Your Ultimate Guide to the Tybee Island Pirate Fest
Ahoy mateys! The highly-anticipated Tybee Island Pirate Fest is fast approaching. And if you have yet to set your sails on this beloved seafaring celebration, then it’s time to get on board – don’t worry, there’s no shortage of kitschy pirate references in this post. Now in its twelfth year, the annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival is taking place October 6 through 9. Look forward to four fun days of yore during Columbus Day weekend in the island’s pirate village. Beer, brawls and brazen folk are common at this rowdy fest on the sea. Book your tickets soon, or be forced to walk the plank.
Thursday, Oct 6th from 6 to 10 pm
The weekend-long pirate party kicks off on Thursday night at The Crab Shack with the 2016 Buccaneer Ball. Pirates and wenches 18 and older are invited to attend. Don your most seaworthy coats and frocks and indulge in a plentiful bounty of freshly-caught fares and full-body brews. Attendees who purchase their tickets before October 2nd will enjoy a discounted price. Expect a night of food, friends and fun amid the shack’s picturesque aquatic setting. And stick around for the Buccaneer Ball’s highlight event, the crowning of the Pirate Fest royalty. Here’s an insider secret: The Pirate fest Queen is our very own Charissa Murray! You can’t name a fair maiden more deserving of the crown.
Friday Oct 7th from 5 to 11 pm
There’s fun for the whole family to be had at the Pirate Fest on Friday evening. The Pirate Invasion Opening Ceremony starts on the stage at 7, and it’s sure to ‘shiver yer timbers’. Sea chanteys will blast from the main stage all night long. Fan favorites like Big Engine and The Brigands will enthrall the crowds with their energetic performances. Kiddies can enjoy Little Matey’s Cove, the festival sector that hosts an exotic animal petting zoo, a pirate encampment and a number of fun rides and slides. And pirates in pursuit of fine, worldly goods can find satisfaction at Thieves Market, vending everything from pirate apparel and housewares to artisan goods and grub. Plus, festival guests of drinking age have something new to look forward to this year. The ‘I Walked the Plank’ Bud Light Pirate Pub Crawl debuts Friday night. Participating pirates will receive a pub punch card at the main gate. Get your card stamped at 6 pirate pubs and make a stop at the Pirate Cove Bar to receive a treasured prize.
Saturday Oct 8th from 10 am to 11 pm
The main stage will host a flurry of activity during this all-day celebration. Our favorite pirate krew, The Brigands will light up the stage at mid-noon, followed by a customarily cute Children’s & Pets Costume Contest. Shortly after, the parade kicks off promptly at 3. The Pirate Victory Parade is an absolute must-see for all pirates in attendance. Seaworthy ships navigate Tybee’s streets in a Pirate Parade that’s like none other. Watch in amazement as vibrant pirates sail atop decorated vessels down island roads tossing coveted trinkets to the crowd. After the parade, head back to the main stage for a DJ dance party. Then look forward to the Rouges, Wenches & Krewes Costume Contests. Standby for headlining act Delbert McClinton, whose riveting performance will end with an exciting fireworks display.
Sunday Oct 9th from 12 to 4 pm
The 2016 Tybee Pirate Festival culminates with a free festival day. Thieves Market, Little Matey’s Cove, the petting zoo and carnival rides are all available to the public for the final fest day. Live music will continue throughout the afternoon, so be sure to enjoy one last jig amid your favorite island pirates. The Tybee Pirate Festival is an absolute must that you should attend at least once in your life. Luckily, your chance is coming up soon. Don’t miss out like the landlubbers!
About the Author:
Chantel Baul is a Savannah native with a knack for writing and an ever-growing curiosity. She received her BA in English and Professional Communications from Armstrong State University, and when she’s not writing she’s serving the country as a US Army Reserve Officer. She’s an NPR nerd/foodie with a deep passion for all things travel, sustainable living and fun.