anything close to what normally takes place the first Saturday of October on Two Harbors.