While we are sad to see the year pass by so quickly, we are glad that November is finally here as this month brings with it one of Cayman’s favorite national festivals: Pirates Week.

Now in its 40th year of festivities, Pirates Week takes place in Grand Cayman from November 9th -13th. Music, street dances, competitions, games, traditional dishes and drinks and spectacular firework displays, will ensue across these 5 days.

Some highlights to look forward to are the Steel Pan Competition, on Harbor Drive, on November 9th; the fireworks display, November 10th, as well as the Landing Pageant and Float Parade, on November 11th.

During the Landing Pageant, the 'pirates' will invade the island attacking from the sea in Hog Sty Bay in George Town Harbor. Traditionally the Governor is 'captured' and the pirates 'run amok' before being cast off again for another year.

Several fun runs, a Pirate Pooch Parade and a children’s fun day are also on the agenda.

While those who have experienced Pirates Week before will recall a much longer festival, this year the planning committee has condensed the events (but not the fun) into a five-day festival combining the annual district Heritage Days. With all five of Grand Cayman’s districts on show in the heart of George Town, guests will have the chance to explore the Cayman Islands all in one day during the largest Heritage Day event in the islands’ history!

For a full list of events, including how you can get involved, check out the Pirates Week website here.