Tybee Island Pirate Festival began in 2005 with a few locals searching for an event to highlight the unique personality of the island. Escape the ordinary if only for a weekend. Join us for the annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest! Tybee Pirate Fest is fun for pirates of all ages. Tybee Pirate Fest Event Schedule THE 2020 FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Dear Pirates, For all the obvious reasons and respect for our community and visitors, we find it necessary to cancel the 2020 Tybee Island Pirate Festival. Know that we will spend our time and energy putting together the best 2021 Tybee Pirate Fest possible.