Visiting Savannah this fall? Then be sure to mark your calendar for all the amazing festivals happening in the Hostess City of the South! There are family-friendly events for everyone from music lovers to movie buffs. Come celebrate community and culture with one of these fabulous festivals this fall!
Savannah Jazz Festival
The 38th annual Savannah Jazz Festival is a free week-long program of jazz music, jam sessions, and events, taking place in venues throughout the city and culminating in three nights of concerts in Savannah’s beautiful Forsyth Park. Featuring a mix of renowned jazz musicians, vocalists, and jazz bands from local schools, this festival is a musical celebration that facilitates world-class performances from local and international jazz artists alike. Purchase VIP tickets for special access, drink tickets, and preferred concert seating. Don’t forget to book your rooms at the DoubleTree Savannah Historic District or Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown to take advantage of their group rates!
Head to Savannah’s famous River Street to celebrate all things Oktoberfest this fall! Here you’ll find beers, brats, and the ever-popular wiener dog races. Enjoy traditional German music and dancing while you take in the beautiful riverfront views at this free event! The Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront is the perfect place to book your stay as it is close to all the Oktoberfest happenings. The wiener dog races also take place on the east end of River Street, which is where the hotel is located.
Savannah Greek Festival
Join thousands of visitors at the 69th annual Greek Festival to celebrate Greek culture and tradition through food, music, dancing, and more! This three-day celebration offers a wide selection of Greek entrees and pastries, as well as performances by adults and children in traditional costumes, and tours of Savannah’s Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. Stop by the Agora (Market Place) to shop for clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs.
SCAD Savannah Film Festival
October 26 – November 2
Get your passes now for this wildly popular annual event. Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, this eight-day festival is the largest university-run film festival in the world, and includes film screenings, panels, lectures, workshops, and special guests. Last year’s celebrity guests included Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Amandla Stenberg, among many others. Tickets for individual screenings and panels will be available starting October 1st.
Shalom Y’All Jewish Food Festival
This annual event presented by the Congregation Mickve Israel celebrates Jewish culture and heritage with traditional cuisine, music, and dancing. Bring the whole family to Monterey Square for a cultural culinary experience. You can purchase food tickets in advance at the temple office, or full price at the event to enjoy a variety of delicious Jewish delicacies like potato latkes, homemade challah, blintzes, and noodle kugel.
Savannah Food and Wine Festival
One of the city’s most popular annual events, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival always draws a crowd. Celebrating the South’s finest culinary professionals and winemakers, this festival offers mouth-watering events throughout the week. Get your tickets in advance for one (or more!) of the many events, including Whisky on the Water, Riverboat Luncheon Cruise, Jazz and Bubbles Brunch, or the River Street Stroll, among others. The main event is Taste of Savannah, taking place on November 9th at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Here you’ll enjoy artisanal dishes, unlimited beverage tastings, and professional demos all in a beautiful, historic location. Tap into your inner foodie or wine connoisseur and explore the local flavors of the Hostess City. Most downtown hotels sell out during this weekend, so book your stay in Savannah early!