The summer heat may have begun to wane, but southern hospitality in Savannah is as warm as it ever was. Fall is a great time of year to visit Georgia’s first city; there’s a bunch of great outdoor events and festivals that take place each year in and around the city. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Savannah during the fall.
If you love the smooth rhythms of jazz, Savannah is the place to be in late September. The ever-popular Savannah Jazz Festival takes place at the Habersham Village Shops under the outdoor tent. Sit back, relax and enjoy smooth Jazz performances by a variety of talented musicians. Free concerts will also take place at Forsyth Park on the bandstand, in Savannah’s beautiful historic district. Get your tickets and find out more by visiting savannahjazzfest.com.
Opa! The Savannah Greek Festival has been running for more than 60 years! Join the fun during the second weekend in October at St. Paul’s Hellenic Center. Indulge in homemade Greek foods, drinks and desserts. Enjoy Greek dancing featuring adult and child dancing troupes, a market offering Greek cheeses, olives, grape leaves, coffee, as well as crafts, jewelry, and clothing and live music everyday. This special three-day festival is a favorite among locals and visitors. A $2 donation is requested.
Shiver me timbers, calling all swashbucklers! For loads of fun on Columbus Day Weekend, head to Tybee Island for their infamous Pirate Fest. From live music, the exuberant pirate parade, a thieves market featuring souvenirs, pirate wares, costumes, arts and crafts and more, your gang of pirates young and old with have an unforgettable time. The event kicks off with the Buccaneer Ball at the Original Crab Shack, with live entertainment, costume contests, great food and drink and the crowning of the King and Queen.
Come for the bratwurst and beer, stay for the fun and festivities that include wiener dog races, keg roll and beer stein races, live entertainment and art exhibitions. There will also be a beer garden offering a variety of beers, food vendors and much more at the this Annual Oktoberfest. The event takes place at Savannah’s beautiful Historic Riverfront on River Street in early October. This festival has free admission.
In October, head to Forsyth Park for one of the most popular events of the year. The Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival draws thousands of people each year with its delicious potato latkes, blintzes, deli sandwiches, fresh Challah, kosher hot dogs, brisket and much more. This mouth-watering event also includes live music, dance and puppet shows. Sample Jewish cuisine and enjoy the magnificent scenery at Forsyth Park, one of Savannah’s most beloved landmarks. Admission to the event is free.
Don’t be fooled by the quaint neighborhoods and cobblestone streets of Savannah. This southern city is home to eerie occurrences and infamous ghosts. Let the Hostess City of the South share its darker side with you aboard a Ghosts & Gravestones tour. Your Ghost Hosts will lead you through the city’s most haunted sites, including the Andrew Low House and the Perkin’s & Son’s Ship Chandlery. Along the way, learn the menacing stories that have plagued River Street for hundreds of years. This is one history lesson unlike the others.