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My Secret Savannah

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND BUILD-YOUR-OWN ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS:

We will be delighted to make your reservation for any trip, tour, or dining accommodation you may desire. Just give us a call. During any special event it is highly recommended that you make dining reservations as early as possible to ensure a seat in the restaurant you want when you want it!

Dinner Recommendations (some are causal lunch places as well):

    • Cotton & Rye – Housed in an old bank building this is one of the best-kept locals’ secrets. Only open for one year, this fabulous indoor/outdoor restaurant is garnering accolades across the city and state. We love the sausage and cheese board with house-made sausage, house-made pickled vegetables and a delicious array of cheeses. My personal favorite is the Mustard and Molasses BBQ Lamb Ribs – don’t even think about sharing. Jake’s dinner favorite is the crusted pork chop with Brussel sprouts and back, apple sauce and sweet potatoes. Best secret? The BEST mixologist in Savannah and a wonderfully private dining room in the old bank Vault!
    • A.lure – A charming restaurant in the Heart of City Market. What stands out is their attention to detail, perfect for a destination dinner or a quick meal before an evening tour. From the Kale Salad, to the blue cheese fondue, the appetizers are sure to please. For main course options, “Peas and Carrots”, a creamy blend of carrot risotto topped with perfectly seared local Scallops; the decadent filet and foie gras Meatloaf, or the  Root beer Float Duck- a blend of sweet and savory ingredients- so delicious it has become my new favorite! Their flexibility in accommodating dietary restrictions makes this an easy recommendation.
    • Vic’s on the River – Avoid the line at Lady and Sons and come to Vic’s for real Southern Cuisine and attention to detail. Spicy Jumbo Shrimp over stone ground grits and Tasso ham gravy; or perhaps a crispy fried trio of shrimp, oysters and local flounder. I love the Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese and tomato chutney. Sample southern side dishes favorites of mac n’ cheese and collard greens or take a leap and try the grilled asparagus. Also open for lunch.
    • Public Kitchen – A new Azalea Inn favorite (though it has been around for a year) and winner of the Smoked Salmon BLT award as one of my all-time favorite Sandwiches. Its central downtown location makes if a great spot to lunch at during shopping splurges. Great for Lunch too!
    • Noble Fare: A fellow innkeeper raves about this hidden gem and finally, finally I tried it and shame on me for waiting so long. I started my dinner with an amazing Ahi Tuna Tartar with avocado puree that melted in my mouth. My main course was Pan Roasted Diver Scallops with a cauliflower puree on a bed of Israeli Couscous, smoked bacon, corn with truffle oil. Divine, absolutely Divine. The next time you are in town don’t miss the sensational atmosphere that Paddy and his wife have created at the Noble Fare!
    • Jazz’d – A Tapas Bar featuring small portions of a large variety of food – great for sharing when you can’t make up your mind what to eat! Jazz band begins around 9:00. Don’t miss Thursday’s singer Trey Gurley with a voice reminiscent of Frank Sinatra. “Wine’d Down” every Monday and Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. Select bottles will be offered at just $12 per bottle! Live music six nights a week and never a cover..
    • The Grey: Located in the old Greyhound Bus Station. I could go on and on about the building but I am sure you are just interested in hearing about the food. Chef Mashama Bailey delivers Southern food her way. I skipped appetizers that day and went straight for a “middle”, which is a smaller serving of a main course. My Middle was Country Pasta served with pork belly, Parmesan, and cracked black pepper, which was perfect in flavor and size. I did add a side of roasted beets with a buttermilk yogurt which I intended to share with Jake, but…. Jake ordered the Pork Shank with a “mess of greens” and cornbread and a side of whole fried sweet potato with sorghum butter – which he did share with me! Our waitress helped us pick a by-the-glass wine for each of our dishes which were a heavenly match. We completed our evening with a shared dessert: Pound Cake with Leopold’s corn ice cream and caramel popcorn – every bit as delicious and different as it sounds. You can’t go wrong with dinner and drinks at The Grey – but be sure to make your reservation well in advance of arrival – you wouldn’t want to miss out.
    • Alligator Soul – Jake and I have been very impressed with the food offerings (very fresh, seasonal choices) and with the service! Jake had the signature gumbo and as a main course the Beef Short Ribs while I chose the Georgia Wild Shrimp Plate for my main. To die for! The owner is a VEGAN, so if you wonder whether a vegan can get a beautiful and satisfying dinner – this is the place for you!
    • Crystal Beer Parlor – One of the oldest pubs in Savannah, you will delight in the Craft Beer and Burger selection as well as all those old-timey staples such as meatloaf, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese and more! Make sure you leave room for the Oh-So-Delicious Peach Cobbler. They don’t take reservations but while you wait is the perfect time to take in all the old time pictures of Savannah and the framed newspaper stories across the years. Seriously, we eat here at least once a month – more often when we have company!
    • Green Truck Pub – A bit outside our downtown waking area, but SO worth the drive, this neighborhood joint features locally sources foods, vegetarian options, and a huge selection of craft beers. My favorite burger is the Rustico, a burger with Goat cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and fresh basil, a huge side of fries all for just $10. Jake alternates between The Whole Farm (You ever put bacon and cheddar AND a fried freaking egg on a burger?) and the Deluxe Hot Rod (As if bacon and cheese weren’t enough, we shove some sauteed mushrooms and onions on top).

