Savannah Film Festival
October 28-November 4, 2017
Film nerds and pop-culture fanatics meet at this star-studded event in Savannah every fall. Ranked as one of the top film festivals in the country by moviemaker.com, this annual event put on by the Savannah College of Art and Design gives you a chance to view daily screenings of films at various venues on or near Broughton Street.
Ranging from award-winning productions to up-and-coming student flicks, this festival provides a variety of cinematic experiences for audiences of all types. For true film buffs, there are Q&A sessions with visiting celebrities, panels and workshops to help you hone your craft or learn more about the industry.
Whether you’re a budding film critic or just want to be the first among your friends to see the next box office great, you’ll enjoy seeing these films in a city steeped in film history.
Shalom Y’All Jewish Food Festival
October 29, 2017
While you’re in between showings at the film festival, hop over to Monterey Square on Sunday, October 29 for some live music, unbelievable cuisine and a unique view into Savannah’s Jewish heritage. The Shalom Y’All Jewish Food Festival has been a fixture in the Savannah community for 29 years — growing from a small gathering to an event of over 10,000 annual attendees.
While the food is unlike any you can taste in Savannah at any other time of the year, the Jewish culture and roots in Savannah are nearly as old as the city itself. The festival is organized by the Congregation Mickve Israel — the third-oldest Jewish congregation in the United States — founded in 1733. The food for the festival is still prepared in the temple, the only temple in the United States with a Neo-gothic style sanctuary.
Be sure to get to the festival early to get a chance to try some of the delicious food before it’s gone. Try the warm, homemade pastrami and corned beef deli sandwiches, stuffed cabbage and the crowd favorite (and a fast seller), the sizzling Sephardic Lamb. While you’re eating, enjoy some traditional Jewish music courtesy of a partnership with the Savannah philharmonic.
Food and Wine Festival
November 6-12, 2017
The biggest event in Savannah each fall has to be the Food and Wine Festival. Every year, hundreds of local restaurants, brewers, wine makers and retail vendors gather in Savannah for this weeklong celebration of the culinary heritage of the Lowcountry. Enjoy wine dinners, tastings, cooking demonstrations and more as you stroll around Savannah’s iconic streets.
The festival is made up of many individual events, each worth trying. Taste hand-crafted spirits, local beers and more along historic River Street during the River Street Stroll. Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by award-winning chefs during the Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner. There are more than enough events to explore based on your own tastes. You can see the full list of events on the official website.
And be sure to stop by the main event, the Taste of Savannah at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. You’ll enjoy unlimited wine tastings with a souvenir leaded wine glass with your ticket, and five, free food tokens to try some of the delicious vendors set up around the grounds, including The Crab Shack, Pie Society, Belford’s and more.
Telfair Art Fair
November 11-12, 2017
Savannah has one of the richest legacies of art in all of Georgia, and the center of much of that history has been the Telfair Academy of Arts, founded in 1875. Now a museum, the Telfair brings this city’s rich heritage of art into the streets each year at the Annual Telfair Art Fair. This free, open-air fair lets you explore the work of local artists as well as artists from across the country, all in a family-friendly environment with activities, food trucks and more.
Chat with artists, view their work and purchase your favorite pieces to add to your own collection. Enjoy food trucks, live music, children’s activities and more as you explore the art in the heart of downtown Savannah.
If you want to get an exclusive early look at the work that will be on display, you can purchase tickets to the Arty Party cocktail party, which takes place beforehand and features music, food, beverages and an opportunity to meet the artists.