As the warm, balmy summer days roll into mild, cooler nights, you can tell that fall is in the air in Savannah. This historic city is breathtaking any time of the year, but it is even more special when the leaves begin to change, making the weather perfect for walking around. Before you begin planning your trip during the beautiful autumn months, be sure to book your stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn. Our local boutique hotel is the perfect homestead for you and your family in between adventures in this charming Southern town. Read on to find out some of the best things to do in the fall in Savannah GA.
Kick off your fall season the Southern way by attending Savannah’s second annual Bacon Fest. Yes- we said Bacon! On September 4th & 5th, bacon lovers can have their fill of all things crispy and delicious. Local restaurants will be serving a variety of bacon creations all weekend long, and vendors and artisans will be set up along Rousaki’s Plaza for festival-goers.
Or, simply enjoy the fresh air and learn more about Savannah by strolling through the historic district. You can even take a horse-drawn carriage ride or bus tour, where you’ll find picturesque homes, classic cobblestone streets, and red brick buildings that are draped in Spanish moss.
For music lovers, the week-long Savannah Jazz Festival begins on September 20th and celebrates all types of jazz, from traditional swing to funky blues. The festival is free and open to the public, so be sure to go out and enjoy the beautiful Savannah sites and sounds.
If you’re over the age of 21, Savannah’s Oktoberfest is an event that you can’t miss. Starting on October 2nd and continuing through the 5th, the 32nd annual Oktoberfest on River Street will have all of your German favorites, including a beer garden, concession stands, and even a Weiner dog race. In addition, attractions like live entertainment, fireworks, and arts & crafts exhibitors will bring the historic streets to life.
In the evening, a living history program titled Stranger than Fiction: An Exploration of the Extraordinary Old Savannah will take place every Friday and Saturday evening throughout October, allowing guests to step back in time and see what Savannah life was like during the 1820s.
Or, a trip to Tybee Island could serve as a peaceful refuge away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The tepid weather is perfect for enjoying the sunset over a wide, clean beach and warm, gentle ocean waves, and is a great end to a fun-filled day in Savannah.
As the temperature continues to cool off through November, there is plenty to see and explore indoors throughout the city. To learn more about Savannah’s unique and inspiring architecture, be sure to visit the Owens-Thomas House, a National Historic Landmark that was once a residence and is now considered one of the best examples of English architecture in America.
Or, if you’re an art-lover, visit the SCAD Museum of Art, which is a contemporary art museum featuring the work of highly-acclaimed artists that is meant to inspire and challenge the creativity of local SCAD students.
For those interested in Savannah’s maritime history, visit the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. There, guests can view models of famous ships, paintings, and artifacts dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Even when the weather is chilly, Savannah has plenty of museums and exhibits that are warm and inviting to all who visit.
Start planning your trip!
No matter the season, Savannah is the perfect place to learn about and experience Southern history and traditions. Now that you know some of the great things that Savannah has to offer throughout the fall, be sure to book your room at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, and download our FREE vacation guide for more ideas including restaurants, events, and sites!
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