Avast, me hearties! If you’re looking for a weekend of fun then the Tybee Island Pirate Fest is the place to be. The island returns to its roots and is transformed into a pirate village during the Columbus Day Weekend in October.
This annual pirate-themed event promises a “whale of a time” for all ages. Why not join in the spirit of the Pirate Festival and come appropriately dressed in big boots, a stripy T-shirt, a pirate’s hat and the obligatory parrot and eye-patch!
Join Buccaneers and Bootleggers at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest
Tybee Island was a known haunt for pirates who used the island and surrounding waterways to avoid their Spanish pursuers. Although most of the pirates had left by the early 18th century, many of them return to relive the good times at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest.
Admission to the Pirate Fest is by ticket with a weekend pass to the daytime activities. Young buccaneers soon get into the spirit of pillage and plunder aboard the pirate ship, a Ferris wheel and bouncy houses. There’s a Thieves Market, live music and fireworks (or is it cannon fire?) in the evening.
This splendid festival has plenty of excellent events including the Buccaneer Ball (an evening of food and frivolity) which is open to all pirates and their appropriately dressed wenches over the age of 18. The Festival King and Queen are crowned as part of the festivities and there are prizes for best pirate costumes. Tickets for the ball include a meal of roast suckling pig and side dishes.
Things to Do at Tybee Island Pirate Festival
Down on the beach, visitors can visit Commodore Cutter’s Careening Camp which recreates life ashore for the pirates when their ship was being repaired. Manned by the Pirates of the Treasure Coast, the replica tents make an interesting base where you can learn about life as a pirate, practice some tricky nautical knots and admire weapons of the day such as cannons, swords and a blunderbuss. Interactive pirate-themed games add to the fun for spectators and younger visitors.
The Tybee Island Pirate Fest includes historical re-enactments, weapons demonstrations, a Pirate’s Parade and plenty of “grog” in the pirate pub. Checkout Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship, a fully rigged replica of a pirate galleon known as Queen Anne’s Revenge
No Pirate Fest would be complete without some sea shanties to recreate the lively atmosphere. The festival includes some top bands who sing songs that were first heard on the shores of Tybee Island from the 17th century onwards. Talented musicians play the authentic instruments that would have graced the decks of many a pirate galleon such as fiddles, mandolins, concertinas and percussion. The songs bring back long-forgotten times with tales of treasure, battles, hidden loot and dockside skirmishes.
If you are planning a weekend getaway in Savannah or Tybee Island in October, the Tybee Island Pirate Fest is a great event to join in. At the end of the day you can retire to your Luxury Living Tybee’s studio or holiday home and enjoy all the comforts of your beautifully restored vacation home.
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