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Tybee Island, Georgia: Family Friendly Festivals and Events for 2013

Having lived in Georgia for over 10 years before moving to Florida one of our favorite places to visit was Tybee Island.  This small island paradise is just outside of historic Savannah and it features some really fun activities and year round family friendly events.  It’s also a perfect romantic retreat and fun beach side girlfriend getaway.


Tybee Island, Georgia Events 2013

Mark your calendar and be sure to check out these exciting upcoming events (photos available upon request):

5th Annual Tybee Island Wine Festival

April 10-14, 2013


The Friends of Tybee Post Theater is pleased to present the 5th Annual Tybee Island Wine Festival on the grounds of the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse. Guests will enjoy four fun-filled events, offering something for everyone, from wine lovers to culinary enthusiasts, amid Tybee Island’s spectacular coastal surroundings.

EVP PRO-AM Beach Volleyball Tour

May 11, 2013


Tybee Island will proudly host the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour – Savannah Open, featuring elite professional athletes, free agents and amateur volleyball players during Tybee Island’s famous Beach Bum Parade weekend. This event is free and open to spectators.

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

May 17, 2013


Don’t miss the South’s largest water fight!. Parade floats will be filled with water-throwing paraphernalia as spectators line up along Butler Avenue armed with buckets of water, squirt guns and hoses ready for battle. This event is an all-out water war for fun loving beach bums of all ages.

Independence Day Fireworks

July 3, 2013


Tybee Island will host its annual Independence Day fireworks display the evening of July 3, 2013, attracting visitors from near and far. The fireworks will be visible from any of the areas on the east side of the island.

Labor Day Beach Bash

September 1, 2013


Enjoy the ocean breezes, while live music fills the air from the Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. The Annual Labor Day Beach Bash features free live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display over the beach!

9th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival

October 10-13, 2013


Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on Tybee Island to participate in the 2013Tybee Island Pirate Fest! Highlights include a Pirate Victory Parade, Live Entertainment, Costume Contests, Children’s activities and the Thieves Market filled with treasures, grog, grub and more.

Tybee for the Holidays

November 22 – January 1, 2014


Experience Tybee Island in a different light! Tybee for the Holidays will offer plenty of family-friendly fun to brighten the holiday season. Special holiday activities planned from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day including a tree lighting celebration, Tybee Island Christmas Parade, Tybee Floating Christmas Parade and much more.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza

December 31, 2013


Ring in the New Year with a bang! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight from the beach or anywhere on the east side of Tybee Island.

Tybee Polar Plunge

January 1, 2014


Tybee beach

This event has become a Tybee tradition, held every January 1st at noon at the pier on the south end of the island. Invigorate your soul with a cleansing dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Funny hats and costumes are strongly encouraged at this family-friendly event.

Southern Living recently honored Tybee Island as one of America’s “Perfect Little Beach Towns.” Parentsmagazine has included Tybee on its annual list of the “Best Beaches for Families” and Fodor’s has named the island one of the “Best Family Beaches on the East Coast.”

“Tybee Island is an ideal year-round beach destination,” said Amy Gaster, president of the Tybee Island Tourism Council. “We offer beautiful sandy beaches, warm Southern hospitality and a wide range of activities throughout the year.”

For more information about Tybee Island and for a complete schedule of events, please visitwww.TybeeVisit.com.

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Tybee Island, Georgia, an island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic downtown Savannah, stands apart as one of America’s most authentic Southern beach towns. A laid-back year-round vacation destination, Tybee Island is home to fascinating forts, informative museums, a historic lighthouse complex and miles of sandy 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 visitwww.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


  1. Hi Lisa, Over the years I have been to several of the events on Tybee, always a good time. This year I’m planning to make it down for the Pirate Fest. It’s always a great weekend.


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