Savannah Music Festival

Spring has Sprung in Savannah

Spring events season is in full swing in Savannah! There’s plenty to do in April and May starting with the Savannah Music Festival March 28 – April 13, 2019. Now in its 30th season, visitors can enjoy performances by numerous artists and composers. Savannah Music Festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

If music isn’t your thing, Savannah Comic Con kicks off April 6 – 7 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Daily passes start at just $15.

If you’re visiting for the first time, you can book Savannah’s newest trolley tour, “Savannah for Morons” which takes a comedic approach to Savannah’s history. Operating on Fridays and Saturdays only, each tour is approximately 90 minutes in length and is intended for audiences 13+.

The Earth Day Festival is being held on Saturday, April 20th in Daffin Park beneath Savannah’s mighty Oaks. They’ll be conservation workshops, fashion shows, storytelling, entertainment and much more!

Tybee Wine Festival returns April 25 – 27 to Tybee Island where attendees can sip international wines and sample fresh coastal seafood and other culinary delights. Now in its 11th year, the Tybee Wine Festival will feature three uniquely different, wine and food experiences, combined with live musical performances.

If you’re in visiting for the Tybee Wine Festival, come show your support to fine a cure for breast cancer and participate in the 2019 Savannah Race for Cure on Saturday April 27th.

In addition to these events, there’s also the weekly Farmers Market at Forsyth Park on Saturdays from 9 AM – 1 PM, as well as the Early Bird Preservation Walking Tour, on Saturday mornings throughout April where visitors can explore the preservation history of Savannah’s East Side.

Need a place to stay? Book one of Luxury Living Savannah’s many vacation rentals in the historic district or on neighboring Tybee Island.

6 Top Things To Do St. Patrick’s Day Week In Savannah

The wearing of the green starts early and stays strong in Savannah. St. Patrick’s Day brings plenty of green fanfare from downtown and the riverfront out to nearby Tybee Island. The city’s strong Irish roots are responsible, and what started as a public procession of 13 Hibernian Society members in 1824 has grown into a month-long celebration that’s more of a season than a holiday. The festivities culminate with one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world. In fact, it’s third in size only behind the ones held in Dublin and New York City. An a la carte selection of events proceed the grand parade.

Celtic Cross Ceremony and Reception
One of the more reverent St. Pat’s events, the Celtic Cross Ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. It’s impressive to watch as bagpipes and drummers lead a procession of Irish families from attending mass at the Cathedral of St.John the Baptist to Emmet Park. Here they will place a wreath before the Celtic Cross Statue. Selected members of the Irish community will address the past, present, and future. It’s a tradition that honors the Irish community.

Jasper Green Ceremony
On Friday, March 15 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the Irish community will honor the armed forces from the past and present, at the Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony. A procession will begin at Johnson Square traveling south on Bull Street to Madison Square. They will gather around a monument honoring Jasper and his men. A Revolutionary War hero, Jasper is the son of Irish immigrants who came to colonies from Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball
One of the hottest parties of the year, the Fire Ball is a chance to meet and mingle with local firefighters and firefighters from around the World. Each year, the IAFF Savannah Firefighters invite all to this grand event. Live music, an open bar, heavy hor d’ourves, a silent auction, and raffle prizes kick-start St. Pat’s weekend. It takes place Friday, March 15, 2019, from 6-10 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Riverstreet is Party Central all year long, so it’s no surprise to find the biggest, best,(and longest) St. Patrick’s Day party on the Riverfront. The partying starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, March 15 and lasts until midnight on Sunday. It’s a sort of mini Mardi Gras with green beads, green beer, and music on multiple stages. Food and drink vendors from local restaurants will be on hand with Irish food and other goodies.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Savannah’s famous St. Patrick’s Day parade has been going on rain or shine for over 190 years, only halted four times by the Civil War and World War I. The parade has grown in size to last around four hours. Fill up on a big breakfast at a downtown restaurant that includes green grits and claim your spot early along the parade route. It’s a highly entertaining parade with dozens of marching bands, Irish clans, dignitaries, dancers, the Clydesdales, and lots of colorful floats. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, March 16 out of respect for churchgoers since St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday. It starts around 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.

