Historic Savannah Events

Annual Savannah Events

Events in Savannah are nothing short of spectacular, and they draw people from all over the world for a reason. From holiday parades to food festivals, there’s always something going on in our fine city.

Attend an Annual Event in Historic Savannah

Where do you go when you want to have a great time celebrating a special occasion? To Savannah, of course! Whether it’s the day of the Irish, one of the most popular running races in the nation, or time to celebrate our nation’s freedom, Savannah is where it’s at. Our great city provides an exquisite backdrop to all of the best festivities. Choose the Suites at Bay when visiting the city for one of these great events.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festivities

Savannah is the place to go for St. Patrick’s Day, with the third largest parade in the world and celebrations going on all month long. The fun begins in Forsyth Park for the Greening of the Fountain, where you can watch as the flowing clear waters become emerald green. Then it continues with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Tara Feis Irish Celebration, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which attracts thousands of guests that cheer as floats, bands, dancers, Irish groups and societies march by. Live performances, foods, games, and activities, all with Irish themes, are part of this amazing tradition that should not be missed.


4th of July Festival

Nothing says 4th of July like fireworks over a beautiful river. In Savannah, the 4th of July is celebrated with grandeur. See spectacular fireworks right in front of the downtown Historic District. Before the fireworks begin, take a walk down River Street where many local vendors are selling their original pieces.

You’ll feel patriotic when you’re celebrating in one of America’s oldest and best cities. You and your family can reflect on America’s history as you picnic at Fort McAllister. Rich with history, Civil War troops will honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Another option is to head to Tybee Island to watch the fireworks from the beach as they launch from the pier. One thing is for sure: you have a lot of fantastic choices on the 4th of July in Savannah!


Rock ‘n Roll Marathon

There may not be a more beautiful marathon. With Spanish moss covered oaks and stunning colonial architecture, you’ll love running through downtown Savannah. Take in the historical landmarks and majestic town squares as you race your way towards the finish line. Health and Fitness Expos, big name live entertainment, and the energy of the spectators add to the excitement of the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.


Food & Wine Festival

Coastal venues combine to provide an unbelievable southern culinary experience at the annual Food & Wine Festival. Celebrity Chef Tours and a Taste of Savannah are just two of the events you’ll want to take in. This activity takes place in November and runs for a whole week. Some of the city’s best chefs and most awarded restaurants come together to celebrate this artistic showcase of food and wine. Foodies will never want to leave the Food & Wine Festival.


Christmas on the River

Filled with regional arts and crafts exhibitions, holiday gifts, and stocking stuffers, Christmas on the River is the biggest holiday celebration on historic River Street. Enjoy the holiday music and local entertainment, and don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.


Holiday Tour of Homes

Tour eight spectacular private residences in downtown Savannah during this Holiday Tour. Fully decorated, these houses are a wonderful part of Savannah’s holiday tradition. There’s nothing like the brightly lit houses filled with festive decorations in downtown Savannah during the holiday season.


City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration

Ring in the New Year with an outdoor street party featuring live music and fantastic food and drinks provided by the best local restaurants at specially discounted prices. Nothing beats a southern-style party, especially on New Year’s Eve. With the best places to eat and drink and the ideal location, there’s no better place to celebrate than City Market. Free admission makes this one of the top New Year’s Eve picks for locals and tourists alike.

Additional Savannah Events:

  • January – Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
  • February – Georgia Heritage Society's Colonial Faire and Muster, Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, Savannah Irish Festival
  • March – Savannah Music Festival, Annual Tour of Homes & Gardens
  • April – SCAD International Festival, N.O.G.S. Tour of Hidden Gardens, Sidewalk Art Festival, Savannah Garden Expo, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, PGA Champions Tour
  • May – Savannah Shakespeare Festival, Scottish Games Festival, Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade, SCAD Sand Arts Festival
  • June – Savannah Asian Festival
  • August – Seafood & Music Festival
  • September – Savannah Jazz Festival
  • October – Oktoberfest, Picnic in the Park, Savannah Greek Festival, Savannah Film Festival, St. Vincent's Tour of Homes and Tea
  • November – Savannah Seafood Festival on the River; Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights; Southern Lights Tree of Lights; Southern Lights, a Savannah Holiday Celebration