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Pirate Fest on Tybee Oct. 9-12
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Costume contests will be part of the fun for kids and adults. - photo by Photo provided.

TYBEE ISLAND – The 10th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest is set for Oct. 9-12, bringing swashbuckling, family-friendly fun for Columbus Day weekend.

The fest will feature live music and activities at Tybee Island’s South Beach parking lot. Festivities kick off with the coronation of a king and queen at the Buccaneer’s Ball at The Crab Shack on Oct. 9. Additional highlights include the Pirate Victory Parade, Scallywags Costume Contest, Little Matey’s Cove, Thieves Market, the Bud Light Pirate Pub and kids’ activities such as a petting zoo and Ferris wheel.

Savannah-based country music singer, guitarist and bandleader Chuck Courtenay and his band will perform on Oct. 10, while Mother’s Finest, an American funk rock band, will headline the festival on Oct. 11. Additional acts will include Liquid Ginger.

The Tybee Island Pirate Fest began in 2005, attracting pirate enthusiasts from across the country.

Ticket prices are:

Thursday - $35 advance | $50 door

Friday – $12 advance | $12 gate

Saturday – $15 advance | $15 gate

Sunday - Free

Weekend Pass – $22 advance | $24 gate

Children 12 and under - Free

Tickets and weekend passes are available online at



Oct. 9

Buccaneer Ball, 6-10 p.m., The Crab Shack

An evening of dancing, frivolity, costume contests, grub, grog and, of course, a bounty of pirates and wenches. This event is open to all

Info: 912-786-9857

Oct. 10

Festival open from 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Little Matey’s Cove

5-7 p.m. – Carnival: Ferris wheel, Sea Ray, exotic petting zoo, funnel cakes and more

6-11 p.m. – Pirate Encampment by Tybee Arts Association

Beer garden

Thieves’ Market, open 5-11 p.m.

Main stage

5-6 p.m. – DJ music/sound check

6-7 p.m. – Lynn Ave.

7-7:15 p.m. – Pirate Invasion Opening Ceremony

7:15-8:45 p.m. – Damon and the Kickers

9 p.m. – Fireworks

9:15-10:45 p.m. – Chuck Courtney Band


Oct. 11th

Festival open 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Little Matey’s Cove: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Pirate Encampment, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

TBA – Face painting by Angela Beasley

5-6 p.m. – Children’s Costume Contest (registration 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

5:30 p.m. – Pet costume contest

Thieves’ Market: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Beer garden

Main Stage

12:30-2 p.m. – The Accomplices

2-3 p.m. – Gary Byrd & The Outlaw Band

3-5 p.m. – Pirate Victory Parade time/sound check

5:15-6:15 p.m. – The Christy Alan Band

6:15-7:15 p.m. – VooDoo Soup

7:30-8:45 p.m. – Liquid Ginger

9 p.m. – Fireworks

9:15-10:45 p.m. – Mother’s Finest

Pirate Victory Parade: 3-5 p.m.

Participants will pass out treasure along the route.


Oct. 12

Festival open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Little Matey’s Cove: 12-4 p.m

Thieves’ Market: 12-4 p.m.

Beer garden

Main Stage

11 a.m. – Tybee Church

2-3 p.m. – American Hologram

For more information, call 912-713-2321 or visit


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