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Pirate Festival is Thursday-Sunday
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Festival-goers are encouraged to dress the part and there are several costume contests. - photo by Photo provided.



Buccaneer Ball

6-11 p.m.

The Crab Shack

Tickets:  Advance $25; Door $30

The Crab Shack hosts the kick-off to the 8thannual Pirate Fest. The Buccaneer Ball boasts costume contests, grub and grog. Don’t miss the coronation at 7:30. This event is open to all pirates and wenches 18 and over.

6:30-8:30 A Feast of Piratical Proportions

7:30 Coronation of king and queen

9 Costume contest

INFO: or 912-786-9857



Festival open 5-11 p.m.

Tickets: General $10; weekend pass $22; Kids under 12 free

Little Matey’s Cove

5-7 Bouncy houses, face painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People, Blackbeard’s pirate ship, games

Shipwreck Stage

5:30 & 6:30 Faire Wynds Circus

Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern

6-7 The Brigands

Thieves’ Market

5-11 open

Main Stage

5 VIP Lounge Open

6 Rogues and Wenches Auction

7 Eric Culberson Band

9:30 A1A (Jimmy Buffet cover band)



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

Tickets: General $12, after 5 p.m. $15; Kids under 12 free

Tybee Pier and Pavillion

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tybee Arts Association Art Show 

Little Matey’s Cove

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Bouncy houses, face painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People, Blackbeard’s pirate ship, games

Shipwreck Stage

11 a.m. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

Noon Faire Wynds Circus

1 p.m. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

2:30 Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

5-6 Kids and Pets Costume Contests

6:30 Faire Wynds Circus

Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern

Noon The Brigands

2 The Brigands

3:30 Faire Wynds Circus

4:30 The Brigands

6 The Brigands

Thieves’ Market

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

Main Stage

5 VIP Lounge Open

6 Adult Costume Contests

7 The Cherry Bombs

9:30 Vince Neil

Pirate Victory Parade

3-5 Parade participants will pass out treasure along the route.

TYBEE ISLAND – Swashbucklers of all ages will converge for the 8th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival on this week.

The fun runs Thursday-SundayOctober 4-7, 2012. Every Columbus Day weekend, Tybee Island transforms into a lively pirate village, celebrating the rich seafaring history that defines the Georgia coast with live music, children’s activities and a Pirate Victory Parade.

Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil will be the festival headliner at a live concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. Best known for his work on legendary Mötley Crüe albums like Shout at the Devil and Girls, Girls, Girls, Neil will perform a variety of Mötley Crüe hits. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.

From live entertainment on Friday night by the Eric Culbertson Band and Jimmy Buffet cover band A1A to a concert by Vince Neil on Saturday night, the festival will feature a range of musical artists. Space will be limited at evening concerts, so arrive early to hear your favorite performers.

Additional highlights for the Pirate fest include The Pirate Victory Parade, Scallywags Costume Contest, Little Matey’s Cove, Thieves’ Market and the new Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern with live music. The festivities kick off with the coronation at the king and queen at the Buccaneer Ball at The Crab Shack on Thursday.

“The Tybee Island Pirate Festival offers plenty of world-class entertainment and family-friendly activities at one of the liveliest celebrations along the coast,” said Lindsay Fruchtl, director of marketing for the Tybee Island Tourism Council. “We invite visitors and locals to get in touch with their inner pirate and escape the ordinary throughout the Columbus Day weekend.”

Events will be at the South Beach parking lot on Tybrisa Street.

Weekend passes are $22. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Passes may be purchased in advance at

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