Savannah Oktoberfest

Fall Festivals in Savannah 2018

Fall is an invigorating season anywhere, and Savannah is no exception. A crisp breeze blows in a new energy everyone feels. Friends gather in the sports bars on Riverstreet to cheer on the Dawgs. Bikers and joggers hit the squares and Forsyth Park where the trees are tinged with color. Nights are especially pleasant and a good time to book a ghost tour in a city noted for lingering spirits. Out at the beach on Tybee, the crowds have thinned. It’s another good reason to visit Savannah and squeeze in some more beach time.

Savannahians know to take advantage of the perfect weather and plan fall events accordingly. Savannah vacation rentals book quickly, so plan your fall getaway soon and visit Savannah. You’ll find exceptional Savannah vacation rentals from Downtown to Tybee. Here are a few festivals to enjoy when you visit Savannah this fall.

Picnic in the Park
What’s better than a picnic in the park? A picnic in the park with music and food vendors. Picnic in the Park is an annual event sponsored by the Savannah Philharmonics that takes place in historic Forsyth Park. It’s the city’s largest outdoor music event with around 20,000 people attending to celebrate the city’s local musicians, school groups, and the Savannah Philharmonic. The 2018 event takes place on October 7 from 3-9:30 p.m. Picnic in the Park is free! Look for Forsyth Park south of Gaston Street between Drayton and Whitaker.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest
If you’re in town the weekend of Oct, 4-7, dress up like a pirate and go out to Tybee Island and join the fun at their annual Pirate Fest. It’s a unique event suitable for the whole family. It’s full of live music, performers, a parade, and plenty of surprises. The kids will love the carnival at Little Matey’s Cove, and everyone will get a kick out of the hilarious Buccaneer Ball. It’s the kickoff event held on Thursday night at the popular Crab Shack on Estill Hammock Rd.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Savannah Jazz Festival
September 23-29 is the date set for the 37th Savannah Jazz Festival. It’s a Savannah tradition that has become a part of the city’s culture. The sultry sounds just sort of blend in. Sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Association and the City of Savannah, the festival features local, regional, and international jazz. You’ll experience jazz from traditional swing to Dixieland to funky down-home sounds. Daily events and venues vary. Check out savannahjazzfest.com for more info.

Savannah Jazz Festival

Oktoberfest
Nobody does Oktoberfest quite like Savannah. All the food and drink establishments on Riverstreet make it the perfect backdrop for German food, a variety of beers, and live entertainment. At the same time, you can take in all the neat shopping on Riverstreet. Held on Oct. 5-7, the event features food vendors, regional arts and crafts, and music on the Arbor Stage.

Savannah OktoberfestSavannah Film Festival
You don’t have to travel to Cannes to attend a film festival. Thanks to Savannah’s iconic College of Art and Design (SCAD), you can take in eight days of celebrating the cinema at the Savannah Film Festival. Experience cinematic creativity from both professional and student filmmakers. This year the event will be held Oct. 27-Nov. 3. Venues include the Lucas Theatre for the Arts at 32 Abercorn St., Trustees Theater at 216 E. Broughton St., Gutstein Gallery,201 E. Broughton St., and SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Get more info and tickets at the Savannah Film Festival website.

Getaways in Savannah

Planning Fall Getaways in Savannah

Great dining, wine tastings, and the nightlife on River Street are a few of the things that put girlfriend getaways in Savannah at the top of the list for weekend getaways. Whether you’re celebrating one of life’s milestones or simply need a break, you’ll find Savannah vacation rentals in an enchanting historical setting.

Fall is just around the corner meaning cooler temps for browsing art festivals and booking historic walking tours. Stately live oaks and lush gardens in town squares provide the perfect backdrop for girlfriend getaways in Savannah. Gather your friends and check out Savannah vacation rentals for your fall getaway. Luxury Living Savannah has condos, apartments, and private homes close to all the activities and events scheduled this fall.

Summer lasts a little longer at the beach, and nearby Tybee Island is one of the reasons girlfriend getaways in Savannah are so popular. Luxury Living Savannah has oceanfront and ocean view rentals to fit every group size. Spend the weekend on the beach or divide your time between the island and downtown. Let the following fall events in Savannah be your guide to planning a weekend getaway in Savannah.

Savannah Craft Brew Fest
Wind down summer on the first Saturday afternoon of September by sampling beers from around the world on the other side of the Savannah River. The Savannah Craft Brew Fest takes place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. The festival features indoor and outdoor beer gardens, mixology seminars, and of course plenty of great food. You can get a free complimentary water ride from Belle’s Ferry Landing or go by car. There’s ample parking.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is held the third weekend in October. Seafood lovers from across the southeast attend this annual event for the best seafood around. In between all the great food and beverages, you’ll enjoy local and national entertainment on two stages and a carnival midway. There are also arts and crafts and business booths to browse and shop from. The event takes place at J. F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar St.