Tybee Island St. Patrick’s Events
If you’re staying out at Tybee for the weekend, all the funky island bars celebrate the holiday heartily. Tybee also includes some Irish culture along with the celebrating, too. If you’re on the island on Thursday, March 15, you can enjoy an entertaining evening of music, culture, and history with Harry O’Donoghue, an Irish folksinger, songwriter, and storyteller. He performs all over the U.S. and Ireland with a repertoire of folk songs from the old country accompanied by his guitar and bodhran, an Irish hand drum. The show takes place at the Tybee Post Theater on Van Horn Street at 7 p.m.

If you want to spend the rest of the weekend at the beach and still take part in the Savannah festivities, you’re in luck. Old Trolley Tours will again offer their shuttle service that runs to downtown from Midtown and Tybee Island. Beginning on Friday from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., the shuttle will make continuous runs every 30 minutes from the Tybee Island Lighthouse, DeSoto Beach Hotel, and Hotel Tybee. Saturday’s schedule begins at 6:00 a.m. and lasts until 11:00 p.m. It’s a safe and cheap ride at $15 one way and $20 round trip.

Romance in Savannah

Valentine’s Day in Savannah

Carriage rides to romantic candlelit dinners, cobblestone streets, and old Victorian mansions among majestic live oaks make Savannah getaways perfect for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps it’s part of the reason Savannah was recently named as the third best romantic getaway in America by U.S. News. Don’t overlook Savannah getaways for the whole family, either. Valentine’s Day 2019 falls on a Thursday this year followed by a long President’s Day weekend (no school on Monday).

The weather is usually mild in Savannah this time of year, and the winter Camellias are in full bloom. The crowds are gone out at nearby Tybee Island, and the beach is perfect for hunting shells on a long winter beach walk. It’ll be chilly enough after dark to snuggle up in front of a romantic fire in a condo or vacation home. It’s a short drive into Savannah where there’s always something going on from visiting the city’s museums to partying on the riverfront. Here are some suggestions for an exciting and romantic Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend for Savannah getaways.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise
Savannah Riverboat Cruises love to celebrate holidays, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Celebrate with them on a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise February 14th, 15th or 16th. The two-hour cruise features a four-course dinner, live entertainment, house wine or champagne, a bouquet of fresh-cut roses, and dancing, all in one inclusive price. Even the menu sounds romantic: She-crab Soup, Georgia Peach Salad, Filet Mignon Au Poivre, Riverboat Crème Brulee, and more. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. and departure is at 7 p.m. Make reservations in advance.

AURA Fest
Held on Saturday, Feb. 16, AURA Fest is a one-day underground rock festival to be held at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. There will be food trucks, music, and other activities. It’s all a part of Crossing Horizons, an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Steamship Savannah’s historic voyage in 1819 that ushered in a new era of oceanic travel.

Savannah Irish Festival
A prelude to the huge St. Patrick’s Day festival in Savannah next month, the Savannah Irish Festival has been held each year in February for over three decades. The festival brings top Irish musical acts and Irish dancers, and lots of fun activities to Georgia’s oldest city. It all happens on the weekend of Feb 1-17th at the Savannah Civic Center. Find out more at savannahirish.org.

Savannah Black Heritage Festival
Since February is Black History Month, this festival begins on the first and continues until the 21st, so you’ll get to experience some of the best of the festival over Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend. It’s celebrated through the visual and performing arts, cultural education, crafts, and ethnic cuisine. There will be music in every genre, lectures, historic tours, and more. Find out more at savannahblackheritage festival.com.

Savannah Book Festival
Since it’s February, celebrate your love for books at this annual festival held this year on Feb.14th-16th. Over 40 authors will gather in seven venues scattered throughout Savannah’s beautiful squares in the Historic District. Author presentations are free and open to the public on Saturday. Get tickets for all other events at tickets.savannahboxoffice.com.

