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A Day-By-Day Guide To Tybee Island’s Pirate Fest

If you’re into swashbuckling, live entertainment on the beach and drinking in costume, you’re in luck: Tybee Island’s 12th Annual Pirate Fest is on its way! Join revelers in one of the most spirited parties on Tybee Island from October 28-30. With our day-by-day guide, you’re sure to find a Pirate Fest event that shivers your timbers!

Photo courtesy of Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Photo courtesy of Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Friday, October 28

(A free shuttle will be available throughout the weekend to safely transport pirates and wenches all over the island!)

Thieves and Gypsies Market

Don’t have a chest overflowing with pirate attire? Don’t fret — the Thieves and Gypsies Market is an outdoor bazaar filled to the brim with costumes, gear and treasures galore. You’re sure to find something that suits your fancy and makes you feel like a million dubloons!

Live Music on the Main Stage

Once you’re dressed for the part, head over to the main stage for live music from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Delbert McClinton is headlining the festival, and you can expect to hear from local musicians as well as some top secret performers. Performances vary from day to day, but one thing is for sure: they’ll bring the party!

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Little Matey’s Cove

Pirate Fest has something for everyone, including the little ones! Kids can enjoy face painting, bouncy slides and a 28-foot pirate ship bounce house, all decked out in full marauder swag. The Tybee Arts Association will have their Pirate Encampment there, too! And you absolutely won’t believe the amazing exotic animals at this year’s petting zoo. And don’t forget to check out the new Kiddie Carnival while you’re at it! Come one, come all!

Pirate Cove

Need to have a rest? The Pirate Cove is a VIP tent with water, couches and a free phone charging station. Find it next to the Main Stage!

“I Walked The Plank” Pub Crawl

Sponsored by Bud Light, this enormous pub crawl is a definite can’t-miss event. Stop by the Pirates Cove Bar first to grab your treasure map, then make your way around the island and collect stamps from participating bars. Participants will receive free T-shirts and other prizes from the bars and Bud Light!

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Saturday, October 29

Costume Contests

Compete with the other scalawags in the best costume contest of all the land. With contests dedicated to men, women and children, there’s so much to see! Even plundering pets can participate!

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Pirate Victory Parade

The Pirate Parade is one of the biggest highlights of Pirate Fest. This energetic, family friendly street party is a pirate lover’s dream come true, with high-flying flags, dancing and free treasures! The parade goes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the route runs from Tybrisa Street to 2nd Street, providing a great view of Tybee Island the entire way.

Fireworks

Grab your mateys and settle in for a stunning fireworks show at 11:30 p.m. Honor the pirate tradition by watching the pyrotechnics display with a chilled rum drink in hand — Tybee Island allows alcohol on the beach and in the streets!

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Sunday, October 30

Did you miss any of the many activities over the weekend? Now’s your chance to hit up those booths. Have a bite at one of the many vendors, pick up that handcrafted bowl you’ve been eyeing or wander around and meet other festival-goers.

Buccaneer Ball

The festival’s grand finale can’t be missed! Sunday night, Tybee’s beloved Crab Shack turns into a tavern fit for a bunch of rowdy pirates to kick off Pirate Fest from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join locals and visitors alike for an evening of hearty libations, a bounty of fresh seafood and delightful music. Help crown the 2016 King and Queen before shaking your booty all night long to jaunty tunes. For tickets and more info, click here.

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Tickets for Pirate Fest:

Friday Pass: $12

Saturday Pass: $15

Weekend Pass: $25

Purchase your tickets here!

jess_brannen_headshotJess Brannen is Visit Tybee’s Social Media Coordinator. She graduated from Armstrong State University with her BA in English and Professional Communications. Jess is a Savannah native and loves playing with Sir Charles Barkley, her neurotic golden retriever, and watching reruns of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows while eating chocolate. 

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