Oktoberfest On Riverstreet
Go German Savannah style at Oktoberfest on Riverstreet. Wash down authentic German cuisine with a variety of beers from the beer garden at the 35th annual festival on October 5-7,2018. The festival’s Wiener Dog Races have become world famous. Regional arts and craft’s exhibits are around all weekend. Enjoy live entertainment on the Arbor Stage.

Savannah Greek Festival
The Greek food, dancing, and live music get better every year at Savannah’s annual Greek Festival. This year marks 68 years for the traditional event. The Greek foods and desserts are homemade and the music, dancing, and shopping celebrate Greek culture. The 3-day event will be held at the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center on West Anderson Street Oct. 11-13,2018.

Savannah Jazz Festival
The Coastal Jazz Association and the Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs work together to produce the annual Savannah Jazz Festival. The free week-long event (Sept. 23-29) is held at various venues, but the grand finale is on the weekend at Forsyth Park. Peter Fish, Bernie Williams, and the Bryce Eastwood Band are a few of this year’s headliners. For the best taste in jazz, plan to attend the traditional jam sessions held on weekend nights at 11:00 p.m. Thursday night’s jam will be held at the Rancho Alegre Restaurant on MLK Blvd. The Friday and Saturday night jams will be at the De Soto Hotel Ballroom on Liberty Street.

Savannah Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival

Savannah Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival

Summer is in full swing in Savannah and out on Tybee Island. It’s time to plan that summer getaway before it’s too late. The next big Savannah summer fest, the Savannah Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival will be celebrating their fifth year this August 9th-12th. The 2018 event will again be held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island.

The Westin is a free ferry ride away from the Historic District and a short drive from Tybee making it the perfect event to plan a vacation around. Since the Seafood and Spirits Festival has become the talk of the town, book your accommodations early. Luxury Living Savannah has exclusive options for your Savannah vacation rentals from the Historic District to the beach at Tybee Island. Relax after saturating yourself with gourmet seafood and exotic cocktails in homier styles of Savannah vacation rentals. Luxury Living Savannah offers beautifully refurbished residences that will make you feel more like a local during your stay.

Book your Savannah vacation rentals for the entire four-day festival and be entertained by celebrity chefs, top mixologists, and live entertainment. The kick-off event on Thursday, August 9th is the “Coastal Chef’s Table” to be held in the Westin Grand Ballroom. Dinner is a 5-course culinary journey of gourmet eats paired with fine wines, specialty cocktails, and Flagship spirits. Westin chefs will team up with guest chefs from exclusive Lowcountry restaurants to create each course. Guests get to see kitchen preparations via live audio and video. The event is held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $125.

On Friday from 6:30-9:00 p.m. the Lowcountry Picnic and Concert takes place on the Harbor boardwalk and Westin’s luxurious lawns along the river. Delicious seafood and cocktails will be accompanied by the sounds of the Zac Brown tribute band 20 Ride. It’s Southern music with the backdrop of a stunning sunset for the ultimate seafood experience. Everyone gets beverage samples and you can purchase beer and cocktails. The cost is $60.

Saturday, August 11th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. brings the annual “AquaCurean Challenge.” The cost is $65 per person. Top chefs from local and regional restaurants will join the best mixologists and bartenders in the business to create tantalizing food and beverage tastings. You get to vote for your favorites. So far, the confirmed 2018 line-up includes US Foods, Aqua Star, Top Deck, Fish, Congress Street Up, Chromatic Dragon and more. Get a special VIP ticket for an added on-dock experience at the Westin Harbor Marina.

The Seafood & Spirits Festival concludes with the “Fresh Catch & Cocktails Jazz Brunch” on Sunday, August 12th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Aqua Star Southern Coastal Kitchen. Celebrate the grand finale with shrimp tails and other seafood bites at a breakfast brunch complete with champagne and a Bloody Mary bar. Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Trio will perform with live music. The $65 dollar admission will include a very special AquaCurean gift, and spirit partners will have a few special surprises.

The Seafood & Spirits Festival is quickly becoming the top summer event in town. Over 1,000 people attended last year and more are expected for the 2018 event. Book early at Luxury Living Savannah and find out what it’s all about.

