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Things to do in Savannah, GA

Visiting and looking for things to do in Savannah? From the Savannah Film Festival sponsored by SCAD to our famous St. Patrick's Day celebration and everything in between, there is always plenty of stuff to do in Savannah and fun times to be had year-round. Check out a list of our events in Savannah, GA below and plan your trip using our itinerary planner. To get started, select your arrival and departure dates below.

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Savannah Events Calendar:

Date: Sep 23, 2015 to Oct 04, 2015
Time: Varies
Location: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, across from 115 East River Street

The replica of the 16th century Spanish galleon, now renamed the the San Pelayo , has been invited by the Savannah Waterfront Association to visit Savannah again this year and open her decks to visitors.

After taking part on the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine as the replica of the Galeon San Pelayo, founder of the first city in the USA, the ship will sail north and up the Savannah River to open her decks and the exhibition that she holds to the citizens and visitors of the city. These ships were the primary merchant vessels around the world for 300 years, and manned by brave sailors, adventurers and merchants they were able to connect the continents creating the first global trading routes in history. They were an essential tool for the colonization of the New World and what maintained the economy of the Spanish Empire.

This 170ft long, 500 tones vessel that will make you travel back in time will be docked at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, across from 115 East River Street and will be open for visitors from September 23rd to October 4th with the following opening hours:

September 23rd - October 1st from 10am to 6pm; the ship will be featured on Savannah's 32nd Annual Oktoberfest from October 2nd to October 4th when it will be open from 10am to 10pm

Ticket prices are: $10 Adults; $5 Children (5-12 years old); Free under 5 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the pier and through www.elgaleonshop.org.

For more information about the El Galeon San Pelayo visit www.fundacionnaovictoria.org.

Date: Oct 02, 2015 to Oct 04, 2015
Location: River Street

It will be a wiener dog racing, bratwurst eating, Oompah dancing filled weekend as the Savannah Waterfront Association celebrates its 32nd Annual Oktoberfest! Come down to Historic River Street to join the German festivities all weekend long from October 2-4.

The celebration will kick off with an opening ceremony and official cask tapping on Friday at 5pm on the Rousakis Plaza arbor stage. Make sure to grab a seat in the beer garden offering a variety of German beverages and sing along with the Rhinelander's Oompah Band! Local entertainment will take place each night featuring Hitman Blues Band Friday night at 9pm and Thomas Claxton & the Myth Saturday at 7pm.
There will be plenty of activities to participate in throughout the weekend including a stein race, keg roll race and stein hoisting competitions. The annual sausage eating contest presented by Roger Wood Foods and Ambos Seafood will also take place on Saturday at 1 pm. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner and registration will take place the day of. This year the Tall Ship El Galeon San Pelayo will be docked on River Street and open for public tours throughout the festival weekend. For information on tours and to purchase tickets visit: www.elgaleonshop.org. Last but not least, a Savannah Oktoberfest is not complete without the famous Wiener Dog Races hosted by the Savannah Morning News! These adorable races will take place on Saturday at 10am on the East end of River Street in Morrell Park. If you haven't already signed your pup up to run, then race over to http://savannahnow.com/wienerdogs to register now!

Oktoberfest will kick off on Friday, October 2 from 4-10pm with First Friday Fireworks presented by Wet Willie's at 9:30pm. The fun continues on Saturday, October 3 from 10am-10pm and Sunday, October 4 from 10am-5pm. Regional artisans will be set up along Rousakis Plaza displaying a variety of handmade works for festival goers to browse through.

This event is hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association and proudly sponsored by Wet Willie's, Ambos Seafood, Roger Wood Foods, Diamond Resorts, Green Living, Capital A Productions, Savannah Coca-Cola, WJCL-abc, and Alpha Media. For more information and a detailed schedule of entertainment visit www.riverstreetsavannah.com.

Date: Oct 04, 2015 to Oct 04, 2015
Time: 4 PM
Location: Forsyth Park Bandshell

Pack a picnic and enjoy fantastic music and fun family activities in beautiful Forsyth Park. This unique event features stunning repertoire from the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. Come early to enjoy local band, choral, and orchestral students at the Forsyth Park Bandshell. The Philharmonic performs at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.

This year's picnic theme is "Hollywood in the Park!" Pack a themed picnic and enter to win fabulous prizes from Parker's!

Date: Oct 08, 2015 to Oct 11, 2015

Tybee Island Pirate Fest is your ultimate destination for Columbus Day weekend entertainment. Warming up for our Friday and Saturday night headliners, several bands will keep the crowd moving throughout the afternoons and early evening. Daytime entertainment includes live music, pirate performers, street performers, magicians, puppeteers, weaponry demonstrations, and few surprises in between. Tybee Island Pirate Fest is fun for pirates of all ages. Our littlest pirates enjoy an entire area devoted to quality family entertainment.

Activities include bounce houses, magicians, storytellers, puppets, live pirate demonstrations, face painting, and many more surprises. Children also enjoy participating in our costume contests and pirate parade. Check back for a detailed schedule or subscribe to our blog for details. (912) 786-5444/(800) 868-2322 or www.tybeepiratefest.com.