Things to do during the Off-Season this January

January may be the off-season for Savannah, but whether you’re here for work or pleasure, there’s still plenty to do while visiting.

Polar Plunge
Ring in the New Year with the Polar Plunge on Tybee Island!  Registration is required to participate: adults $25, children $15.   Click here to learn more.

Forsyth Farmers Market
The weekly farmers market continues through Winter in the southern part of Forsyth Park on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM

Second Saturday Art Walk
Join us on January 12 for Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk!   Visit several Historic District art galleries. Free to the public, but RSVP is required to attend.  Read event details here.

Unity 5K on MLK 5K & Music Festival
Benefiting Blessings in a Book Bag, an organization that distributes food to struggling families, this fundraiser features a 5K race and a music festival in Forsyth Park.  Whether running or walking, or just enjoying music, please support this worthy cause on January 19th.

PULSE Art & Technology Festival, January 23-27 2019
Calling all techies!  Enjoy an evening exploring the future of design, a showcase of Savannah-made videogames, video installations, youth workshops, lectures, and more at the Festival of technology-based art, hosted by Telfair Museums at the Jepson Center. Regular museum admission applies.  Click here for more information.

Savannah Restaurant Week Returns January 25 – February 5 2019
Savannah Restaurant Week returns with special menus and discounted dining at Savannah area restaurants.  One of our favorite weeks of the year!  Learn more

Savannah New Year's Eve

Ring in 2019 Savannah Style

This New Year’s, toast to the future in a city with a rich and colorful past. Ring in 2019 in Georgia’s oldest city and one of the oldest in the nation. Come to Savannah and create your own itinerary for saying goodbye to the old and welcoming in the new. You’ll find plenty of cool activities to choose from.

New Year’s Eve Afternoon
Begin with experiencing the city’s history. Old Savannah Tours has a variety of tours that bring history to life. Visit Old Fort Jackson where they stage daily cannon firings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This national historic landmark has daily interactive programs. Drive a little further out to Tybee Island and tour a light station with a history dating back to 1736.

New Year’s Eve Night
For the dinner hour, mix history with entertainment at the City Market. The place Savannahians gathered for goods and services in the 1700s is now full of restaurants, pubs, galleries, and shops. The market will feature live music outdoors on New Year’s Eve.

If there’s anything other than history and ghosts this town is famous for it’s the drinking, and since it all began with pirates and rum, it’s just another part of Savannah’s history. Embrace it with a bar crawl. If you’re wondering, bar crawling is well-organized bar hopping, and Stafford Productions does it well with their themed bar crawls. (Gobble Wobble, 12 Bars of Christmas.) It’s a race, of sorts, and you earn drink specials and free stuff along the way. Best of all, a portion goes to charity. Register for this event online or at Stafford’s Public House on Factor’s Walk.

Keep your ball drop, NYC. Savannah’s answer to a midnight countdown is Up the Cup. This year marks the 6th year for this event on Rousaki Riverfront Plaza. The final minutes of the year are marked by a giant to-go cup that moves up, not down. A fireworks display follows.

Beachside Celebrations
Pyrotechnic freaks will want to put Tybee Island’s firework’s display on their agenda. In fact, one option is to change your itinerary and remain beachside for the evening after touring the Tybee Lighthouse. Tybee’s display is the largest New Year’s display in the Southeastern U.S. It launches from the pier when the clock strikes twelve. Don’t worry about food, bars, and entertainment. You’ll find plenty at this lively beachside town. Be sure to make lodging arrangements well in advance if you want to stay overnight.

New Year’s Day
Whether staying at the beach or in town, you’ll have some great options for a hearty New Year’s Day breakfast or brunch. Go for shrimp and grits at Huey’s On the River near the Historic District. Out at Tybee, you’ll see why the line is long at the Breakfast Club where the atmosphere rivals the homemade breakfast fare. Don’t be surprised if a spirit drifts by to tease you.

