The Swashbuckler's Ball


What time do I need to be at the Ball?

Doors for VIP attendees are at 7:00 PM. Doors for General Admission attendees are at 8:00 PM. If you have purchased a ticket, you WILL get into the event. There is no need to line up early. The weather will likely be quite cold, and our venue doesn’t have sufficient space to keep everyone warm before the gates open. If you’re looking for a place to wait until the SwashBall gates open, the Loyal Legion will be open all evening and is located just across the street from the Melody Ballroom. Or, you can visit our friends at Bar 33 Brooklyn, which is located just a short jaunt south from the Melody Ballroom.

I bought a ticket! Will there be a will-call? Do I need to bring my ticket?

You DO need to bring your ticket (either printed or on your smartphone) with you to the event. If you bought/received a ticket for this event (VIP or GA), you should have received that ticket via email. Bring your ticket as we do NOT have a “will-call” or gate list!

If you have purchased a VIP table package, you will receive a separate email that includes individual tickets for your each seat at your table.  Please ensure that every attendee at your table has an individual ticket! This will allow each table attendee to arrive and check-in at the Ball individually. Once you arrive, your ticket will be scanned and you will receive your packet of VIP tokens and swag. Huzzah!

I still haven’t purchased my ticket. What are my options?

Advance ticket sales will end on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 5:00 PM PST. General Admission tickets will be sold at the door on Saturday, starting at 8:00pm for a cost of $30 each. Please note that amounts of available tickets may be limited. VIP tickets are available for pre-purchase only and are very limited. Tickets are on sale now at Ticket Tomato.

I’m in town early! Are pirates gathering someplace on Friday for a warmup party?

Mate, we’ve got you covered! Join us, PDXYAR and the scurvy pirates of (What’s left of) The Dread Ship Outrageous Fortune, at Bar 33 Brooklyn on Friday, November 10th. From 8pm until 10pm you can partake in grog, shanties, piratical shenanigans and of course- GLORY!

Special bonus for SwashBall VIP ticket holders! Bring your VIP ticket and check in early! We’ll have VIP tokens and wristbands at the event, so you can check in early and grab your swag, allowing you to skip the line at SwashBall!

Don’t have a SwashBall ticket yet? No problem! This event is open to everyone! We’ll also be selling discounted tickets to The 2017 Swashbuckler’s Ball at the pre-party, in case you haven’t yet secured your pass to Portland’s grand pirate prom!

This a 21+ event


Does the venue accept credit cards?

Credit cards will be accepted for ticket sales at the front gate as well as for bar and raffle ticket purchases.

Where is the Ball this year?

The Swashbuckler’s Ball is being held at the Melody Ballroom located at 615 SE Alder St.
Portland, Oregon.

Can I wear a piratical weapon as part of my costume?

Piratical weapons as part of your costume are welcome. Replica firearms must not be loaded and there is no black powder allowed on the premises in any form. All blades will be peace-tied by security upon entrance to the Ball. A drawn weapon of any kind will result in immediate expulsion from the event, with no refund.

Does the venue have wheelchair/handicap access?

The Melody Ballroom utilizes a stair climbing machine to assist those with handicaps to access the ballroom.

Will there be a coat check?

Yes, there will be a coat check on site. The cost of checking your coat is $1. Exact change is appreciated!

Will you have a photo booth this year?

Yes! We are pleased to have that this year we will once again have both a Photo Booth and a Slow Camera Photo Booth.

Is there an age restriction for this event?

The Swashbuckler’s Ball is a 21 and over event.

Is there food?

Each VIP attendee will have access to a tasty buffet, served up by the Melody Ballroom in the exclusive Admiralty Pub. Also VIP drink tickets can only be redeemed at a special bar in the Admiralty Pub, brought to you by Cruzan Rum, Three Mugs Brewing, and Seven Sails Vineyard.

There will be vended food available for purchase at this year’s event. We will have food for available for purchase in the Crow’s Nest.

A Note About Safety and Security

The management and staff of the Swashbuckler’s Ball makes every attempt to provide a safe secure environment for your “grand night out”. However, individuals are reminded that they are responsible for all personal items brought to the event. Personal valuables should not be left on tables or in the seating areas at any time. Should you need to a place to secure an item, please use the coat check, or simply leave the item at home.

Furthermore, we strive to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all. We would like to remind everyone neither Corsets, Costumes nor COSPLAY are Consent. Yes, we are all pirates, but be respectful to each other.