Published: Aug 26, 2011 12:34 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.-  Starting Friday August 26th and lasting through the  weekend  pirates from every walk of life visit Fishermen's Village to plunder and pillage the local shops, restaurants and pubs at this family and  pet friendly Pirate Festival.
   The 3rd annual Pirate Fest will host a variety of free Pirate Themed activities and events  including swimming mermaids, a fire show, and a  pirate boat parade.
 Admission to this 3 day event is free.
  The Pirate Fest will kick off with free family fun on Friday from 12pm to 6pm.
 Saturday's festivities will be on course from 10am to 8pm.
      One of the hi-lights of the day's events is the Pirate Flotilla and Invasion at 12 noon followed by a black powder weapons demonstration.
    The fun continues on Sunday with more piratical  entertainment throughout the day from11am to 6pm.