5 Top Annual Festivals on Tybee Island

Did you know that Tybee Island is home to 9 different annual festivals?  As if the beauty, 3 miles of beach, relaxed atmosphere, diverse cuisine, excellent accommodations, and a variety of exciting recreational activities weren’t enough, Tybee provides enough fun and entertainment to go around, all year round!

Located just 18 miles away from historic Savannah, Ga, Tybee is your one of a kind place for unique kinds of fun.  All nine of the annual festivals celebrate some sort of significance and just beckon you to kick off your shoes and enjoy yourself.  Here’s a look at each of the festivals.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest
The annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest celebrates the island’s pirate history and features a parade, live entertainment, costumes, games, children’s activities, and a pirate market.  The Pirate Fest happens in October when the weather is a comfortable 60 to 77 degrees.  The first Pirate Fest was in 2005, put together by just 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 annual Pirate Fest happens unbelievable close to us here at the 17th Street Inn, just at the end of 17th Street on Strand Ave!

Beach Bum Parade
The Beach Bum Parade features floats with people who spray, dump, or throw water at parade goers!  Many people watching the parade bring their own water guns, buckets of water, or other water sources to fire back.  This festival happens in May with temperatures ranging between 60 and 80 degrees.

Labor Day Beach Bash
The annual Labor Day Beach Bash takes place at the pier and pavilion with live entertainment and fireworks.  It’s free, and open to the public and happens every September.  You can expect the weather to be between 70 and 85 degrees.

Turtle Trot Fundraising Race
This annual event is a fund raiser for the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project and is also the kick-off of Coastal Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season.  It happens in April while temperatures in Tybee are a comfortable 55 to 75 degrees.

Tybee Island Polar Plunge
People come from all over every New Year’s Day to literally plunge into the cold waters of Tybee!  It can be as cold as 40 degrees in January so kudos to all who join in this unique Tybee event.  Guinness World Records now credits the Jan. 1, 2012 event as the largest ever gathering of people wearing swim caps.

There is never a shortage of fun and things to do in Tybee so pack your bags and we’ll see you when you get here!

Contact us here at the 17th Street Inn for more information about staying with us, things to do on Tybee Island including dining, nightlife, beach activities, must see attractions and events, and any other questions you may have about the area!  We would also love for you to connect with us on our Facebook Page.

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