Pirate Fest Takes to the Streets of Tybee Island

Tybee Island’s Pirate Fest blankets the downtown area to highlight the local shops and restaurants while showcasing our beautiful beach and pier.  Visitors and locals alike are invited to escape the ordinary, if only for a weekend (or in our case, every Columbus Day weekend)!

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 unbelievably close to us here at the 17th Street Inn, just at the end of 17th Street on Strand Ave!

Of course the Buccaneer Ball is going to kick off Pirate Fest this year at The Crab Shack with an evening of dancing, costume contests, food that only The Crab Shack can give you, and don’t forget the crowning of the king and queen!

Pirate Fest is fun for people of all ages.  Even the littlest pirates will enjoy an entire area devoted to quality family entertainment.  Activities include bounce houses, magicians, storytellers, puppets, live pirate demonstrations, face painting, and many more surprises!   Children will also enjoy participating in costume contests and a pirate parade.

Other entertainment will include live music by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band A1A, pirate performers, street performers, magicians, puppeteers, weaponry demonstrations and so much more!

This year’s Pirate Parade will be on Sunday, October 6th at 3pm where you’ll watch as the streets are transformed into a parade of pirate ships and loads of swashbuckling pirates!  Think you have what it takes to march with the Tybee Pirates?  Gather your crew and get creative, as the parade judges hand out awards for the most creative entries.

What’s your favorite part about Tybee Island’s Pirate Fest?

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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