Opening night at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Opening night at SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2018

6 Can't-Miss Events in Savannah

Mark your calendar and book your hotel early for these Savannah events throughout the year.

Visit Savannah any time of the year, and you're sure to be blown away by the scenery, hospitality and energy of the historic city. But, if you want to take that experience to a whole new level, visit during one its big annual events and join the fun in the parks, on River Street and in the host venues. 

Check the Savannah events calendar for things to do throughout the year, and be sure to make plans early to attend these must-see festivals.

Savannah Stopover

Savannah Stopover Festival, March

The Savannah Stopover Festival in early March brings in musicians on their way to Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. What started as a creative way to capitalize on Savannah’s logistical good fortune has grown into a sought-after gig and major music festival.

If you love discovering new and up-and-coming bands and seeing them play in unique venues, this festival is a must. More than 80 bands perform throughout the historic district, including at clubs, museums and rooftop bars. Make plans to attend the 10th anniversary March 5-7, 2020.

St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah

St. Patrick's Day, March

Savannah hosts one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the United States. What started as a private observance of St. Patrick's Day by Savannah's Hibernian Society in 1813 is now a three-to-four-hour parade drawing 400,000 visitors from all over the world.

But the fun isn't limited to just one parade – Savannah also hosts the largest St. Patrick's Day party in the South over several days. You'll want to get an early start in Savannah, as the excitement starts to build days before celebrations begin.

Start planning your trip with this guide to St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.

Faoumata Diawara at the Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival, March-April

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) in late March through mid-April also hosts big acts every spring and fosters arts education. SMF is Georgia's largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

Performers from around the world gather in Savannah for the two-week festival held in venues throughout Savannah's historic district, including theaters, arts centers, gardens and churches. Listen online to some of the previous performers, and plan to attend the 31st annual event March 26-April 11, 2020.

Savannah VOICE Festival

Savannah VOICE Festival, August

The Savannah VOICE Festival in August emphasizes opera, musical theater and song. The festival brings classical vocal excellence to Savannah through a three-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during August and throughout the year.

Attendees enjoy concerts featuring artists from around the world, who share operatic stories from the past and present, and modern songs of today. Some festival events are free, and some individual events are ticketed.

SCAD Savannah Film Festival

SCAD Savannah Film Festival, October

SCAD Savannah Film Festival in late October through early November honors actors, directors and films. Each year more than 50,000 people attend, including celebrities, making it one of Savannah's best fests of the fall season. It includes competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels and lectures.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Savannah Food & Wine Festival, November

Bring your appetite to the Savannah Food & Wine Festival in November, when chefs from around the region and country gather for tastings and demonstrations. World-famous chefs make appearances and teach master classes, and master sommeliers will be on hand. Make plans to attend Nov. 9-15, 2020.

Published: May 2019