Traditionally, the fall season conjures up images of pumpkins, costumes, bonfires and football games. But have you ever munched on traditional Jewish dishes or dressed up as a pirate? How about relaxed on the green at Forsyth Park while listening to jazz? If not, Savannah’s fall event lineup is sure to surprise and delight.
Savannah Jazz Festival
Each fall, jazz artists from around the globe, local legends and rising high school stars converge in Savannah for the annual Savannah Jazz Festival. The Coastal Jazz Association hosts events all over the city, but the real magic happens during the weekend performances in Forsyth Park. From internationally acclaimed artists to regionally well-known performers (and even the area’s military band!), there’s a little taste of jazz for everyone to enjoy.
Picnic in the Park
Forsyth Park is definitely one the major attractions that Savannah has to offer, and during the city’s annual Picnic in the Park, it’s the place to be. Each year bands and chorus groups from across the city come together to deliver stunning performances!
Tybee Island Pirate Festival
What originally began as an idea to attract a few more visitors to the island during the off-season has quickly grown into one of Tybee’s biggest events of the year! Whether you’re dressed up in head-to-toe pirate garb or just enjoying the activities, there’s something for very family member. Listen to live music, shop in the unique “Thieves Market” and bring the mini pirates along for the Tybee Island Pirate Festival’s annual parade!
*The 2020 Tybee Island Pirate Festival has been canceled.
Savannah Film Festival
If you’re a movie buff and looking for a star-studded festival, look no further than the Savannah Film Festival, hosted each year by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Close to 50,000 people attend this annual eight-day event! The competition gets heated between emerging student filmmakers, while well-known directors, actors and producers meet to accept awards and discuss their craft.
Savannah Pride Festival
The Savannah PRIDE Festival’s attendees grow in number each year! Locals mingle with mostly out-of-town guests coming in to enjoy the festivities. The event includes live music, yummy food and beautiful crafts created by local artisans. Come celebrate the diversity of Savannah with this long-standing event!
Savannah Speed Classic
Unbeknownst to those not deeply entrenched in the racing world, Savannah is rumored to be the birthplace of Grand Prix racing. Drawing on this history as well as the area’s gorgeous views and Southern charm, the Savannah Speed Classic is an annual festival for those with a need for speed. Festivalgoers can stare at beautifully built cars or cheer on their favorite drivers at the races.
*The 2020 Savannah Speed Classic event has been canceled.
Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival
Foodies far and wide (and of all ages) come together in Monterey Square to indulge in the tastes, textures and flavors of traditional (and modern) Jewish cuisine. We’re talking about mile-high deli sandwiches, potato latkes, kosher hot dogs and even homemade challah bread. Dig in while enjoying live entertainment and learning about Savannah's Jewish community at the Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival.
Rock n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon
What’s better than participating in a marathon? Participating in the Savannah Rock n’ Roll Marathon! Not only will you be running in one of the nation’s most well known races, but you’ll also be experiencing some of Savannah’s most beautiful sights!
*The 2020 Rock n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon has been canceled.
Savannah Food and Wine Festival
Come taste all that Savannah has to offer and mingle with some of the globe’s most respected chefs and mixologists at the annual Savannah Food and Wine Festival. The flavors of good ole’ comfort food are elevated to new heights, and guests can watch chefs in their element in a variety of different classes and events throughout the weekend.
*The 2020 Savannah Food and Wine Festival has been canceled.
Gray's Reef Expo
Explore the wonders of the ocean at the Gray's Reef Expo! This free event is packed with live ocean animals, immersive underwater virtual reality, cutting-edge ocean science and robotics. Bring the entire family to learn about sharks, turtles and whales that can be found right off the coast of Georgia.
Publix Women's Half Marathon & 5K
Grab your girlfriends and run 13.1 miles through the tree-lined streets and squares of Savannah in the Publix Women's Half Marathon & 5K. Experience some of the city's most scenic spots and even end the race right in front of the famous Forsyth Park fountain. It's the perfect setting for your girls' getaway weekend!