Pirate Invasion 5K

The Pirate Invasion of Long Beach 5K will kick off the festival at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way.

An invasion is coming this way.

Alfredo's Beach Club's Pirate Invasion and Mermaid Festival will take over Shoreline Village for another weekend of pirate-themed fun this weekend.

It's the event's 12th year in Long Beach, and the third year without Alferdo's Beach Club founder Fred Khammar. 

But the show must go on, and Khammar's daughter, Jesel Ortloff is still following in her father's footsteps. Last year, she announced that the invasion was expanding to include both Shoreline Village and Shoreline Aquatic Park, and with the help of Long Beach Transit, a water taxi will be available to ferry guests between the two.

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Moon Mermaid had story time for kids with the help of Captain Jack Spareribs at a previous Pirate Invasion of Long Beach event.

And that's the case this year too. Mermaids will be visiting the shore and spending time with pirates and visitors, while the Royal Spanish Court looks for the next Duke and Duchess on the main stage.

And costumes are encouraged.

There will be costume contests for adults and children who arrive dressed as swashbuckling buccaneers or mermaids, as well as a treasure trove of prizes set aside for the winners.

Actors from the Order of Leviathan will be dressed up and in character for the duration of the festival, with set performances and sword fights scheduled all weekend long. The Captain Jack Spareribs show is expected to return, and of course, bring the rum.

As for parking, there are plenty of paid options.

The Queen Mary offers space for parking at $18 per day with free shuttle rides to Shoreline Aquatic Park. For $15 per day, guests can park at the Long Beach Convention Center parking lot at Pine Avenue and Seaside Way. The Aquarium of the Pacific parking garage charges by the hour with a cap of $16 per day.

For people riding their bikes to the party, a free bike valet service will be available.

The Aqualink is another option at just $5 each way from Alamitos Bay Landing. Each trip might feature a pirate passenger or two. To view the water taxi schedule or to purchase Aqualink tickets, go to ridelbt.com/aqualink.

VIP tickets are available starting at $50 and include access to private tent areas, a T-shirt and drink vouchers. Call 562-522-0484 to purchase a VIP ticket.

On Saturday, before the pirates are scheduled to invade at 10 a.m., guests can dress up and run at the Pirate Invasion of Long Beach 5K happening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way.

The cost is $40 for individuals and $80 for families (includes tickets for two adults and two children 10 years and younger). All finishers will receive pirate booty swag. Go to maxouteventslb.com for tickets.

But in traditional Alfredo's fashion, the two-day festival is free to attend, with food and beverages available for purchase.

The pirates will be sailing into Shoreline Park and Shoreline Village from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30. For more information, go to pirateinvasionlongbeach.com.

Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at sstutzman@gazettes.com.

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