Savannah Community Events
Savannah Real Estate Owners and Locals Know How to Celebrate
When Savannah throws a party, people attend. It is most evident with the city’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day bash, which draws celebrants from across the nation to beautiful Savannah.
It is this time in March that Savannah, GA, swells with partiers that crowd historic River Street. This restored cobble stoned lane of shops and eateries borders the Savannah River, and transforms from a quaint tourist stop to a party venue for a few days of food, music and an abundance of alcohol. Before the revelers retreat to heavy partying, many enjoy the kickoff parade that is held along neighboring city streets.
Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is the second largest in the country. In 2007, the parade was in its 183rd year and included 350 entries and 50 bands, with an estimated 700,000 people attending. Locals and Savannah real estate owners know to expect a huge crowd and those who don’t stake out their spot the night before arrive early or take a shuttle on parade day, as parking is extremely limited and at a premium.
The festival is such a large event in Savannah that school is cancelled, businesses close and the city of Savannah hosts an elaborate “Greening of the Fountains” event where water in the city fountains is dyed green to commemorate the official beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. It is this time of year businessman in distinguished three piece suits are spotted strolling through town sporting a bright green beaded necklace and glittering green top hat.
Savannah Film Festival
While St. Patty’s Day might be the biggest calling card for Savannah, there are a multitude of other events throughout the year. The Savannah Film Festival began in 1998 and is hosted each fall by the Savannah College of Art and Design. The weeklong extravaganza features independent clips and full-length films from both professional and student filmmakers and is a favorite among locals, Savannah real estate owners, and film buffs worldwide. Hollywood notables such as Tommy Lee Jones, Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover and Peter O’Toole are among those who have received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Awards for their work in film.
Savannah Music Festival
The Savannah Music Festival is held for nearly three weeks each year from late March to early April. More than 55,000 attended the 2007 event, which featured educational programs focusing on dance, film and narrative performances. The Savannah Music Festival highlights the talents of world-class and regional artists with a variety of diverse talent. The festival lists past performers that include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Derek Trucks Band and Emmylou Harris.
Savannah's Summer Concerts in the Squares
Many Savannah real estate owners enjoy the Summer Concerts in the Squares, a weeklong end-of-July celebration of classical, jazz and American standards, performed live beneath a canopy of live oaks in several of Savannah's 22 historic squares downtown.
Savannah, Georgia, offers a wealth of other exciting happenings that draw people into the city streets. For more than 25 years, locals, Savannah real estate owners, and visitors alike have enjoyed Oktoberfest on River Street. Oktoberfest features Oompah bands, German food, arts and crafts and the ever-anticipated annual wiener dog race.
Savannah Folk Music Society's Folkfest
City Market, a restored shopping and arts district, is home of the Savannah Folk Music Society’s Folkfest. Held each October in the City Market courtyards, this event features concerts from folk artists representing countries throughout the world.
Savannah Civic Center
The Savannah Civic Center stages events such as the Savannah Blues Festival, Skatefest and theater shows such as Annie, Cats and Hairspray.
Other Savannah Events
Also anticipated every year are the Jewish Food Festival, the Savannah Greek Festival, the NOGS (North of Gaston Street) Tour of Homes and Gardens, First Saturdays on River Street and even the Beach Bum Parade, a community water fight held on nearby Tybee Island. //