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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:

Oct 03, 2014 to Oct 05, 2014
Friday, October 3 from 4-10pm, Saturday, October 4 from 10am-10pm, and Sunday, October 5 from 10am-5pm.
River Street

It's a Wiener Dog Racing, Bratwurst Tasting, Oomph Dancing celebration at the 31st Annual Oktoberfest on Historic River Street! Enjoy a bit of Germany…Savannah style with a beer garden offering a variety of beers, food booths featuring German cuisine, and of course the famous Wiener Dog Races hosted by Savannah Morning News! There will be regional arts & crafts exhibitors, live entertainment on the Arbor Stage, and all weekend long!

Festival Hours are Friday, October 3 from 4-10pm, Saturday, October 4 from 10am-10pm, and Sunday, October 5 from 10am-5pm.

First Fridays & Saturdays on the River take place each month from March-December.

Oct 04, 2014 to Oct 04, 2014
Savannah Theatre - 222 Bull Street, Savannah, GA

Come join us for our dance show "Love and Hate - It's a Thin Line" on October 4th at 1pm at the Savannah Theater! It's a show of Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio's stars that will showcase Love and Hate, Good and Evil, and all the other emotions in between! We are also having several professional dancers for your viewing pleasure: National Latin Champions Ranko Bogosavac and Darinka Divijak, Rising Star Smooth finalists Alonzo Boschulte and JaeLynn Fulks, and Principal Ballerina Karen Burns. Enjoy some of the most popular songs such as When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars, The Devil May Cry from the Hunger Games, Dark Horse by Katy Perry, Love Me Again by John Newman, Say Something by A Great Big World plus many, many more!

Our show will be highlighting several of our local dancers. You might see someone out there that could be your neighbor, co-worker or good friend! Our dancers include Sharon Short, Jennifer Broyles, Jenny Long, Marianne and Shandra Neidich, Tara Hook, Bill and Judy Klement, Jon Green, Sue Brown, Sean Murphy, Diana Eveland, Robbie and Linda Martin, Carey Daughtry, Andrea Burkhardt, Buddy and Lindy Claborn, Gabriel Alexander, Jimmy Xu, Phyllis Read, Amanda Gillespie, and Stephen Argue.

Oct 09, 2014 to Oct 12, 2014
Tybee Island

Tybee Island Pirate Fest began in 2005 with a few locals searching for an event to highlight the unique personality of the island. Following an enormous number of hours, blood, sweat, and tears the first Pirate Fest took to the streets of Tybee. The first year far surpassed the expectations of its organizers, a non-profit called TybeeFest. With the support of many dedicated volunteers, The City of Tybee Island, and local businesses, the event has grown each year. Pirate enthusiasts travel from across the country to visit our charming island as it transforms into pirate village every Columbus Day weekend.

Our Pirate Fest blankets the downtown area to highlight the local shops and restaurants while showcasing our beautiful beach and pier. Visitors are invited to escape the ordinary, if only for a weekend.

Oct 23, 2014 to Nov 02, 2014

River Street

The Savannah Waterfront Association will welcome the National Air, Sea &Space Foundation and the Spanish tall ship El Galeon Andalucia to historic River Street on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The Tall ship will be visiting Savannah for a 10 day stay during its five month tour of the east coast. The Sail to Sunny 16th Century Ship Tour 2014 will take the ship from Ocean City, MD to sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL making nine ports-of call in five states along the way. The 170-foot long, 500 ton ship is the only Galeon class vessel sailing today. Five of the seven decks will be available for the public to tour. It carries an all-Spanish crew of 25 sailors, several of which will welcome visitors aboard when they tour this one-of-a-kind vessel.

El Galeon Andalucia was featured in the NBC series Crossbones starring John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard which aired this summer. The ship spent three months in Puerto Rico where the series was filmed. "El Galeon will bring the spirit of discovery and exploration to over two hundred thousand visitors on its Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale," said Bryan Lilley, head of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation. "When you step the ship it’s like traveling back in time 500 years to experience for yourself what it was like to explore the new World," he continued.

The ship will be open for public tours daily from 10am – 6pm starting on Friday, October 24 and continuing through Sunday, November 2. The Foundation will also be inviting school groups the El Galeon for complimentary tours and the chance to participate in the ‘Future Explorers Education Program,’ part of its non-profit mission to educate youth in Air, Sea and Space. “When the ship sails into a port it’s like bringing a hands on learning experience on the scale of a field trip to [a port city during the 16th Century] to the community,” Lilley said. “The foundation is proud to be able to offer such an opportunity to public school students free of charge,” he continued. The Savannah Waterfront Association will also be hosting two days of exhibits on Rousakis Riverfront Plaza celebrating local maritime history for the school groups to enjoy.

In addition to the tours, the Savannah Waterfront Association and the Air, Sea and Space Foundation will host several unique opportunities to tap into your inner pirate or immerse yourself in Spanish culture aboard the El Galeon. The ship will also pay homage to one of the most haunted cities when it is transformed into a haunted pirate ship over Halloween weekend. “This is one of the most amazing ships I have ever seen and Savannah will have the opportunity to experience it in a different way each night. We will have events for both kids and adults, so whatever level of party or pirate you want, you will have a choice,” said Carrie Bligh, Executive Director of the Savannah Waterfront Association. The haunted pirate ship will take place Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 1. “We are very excited to scare the wits out of folks during the haunted pirate ship,” added Bligh. Ticket information and a detailed schedule will be available online soon for visitors and locals.

Oct 24, 2014 to Oct 26, 2014

The Grand Prize of America Road Course - Hutchinson Island

Bringing back Savannah's auto racing heritage, the Savannah Speed Classic is a unique race track experience offering an intimate look at the inner working of racing! Strapped in, full throttle, and up close and personal. This year's races will feature celebrity drivers, hot lap rides at racing speeds, vintage racing, pit/paddock access and a special class of Pre-War race cars representing Savannah's heritage as the birthplace of Grand Prix racing. Race car groups to include B.O.S.S. Super Cup Series, American Muscle Cars, Historic GTP, GTU & GTO, Historic Stock Cars, Small Bore Formula Cars and More!


Oct 31, 2014 to Oct 31, 2014
River Street

Ditch the candy and Trick-or-Treat for drink specials on River Street at the 2nd 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.

Keep checking back for more details and ticket information!

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