Savannah Festivals and Events

Savannah is a festival city! With more than 200 city-wide festivals and events a year, Savannah has an exciting array of activities to entertain travelers of any age. Here’s a sampling of the events and festivals held throughout the year. Visit for a complete listing.


First Saturday on the River
This event, held on the first Saturday of every month features local art, crafts, entertainment and food on historic River Street.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day Celebration,
Savannah celebrates the life and times of this Civil Rights pioneer.


Georgia Heritage Celebration’s Colonial Faire and Muster
The celebration of the founding of the Colony of Georgia in Savannah on February 12, 1733, by James Edward Oglethorpe has been a tradition among Georgians since 1734. The celebration encourages a better understanding of, and appreciation for, Georgia history. Various events seek to promote the study and preservation of our state’s rich history and the historical sites, documents and other materials that offer a window to that past.

Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival
Cultural and intellectual activities including dance performances, musical concerts, lectures, art exhibits and more.

Savannah Irish Festival
The Savannah Irish Festival Committee invites you to attend the 16th annual festival February 17-18 at the Savannah Civic Center arena in the Historic District. Performers include Harry O'Donoghue, and Frank Emerson along with exciting performers and new groups.


St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.
It ain’t easy being green - unless you’re Savannah. How do you manage more than 250,000 weekend guests? You throw the South’s most famous and the Southeast’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The Historic District marks its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with festivities along the waterfront and a parade on March 17 where the streets are lined with revelers in green, and cocktails and grits are dyed to match.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in City Market

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on the River

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Savannah Music Festival
This captivating celebration of the performing arts is held in Savannah’s Historic District and features world-class music in downtown venues. The festival lasts for 15 days with numerous international talents including blues, classical, jazz and the world.

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


SCAD International Festival
The annual festival celebrates the college’s international art community and shares it with the entire Savannah community. Highlights of the event include international cuisine, dance demonstrations, music, a global fashion show and art and cultural displays.

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

Sidewalk Art Festival
This annual event draws thousands of people to watch SCAD students create chalk masterpieces on the sidewalks of historic Forsyth Park along with a student and faculty art exhibition, a fair, food and children’s and youth areas for young artists.

Savannah Garden Expo
The enchanting garden show features an open-air market, exhibition gardens, workshops, demonstrations, seminars and lectures.

Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, PGA Champions Tour
Enjoy some of golf’s all-time greatest players as they tee up at the home of the PGA TOUR of Champions, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf; experience Troon Golf and The Club at Savannah Harbor.

Blues & BBQ Festival
The Roundhouse Railroad Museum will be filled with the sounds of great blues and the smell of slow-cooked barbeque as the annual Night in Old Savannah Blues & BBQ Festival gets underway. Great music, food, drinks, trains and more!

Spring Fling Art and Music Festival
Art and music festival featuring more than 50 artists from the Southeast along with local musicians held on Tybee Island.


Savannah Shakespeare Festival
City Lights Theatre performs live Shakespeare classics, dance performances, Kids for Kids Theatre and more.

Scottish Games Festival
Traditional style Scottish Games Festival featuring competitions, clan displays and booths, food and drink, music of the bagpipes and other Scottish music.

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade
Celebrate the arrival of summer with a huge water fight. Parade of fellow water warriors enhances this family-friendly experience.

SCAD Sand Arts Festival
This annual event invites sand-loving SCAD students to create forms in the sand on the beaches of Tybee Island.


Savannah Asian Festival
Volunteers from many Asian organizations including Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean, Thai and Pakistani plan this public festival to showcase the talents of the Asian community in Savannah.


Fourth of July on the Waterfront
Fantastic Fourth celebration featuring artists from around the region, food, fun and fabulous fireworks over the Savannah River.

Fourth of July Fireworks on the Beach
Tybee Island’s Independence Day celebration with fireworks on the beach.


Seafood & Music Festival
This two-day event features local and national music acts and Tybee Island cuisine.


Savannah Jazz Festival
A wonderful week-long celebration of blues and jazz that promotes, preserves and perpetuates this exquisite art form through performances by great musicians throughout the Coastal Empire.
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