Every year in August, Main Street is closed to through traffic and the Rum Festival happens. This pirate themed event brings locals and visitors out to celebrate, well, RUM! What a great idea! Some professional pirates were afoot, but everyone is invited to get in the spirit and put their pirate gear on Along with vendors selling eye-patches and day glow mo-hawk wigs, there’s great music, great food, dancing, and did I mention, rum!
Bring your walking shoes for this event. Main Street may only be a few blocks long, but some areas of sidewalk and street are paved with decorative, some older, bricks. Plus you’ll want to make the rounds from Boot Hill Saloon to A1A. Bands are scattered along the street, in this out door venue, so are the bar stands and food carts. The music is mostly Rock, but there was also a DJ playing dance music while people were line dancing in the street.
Every Saturday during the summer, Fireworks are set off the Main Street Pier. This was a great addition to the already upbeat festival. Between the rainbow and the fireworks, it was a beautiful evening. The Rum Festival starts at 7 and goes on until about 11 or so, the clubs stay open longer, of course. While I did see some kids there dancing, I don’t recommend it for small children for obvious reasons. It’s free to the public, but be careful not to park in a tow away zone. We parked at The Peabody. It was $5.00, but we knew our car was safe, and it was within steps of the action.