Understanding the Pirate Fest – Festival Zone Wristband Policy

Understanding the Pirate Fest – Festival Zone Wristband Policy


During Pirate Festival weekend, if you want to drink an alcoholic beverage on the streets you need a wristband. Here’s your guide to enjoying the revelry with a tankard in hand:


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 while you walk around the largest party on Tybee Island of the year.

*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.


Where do I get a wristband?
There will 2 fixed kiosks selling wristbands within the Festival Zone. One located 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. Someone will check your ID…so don’t leave it in your other ship!


How much does a wristband cost?
$5 for each day (Wristbands are not required on Sunday). And, you only need a wristband if you plan to drink in the festival zone, otherwise known as pirate party central.
All Festival Goers 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.

Festival Zone Hours:

  • Friday October 6th 5:00pm – 11pm
  • Saturday October 17th 10am -11pm



What and where is the Control zone ?
The City of Tybee Festival Ordinance of 2015 has set aside 4 blocks of downtown Tybee where the majority of partying takes place. 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. from14th to 17th Streets and Tybrisa Street to 17th Street from Strand to the Beach. We want you all to be safe and have a good time, so we need a little help!


What happens if I forget to get a wristband?
No worries, we’ll point you in the right direction on where you can get your wristband. Don’t get it and you could face a fine and court costs! Not worth it! There will be plenty of roving sellers on the streets to help out. The festival wristband ordinance will be enforced by the Tybee Island Police Department.


What else do I need to know before I get my RUM on?
To drink on the streets, you need to have your beverage in a TO-GO CUP that’s a plastic cup 16 ounces or less. NO GLASS  on the streets or the beach! Festival Zone prohibited items: coolers, and fireworks/firecrackers. This includes items that don’t require a flame to ignite. Black Powder is prohibited.


Where is the money going?
Throwing the biggest party on Tybee Island, and cleaning up after you’re long gone; that takes a lot of doubloons’.

We appreciate everyone’s compliance and participation, as this is a very necessary means of keeping the festival thriving.


Thank you,
Tybee Island Pirate Fest


6 Thoughts to “Understanding the Pirate Fest – Festival Zone Wristband Policy”

  1. Chris Crawl

    Is there a festival Map available? Is the a full list/timeline of events and entertainment?

    1. admin

      Hi Chris, we are finalizing the full map now. We are pretty behind due to IRMA. The entertainment has been updated as of 20min ago.

  2. Jeanette Bird

    Will there be a shuttle service this year? It is VERY helpful. I cannot find anything about parking on this website.

    1. admin

      We are still working on it. Irma has left us way behind.

  3. Barbara

    How much is the weekend pass and does it include the concerts?

    1. admin

      They are 25+ tax and yes they include the concerts.

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