Bring the Whole Crew to Busch Gardens in October!

Bring your whole crew for a day of fun with fellow Pirates and their families at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA on Saturday, October 10!

Enjoy thrilling roller coasters and rides, animal encounters, and great dining amidst a backdrop of charming European villages at Busch Gardens, now celebrating 40 years of fun. In addition, don’t miss the park’s annual Howl-O-Scream festivities in the evening!

From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., enjoy all the park’s family-friendly attractions with your party at your own pace. Then after 6:00, Halloween decorations come to life as the park transforms into a haunted experience.

Guests are advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor in the evening when bringing young children. For the safety of park staff and performers, guests are not allowed to wear costumes while at Busch Gardens. But you should wear purple and gold!

Tickets for alumni association members are $65 for ages 10 and up and $55 for ages 3-9; non-members are $77 for ages 10 and up and $67 for ages 3-9. This special group rate is only available by registering in advance through the East Carolina Alumni Association.

Cost covers an all-inclusive single-day pass and a platinum meal certificate, which is good at any of the park’s restaurants and includes one entrée, two sides, and one non-alcoholic beverage. Howl-O-Scream activities are also included if you choose to stay past 6:00 p.m.

Advance registration is required. No registration at the door. Register by Wednesday, September 23. Click here to register.

Williamsburg Winery Tour

Join fellow Pirate alumni and friends for a tour, tasting, and lunch at Williamsburg Winery on Saturday, May 30! Whether you are a wine connoisseur, you’re new to wine, or you just want to relax at a beautiful historical property, this event has something for everyone.

Each guest will receive a guided tour of the winery, a wine tasting, and lunch in the Gabriel Archer Tavern overlooking the vineyards. Lunch includes a glass of wine, main course, dessert, and coffee or tea. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Dating back to the 1600s, the Williamsburg Winery has been making award-winning wines for hundreds of years on Virginia’s beautiful coast. Bring friends or meet new ones at this relaxed social event, which is part of our “Bring the Whole Crew” series.

Alumni and friends must be 21 or older to attend this event. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. All ECU alumni, friends, and fans are welcome. Register by May 20. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as this event is limited to 100 guests. 

Guests will be given an engraved tasting glass as a memento of the visit. Members will receive a gift bag with local candies/food items courtesy of the East Carolina Alumni Association.