Things to do on Tybee Island

Planning Your Tybee Island Beach Vacation

Visiting Tybee Island
Tybee Island, Georgia, attracts thousands of visitors each summer due to the white sandy beaches and close proximity to Savannah. However, the visitors to the island return each year because of all the fun Tybee Island events and the amazing amenities at the luxurious Tybee Island rentals.   Read our staff’s favorite things to do when planning your Tybee Island Beach Vacation!

Things to Do

Of course, a Tybee Island beach vacation wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. There are a plethora of options for enjoying the water including jet skiing, surfing, fishing, kayaking, and so much more. You can even take private lessons if this is one of your first times on the water.

Wanting an up-close tour of the action? Try a dolphin tour. There are various groups on the island that host tours. You can view the bottle-nosed dolphins enjoying their natural habitat. Also, you’ll see a lot of Tybee Island’s water-loving residents, out fishing for shrimp or enjoying an evening sail.

Tybee Island events really pick up over the summer, especially as Independence Day approaches. If you’re visiting Tybee Island over the 4th, you can expect to see a spike in tourists, as well as a lot more activity. The fireworks display is a huge attraction, as visitors can see a magnificent display over the water, right off the Pier. Although, generally the display is so grand it can be viewed from anywhere on the island.

Places to Go

There are plenty of can’t-miss places to visit on Tybee Island. One of the most popular attractions is the Tybee Lighthouse. The historic lighthouse dates back to 1732 and has been a beacon for the island ever since. There is also an on-site museum with over five centuries of historical artifacts discovered on the island.

Visitors will also want to check out the Tybee Marine Science Center. The Science Center hosts guided tours of the local aquatic life, including through a marsh or along the coast. There’s also a Turtle Talk, that discusses the anatomy and natural adaptations of the local sea turtles.

Naturally, you’ll also want to check out the area shopping. The island is full of unique boutiques and gift shops, so visitors can be sure to remember their island vacation. Be sure to check out the local art galleries too to see the local talent. And, of course, be sure to try out the local cuisine. The various restaurants all have a vast selection of the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted.

Places to Stay

Easily one of the most popular Tybee Island rentals is through Luxury Living Savannah. The oceanfront and ocean-view luxury properties will make your Tybee Island beach vacation feel like living in paradise. Luxury Living Savannah has rentals with accommodations up to 16 guests, so you can choose whether you want to have a fun family get-together or just an intimate weekend getaway with your loved one.

When visiting Tybee Island, guests can enjoy the area’s popular restaurants, or choose to stay at their home away from home and cook in, as each unit is equipped with a full kitchen and dining space. Also, there’s plenty to do staying in as the rentals include decks or patios to try and spot the various sealife or just sit and enjoy the cool ocean air.

There’s no shortage of activity or places to visit on the Island. So, one thing we know for sure, after visiting, you’ll be ready to plan your next Tybee Island Beach Vacation through Luxury Living Savannah properties.

Things to do in Savannah and on Tybee Island

Fun Things to do in Savannah and on Tybee Island this Summer

Savannah and Tybee Island July and August Events

Summers in Savannah heat up with more than the weather. The South Georgia city sizzles with the hottest events and festivals you’ll find anywhere. From the Historic District to the Riverfront and out to Tybee Island, you’ll find lots of exciting things to do in Savannah and on Tybee Island in July and August.

Historic District Events

Put an evening at the Historic Savannah Theatre on your list of things to do in Savannah in July. Located in the heart of the Historic District, this gorgeous structure has been around since 1818. After taking in a great show, you’ll be within walking distance of other July events and festivals in Savannah.

Savannah Live is a high-energy variety show playing every Thursday and Saturday evening in July. A live band and eight singers perform everything from Broadway to Pop and Rock. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the Piano Men take over with three world-class pianists performing a riveting tribute to the world’s most famous singer/pianists of all time.

July events and festivals in Savannah prove the city ranks high on the list of foodie locales. Visitors in town on August 9-12 who love seafood shouldn’t miss the Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival. The annual festival features chefs from around the country to create delightful gourmet seafood dishes and specialty drinks.

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July Fourth Riverfront Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth on River Street at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy live entertainment, special activities for the kids, drinks, ice cream, and all the usual unique shopping and dining on River Street. At dusk find a spot along the riverfront for an impressive fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m.

View the fireworks show from a different perspective on the 4th of July Fireworks Cruise. The three-hour celebration includes an Independence day inspired buffet, drink specials, live entertainment and a spectacular view of the waterfront fireworks.

Tybee Island Beach Happenings

Savannah’s Beach is only 18 miles away out on beautiful Tybee Island. You’ll find plenty of fun things to do this summer on Tybee Island. Pack up and spend the day on Tybee’s gorgeous beach or stay a few nights in one of our luxury beach front or ocean view Tybee Island vacation rentals.

