Shiver me timbers!
Bring your parrot and eye patch to Oregon in September for the annual Portland Pirate Festival. You’ll witness cannon and sword fight shows, historical reenactments, music by the pirate punk band the Dreadnoughts, and entertainment by jugglers, gypsies, and other scallywags.
Take a hands-on class on historically accurate weapons like arming swords and rapiers, and meet blacksmith Jim Rich, who forged the knives carried by Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) in all three “Pirates of the Caribbean’’ films. The festival earned the Guinness World Record for “the most pirates gathered in one place’’ in 2009, when it drew 1,670 buccaneers. Help the festival reclaim the record this year (it was broken by England’s Brixham Pirate Festival in May).