TYBEE ISLAND is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma’s destruction, which impacted many families on the island. However, the biggest Tybee party of the year, the Tybee Pirate Fest, is still going on as planned this weekend.
Here are the basics:
What is the entertainment this year?
The main focus for families is as always the Pirate Victory Parade. This year it happens on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. Pirates will hand out “booty” along the route.
Live music is always a big draw. Here’s the lineup on the Main Stage in the Strand Parking lot:
Friday Oct. 6, 5-11 p.m., $12 (kids 12 & under free):
Motley Tones will be roaming
In for a Penny
Midnight Riders: Nashville Allman Brothers Tribute Band (7 p.m.)
Big Engine (8:30 p.m.)
Saturday Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., $15 (kids 12 & under free):
Rogues, Wenches & Krewes Costume Contests (5:30 – 6 p.m.)
In For A Penny
Damon & the Shit Kickers
Colt Ford (8:30 p.m .)
What and where is the Control Zone?
The City of Tybee has set aside four blocks of downtown Tybee where you can enjoy adult beverages with a wristband in to-go cups (see below). This zone has been designated to help defray the cost of the event and support services within the area.
The Control Zone area is bounded by Butler Ave. from 14th to 17th Streets and Tybrisa Street to 17th Street from Strand to the Beach.
Festival Zone hours are Friday, Oct. 6, 5-11 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
What do I get with the wristband?
With the wristband, you get to listen to live entertainment (admission to festival grounds includes wristband) and enjoy your adult drinks to-go.
You do not need to purchase a wristband to enter the Festival Zone; it is only needed to consume alcohol on public property.
Wristbands will not be required to consume alcohol in restaurants or bars.
What exactly defines a to-go cup?
To drink on the streets, you need to have your beverage in a a plastic cup 16 ounces or less. NO GLASS on the streets or the beach! Coolers, and fireworks/firecrackers are prohibited from the zone.
How much is a wristband and where do I get them?
$5 for each day (not required on Sunday). You only need a wristband if you plan to drink outside within the festival zone.
There will two fixed kiosks selling wristbands within the Festival Zone, one at Tybrisa and Butler Ave. and another at the Roundabout at Tybrisa and Strand Ave. Wristbands will also be available at the main gate, as well as a number of roving sellers.
All festivalgoers who purchase passes (daily or weekend) to the Pirate Festival will have their wristband included in the ticket price; you will get them at the main gate when you check in.
Do I have to purchase a wristband each day?
Yes, there will be different color wristbands for each day of the festival.