2017 Tybee Island Events

The seafront town of Tybee Island is a popular vacation destination for people from across the southeast. Besides its miles of beaches, Tybee offers a year-round events calendar including big weekend festivals such as the annual Pirate Fest plus holiday beach parties, fundraisers, arts and crafts events, and more.

Tybee is situated 18 miles outside of Savannah, and is easy to get to from the city by either car or taxi. Traffic can, however, be heavy during the busiest in-season weekends and for major festivals. Arrive early to avoid the worst of the traffic and secure the best parking spots.

More about traveling to Tybee from Savannah

– For events in Savannah and vicinity, see also: things to do in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November or December.

!Event dates are correct as of October 2017, but may change at short notice. Please check the official event website for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

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January

Tybee Polar Plunge, 2018 event TBC. This annual New Year’s Day event, in which swimmers enter the (figuratively) icy waters at Tybee’s South Beach, raises money for the Tybee Post Theater. Costume parade and activities in the morning, then the plunge into the water at noon. Registration required to participate. More details

Tybee Martin Luther King Parade, 2018 event TBC. Annual Tybee Island parade celebrating the life and achievements of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Another parade is held in downtown Savannah, usually on MLK Day. More details

February

Critz Tybee Run Fest, February 2-3 2018. The annual beach run (2.8 miles) is part of a series of runs ranging in length from a 1/7th mile children’s run to a half-marathon, all based on Tybee Island. Advance registration required. Event website

Critz Run Art Show, February 3-4 2018. Art and crafts show tied to the Critz Tybee Run and organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

Super Museum Sunday, February 11 2018. Annual event offering free admission to several area attractions. Participating Tybee Island sites include Fort Pulaski and the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. More details

Mardi Gras Tybee, 2018 event TBC. Tybee’s annual Mardi Gras parade and street party. More details

Gray’s Reef Film Festival, 2018 event TBC. Organized by the Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary to promote ocean conservation. Donation requested. More details

March

Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration, 2018 event TBC. Tybee Island’s St Patrick’s parade and celebration. Other St Patrick’s Day events, including one of the largest parades in the country, are held in downtown Savannah over the week around St Patrick’s Day. More details

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April

Orange Crush, 2018 event TBC. This annual beach party, formerly associated with Savannah State University, is organized by college students each spring. The dates are announced not long before the event itself to preserve its traditional spontaneity. Please note that in 2017 the consumption of alcohol was prohibited on the beach and in other public places for the duration of the event. Latest details

Tybee Turtle Trot, 2018 event TBC. This annual 5K run and walk benefits the Tybee Sea Turtle Project, which monitors turtle nests on Tybee’s beaches. Registration required. More details

Tybee Island Kite Festival, 2018 event TBC. Annual kite festival to benefit Savannah Parkinson Support Group, with kite-flying, food and family-oriented activities. Donation requested for some activities. More details

May

Tybee Wine Festival, 2018 event TBC. Annual wine and food festival with live music, at the Tybee Post Theater and Tybee Lighthouse. Proceeds benefit the Tybee Post Theater. More details

Tybee Rainbow Fest, 2018 event TBC. Tybee’s annual LGBT Pride weekend, with a parade, T-dance, food and other activities. Latest details

Tybee Island Tour of Homes, 2018 event TBC. Tybee’s annual tour of homes, visiting several properties not usually open to the public. Ticket purchase required, $35 per person (includes lunch). More details

SCAD Sand Arts Festival, 2018 event TBC. The Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual sand sculpture contest is held on Tybee Island’s North Beach every spring. Only SCAD students, staff and alumni can compete, but spectators are very welcome. Latest details

EVP Beach Bum Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament, 2018 event TBC. Professional and amateur beach volleyball contests, part of the Extreme Volleyball Professionals tour. Registration required to compete. More details

Tybee Beach Bum Parade, 2018 event TBC. Annual parade and water gun fight along Tybee’s Butler Avenue. More details

Tybee Art Show, May 26-27 2018. Art and crafts show organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

June

Trybee Island Sprint Triathlon, 2018 event TBC. Annual swim, bike and run on (and off) Tybee Island. Registration required. More details

July

Independence Day Fireworks, 2018 event TBC. Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks at the Tybee Island Pier. More details

Tybee Art Show, July 14-15 2018. Art and crafts show organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

Peach Fest, 2018 event TBC. Orange Crush, Part 2. Unofficial beach party on Tybee Island. More details

September

Labor Day Beach Bash, 2018 event TBC. Enjoy live music from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion, with fireworks display after nightfall. More details

Coastal Empire Surfers for Autism Beach Fest, 2018 event TBC. Water sports activity day on Tybee beach for children with autism and their families. Registration required. More details

October

Tybee Island Pirate Fest, October 6-8 2017. Annual pirate-themed weekend festival with parade, live music and family-oriented activities. More details

Tybee ICE Run, October 14 2017. Annual car show organized by the Island Car Enthusiast club to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, with live music, food and shopping. More details

Tybee Art Show, October 14-15 2017. Art and crafts show organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

Graveface Fright Fest, October 28 2017. Horror film festival at the Tybee Post Theater. Tickets $25 per person on the door, $20 in advance. More details

Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races, postponed until 2018. Annual kayak races off Tybee and Little Tybee Islands to benefit the Tybee Marine Science Center. Registration required. Latest details

November

Joyce Harrison Memorial Bicycle Poker Run, November 12 2017. Annual bike run and poker tournament to benefit cancer charities in the Tybee Island area. Donation required ($25 in advance, $30 on the day), poker tournament is open to those aged 21 and over only. More details

December

Lights on For Tybee, December 1 2017. Annual tree-lighting celebration with choral music and refreshments. More details

Tybee Island Christmas Parade, December 2 2017. Tybee’s annual family-oriented holiday parade. More details

(Tybee Island) A Lighthouse Christmas, December 2, 9 and 16 2018. Special holiday event at the Tybee Island Lighthouse exploring the holiday traditions of Tybee's lighthouse keepers in the 1930s and 1940s, with carols, cider, and the opportunity to climb the tower to see Tybee's holiday lights from above. Adults $15, children (5-17) $10, young children free. Advance reservations are required, call 912-786-5801. More details

Tybee Art Show, December 2-3 2017. Art and crafts show organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, December 31 2017. The annual fireworks display at the Tybee Island Pier begins at 12pm. More details

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