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Understanding the Pirate Fest – Festival Zone Wristband Policy


During Pirate Festival weekend, if you want to drink an alcoholic beverage on the streets you need a wristband. Here’s your guide to enjoying the revelry with a tankard in hand:


What do I get with the wristband?
With the wristband, you get to listen to live entertainment (admission to festival grounds includes wristband) and enjoy your adult drinks to-go while you walk around the largest party on Tybee Island of the year.

*You do not need to purchase a wristband to enter the Festival Zone; it is only needed to consume alcohol on public property. Wristbands will not be required to consume alcohol in restaurants or bars.


Where do I get a wristband?
There will 2 fixed kiosks selling wristbands within the Festival Zone. One located at Tybrisa and Butler Ave. and another at the Roundabout at Tybrisa and Strand Ave. Wristbands will also be available at the main gate, as well as a number of roving sellers. Someone will check your ID…so don’t leave it in your other ship!


How much does a wristband cost?
$5 for each day (Wristbands are not required on Sunday). And, you only need a wristband if you plan to drink in the festival zone, otherwise known as pirate party central.
All Festival Goers who purchase passes (daily or weekend) to the Pirate Festival will have their wristband included in the ticket price; you will get them at the main gate when you check in.


Do I have to purchase a wristband each day?
Yes, there will be different color wristbands for each day of the festival.

Festival Zone Hours:

  • Friday October 6th 5:00pm – 11pm
  • Saturday October 17th 10am -11pm



What and where is the Control zone ?
The City of Tybee Festival Ordinance of 2015 has set aside 4 blocks of downtown Tybee where the majority of partying takes place. This zone has been designated to help defray the cost of the event and support services. within the area. The Control Zone area is bounded by Butler Ave. from14th to 17th Streets and Tybrisa Street to 17th Street from Strand to the Beach. We want you all to be safe and have a good time, so we need a little help!


What happens if I forget to get a wristband?
No worries, we’ll point you in the right direction on where you can get your wristband. Don’t get it and you could face a fine and court costs! Not worth it! There will be plenty of roving sellers on the streets to help out. The festival wristband ordinance will be enforced by the Tybee Island Police Department.


What else do I need to know before I get my RUM on?
To drink on the streets, you need to have your beverage in a TO-GO CUP that’s a plastic cup 16 ounces or less. NO GLASS  on the streets or the beach! Festival Zone prohibited items: coolers, and fireworks/firecrackers. This includes items that don’t require a flame to ignite. Black Powder is prohibited.


Where is the money going?
Throwing the biggest party on Tybee Island, and cleaning up after you’re long gone; that takes a lot of doubloons’.

We appreciate everyone’s compliance and participation, as this is a very necessary means of keeping the festival thriving.


Thank you,
Tybee Island Pirate Fest


We are pleased to announce the 2017 Tybee Pirate Fest headline act, Colt Ford! Colt will play Saturday, October 7, 2017. We hope you all will join us for another fun filled year!

Tickets will go on-sale mid August. 

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Tybee Island’s history with pirates isn’t just confined to our annual Pirate Fest that is held every year in October. For many decades during the 18th century, pirates actually roamed the seas of the southeast coast and many pirates used Tybee Island and other barrier islands along the Georgia coast, not only as a safe haven, but also as hiding places for treasure. Continue reading

2015 King & Queen

by: Fin “Masthead” MacGregor 
The Drunkard of Sandy Crab-bottom!

Greetin’s pirates, scoundrels, scallywags, & wenches, alike. Another season has passed and a new King & Queen must take the throne. Though many have pillaged & plundered, few have held these positions. After years of mastering Tybee’s waters & conquering Little Tybee’s beaches, Captain Black Bart Jarrell(Lannie Jarrell) & Queen Anastasia of the Isle o’ Tybee(Stacye Jarrell), have arrived to claim the honor of the 11th annual Tybee Pirate Fest King & Queen. Continue reading

We have made a change in times for the children and pet costume contest. They will now take place on Saturday October 10th at 1pm before the Pirate Parade. The Rogues, Wenches, and Krewe contest will remain at the same time as last year.  Continue reading

The 2015 Tybee Pirate Fest TShirt designs are out! Thank you so much Kelley Quigley Designs. This years shirts are one of the best yet. For the first time all shirts will come in a charcoal gray, and we are offering limited edition hoodies. Continue reading

We have just signed 20 year Savannah natives “Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love” as the closing act for Friday night. The Bullets – 13 pieces including the five-member “Bonaventure Horns” – play soulful, kickass rhythm ‘n’ blues chestnuts, with one goal in mind, to make you dance! From Frank Sinatra to Prince,Otis Redding to The Rolling Stones, they cover all the bases. Our 5 piece horn section known as the “Bonaventure Horns” can perform Count Basie to Tower of Power. Continue reading

On October 8-11, Tybee Island, Georgia, will celebrate its 11th Annual Tybee Pirate Fest. Swashbucklers, wenches, & scallywags of all ages will converge on the island, celebrating the colorful, seafaring history of the Georgia coast. Every Columbus Day weekend, Tybee Island’s South Beach parking lot transforms into a lively pirate village, with live music and fun for the whole family. Continue reading

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