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Top Summer Events to Attend in Savannah

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Savannah summers are all about good food, live music, and great company. Each summer, our city hosts a variety of events geared towards celebrating the South. Whether it’s showcasing some mouthwatering barbecue, watching classical vocal artists, or enjoying some fireworks on River Street, Savannah summer events for everyone!

Savannah Food Truck Festival

The annual Savannah Food Truck Festival is one of the biggest food events of the year in Savannah. This festival is usually held in Daffin Park at the beginning of June (and in the evening, so you can beat the summer sun). With close to 50 trucks in attendance, tourists and travelers alike can enjoy all the local flavors of the South as well as our restaurants’ interpretations of classic and unique dishes. In addition to the eats, the festival also boosts a craft beer garden, live music, free yoga, craft vendors and plenty of kids’ activities. The event is perfect for the whole family – in fact, there are even pet-friendly watering stations AND a dog food truck!

Savannah Bananas Season

Savannah’s baseball team, the Savannah Bananas, entertains a packed-out Grayson Stadium all summer long. The whole family will love the Savannah Bananas experience, which includes a traditional ball game as well as a dancing first base coach and tons of audience participation games. Catch a variety of themed nights, including Bark in the Park, when dogs are welcome to join in the fun.

Juneteenth Day at the Jepson Center

For over a decade, the Jepson Center has been offering a Free Family Day in recognition of Juneteenth Day. Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth Day marks the end of slavery in the United States. Families can enjoy free admission to the museum as well as special activities and demonstrations celebrating African-American and Gullah/Geechee culture. 

River Street Fourth of July Celebration

Each and every year, the city of Savannah puts on a Fourth of July celebration worth traveling for. The crowd gathers around River Street and spreads itself to any available corner in the city, all with the aim of staring up at the sky and watching it explode into color. In between finding a spot and waiting for the show to begin, wander around the city or indulge in some deliciously cold ice cream from Leopold’s.

Savannah Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival

Perhaps one of Savannah’s most celebrated and refined food events is the Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival held in mid-August. A collection of celebrity chefs, renowned restaurants, and well-known mixologists converge in Savannah each year for four days to celebrate their common passion of delicious foods and drinks. In the past, food lovers from all over the country have traveled to Savannah to watch these famous and talented chefs compete and share their knowledge and, of course, their cuisine. The Savannah Harbor Foundation, a local non-profit, hosts the annual event and raises money for children’s charities in Savannah.

Savannah VOICE Festival

Dedicated to the art of singing, the annual Savannah VOICE Festival celebrates classic vocals with over 20 performances. Spanning a few weeks in the beginning of August, this event includes operas, concerts, masterclasses and food and wine events. The programs range from classical to musical to popular songs, so attendees can really experience all that Savannah and the performers have to offer.

Tybee Island’s Labor Day Beach Bash

End the summer season on a high note with live music and a firework display on the Tybee Island Pier. After spending the day on Savannah’s beach, dance the night away at the family-friendly concert held in inside the pavilion. End the night watching a spectacular firework display from your beach blanket. 

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