Date: Oct 08, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015
Time: 11 AM - 9 PM Daily
Location: St. Paul\'s Hellenic Center - 14 West Anderson Street, Savannah, GA 31401

With 65 years of tradition and good memories to build on, this event will be better than last year's. The annual festival will feature homemade Greek foods, desserts, Greek dancing, church tours, market place, a live band, and so much more during the three-day celebration of Greek food, music, and heritage. Hosted in the St. Paul's Hellenic Center, our three-day festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. These visitors come to enjoy the food, shopping, music, dancing, and atmosphere of the Greek culture.

Date: Oct 09, 2015 to Oct 11, 2015
Location: Begins in Ellis Square on Friday. Location varies on Saturday and Sunday. See website for details.

The Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival begins at 7 PM on Friday October 9, 2015, in Ellis Square with "FOLKFEST" showcasing Savannah Folk Music Society Members.

This event is a showcase for the quality and diversity in musical talent found among members of the Savannah Folk Music Society with performances that will span the range of Traditional, Old Time, Blues, International, Folk Revival, and Contemporary music

Date: Oct 15, 2015 to Oct 17, 2015
Location: The Guild Hall - 615 Montgomery St Savannah, GA 31401

Geekend is the intersection where entrepreneurs, designers, developers, marketers and other creatives meet to share and discuss cutting edge developments and exciting solutions. The 3 days are packed with content-driven presentations, interactive workshops and thought-provoking panels to spark conversations and push action to create, do, make and define tomorrow.

Date: Oct 23, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015
Time: Friday: 12 PM - 4 PM, Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens - 2 Canebrake Road Savannah, Georgia 31419

Fall is the best time for planting in our region. Come to CGBG either of these two days to browse for plants from an array of nursery vendors or shop for garden-related tools and decor from other local suppliers' booths outdoors. Take time to sit in on free garden lectures at the Lakeside Pavilion and of course take a walk in the gardens before you leave. Parking limited and fee charge per vehicle.

Date: Oct 24, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015
Time: 12 PM - 5 PM
Location: Maps & wristbands located at Canine Palace on Bull St Oct 17-23 OR at Armstrong House on Oct. 24

Join us Saturday October 24, 2015 from Noon-5:00 for the 10th annual WAG-O-WEEN! This annual Trick-or Treat fundraising event is in it's 10th year promises to be fun for the whole family especially the furry members! Maps & wristbands are available at Canine Palace on Bull St Oct 17-23 OR Oct 24, day of the event, pick up your wristband, map, and goodie bag for a $5/person donation at 447 Bull St, Armstrong House . Follow the map to visit over 100 businesses and Treat or Treat with your canine companion. No Tricks or typos here. It's all Treats-for both you and the dogs. Dress in costume and enter the prize winning costume contest for donation. There will be many fabulous raffle items so be sure to bring some extra $. ALL proceeds go to local pet rescue agencies. Call 912-234-3336 for more information.

Date: Oct 24, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015
Time: 11 AM - 5 PM
Location: Daffin Park

The City of Savannah is invited to Food Day Festival at Daffin Park from 11am - 5pm. This large outdoor festival is free and open to the public. Attendees enjoy a live concert, featuring many of Savannah's top musicians. The public is encouraged to bring their friends and family, to spend the day taking in the music, attending educational workshops, browsing over 100 exhibitors and vendors and shopping at the Farmer's Market. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
For more information: http://wellfedsavannah.com/

Date: Oct 25, 2015 to Oct 25, 2015
Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
Location: Forsyth Park

Held in Forsyth Park, one of Savannah's largest and most charming public areas, on the 4th Sunday of each October from 11 am until 3 pm, the festival draws about 10,000 attendees annually. Participants of all ages will enjoy a taste of ethnic Jewish cuisine as well as family entertainment including music and dance.

There is no admission charge for the festival. Food purchases are by tickets, which are sold in advance (and at a discount) at the temple office, and at the event (at full price). Gift items can be purchased by cash and by credit or debit card.

Below is a small sampling of our extensive menu of delicious Jewish delicacies to be found at the Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival:

Deli Sandwiches (corned beef, pastrami, or tongue)
Potato Latkes
Homemade Blintzes
Homemade Challah
Hummus & Pita
Kosher Hot Dogs
Noodle Kugel
Sizzling Sephardic Lamb
Stuffed Cabbage
Sodas, including Dr. Brown's
Sweets from our Sisterhood

Date: Oct 29, 2015 to Oct 29, 2015
Time: 6pm-10pm
Location: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Bring the kids dressed up for a Pre-Trick or Treat on River Street! This Halloween event is FREE!

To participate pick up your trick-or-treat bag the day of at the staff tent across from the Rousakis Plaza Arbor Stage (across from Tubby's River Street).

Date: Oct 31, 2015 to Oct 31, 2015
Time: 7pm-Midnight
Location: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Ditch the candy and Trick-or-Treat for drink specials on River Street at the 3rd Annual CRAWL-O-WEEN! This Halloween pub crawl will feature select bars & restaurants on River Street. Crawl along the cobblestones at your own pace while enjoying drink specials along the way.

Tickets are $10 per person and includes a souvenir cup.

Check-in and day of registration begin at 7pm at the SWA Staff Tent on the Rousakis Plaza Arbor Stage (across from Tubby's on River Street). Crawling hours are 7pm-midnight. Participants who complete their crawl card before midnight will be eligible for the raffle drawing.

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