Either way, you’ll want to be at the beach at noon for the 2019 Tybee Polar Plunge. Around 2,000 brave souls will dash into the chilly Atlantic waters. Watch from the pier or a beachfront bar or better yet, register and take the plunge along with them. You’ll get an official collector’s item t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Tybee Post Theater.

You’ve likely learned about other great things to do around Savannah, and that’s a good thing because you can add them to next year’s itinerary.

Holidays in Savannah

Spend the Holidays in Savannah

Holidays in Savannah
The historic city of Savannah begins its whirlwind of holiday events on Thanksgiving weekend. After ushering in the season with a host of events like the Holiday Lights Trolley tour, a lively musical at the local theatre, and a spectacular moonlit boat parade, the celebrations keep on coming for Savannahians and their guests. From pub crawls to tree lightings, you’re sure to find plenty of holiday events around town to help celebrate this joyous season.

City Market Christmas
Savannahians like to celebrate their colorful history all year, and especially at Christmas. City Market has been the heart of this city since the 1700s. Get a glimpse of the Old Country’s Christmas while strolling through the two blocks of the market lit with over 500 luminares as carolers sing. Shop for gifts, get a glimpse of Father Christmas, and let the kids make ornaments and decorate cookies.

Christmas at the Beach
Savannah’s beach gets into the holiday spirit every year with its Lights On For Tybee celebration. Slated for Nov. 30, 2018, the event begins with a performance by the very talented flutist Mary D. The mayor will officiate the lighting of the big tree in the roundabout. A choir will lead guests to the steps of the historic Carbo House for more holiday entertainment. The kids will get a special thrill when “snowflakes” gently fall throughout the evening courtesy of the Sea & Breeze on Tybrisa Street.

The Tybee Island Christmas Parade follows the next day on Dec. 1 beginning at 1 p.m. It promises to deliver all the charm of a small town Christmas parade as it winds its way from the 14th Street parking lot to Butler Avenue where it will dismantle at the Tybee Gym. The YMCA will sponsor treats and a photo op with Santa.

Holiday Pops
There’s nothing like music to get into the holiday mood. You’ll be singing along with your favorite Christmas tunes with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus when they will ring in the holidays with melody along with American Traditions Competition Gold Medalist Erica Gabriel. It happens on Fri. Dec. 7 & Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, in the Johnny Mercer Theatre. The Moon River crooner promises to be there in spirit.

Holiday Tour of Homes & Inns
This grand tour will give you a chance to experience the exquisite architecture and furnishings of some of Savannah’s finest homes and inns all decorated for the season. Between the oohs and aahs, you’ll be making mental notes to add to your own decor. You’ll have plenty of time. It takes place on Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, with two four-hour sessions. Get tickets and more info at https://savannahphilharmonic.org/concerts/holiday-pops

Reindeer Run
Run, run Rudolf to the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Sat. Dec. 15th to participate in this fun and charitable event. It involves an 8K, kiddie race, and games and activities for everyone at any age. It all begins at 8:45 a.m. Your $30 fee gets lots of fun and benefits the local Prevention Education program at the Rape Crisis Center.

Thanksgiving in Savannah

Thanksgiving Savannah Style

Things To Do Thanksgiving Weekend
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season in most places and Savannah is no exception. But in this South Georgia city, the maples are still aflame at the end of November as holiday lights are strung around the Historic District’s parks and squares. The weather is mostly warm and dry making it the perfect time for the many holiday-themed performances and seasonal activities. Whether passing through as you go “over the river and through the wood” to visit relatives or are looking for a special late fall getaway, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to do over Thanksgiving weekend in Savannah. Check out these special seasonal events happening Thanksgiving weekend in Savannah.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise
Thanksgiving Day happens Nov. 22 this year, and once again, the Georgia Queen will chug up the river as it does on many a holiday. This trip is distinguished by a traditional Southern (pass the cornbread dressing, please) Thanksgiving Dinner. You’ll feel very American as the red, white, and blue-decked paddle-wheel riverboat departs near the spot where General James Oglethorpe landed way back in 1733. Of course, there will be drinks and dancing too as you sail past the historic riverfront, the world famous Waving Girl, and the tip of Old Fort Jackson. Make your reservations at 9 E. River St. or online at savannahriverboat.com.

