Buccaneer Bulletin

2012 Pirate Fest Kicks Off Today

Offering Swashbuckling Fun, Live Music, Children’s Activities and More

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. – Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on Tybee Island, Georgia, an island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah, for the 8th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival on October 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, October 6. Opening act The Cherry Bomb will go onstage at 7 p.m., followed by Vince Neil at 9:30 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 at his Tybee Island Pirate Festival performance. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.

From live entertainment on Friday night by the Eric Culberson   Band and Jimmy Buffet cover band A1A to a concert by Vince Neil on Saturday night, the 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Festival will feature a wide range of musical artists. Please note that space will be limited during evening concerts, so please plan to arrive early to hear your favorite performers.

Additional highlights for the 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Festival 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, October 4.

“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.”

Organized by the Tybee Island Tourism Council, the Pirate Festival will showcase the best of Tybee Island, from award-winning restaurants to miles of sandy beaches. All 2012 Pirate Festival events will be held at the South Beach parking lot located at Tybrisa Street on Tybee Island, Georgia.

Pirate Festival Weekend Passes are $22. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Weekend Passes may be purchased in advance at www.tybeepiratefest.com.

For more information about the 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Festival please call 912.786.5444 or visit www.tybeepiratefest.com.


Thursday, October 4th
Buccaneer Ball
6– 11pm
The Crab Shack

Tickets: Advance $25
Door $30

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

6:30pm-8:30pm – A Feast of Piratical Proportions
7:30pm – Coronation of the 2012 King and Queen
9:00pm – Costume Contest for Best Buccaneer and Best Wench

INFO: http://thecrabshack.com/buccaneerball/ or 912-786-9857

Friday, October 5
Festival Open from 5-11pm

Tickets: General Admission $10

Weekend Pass: – $22

Kids under 12: Free

Little Matey’s Cove

5– 7pm            Bouncy Houses

Face Painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship

Activities and Games


Shipwreck Stage

5:30pm & 6:30pm       Faire Wynds Circus


Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern

6–7pm The Brigands


Thieves’ Market

5-11pm            Market Open


Main Stage

5pm                 VIP Lounge Open

6pm                 Rogues and Wenches Auction

7pm                 Eric Culberson Band

9:30pm            A1A (Jimmy Buffet Cover Band)


Saturday, October 6

Festival Open from 10am-11pm

Tickets:           General Admission    $12

                        After 5pm                  $15

                        Kids under 12                        Free


Tybee Pier and Pavillion

9am– 6pm                   Tybee Arts Association Art Show


Little Matey’s Cove

10am – 7pm                Bouncy Houses

Face Painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship

Activities and Games

Shipwreck Stage

11am                           Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

12pm                           Faire Wynds Circus

1pm                             Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

2:30pm                        Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

5 – 6pm                       Kids and Pets Costume Contests

6:30pm                        Faire Wynds Circus


Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern

12pm                           The Brigands

2pm                             The Brigands

3:30pm                        Faire Wynds Circus

4:30pm                        The Brigands

6pm                             The Brigands


Thieves’ Market

10am– 11pm               Market Open


Main Stage

5pm                             VIP Lounge Open

6pm                             Adult Costume Contests

7pm                             The Cherry Bomb

9:30pm                        Vince Neil


Pirate Victory Parade

3-5pm                          Parade

This parade is a must for families! Parade participants will pass out treasure along the route.



Sunday, October 7

Festival Open from 12pm-4pm
Tickets:           Free


Little Matey’s Cove

12 – 4pm                     Bouncy Houses
12 – 4pm                     Face Painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People
12 – 4pm                     Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship
12 – 4pm                     Activities and Games


Shipwreck Stage
12:30pm                      Faire Wynds Circus
1:30pm                        Angela Beasley’s Puppet People
2:30pm                        Faire Wynds Circus
3:30pm                        Angela Beasley’s Puppet People


Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern
12pm                           The Brigands
1:30pm                        Faire Wynds Circus
2:30pm                        The Brigands


Thieves’ Market

12-4pm                        Market Open



TybeeIsland, Georgia, an island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic downtown Savannah, is an ideal year-round coastal destination for couples, families, meetings and more. Steeped in tradition and history, Tybee Island is home to several notable forts, informative museums, a historic lighthouse complex and miles of pristine beaches. Rich in relaxed style, Tybee Island also features a blend of eclectic art galleries, charming shops and exceptional restaurants. For more information about Tybee Island, please visit www.TybeeVisit.com  online or call 912.786.5444.


Tybee Island’s Most Recent Accolades:

●      “Perfect Little Beach Town: The All-American Hamlet” – Southern Living

●      “Best Family Beaches on the East Coast”  – Fodor’s

●      “Best Beaches for Families” – Parents Magazine

●      Top 10 Vacation Rental Hotspots for 2010 – TripAdvisor

●      Top 10 City Beaches in America – AOL

●      #1 Healthiest Beach in America – Health Magazine

●      “Readers’ Choice Best Beach” – Georgia Magazine

●      “Best One Tank Trip” – Atlanta Journal Constitution

●      “Best Beach Retreat” – Creative Loafing Atlanta

●      Bicycle Friendly Community – League of American Bicyclists

●      Best Day Trip and Most Fun Place to Take the Kids – Savannah Magazine






2012 Tybee Island Pirate Fest

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