Angie Celeste enjoys putting together events that aren't just for the LGBTQ community, but inclusive to everyone.
"That's why this is called Tybee Island Equality Fest," she says of the upcoming festival. Celeste is the owner of Events by Celeste LLC and an LGBTQ wedding expo planner.
"Making events for everyone is a better way to unify our community in a safe place, showing respect for everyone. This event is about unity, love, respect. It's nice to have a safe space where you can celebrate with your friends."
The Tybee Island Equality Fest will be Aug. 25-27 on Tybee Island, and is open to everyone while offering a safe space for the LGBTQ community. Events include everything from family outings like miniature golf, dolphin tours and kayaking to a little more adult fun like drag and burlesque shows and a black-light paint party.
Aug. 25 kicks off with the Happiest of Hours at Coco's starting at 3 p.m. and the Suit Up Swimsuit Party at Bubba Gumbo's beginning at 5 p.m.
Celeste says she hosts events at spots that are LGBTQ-friendly and also offer some of the best food and drinks on the island.
"I also like to get people out to spots that maybe they haven't been to before."
Also Aug. 25, the Equality Classic Island Mini Golf and Games family party starts at 5 p.m. At 10 p.m. things will really heat up with the first Over the Rainbow Drag Show at Huc-A-Poo's.
Start out Aug. 26 "centered and enlightened" with Beach Yoga followed by the Equality Beach Party on South Beach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celeste says the party will be in front of Fannie's on the Beach and offers families a great way to interact and make new friends.
"We have a great community here and I want to help create a space where they can find each other and make connections," Celeste said. "And, it's really important for children to meet each other, too."
The Tybee Equality Expo and Soiree takes place from 1-7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Celeste says the event is similar to the LGBTQ wedding expos she is known for creating, but the party will have "a little bit of everything." Tickets are $15 and children younger than 12 are admitted free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Savannah LGBT Center.
"It's a great way to showcase quality vendors that support the LGBTQ community."
At least 35 vendors will be there and the event features a professional photographer on site, cocktails, a DJ, dancing and more.
"I like to host these events because your wedding is supposed to be the best day of your life, and some people are met with angry letters explaining that they will not support them. You can come here and find people who are happy to work with you for any event you are planning."
Also Aug. 26, the Christy Alan Band is live at Fannie's on the Beach from 7-10 p.m. followed by the Cirque Du Chic Burlesque Show at Bernie's from 10-midnight and the Black Light Paint Party at the Sand Bar from 11 p.m to 2 a.m.
Everything will wrap up Aug. 27 with another session of Beach Yoga followed by Drag Your A** to Brunch at Fannie's On the Beach from noon to 2 p.m.
There is also a Kayak Tour at 10 a.m. You will need to contact North Island Surf and Kayak to reserve your spot. Then later in the afternoon, it's the Tea Dance with DJ OB1 Benobi at Fannie's from 3-6 p.m.
Celeste adds she hopes to organize more events like the Equality Fest in the future.
"I have a real passion for this," she says. "I feel honored to be able to do this. I just want to make Savannah stronger as a community."
IF YOU GO
What: Tybee Island Equality Fest
Where: Various locations on Tybee Island
When: Aug. 25-27