“A Christmas Tradition” at Savannah Theatre
With all the glamour and glitz of Broadway, the Savannah Theatre is set to present “A Christmas Tradition” for its 14th year on Nov. 22-Dec. 24, 2018. The whole family is sure to get into the holiday spirit at this lively two-hour variety show. All your classic holiday favorites come to life with a live band and award-winning cast of singers. Sing along with Frosty, Santa, his dancing reindeer, and singing elves. Shows start at 8 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday evenings. You can also catch the show at a special matinee performance on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3. p.m. Find out more at savannahtheatre.com or call the box office at (912) 233-7764.

Boat Parade Of Lights Cruise
The Boat Parade of Lights is easily one of the most beloved things to do over Thanksgiving weekend in Savannah. Each year the Riverfront kicks off the holiday season with a parade of more than 30 gayly-lit boats. Events begin at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 and include a tree lighting ceremony, holiday concessions, musical entertainment, and more concluding with a fireworks display. Treat yourself to the best way to see the parade by booking a Savannah Riverboat cruise. Board the Georgia Queen as she leads the way. You’ll have the best seats in Savannah as you enjoy live music, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Board at 6.p.m to take off by 7 p.m. Find out more at the Savannah Riverboat Cruises website.

Holiday Sights Trolley Tour
Hop on a trolley with an “elf conductor” and enjoy caroling while passing by elaborately decorated historic homes and city squares. The 21st Annual Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights Tour returns this year to transport guests back to the 1800s and see a 19th century family holiday. This tour stops at the historic Isaiah Davenport House and the Massie Heritage Center. You can go any night of the week all through November and December. It’s a popular tour, so be sure to make reservations. The tours depart at 214 W. Boundary Street. Find out more at www.trolleytours.com/savannah/christmas-holiday-tour

Food and Wine Festival 2018

Savannah Food & Wine Festival 2018

Autumn is a perfect time of year for visiting Savannah, Georgia. The heat of summer is replaced by cool breezes, and the leaves turn into a captivating background of orange, red, and yellow. It’s the time of year when Southern hospitality is at its best, with many opportunities for things to do in Savannah.

Savannah is well known for our historic beauty, creative spirit, and haunted places. Our residents love to socialize, but one of the best things about Savannah is the food and wine. The Savannah Food & Wine Festival is a week-long celebration of culinary delights that runs from November 5 until November 11, and it should not be missed when you’re visiting Savannah.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of Lowcountry cuisine and a way to experience a taste of real Southern cooking. This is a chance to enjoy the best locally sourced food and meet the hottest chefs and vintners in the business. The opportunities to try new dishes and wine are bountiful, and you will leave with a new appreciation for our traditional and bold flavors.

In Savannah, we strive to impress our visitors. Each day of the festival will bring an event that’s new and exciting. The week starts with a step into luxury at the Alida Hotel for Whisky on the Water. This event kicks off the festival right, giving guests the opportunity to taste the most excellent distilled spirits. Chat with brand ambassadors while learning new cocktail recipes, or just enjoy the waterfront view.

The following day, attend the Celebrity Chef Tour, hosted by the James Beard Foundation. The evening begins with a champagne reception, followed by a gourmet six-course dinner. The guest chefs have been hand-picked by the James Beard Foundation, and are the best chefs in the South. The event will include wine experts who have carefully created wine pairings for the enjoyment of the attendees.

Two of the most popular events are the Secret Savannah Speakeasy and the River Street Stroll. In Savannah, we take our history seriously and love to dress in period costumes – we think you’ll like it too. The Secret Savannah Speakeasy is a costumed event held at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Join us in your best 1920’s gear as you sip designer cocktails. Later in the week, the River Street Stroll offers more opportunities for sampling local fare while enjoying the riverfront.

