Pirates -- and wannabe pirates -- will gather in downtown Greenville April 7-8 for the 11th annual PirateFest.

 The spring street festival will include a free all-ages concert by Rusted Root, a pirate encampment on the Town Common with demonstrations, a grog garden, a pirate costume contest for kids (and dogs) of all ages, pirate entertainers, carnival rides, arts and food vendors, BMX shows and live mermaids.

 Acoustic fusion band Rusted Root, whose song "Send Me On My Way" has a cult following, will perform at 5 p.m. April 8 at the Town Common Amphitheatre, 100 First St. along the Tar River. Opening act, Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey, will take the stage at 3 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.

 Booths with arts and crafts, activities, food vendors and stages with live music will be set up along Evans Street, from the Town Common on First Street to Five Points Plaza at Fifth and Evans streets.

 Free activities include kayak rides on the Tar River, rides in a Greenville Utilities bucket truck, an inflatable pirate ship for children and a fossil dig.

 For a complete schedule of events, click here.

 Photos from PirateFest Facebook page.