Are you in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Savannah? If so, it will probably help to see at a glance the most popular events in the city and the months in which they occur.

After all, really popular events — such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Savannah Film Festival — can affect everything from hotel rates to to parking availability to restaurant reservations.

Just so you know, the three most popular months for events and festivals in Savannah tend to be March, October, and December. If you check out Savannah’s weather by month, you’ll see why! Spring and fall are generally considered the best time to visit Savannah, GA.

Marquee for the SCAD Savannah Film Festival's 25th anniversary celebration

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Annual Events in Savannah

Please note that this post is designed to provide a broad overview of the biggest annual events in Savannah. These are events you’ll want to keep in mind as you’re making travel plans, since they tend to draw large crowds.

Accommodations are likely to cost more during these events, and it may be difficult to get reservations at some of the most popular restaurants in Savannah when they’re taking place.

I’ll begin with the current month…

September 2023 Events

Savannah Jazz Festival
September 18 – 24, 2023 (dates confirmed)
This festival takes place in various locations within the Historic District, including the Lucas Theater, Ships of the Sea Museum, and the bandshell at Forsyth Park. The final day’s events take place at the JW Marriott in the Plant Riverside District.

October 2023 Events

Savannah Greek Festival
October 5 – 7, 2023 (dates confirmed)
Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries at St. Paul’s Hellenic Center in the Historic District.

Savannah Philharmonic “Phil the Park”
October 7, 2023 (dates confirmed)
This is Savannah’s largest free concert of the year. It takes place in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Blues, Brews, BBQ & Bourbon
October 14, 2023 (dates confirmed)
Enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings, listen to live music, and sample the South’s best BBQ at this event, which is held along the riverfront in the Eastern Wharf District.

Savannah Pride Festival
October 17 – 22, 2023 (dates confirmed)
Celebrate all things LGBTQ+ in Savannah at this fun event, which includes parades, costume contests, drag events, and live music. It takes place in and around City Market.

Savannah Film Festival
October 21 – 28, 2023 (dates confirmed)
The Savannah Film Festival is the biggest annual event SCAD hosts. It features film debuts, a red-carpet event, and plenty of opportunities to spot celebrities.

Related Reading: 25+ Epic Events in Savannah, Georgia in October

November 2023 Events

The Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival
November 12, 2023 (date confirmed)
This annual gathering is held at Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah’s Historic District. It celebrates food (latkes, anyone?) and the Jewish community.

Savannah Boat Parade of Lights
November 25, 2023 (date confirmed)
Did you know Santa arrives by boat in Savannah? He and his friends decorate their boats with colorful lights and crazy balloons, then they blast music and dance while floating along the riverfront for all to see. It kicks off in the Eastern Wharf District and extends all the way down to Plant Riverside District.

December 2023 Events

The Savannah Christmas Market
November 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024 (dates confirmed)
When you’re ready to do some holiday shopping, take photos with Santa, or grab some hot chocolate along the riverfront, you can head to the Savannah Christmas Market to do just that. It takes place in the Plant Riverside District.

Holiday Tour of Homes
December 9, 2023 (date confirmed)
This popular events invites guests inside some of the fanciest mansions, inns, and hotels in Savannah’s Historic District. Tickets go on sale September 1st each year and sell out within hours.

Christmas on the River Parade
December 8 – 10, 2023 (dates confirmed)
If you’re looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate the holidays, this parade along River Street is a fun way to do just that.

NYE Fireworks on the River
December 31, 2023 (date confirmed)
It should be no surprise that River Street in Savannah is the place to celebrate NYE. You can watch the huge fireworks display for free by grabbing a spot along the riverfront, or pay a cover charge to see it from one of the rooftop bars.

Related Reading: 15+ Epic Events in Savannah, Georgia in December

January 2024 Events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
January 15, 2024 (date confirmed)
The parade celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and it features local marching bands, floats, and dance acts. It begins in the Historic District and ends along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in Savannah’s Victorian District.

February 2024 Events

Super Museum Sunday
First Sunday in February (date to be confirmed, but it’s pretty solid)
Get free entry into some of the most popular museums in Savannah during this event, which is held annually the first weekend in February. Expect long lines at many of the top spots!