Boating and watersports are some of the best things to do this summer on Tybee Island. Rent a jet ski or a boat at one of Tybee’s marinas. Go on a fishing day trip or take a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Every Monday from March through October the Tybee Island Farmers and Artisan Market is held in the field next to the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. Park free, tour the lighthouse and shop the market for artwork, fresh vegetables, and other interesting goodies.

Tybee Island has it’s own fireworks display for July Fourth. It’s a busy day at the beach so go early and plan to stay late. The Island has dozens of locally-owned restaurants and bars serving up seafood, island cuisine, and southern favorites in laid-back atmospheres.

Whether you’re staying in the Historic District or on a beachfront property, there’s plenty of things to do in Savannah and on Tybee Island this summer.  Book your vacation rental through Luxury Living Savannah.

Looking for more things to do in Savannah and on Tybee Island?  Visit Savannah has a full calendar of events!

Savannah Tours

Savannah Sightseeing Tours

Savannah, Georgia is known as the oldest city in Georgia, “The Hostess City of the South”, and “America’s First Planned City”. If you are thinking of visiting Savannah, now is the perfect time! The weather is absolutely wonderful at this time of the year and there are numerous things to do during your stay including booking Savannah sightseeing tours.

When booking a vacation rental, the majority of people wait until the last minute or when they arrive to think of things to do. We often think about the different types of foods to eat or where to shop when contemplating visiting cities in the south. What is left off of the “must-do list” are tours and activities for entertainment and getting out on the town. When looking for things to do in Savannah, you must look into the famous Savannah Sightseeing Tours and Savannah ghost tours. These tours take you on a magical viewing of intriguing landmarks and excursions throughout Savannah’s most known and celebrated areas.

Things to Do in Savannah

Savannah is a great location for solo tours, tours for couples, and detailed family tours. Because of its southern charm, Savannah draws visitors from all over who are looking for a guided, quaint and detail-oriented experience. Some guests also enjoy experiencing the area on their own for instance, during the walking or bike tours.

Have Fun
The museum and zoo activities are fairly priced ranging from viewing architectural houses for under $15.00 to a cocktail class or guided trolley tour of the historical buildings and churches for no more than $35. No matter what you are looking for, there is something to do for people of all ages when looking for Savannah tours.

Indulge in Food
Many couples and individuals look forward to eating at famous restaurants such as Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons when visiting Savannah. This restaurant originated in 1989 under the name The Bag Lady and transitioned to the southern-style eatery it is known as today. You can host private events here or walk-in to enjoy the buffet or various menu items. There is also a Paula Deen’s General Store where you can look at and purchase items to take home to remind you of your experience while at the restaurant.

Water Activities & Cruises
Savannah has river boat cruises, dolphin tours, and sunset cruises. Depending on the time of the day and what you are looking for, cruises on the water can be entertaining and a well-thought out engagement. River boat cruises offer sightseeing, food, and activities once on board.

Famous Savannah Ghost Tours
One of the top Savannah sightseeing tours visitors flock are the legendary ghost tours. There are Full Moon Tours, Ghost Walker Tours, Old Town Trolley Tours, and Cemetery Journeys. Savannah also has Escape the Haunted Room tours, Escape Savannah- Zombie Apocalypse, and the Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour. One of the most famous ghost tours is the Hearse Ghost Tours of Savannah.

Walking & Biking Tours
Although Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, there is plenty to do which includes walking or biking. These tours can be customized or done as adventurously as you please. The city has land, building, and historical markings all throughout the city. The beautiful scenery adds to any guests experience and allows you the pleasure of viewing history at your leisure.

No matter what the season is, Savannah has activities and opportunities for the calm and scenic history lover to the adventurous and spontaneous thrill seekers via cruises and tours.

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Things to do when visiting Savannah, GA

Visiting Savannah is an experience in Southern hospitality in a charming historical setting. Spend some time in this quaint and quirky town on the coast of South Georgia and see why Savannah vacations are top-rated in worldwide travel guides. The town, laid out in 22 squares by General James Oglethorpe, was spared from destruction in the Civil War and presented to President Lincoln in 1864 as a Christmas gift by Sherman, the Union general who captured it. Well over a century later, history buffs, foodies, and fun lovers of all stripes flock to Savannah vacation rentals for the following attractions and more.  There are plenty of things to do when visiting Savannah, GA.  Here are top recommendations:

Stroll Savannah’s Historic District

Since our winters are mild, visiting Savannah any time of the year is perfect for a walk through the Historic District. The squares are lined with live oaks draped in Spanish moss and fascinating period architecture. You will happen upon historic homes like the Mercer House from the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Girl Scout’s founder Juliette Gordon Low, museums, and monuments. Explore on your own or join a ghost tour, carriage ride or one of many specialty Savannah tours. The District buzzes with activity all year with festivals, music, art, and culture. Savannah vacation rentals make it possible to stay in the midst of it all.

