Pirates’ Call Of ‘Surrender The Booty’ Now Means Tickets & Wristbands
The joyous, fun and silly pirates’ call is what’s being said when people are now forking over $45 to go to the darned thing. You read that right – forty-five dollars! (Okay, it’s $35 if you get tickets before Friday but still, this is insane.)
The only way this event is worth $45 is if Jimmy Buffett were playing. And he’s not; just a DJ and a party/cover band. Buccaneer Days, held the first weekend of each October in Two Harbors, is nothing more than a kind of beer garden featuring guys in pirate costumes and girls dressed as wenches partying primarily on the deck of an outdoor bar.
Yet organizers have taken this once-fun event and turned it into a greedy grab for money. The almighty dollar prevails on the remote outpost of Two Harbors! The Buccaneer Days organizers have taken this pirates’ pillaging and plundering thing to a whole new – and low – level.
This policy is in effect not just the main day of Saturday but Friday, as well. Starting at about noon each day, if you don’t have a wristband, you’re essentially booted off the island.
Not only that, but the attitude has changed. It used to be a super-social event where everyone was laughing, drinking and talking with fellow pirates and wenches. Now, there seems to be a lot of stone faces; it just isn’t as friendly as in the past.
There’s also security personnel everywhere and while the staffers are nice, their mere presence makes for an uneasy feeling, as if you’ve got to be on constant alert for some expected trouble. Previously, they faded into the background and were hardly noticed.
It’s not like the place is starving for funds. The bar charges for the drinks – it’s signature Buffalo Milk drink is $10 and they sell them by the thousands on the weekend – and of course there’s the money from food at the casual food station or the fairly high-priced Harbor Reef Restaurant.
What do you get for your $45, other than to be among a crowd of people dressed as pirates and wenches? Nothing, really. There’s nothing included; the cost is simply to get into the area, which is now blocked off and accessible only through a pair of entry points.
It’s simply not worth the cost. And it’s more than the fact it costs about the same as a good beer or wine festival which, of course, includes all your drinks. It’s the cost in getting there in the first place. The R/T ferry ride is $72 from San Pedro and it’s at least $20 to get to and from the ferry from home. Add on the $45 to get into Buccaneer Days and you’ve spent close to $150 before you’ve even had a your first Buffalo Milk.
There’s far better places and events to spend your money in Los Angeles than Buccaneer Days.
PubClub.com, which not too long ago spent several consecutive years at Buccaneer Days, had not been since this policy was implemented. We had heard some talk of “tickets,” but we scoffed at the notion, figuring people didn’t know what they were taking about when it came to Buccaneer Days.
After all, why would they charge and also who the heck would go if they did charge for it? By charging – and at such an outrageous price too – the organizers have ruined this one-time fun party, which was previously a true Los Angeles Bucket List event.
If the goal is to keep people away from Buccaneer Days for some reason, then the organizers have succeeded in spectacular fashion. Prior to the selling of tickets, boaters needed to be in Two Harbors by Thursday afternoon to get a mooring ball in the main harbor. In 2016, there were still a few balls available on Saturday morning.
It seems this event is now chasing away the very people that made it such as success in the beginning and for so many years – the boaters.
PubClub, and several long-time veterans we know, will not be going back ever again, or at least at long as they are charging to get into it.