Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is big. No, like REALLY big. More than 500,000 people are expected to visit for the festivities this year. According to Fodor’s, it’s one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. There’s an annual parade, vendors and live music on River Street, green fountains, green beer, and green pride throughout the city. If you haven’t been to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s an absolute bucket list experience.
If your partying days are mostly in the past, not to worry! There are so many family-friendly, non-alcohol-related activities to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in learning more about your Irish heritage, or just hoping for a bit of the luck o’ the Irish, here are a few of our favorite ways to experience St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.
March 8, 1 p.m.
This moving, annual ceremony, attended by the city’s Irish Catholic community along with their family and friends, honors the city’s Irish heritage. With live bagpiping and meaningful speeches in front of the Celtic Cross in Emmet Park, this traditional ceremony and reception is the perfect way to understand what St. Patrick’s Day is all about.
Johnny Mercer Theatre
March 10, 6 p.m.
This incredible, all-female group of musicians have kept the Celtic tradition of telling stories through song. Tara McNeil plays the fiddle and Irish harp while soloists Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and Megan Walsh join in song. Joined by pipers, drummers, and stepdancers, Celtic Women is a magical, live experience that celebrates Ireland’s rich musical heritage.
March 13, 8 p.m.
Irish dancers of all ages have been showing off their moves at this dance, which has been held for more than 40 years. Kick off the celebrations of the Irish community at Alee Temple with live music, dancing, raffles, and more!
Tybee City Hall
March 14, 3 p.m.
If you’d rather avoid the chaos of Savannah’s parade, we recommend checking out this family-friendly event a few days prior. With floats, marchers, and bands, you’ll enjoy being part of the sea of green at this seaside celebration on Tybee Island.
Still deciding where to stay? We recommend the Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/Riverfront. From the rooftop bar and cabanas, you can look down at all the festivities happening on River Street or retreat to your relaxing oasis, where every room includes a full kitchen. Book your stay in Savannah today!