DO Delaware: Kalmar Nyckel tour, Pirate bash, yacht rock concert on tap Memorial Day weekend

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Pirate celebration is back

A Memorial Day favorite for fans of swashbuckling and looting will return via the 10th annual Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash.

This two-day pirate affair will include period and craft vendors, live pirate music, demonstrations in black powder and sword fights, along with treasure and scavenger hunts, a pirate costume contest, petting zoo, a boat ride on Sunday and tasty food, according to press materials for the event.

The family-friendly Buccaneers Bash will take you on a First State adventure around the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum (3357 Main St., Frederica) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more info, visit Bowers Beach Maritime Museum on Facebook or (302) 222-6341.

Cruise on a yacht rock

In case you missed Boat House Row’s rocking concert in Delaware nearly two months ago, you’ll get another bite at the musical apple this weekend.

Imagine sipping Champagne, wearing pink polo shirts and listening to mellow, soft rock. Boat House Row is all about conjuring that kind of vibe branded as “yacht rock,” which was created in Southern California between the 1970s and '80s. Among the One the most popular yacht rock alum are Philly legends Hall & Oates.

Thanks to Boat House Row, audiences will set sail to relaxing melodies at the Milton Theatre (110 Union St., Milton) at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30. Visit miltontheatre.com or (302) 684-3038.

Cool crafts on tap

Folks can get an early start on shopping for Father’s Day or even Christmas at the Delaware By Hand Outdoor Artisan Market.

The event features items made from various media including jewelry, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, photography, fiber, sculpture, baskets, prints, paintings and more, according to Delawarebyhand.org.

Guests can ring in the summer by getting their shop on at Zwaanendael Park (102 Kings Highway, Lewes) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more info, visit delawarebyhand.org.

NatGeo-approved ship tour

Fourth graders from Forwood Elementary School got to sail along the Christina River on board of the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica ship that brought Swedish settlers to Wilmington in 1638, while learning about the history of Swedish brought over on the original ship in 1638.
Fourth graders from Forwood Elementary School got to sail along the Christina River on board of the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica ship that brought Swedish settlers to Wilmington in 1638, while learning about the history of Swedish brought over on the original ship in 1638.

Have you ever boarded the deck of the world-famous Kalmar Nyckel, the tall ship of Delaware? That might change this weekend.

A free deck tour of the ship will be offered. This Delaware icon is a big deal in more ways than one. The mighty vessel was featured in the NatGeo documentary “Return of the Ghost Ship.”

The Kalmar Nyckel will host its deck tour at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard (1124 E. Seventh St., Wilmington) from noon to 4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free. For more info, visit kalmarnyckel.org or (302) 429-7447.   

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This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Kalmar Nyckel, Buccaneer Bash host Delaware's Memorial Day weekend