Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1) I want to bring my children, is Tortuga a family friendly event?

Tortuga is an event for people age 18 and over.  For a family friendly event, we suggest SeaDog Nights and Gypsy Carnival.  Folks age 18-20 must have someone age 25 or older sign a waiver upon arrival to be responsible for them to ensure that they will not be consuming alcohol.  This is how we can keep our event 18 and over instead of 21 and over.  Thank you for your co-operation.

2) Are pets allowed at your event?

Yes! You may bring your pets to Tortuga! What we expect is that you act like the responsible pet owner we know you are. Keep pets on a leash or in a pen / kennel; make sure your pet has had all its proper immunizations, and that they have enough food, water and shade for the weekend!


3) Can I drink the water on site?

Yes, the water is technically potable, but it does not taste super awesome.  We recommend that you bring in your own drinking water or a good filter.


4) What do I need to get into the gate?

If you pre-registered, please bring your state-issued ID.
If you are not pre-registered, please bring your state-issued ID, and your gate fee.  The friendly gate staff will be there to assist you.


5) Is there RV camping?

There is RV camping in a designated RV camping area at the front of the site.  If you wish to camp with the rest of the populace, you must bring an approved ‘dragon cover’ so as to not impose on the immersion aspect of our event.  Contact us for more information.


6) What is Immersion?

Immersion means that we are creating a themed community of pirates and gypsies for a few days so we can leave the mundane world behind.  This means dressing in pirate or gypsy garb for the duration of the event, leaving cars in the parking lot, minimal use of technology like phones, perhaps even taking on a pirate / gypsy persona or name for the duration of the event.  You might set up a themed or period encampment or eat and drink themed or period food.

Immersion is what makes us different from a renaissance faire type event.  You won’t see tourists walking around in khaki shorts and flip flops – you will see a fantasy pirate and gypsy community created and maintained for a weekend complete with its own currency and government.


7) How do I stay safe at the event?

Please mark your guylines with flags or fluorescent markers to prevent accidental tripping.

This event is during the hotter part of the year, and has seen triple degree temperatures at times. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated.

Wear sunblock! It’s normally intensely hot, and people *will* burn rapidly, particularly if they’re used to the spectacular lack of direct sunshine that is part of living in the Pacific Northwest. Stay in the shade when possible.

This is an outdoor event; with outdoor events you must expect insects such as ants, bees, wasps, and hornets. The insects that could be on site are not limited to the ones listed here. If you are allergic to bee or wasp stings, it is *highly* recommended that you bring along the appropriate medication. The chiurgeon has only a very limited supply of ointments and salves; do not count on his or her supply to provide for your injury.

Need Help?
If you need assistance, please feel free to talk to anyone with a yellow sash (constabulary / security), or anyone with a belt favor that says STAFF on it.  We are there to assist you and to help you have a safe and fun event!


8) Can I have a campfire?

First and foremost, state and local regulations concerning fires must be followed. If there is a burn ban in effect, fires will not be allowed. If there is no burn ban in effect, strict guidelines set forth by the site owner must be followed. Failure to follow said guidelines may result in being asked to leave and a fine of $100 US currency (not dog pounds). This being stated, the following are the guidelines:

  • No fires are allowed without a permit. (Contact the Constable to arrange an inspection by a site Fire Marshall)
  • Permits are given without fee.
  • Ask your Constable for your Fire Permits.
  • All fires must be 18 inches above ground or 12 inches with a ground shield.
  • All fires must be attended, whether enclosed or not. Unattended fires will be extinguished immediately.
  • Tiki torches may be allowed, but with the same requirements as camp fires.
  • No fires of any kind inside the tree line! (with the exception of gas cooking fires).
  • Fires must be in an open area with the limbs of a tree no closer than 10 feet.

9) Can I smoke marijuana or cigarettes?

Tortuga Pirate Festival will abide by Measure 91 in regards to consumption of Marijuana.  Details can be found here.

Use common sense and be courteous when smoking cigarettes or marijuana.  Check with your neighbors as to whether any of them have any allergies to the smoke.  Be respectful in regards to minors in your immediate area.

We ask that you not smoke in crowded areas during official Tortuga events like Court.  We will make an announcement at the beginning of these events.

Smoking guidelines in private encampments are at the discretion of the camp owner.  If you go into someone else’s encampment and they are smoking, that is their choice, and you may choose to leave.  If you choose for your encampment to be smoke free, you may ask smokers to leave your private encampment.  Respect goes both ways.

Do NOT throw your cigarette butts on the ground.  We will provide butt cans in multiple areas around site for you to throw your butts in, or throw them in the trash, something;  anywhere but the ground of our beautiful site.