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Resort island sets agenda for year

POSTED: April 9, 2013 11:04 a.m.
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Tybee Island is emphasizing family-friend and sports activities on its spring-summer-fall-winter agenda for 2013.

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Tybee Island, Georgia to Host Family-Friendly Festivals,

Sporting Events and More in 2013


TYBEE ISLAND — This ocean-side resort island 20 minutes east of Savannah has released its agenda for the coming year.


Annual Wine Festival

April 10-14

The Friends of Tybee Post Theater will host the 5thAnnual Tybee Island Wine Festival on the grounds of the historic lighthouse. Four events aimed at wine lovers and culinary enthusiasts.


Annual Turtle Trot

April 27, sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m.; race at 7:30 a.m.

Kick off Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season with the 9th annual Turtle Trot 5k beach run. This fundraiser is for the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project. After the race, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will release a loggerhead patient back to the ocean.


Kite Flying Festival

April 28, 11 a.m.

Fly a kite to create awareness about Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Meet on the North Beach parking lot. Call 912-663-6803 for more information.


Coastal Empire Cycling Fest

April 30, 4-10 p.m.

This bike fest, part of USA CRITS Speed Week, stresses high-speed racing in cities. Bicyclists will race around downtown. Spectators are welcome.


Annual Gay Days

May 3-5, 2013

LGBT travelers will show pride on Tybee with parties, dances, a beach sweep brunch. Stroll the beach, sample seafood and party long after the sun sets. Presented by, this inaugural LGBT event will unite area residents and visitors.


Paint Tybee Pink

May 4, check-in at 5 p.m., race starts at 6 p.m.

The Paint Tybee Pink Walk for Breast Cancer will include 5K and 10K routes for walkers of all ages and skill levels. Participants should arrive at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion at 5 p.m. to check in. All walkers will receive a pink glow stick and help raise money to fight breast cancer.  


SCAD Sand Arts Festival 

May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

This Savannah College of Art and Design festival features sand art on the beach. It takes place on the North Beach near the lighthouse, North Beach Grill and Tybee Island Museum. Spectators are welcome.


EVP PRO-AM Beach Volleyball Tour

May 11, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tybee Island hosts the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, featuring professional athletes, free agents and amateur players. Games are free and open to spectators. 


Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the South’s largest water fight. Floats will be filled with water-throwing paraphernalia as spectators line Butler Avenue armed with buckets, squirt guns and hoses ready for battle.


Independence Day Fireworks

July 3, after dark

Tybee Island will host its annual Independence Day fireworks on July 3, attracting visitors from near and far. The fireworks will be visible from all over the east side of the island.


Labor Day Beach Bash

Sept. 1, 7-10 p.m.

Enjoy the ocean breezes, and live music from the Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. The Annual Labor Day Beach Bash features free live entertainment and fireworks over the beach.


Annual Pirate Festival

Oct. 10-13

Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on Tybee for the 2013Tybee Island Pirate Fest. Highlights include a Pirate Victory Parade, live entertainment, costume contests, children’s activities and a market filled with treasures, grog, grub and more.


Bike Races

Nov. 2, 11 a.m.

Test your cycling skills on the beach at this race, which runs the North Beach area. Call 912-658-8134 for more information.


Tybee for the Holidays

Nov. 22-Jan. 1

Tybee for the Holidays offers family-friendly fun to brighten the holidays. Activities planned from Thanksgiving through New Year’s include a tree lighting, Christmas parade, floating Christmas parade and more.


Christmas Parade

Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.

The Tybee Island Christmas Parade features floats and spirited participants leading Mr. and Mrs. Claus.


New Year's Extravaganza

Dec. 31, fireworks at midnight

Ring in the New Year with fireworks midnight from the beach or anywhere on the east side of Tybee Island.


Polar Plunge

Jan. 1, 2014, noon

This Tybee tradition is held every Jan. 1 at the pier on the south end of the island. This annual dip in the Atlantic Ocean has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest gathering of people wearing swim caps. Funny hats and costumes are encouraged.


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