Pirates Festival

July 7-10, 2016

Race Results

Race results from our Pirates Festival 8k run, 5k run and 5k walk can be found here, along with some photos from the finish line. Stay tuned for more photos on our Facebook page in the coming days. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s races!


Ahoy, mateys! Welcome to the 2016 Pirates Festival! This year’s festival will be the biggest Pirates Festival yet and will feature a treasure trove of activities including the Land & Sea Treasure Hunt, 5k run/walk, 8k road race, Little Matey youth races, Fire in the Hole Cornhole Tournament, Pirates Night Out, Buccanneer Breakfast, Captain’s Chicken Dinner, Land & Sea Treasure Hunt, a sand sculpture competition featuring 12 professional sand sculpting teams, an amateur sand sculpting competition, a two-day youth sand sculpting workshop, a rum and beer tent, live music featuring The Ark Band, Shake!, The Bay City Steelers, Treasure Island pirate games and crafts, activities and contests, post-race live entertainment featuring the Ark Band, and much more!

All proceeds from the Pirates Festival support the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA’s Strong Community Movement. The Dow Bay Area Family YMCA’s Strong Community Movement has given over $700,000 back to our community since 2011, and in the last year it made it possible for over 1,400 people in our community to become Y members, enroll in camps, join youth sports leagues, and have a safe place to learn and build confidence through child care and after-school programs.

5k, 8k and Little Matey Race Registration

All race registrations must now be made in person at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA or over the phone.

You can download the registration form and bring it back here to the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, call 989.895.8596.

All 5k and 8k race registrations include a “Pick Your Poison” drink ticket that can be redeemed in our Rum & Beer Tent for water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages after the races are complete on Sunday, July 10. Participants must be 21 or older to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Additionally, all Little Matey race registrations include a ticket to our Buccaneer Breakfast, which takes place on Saturday, July 9 from 9am-noon.

Register Now

Race Courses


Once again, participants in our 5k and 8k road races will be able raise money for the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA’s Strong Community Movement through our FirstGiving page. How does it work? Easy! Register yourself or create a team by clicking “Join Now” here to create your account. From there, your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and anyone else can pledge their support for you as a runner or walker in our Pirates races! Donating through FirstGiving is fast, easy and totally secure, so challenge your fellow race participants to see who can raise the most money for a great cause! Visit our FirstGiving page at https://www.firstgiving.com/PiratesFestival/2016 for more information.

As an added bonus, your race registration fee will be waived if you raise over $100 for the Pirates Festival on FirstGiving. There are also great incentive levels and prizes for those who raise specific dollar amounts, so sign up today!

Schedule of Events

Check out the great weekend of events we have planned for the 2016 Pirates Festival. Dates and times are subject to change, so check back for the most up-to-date information.


Land & Sea Treasure Hunt | 7pm | $35

Take to the land & sea on this exciting adventure throughout the pool and the building. Registration includes 2 adult and 2 youth passes to the Buccaneer Breakfast.


Fire in the Hole Cornhole Tournament | 6pm | $40 per team ($45 day of) Prizes will be awarded to the First and Second place teams in a double elimination format. Music, a rum tent, and food will also be available. Entry fee includes drink tickets. Everyone is welcome to attend to eat, drink, and cheer on the players.

Fire in the Hole Cornhole Tournmanent Registration

Pirates Photobooth | 6-10pm | Free
Take a selfie with your mateys and some fun pirate props.

Pirates Night Out | 6-9pm | $15 per child or $25 per family

Calling all parents! Drop your children off at the Y for some well-deserved time off. Kids are encouraged to come dressed like a pirate for there will be pirate themed games, crafts, and unlimited pizza for all. Be sure to pack your swimsuit for there will also be pirate activities in the pool for those 5 years and older. Children ages 2 months to 12 years welcome.

Rum and Beer Tent | 5-midnight | Free Admission
Food and concessions | 5-11pm
Karaoke and Live DJ entertainment | 6-midnight


Buccaneer Breakfast | 9am-noon | Youth $4 ($5 day of) & Adult $7 ($8 day of)

Calling all buccaneers! Join us for our pirate filled breakfast, the menu will include black pearl blueberry pancakes, sand dollar traditional pancakes, sausage, whole fruit, scrambled eggs, juice, milk, and coffee.

Little Matey Races | 9:30am | See race registration for pricing
Treasure Island Games & Crafts | 10am-4pm | Free
Bay City Steelers: Steel Drum Band | 10am-1pm | Free
Amateur and Professional Sand Sculpture Competition |All day | Free

Watch as 12 teams of professional and amateur sculptors create spectacular pirate themed masterpieces from sand.

Youth Sand Sculpting Workshop | Noon-6pm

New this year your little mateys can learn how to create their own sand art from the carving masters during our Youth Sand Sculpting Workshop!

Captain’s Chicken Dinner | 3pm | $8 per meal ($10 day of)

Join the Captain for a special treat as we all listen to island beats, partake in refreshments from the rum tent, and prepare for Sunday’s big race! The menu will include 1/2 of a Caribbean jerk or garlic herb chicken, steak house potato salad, coleslaw, and cornbread. Dine in or carry out.

Food and concessions | All day
Rum and Beer Tent | Noon-midnight | Free Admission

Live music featuring Shake! | 3-6pm | Free Admission

Musical Islands Bake Walk | 4-7pm | A pirate-themed spin on a traditional cake walk

Jolly Roger’s Euchre Tournament | 4-7pm | $15 | Progressive euchre tournament, includes Captain’s Chicken Dinner and drink ticket

Jolly Roger’s Euchre Tournmanent Registration

Live music featuring The Ark Band | 7-11pm | Free Admission

Pirates Night Out | 6-9pm | $15 per child or $25 per family


Live DJ entertainment | 7:30-9am
5k & 8k races | 8am | See registration for pricing
Treasure Island Games & Crafts | 9am | Free
Rum and Beer Tent | Opens at 8am | Free Admission
Pirates Photobooth | 8am | Free
Take a selfie with your mateys and some fun pirate props.
Sand Sculpture Exhibition | All day | Free

Youth Sand Sculpting Workshop | 8am-2pm

New this year your little mateys can learn how to create their own sand art from the carving masters during our Youth Sand Sculpting Workshop!

Food and concessions | All day
Admiral After Party | After the race | Free

Be sure to join us at the finish line for music, adult beverages, soft drinks, food, the awards ceremony, live music from the Ark Band and more

Live Music featuring  the Ark Band | 9am-2pm | Free Admission