Savannah Irish Festival
February 10, 2024 (date confirmed)
The Irish Festival officially kicks off the start of St. Patrick’s season in Savannah with this fun event, which includes storytelling, music, and Irish dance. It will be held at Victory North in the Starland District.

Savannah Book Festival
February 15 – 18, 2024 (dates confirmed)
This free event is draws nationally-acclaimed authors and thousands of bibliophiles to three historic squares in Savannah.

March 2024 Events

Savannah Stopover Music Festival
Likely the first week in March (dates TBD)
If you’re a fan of SXSW in Austin, you won’t want to miss this event! Performances include popular local and national acts.

St. Patrick’s Celebrations
St. Paddy’s Day events occur all month long! They take place throughout the city, but the majority occur within the Historic District. Expect accommodations to be pricey during March and you’ll need to book a place months in advance.

Savannah Music Festival
March 28 – April 13, 2024 (dates confirmed)
This is one of the largest musical festivals in the entire state of Georgia! It features hundreds of musical acts from a wide variety of genres. (Savannah’s weather in March is ideal for hosting events, so that’s why this month is jam-packed with activities.)

April 2024 Events

SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival
Typically the third week in April (dates TBD)
The sidewalk arts festival draws huge crowds to Forsyth Park for a competition to see who can create the most interesting piece of art using nothing but chalk. You can watch the artists and chat with them while they work. It’s a free event.

NOGS Tour of Homes and Gardens
April 19 – 20, 2024 (dates confirmed)
This is one of the few times during the year when we plebeians get the opportunity to venture behind fancy wrought-iron gates into some of the most beautiful secret gardens in Savannah’s Historic District. The vibe is like one giant tea party with ladies in hats and sundresses (only a slight exaggeration).

May 2024 Events

Savannah Comic Con
May 11 – 12, 2024 (dates confirmed)
Comic Con celebrates comic book fans, vintage toy collectors, and retro gaming fanatics. You’ll find plenty of cosplay and anime at this event, which celebrates geek culture. (Their word, not mine — don’t hate on me. I love geeks! Heck, I am a geek.) It’s held at the Savannah Convention Center.

June 2024 Events

Nothing yet, folks, but I’ll update if that changes.

July 2024 Events

4th of July Fireworks on the River
July 4th, 2024 (date confirmed)
Similar to 4th of July on the River, this popular event features fireworks along the waterfront. You can watch for free from street level or pay a cover charge to view the show with a drink in hand at one of the rooftop bars.

August 2024 Events

Savannah in August feels hotter and more humid than Satan’s armpit (or so I’d imagine), and no one in their right mind would host an event this month. Should anyone decide to challenge my statement, I’ll update this section with more info.

SCAD Savannah Events

In addition to the Savannah Film Festival and the Sidewalk Arts Festival mentioned above, SCAD hosts numerous other events throughout the year.

SCAD Days, the SCAD Fashion Show, and the Sand Arts Festival (held on nearby Tybee Island) are a few popular ones.

Make note that SCAD students usually move into their dorms the first week in September. That means parents are often in town to help out, and many of the top Savannah Historic District hotels fill up quickly.

Move-out weekend and the commencement ceremony fall towards the end of May or in early June, so those are also busy times.

Choosing Where to Stay

If you aren’t sure where to stay, the Savannah Historic District is the most popular area.

All of the above-listed events are walkable from within that district, except for Comic Con — and you can take the free ferry across the river to the Savannah Convention Center to get to that one.

If you have mobility issues and you’re staying within the Historic District, you can utilize the free DOT shuttles during the day or hail a free ride from a Downtowner vehicle at night. (There may be a wait for the Downtowners, since they are in high demand during events.)

Related Reading: Where to Stay in Savannah: An Insider’s Guide to the City

Savannah Travel Guide

If you’re planning to a trip to Savannah, here are a few additional resources I’ve created to help you out.

  • Free Resources Library – When you sign up for my email list, you’ll get a checklist of “50 Things To Do On Foot in the Historic District (No Car Necessary)” and other helpful printables.
  • Savannah First-Timer’s Guide – My ebook combines my most helpful Savannah travel tips from this website in one handy downloadable guide.

When you purchase my ebook, you’ll also gain access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions about your trip and get advice from others who have recently visited.