Annual Festivals in Savannah

Annual Festivals in SavannahSavannah GA is an ideal place for community-wide festivals. The lovely setting and almost year-round beautiful weather make this a great location. Here are a few of the more than 200 city-wide annual festivals in Savannah.

January

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration- this festival highlights the life of this civil rights pioneer.

February

Georgia Heritage Society’s Colonial Fair and Muster- this celebrates the founding of the Colony of Georgia which was started in Savannah by James E. Oglethorpe on February 12, 1733. These events are designed to promote the preservation of the history, historical sites, documents and other materials that are so important to the heritage of this state and country.

Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival- This event features dance performances, musical concerts, lectures and art exhibits.

Savannah Irish Festival- This event is held at the Savannah Civic Center Arena in the historic district to showcase the grand culture of Ireland.

March

First Saturday on the River- River Street is always a hub for much activity and on the first Saturday of the month you can enjoy local art, crafts, entertainment and food with the whole family. This event is held every month from March until December.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration- This is the nation’s second largest and the South’s most famous celebration of St. Patrick. There are many events, the most notable being the parade. This is a city-wide party where you do not want to be caught in any color but green! Even the fountain in Forsyth Park is dyed green! There is even an app for your phone to help you plan and to show you the parade route!!

Savannah Music Festival- This 15 day festival, held in the heart of the historic district, features world-class music of a wide variety of genres including blues, classical, jazz, and bluegrass.

Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens- This annual spring event offers self-guided walking tours through private homes and gardens in Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District.

April

First Saturday on the River

SCAD International Festival- This festival celebrates the college’s international art community. Highlights include international cuisine, dance, demonstrations, music, a global fashion show, and art and cultural displays.

N.O.G.S. Tour of Hidden Gardens– Different private gardens are selected each year for their design, historical interest and general beauty. A walking tour includes eight walled gardens plus the Massie School garden.

Sidewalk Art Festival- This unique event features SCAD students drawing in chalk, creating unique and original works of art, right on the sidewalks of Forsyth Park. There is also a student and faculty art exhibition, fair, food, and children’s and youth areas for younger artists.

Savannah Garden Expo- Features an open-air market, gardens on display, workshops, demonstrations, seminars and other lectures.

Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, PCA Champions Tour- A must see for those who love the game and enjoy some of the best players.

May

First Saturday on the River

Savannah Shakespeare Festival- Live Shakespeare classics are performed at the City Lights Theater. There are even special performances for kids.

Scottish Games Festival- These are the traditional Scottish Games featuring competitions, clan displays and booths, food and drink, bagpipe music and other Scottish music.

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade- this features a huge water fight and parade of water warriors that is sure to usher in the start of summer family style.

SCAD Sand Arts Festival- This annual event features student made sand creations on the beach at Tybee Island.

June

First Saturday on the River

Savannah Asian Festival- Features the cultures of China, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Korea, Thailand, and Pakistan to showcase their talents.

July

First Saturday on the River

Fourth of July on the Waterfront- features regional artists, food, fun, and fireworks over the Savannah River.

Fourth of July Fireworks on the Beach- held at Tybee Island

August

First Saturday on the River

Seafood and Music Festival- A two-day event that features local and national musical performances and Tybee Island cuisine.

September

First Saturday on the River

Savannah Jazz festival– This week-long event promotes and preserves this art form of blues and jazz music by many great musicians.

October

First Saturday on the River

Oktoberfest- features arts, crafts, food, live entertainment, beer, weiner dog races, bands, and bratwurst tasting right there on the river.

Picnic in the Park- This unique event floods the area with symphonic music of local and regional musicians plus offers a creative culinary and picnic design competition.

Savannah Greek Festival- This three-day festival includes authentic Greek foods, pastries, products, and live music

Savannah Film festival- This features the best in independent, innovative and influential films and videos from around the world and includes panel discussions and presentations by visiting artists.

November

First Saturday on the River

Savannah Seafood Festival on the River– includes live entertainment, local art, crafts, daily beach party bash and more.

Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights– Kick off the Holiday Season on the waterfront! More than 60 decorated yachts and sailboats parade along the Savannah River just before a fireworks display. This is part of Southern Lights, a Savannah Holiday Celebration.

Southern Lights Tree of Lights– this is a long standing tradition of lighting the community Christmas tree. Sing-a-longs and entertainment are highlights of the evening.

December

First Saturday on the River

Christmas on the River– Arts and Crafts to help you complete your shopping, a Christmas parade, carolers, bells, and Santa all make this a fun and joyful time for you and the family.

Holiday Tour of Homes– Self-guided walking tour of private homes in the Historic District, all decorated for Christmas.

City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration– This is an outdoor street party with live music and entertainment for the whole family.

So, as you see, there is something for everyone during every month of the year in Savannah! As you make your plans, don’t forget to book your reservations at the B and B voted best of Savannah– President’s Quarters Inn, located in the heart of the Historic District and close by to all of these events. You may even want to check out some of their special vacation packages such as the Romantic Getaway, or the Very Savannah Experience, or the Honeymoon Package. Click here to check for availability today!  

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