Pirate family

2015 Tybee Island Pirate Festival

October 8-11, 2015

Tybee Island Pirate Fest is your ultimate destination for Columbus Day weekend entertainment. Warming up for the Friday and Saturday night headliners, several bands will keep the crowd moving throughout the afternoons and early evening. Daytime entertainment includes live music, pirate performers, street performers, magicians, puppeteers, weaponry demonstrations, and few surprises in between.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest is fun for pirates of all ages. The littlest pirates enjoy an entire area devoted to quality family entertainment. Activities include bounce houses, magicians, storytellers, puppets, live pirate demonstrations, face painting, and many more surprises. Children also enjoy participating in our costume contests and pirate parade.

A Brief History:

Tybee Pirate Fest began in 2005 with a small handful of individuals that were looking for a unique event to help boost visitation to the island in the off-season months. The first year was even more successful than the organizers, a non-profit called Tybeefest, even imagined it could be. With the support of many dedicated volunteers, The City of Tybee Island and its elected officials, the Tybee Island Tourism Council, and local businesses the event has grown in popularity each year.

There are lots of activities for families, loads of entertainment and a Thieves Market filled with treasures. The festival grounds have grown to encompass the entire South Beach Parking Lot by the Tybee Pier from Tybrisa Street to 18th Street. Hope you find your way to the Annual Pirate Fest on Tybee Island located only 20 minutes from Savannah GA historical district.

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When planning a vacation to the island, it may be helpful to have an idea of some of the most popular events that take place throughout the year. Tybee Island tourism has continued to grow and the island attracts people from all different walks of life throughout the year. 

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This annual event gives more than 20 local artists the opportunity to display their homemade work and gives you, the procrastinating shopper, the chance to purchase a gift as unique and special as the person you are shopping for. There will be a wide range of homemade work for sale, including paintings, jewelry, driftwood sculptures, stained glass pieces, fiber art, pottery, scarves, handmade clothing and more. 

Whether you are just happen to be visiting Tybee Island during this time of year, or if you are in search of a vacation that will also give you the chance to experience the local arts and craft community of one of the U.S. South’s most charming destinations, you are guaranteed to leave the event with a smile on your face and plenty of gifts to give. 

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As one of the most anticipated Tybee Island events, Lights on for Tybee is a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit and experience all this charming island has to offer. Festivities begin at 6:30pm with a lighting of the Christmas tree by the Mayor, but the fun doesn’t stop there! From listening to choirs sing to watching the Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance students perform, this is sure to be an unforgettable evening for you and your family. 

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Families looking forward to the Holidays will certainly enjoy a Tybee Island vacation rental in early December when prices are low, the crowds are gone and there are plenty of family-friendly activities and events to participate in. One of the most anticipated events is the Tybee Island Christmas Parade. 

Check out more details on the event as well as other activities during this festive time of year, and consider spending a short vacation on the island in December to join in on the fun! 

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