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Top Fall Events to Attend in Savannah

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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 bike riding at midnight through Savannah or relaxing on the green at Forsyth Park while listening to jazz?  If not, Savannah’s fall event lineup is sure to surprise and delight. 

September

Savannah Jazz Festival

Each fall, jazz artists from around the globe, local legends and rising high school stars converge in Savannah for the annual 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.

October

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!

Oktoberfest

Although there are cities all over the country that boast the best Oktoberfest, none of them do it quite like Savannah does. For one weekend each year, River Street is filled with mouthwateringly delicious German cuisine, live music, a special kid’s zone, fun competitions and arts and crafts. Be sure to stay until the end so you don’t miss the celebratory fireworks!  

Midnight Garden Ride

Each year the Savannah Bicycle Campaign organizes a roughly 10-mile ride that takes cyclists through Savannah at dusk. This family-friendly event also hosts a slew of post-bike-riding activities such as a live concert, raffles and a costume contest!

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.

Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival

Foodies far and wide (and of all ages) come together in Forsyth Park 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 on the grass of Savannah’s most popular park!

November

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!

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. 

Savannah Invitational 

Each Thanksgiving week, male and female college teams from around the country descend upon Savannah for the Savannah Invitational Collegiate Basketball Tournament. This pre-season tournament that features six womens and four mens teams that will compete at the Savannah Civic Center for basketball supremacy.