2018 Tybee Island Events

Tybee Island's Butler Avenue at night.

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.

See also:
Tybee Island tours
Little Tybee Island

!Event dates, venue and other details may change at short notice. Please check all information at the official event website before planning your trip.

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January

– Tybee Polar Plunge, 2019 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, 2019 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

– Tybee Island Restaurant Week, 2019 event TBC
Discounted dining at selected Tybee restaurants. More details

February

– Critz Tybee Run Fest, February 1-2 2019
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 2-3 2019
Art and crafts show tied to the Critz Tybee Run and organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

– Gray’s Reef Film Festival, 2019 event TBC
Organized by the Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary to promote ocean conservation. Donation requested. More details

– Mardi Gras Tybee, 2019 event TBC
Tybee’s annual Mardi Gras parade and street party. More details

– Super Museum Sunday, February 10 2019
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

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March

– Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration, 2019 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

– Tybee Island Mermaid Fest, 2019 event TBC
New annual Pride event on Tybee Island, with games and live music. More details

April

– Orange Crush, 2019 event TBC
This annual beach party, formerly associated with Savannah State University, is organized by college students each spring. More details

– Tybee Wine Festival, 2019 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 Turtle Trot, 2019 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

May

– Tybee Island Tour of Homes, May 4 2019
Tybee’s annual tour of homes, visiting several properties not usually open to the public. Ticket purchase required. More details

– SCAD Sand Arts Festival, 2019 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. More details

– EVP Beach Bum Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament, 2019 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, 2019 event TBC
Annual parade and water gun fight along Tybee’s Butler Avenue. More details

– Tybee Art Show, May 25-26 2019
Art and crafts show organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

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July

– Independence Day Fireworks, July 4 2018
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.

September

– Tybee Art Show, September 1-2 2018
Art and crafts show organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

– Labor Day Beach Bash, September 2 2018
Enjoy live music from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion, with fireworks display after nightfall. More details

– Coastal Empire Surfers for Autism Beach Fest, September 15 2018
Water sports activity day on Tybee beach for children with autism and their families. Registration required. More details

October

– Tybee Island Pirate Fest, October 4-7 2018
Annual pirate-themed weekend festival with parade, live music and family-oriented activities. More details

– Tybee ICE Run, October 13 2018
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

– Graveface Fright Fest, 2018 event TBC
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, 2018 event TBC
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, 2018 event TBC
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, 2018 event TBC
Annual tree-lighting celebration with choral music and refreshments. More details

– Tybee Island Christmas Parade, 2018 event TBC
Tybee’s annual family-oriented holiday parade. More details

– A Lighthouse Christmas, 2018 event TBC
Special holiday event at the Tybee Island Lighthouse exploring the holiday traditions of Tybee's lighthouse keepers. More details

– Tybee Art Show, December 8-9 2018
Art and crafts show organized by the Tybee Arts Association. More details

– New Year’s Eve Fireworks, December 31 2018
The annual fireworks display at the Tybee Island Pier begins at 12pm. More details

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