The Downtown Milford Business Association is kicking off summer with the 15th Annual Pirate Weekend on June 10 and 11, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest event to date, organizers said.

The weekend will begin with the Pirate’s Ball, an outdoor concert at Fowler Pavilion.

"The DMBA is proud to see Pirate Weekend grow year after year,” said Tracy Bonosconi, DMBA president. “Community is what makes Milford so special, and our goal is to foster that spirit and keep this town thriving." And community, Bonosconi said, is why the DMBA teamed up with the firefighters of Local 944 to raise money for the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp at this year’s Pirate Weekend.

“This camp gives kids with severe burn injuries a safe place to have fun, build self-esteem, and help them move beyond their injuries,” said Milford firefighter Jason Dombrowski. “The brothers and sisters of Local 944 are proud to participate in this great weekend – this is what Milford is all about.”

New for this year, the Pirate’s Ball features “Changes In Latitudes,” a Jimmy Buffet cover band. A variety of food trucks will be on site, and cocktails will be available for purchase. Costumes are encouraged for this 21-plus event, and the best dressed pirate will win a chance to ride aboard the “Oz” with Captain Kidd himself the following day.

The event will continue Sunday, June 11, with a family-friendly day of adventure, treasure and more. Pirate Day begins with a character breakfast and the appearance of Captain Kidd himself as he arrives aboard the “Oz” in Milford Harbor. This year’s event has expanded with more activities for children, live music all day from Rum & Steel, The Elwoods, and Rockin’ Ron The Friendly Pirate, rides on The Elm City Party Bike, food trucks and a treasure hunt.

“Downtown Milford has enjoyed a resurgence of new shops, salons, and restaurants along with established local favorites,” event organizers said. “Located right on the harbor, the historic downtown is a destination long known by locals and surrounding communities for its New England charm and easy access to area beaches. Pirates Weekend offers something for everyone in this coastal community, all while supporting a worthwhile cause.”

The Pirate’s Ball is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at Fowler Pavilion located at 1 Shipyard Lane, Milford. Tickets are $25 and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pirates-ball-milford-ct-tickets-33014959633.

Pirate Day begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at Lisman Landing, 37 Helwig Street, Milford with Pancakes with Pirates. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pancakes-with-pirates-milford-ct-tickets-33015061939.

Pirate Day runs until 4 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.downtownmilfordct.com/events.