Savannah’s Authentic Southern Cusine

The town’s food scene deserves particular attention on Savannah vacations. Sample fried green tomatoes, ham-hocked collard greens, fried chicken and other Southern delights in homey restaurants like Sisters and Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. You’ll find fine dining featuring exquisite low country recipes with fresh local seafood in upscale restaurants like Elizabeth on 37th, and the Olde Pink House. Make room for a Southern-style buffet at The Lady & Sons made famous by chef Paula Deen.

Savannah’s Historical Landmarks

Savannah’s historic sites aren’t limited to mansions and museums downtown. Wormsloe Historic Site 20 minutes south of the city is the oldest standing structure in the city. The picturesque drive under a canopy of live oaks is worth the trip to see the remains of the house built of tabby back in 1745. The site has a museum and colonial reenactors.

Visit Bonaventure Cemetary one of Savannah’s most iconic sites. You will likely find it looks familiar since it was featured in the hit movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The famous Bird Girl statue has been moved to the Jepsen Center for the Arts, but you will still see the headstones and family crypts of Savannah’s most notable residents in an eerily beautiful setting.

River Street and Savannah’s Beach

Savannah’s historic River Street is a mecca of shops, restaurants, and nightclubs housed in old cotton warehouses. Watch huge ships travel the channel to Savannah Harbor while dining and sipping cocktails. You’ll likely find a special event to celebrate on River Street every month on the calendar from St. Patrick’s Day to Oktoberfest.

Tybee Island is Savannah’s Beach and has earned a destination reputation of its own. It’s close enough (18 miles) for an afternoon excursion from Savannah on a hot day or check into a variety of Tybee Island Vacation rentals to enjoy this wide sandy South Georgia beach.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or beach goer, there’s plenty of things to do when visiting Savannah, GA.

Sightseeing in Savannah GA

Sightseeing in Savannah: The Top Five Tours to Take While Visiting

Savannah is a charming city that boasts beautiful architecture, picturesque city squares, breathtaking tree-lined roads and more. When traveling to this southern gem, you want to make sure you are seeing all it has to offer.

Sightseeing in Savannah is a favorite amongst many and is a great way to experience all the city has to offer. The city’s historic district is one of the most incredible and vast, making it a far better idea to experience via one of the many guided tours.

A city so rich in history and full of stories can only truly be seen through eyes guided by those who know the history inside and out, which is why we have compiled a list of the best tours for sightseeing in Savannah. Regardless of the time of year, Savannah breaths beauty, charm and history like nowhere else. From tours for the history buff to Paula Deen’s famous guided experience, there are plenty of options for sightseeing in Savannah that will give you a true taste of the city. Read more

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These Top Three Parks are Excellent Savannah, GA Attractions

Savannah, GA is well known for its historic green squares around which many grand residences were built. The city is further enhanced by three beautiful public parks that grace the waterfront and historic district of this noteworthy city.

Forsyth Park in Savannah

Just steps away from the Olde Savannah Inn on the corner of Bull and Gaston Streets,        Forsyth Park is the largest and most spectacular of Savannah’s elegant parks. It was created in the 1840s after land was donated for the purpose of public enjoyment by local resident, William Hodgson. The park was expanded in 1851 and renamed after the governor of Georgia, John Forsyth. Read more

April Showers Bring Savannah Flowers!

Festivals will be in full bloom this Spring.  Visit Savannah for some our favorites!

Savannah Music Festival, March 23-April 8 2017. The largest music festival in Georgia, with over 100 artists giving concerts and performances at various Savannah locations. Ticket purchase required. More details

River Street Art Fest, date TBC. Annual arts festival on River Street. Usually in early April. Free event. More details

Savannah Tattoo Festival, April 7-9 2017. Tattoo art festival with music, entertainment and 150+ artists/vendors, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Hutchinson Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

Siege of Fort Pulaski Living History Weekend, dates TBC. Living history programs commemorating the Civil War Battle of Fort Pulaski. Usually in mid April. More details

Earth Day Festival, April 15 2017. Environment-focused event in Forsyth Park with exhibits and workshops, children’s activities, music and food. More details

Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, April 21-22 2017. A celebration of Asian cultures, with music, dance and food, at the Armstrong State University campus. Free admission. More details