It’s no secret that Savannah has a haunted history and is, appropriately, full of some of the best ghost tours in the south. But underneath the spiritual craze lies a delightful lineup of fall festivals full of light-hearted, family friendly fun. Experience the season’s charm and southern hospitality in this historical setting and cozy up to Savannah this fall.
Savannah Jazz Festival, September 23-26
Welcome the cool weather and the smooth sounds of the Savannah Jazz Festival. Home to many influential jazz legends such as Johnny Mercer, Ben Tucker, James Moody and Teddy Adams, Savannah attracts artists from all walks of life and levels of talent. Grab the family and head to Forsyth Park to experience all that live jazz has to offer.
Phil in the Park, October 9
Home to the city’s most famous and picturesque fountain, Forsyth Park is the perfect place for October picnics, proposals, weddings and free events like “Phil the Park.” On October 9, tote your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and loved ones to the park to enjoy free performances by Savannah Philharmonic & Philharmonic Chorus as they perform feel-good favorites, songs from the silver screen and the popular “1812 Overture” complete with live firing cannons.
Publix Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, October 9
Grab your girlfriends and experience Savannah on foot as you run through the beautiful oak-lined streets shaded by Spanish moss. Start at Forsyth Park, pass by Forest Gump’s bench, weave through the historic homes and quaint city squares to finish in front of the beautiful Forsyth Park fountain.
Savannah Film Festival, October 23-30
No one presents a show quite like the Savannah College of Art and Design; Just ask any of the star-studded 63,000+ attendees. The annual festival celebrates cinematic creativity from both emerging students, award-winning filmmakers, directors, actors and producers. So sit back, relax and enjoy film screenings, workshops, panels and lectures.
Savannah Speed Classic, October 21-24
If you feel the need for speed, come fill your tanks at the Savannah Speed Classic. Thought to be the birthplace of Grand Prix racing, Savannah unrolls the red carpet and proudly welcomes the racing world onto its coastal, winding course. Enjoy the adrenaline of the crowd, revving engines and sleek car designs as we celebrate all things automotive.
Savannah Pride Festival, October 28-30
Celebrate diversity, pride and love on the cobblestone streets of downtown Savannah. The festivities begin on Thursday with the Masquerade, marches into Friday with the Pride Parade and erupts with music, performances, food and drink on Saturday at the Pride Festival in Ellis Square.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah, November 6-7
Rumored to be the most beautiful course in the Rock ‘n’ Roll series circuit, Savannah’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon offers scenic views of manicured parks, Victorian homes and architectural sites on a flat, fast course. Experience the warm, southern charm as local bystanders cheer you across the Forsyth Park finish line.
Are you ready to experience Savannah in the fall? Book your stay today!