If you’re looking for things to do in Savannah, mark the date on the calendar and come to the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. We look forward to providing you with the best local food and spirits in the Lowcountry.

Halloween in Savannah

Top 6 Things To Do In Savannah for Halloween

Spanish moss drapes the trees in this lively and artistic city. Home of SCAD art college, Savannah is one of the most happening places in the south. If you love the nightlife, you need to add a visit to Savannah at the top of your bucket list. With it’s pirate feel and endless legends, Halloween is the best time to visit Savannah and wander the famous cobblestone River Street. If you are brave enough, here are some of Savannah’s top attractions for you thrill seekers and a guide for your stay.

Where to Stay: Savannah Vacation Rentals

Before getting into the spooktacular things that Savannah has to offer, you will want to get set up in a nice place. After a long night of frights and inebriated fun, you are going to want to settle down in a place where you feel comfortable and safe. Before your visit, take a look at these gorgeous Savannah vacation rentals that have plenty of Georgia charm. Once you have decided on lodging, you can start planning your activities. Here are some of the favorite things to do in Savannah that locals and visitors are raving about.

Top 6 Things To Do in Savannah

Here are six ways you can spend your Halloween in Savannah.

1. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Based on the book by John Berendt, the tour explores the life of an antique dealer named Jim Williams. It includes a tour of the Bonaventure cemetery and the Mercer house. It is one of the most popular Savannah tours because it is based on true events. Many people visit Savannah specifically for this tour!

2. Ghosts and Gravestones

Savannah is one of America’s most haunted cities. The Ghosts and Gravestones tour takes you on a frightening trolley adventure. You’ll go through the historic district of Savannah and explore the most eerie places and legends.

3. Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour

There’s no better place to go on a haunted pub tour than Savannah, Georgia! If you are looking to hear some bone-chilling lore while cracking open a cold one, this tour is for you. It’s a perfect combination of Savannah’s biggest attractions; booze and the dead.

4. Moon River Brewing Company

Paranormal happenings are “normal” in the Moon River Beer House. The lady in white can be spotted at the top of the staircase. Sometimes, the ghostly residents of this restaurant play jokes on guests and hurl beer bottles. The basement is the most active spot in this brewery and guests are advised to stay away.

5. Factor’s Walk

Factor’s Walk is named after the cotton factors that made Savannah rich in the 19th century. It is one of the most sinister spots in Savannah, which is why it isn’t widely discussed. Some say that you can catch shadow figures roaming the tunnels. It has also been said that those spirits follow the living to their next destination.

6. Forsyth Park and the Old Candler Hosptial

Now a law school, many ghost tours still stop by the Old Candler Hospital. In 1876, yellow fever stormed Savannah. Diseased residents went to Candler Hospital hoping for a miracle. Hundreds died in Candler Hospital and were buried in the tunnels. Forsyth Park is right next to the hospital. It is said that the burial tunnels lie under the park where children now play.

No matter how you choose to spend Halloween in Savannah, the stories you will hear will stick with you long after your glass is empty.

Oktoberfest 2018

Oktoberfest on River Street

Nobody does Oktoberfest quite like Savannah. All the food and drink establishments on historic River Street make it the perfect backdrop for German food, a variety of beers, and live entertainment. This 3 day festival kicks off October 5 – 7, 2018 and has been dubbed Savannah’s party of the fall.

Take part in the fun with a sausage eating contest, wiener dog races, and chicken dances. There will be live entertainment all weekend long on the Arbor Stage and regional arts and crafts vendors will exhibit.

This event is not only fun, but it’s supporting two equally worthy causes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes and the Savannah Humane Society.

Oktoberfest is free to attend. So mark your calendars, pack your lederhosen out, and get ready to spend a weekend eating bratwursts, giant pretzels, and drinking fine German bier.

Come to Savannah for Oktoberfest, but while you’re here, be sure not to miss out on the other great attractions in Savannah including a day trip over to neighboring Tybee Island hosting the 2018 Pirate Fest October 4 – 6th.