Great for Lunch:

    • Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding HouseLUNCH ONLY Monday thru Friday. No stay would be complete without lunch at Mrs. Wilkes -southern home cooking at its best. Served family style – this lunch will keep you full till past dinner. Lines begin forming at 11:00 a.m. and service stops when the food runs out – generally around 2:00 p.m.  Closed throughout January. Open weekdays ONLY!
    • Zunzi’s – home of the #2 Sandwich in the entire United States – the Conquistador.
      Zunzi’s is a delightful mix of international cuisines reflecting the very different cultural backgrounds of the owners, Gabriella and Johnny. Enjoy the combination of South African, Swiss, Italian and Dutch every day; vegetarian options also available. Be sure to try the South African tea – Rooibos ice cold. Open six days a week 11 to 6 (making it a great place to grab a take-out bite for dinner).
    • Wright Square Café – An absolute must is this casual European style café with rich coffee, fresh breads, imported chocolates. Enjoy fresh made salads of green beans, pasta, or rice, sandwiches on fresh-made bread or wraps, muffins, bagels, and truly decadent desserts. My favorite is a baked chicken wrap with caramelized figs. The truffles are a delightfully decadent treat to finish off the lunch, or bring back to our inn to enjoy as you relax by the pool, or on your deck or balcony.
    • B&D Burgers – The name says it all…BURGERS!  If you are looking for a great casual place to chill or would like to watch your favorite sporting event on the Big Screen (at night) the Patio area is a Must for you.  All the Burgers have “Savannah” names & those sweet potato fries are awesome.

TOUR SAVANNAH:

Trolley Tours:

Our go to trolley is Old Savannah Tourswww.oldsavannahtours.com, is a home-town company that goes above and beyond in customer service. Our guests rave about the tours, the tour guides and the service. May we suggest you try “The Savannah Experience.  They also offer a Riverboat Cruise to see the river landscape.

Walking Tours:

    1. Jonathan Stalcup – a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Architecture degree, offers the best Architectural Tour of Savannah, you will not be disappointed. Please see his website at www.architecturalsavannah.com. Inquiries and reservations may be made by calling or texting Jonathan at 912-604-6354 or by emailing jonathan@architecturalsavannah.com.
    2. Savannah Dan Walking Tours – Take a leisurely stroll through picturesque squares with a Southern Gentleman. Hear the history of Savannah in the language of the South. www.savannahdan.com
    3. My City Savannah Walking Tour – Focusing on the colonial district of Savannah follow Sonny on an off-the-beaten path history from debtors’ colony to the Coastal Empire. www.Mycitysavannahtour.com
  1. Savannah Taste Experience – Savannah Taste Experience Food Tours are 3-hour walking and tasting tours where you will enjoy a fun, one-of-a-kind culinary experience while strolling through the gardens and historic, cultural landmarks of the squares of Savannah, the Hostess City of the South. https://savannahtasteexperience.com

Black Heritage History:

A mesmerizing journey beginning with Day Clean Soul Tours. Dey-Kleen is the Gullah-Geechee philosophy of life that “each day is a new day, each day starts anew; no matter what occurred yesterday – today is a new day!” Jamal Toure’, a renowned lecturer, author and living history performer, will guide you through Savannah’s black history with stops at the Beach Institute, Laurel Grove Cemetery South, the Ralph Gilbert Marks Civil Rights Museum which will open eyes to the courageous acts undertaken to ensure equality of all. Take a few steps along the Underground Railroad with a stop at the First African Baptist Church, the oldest black Christian congregation in America followed by a visit to the Haitian Monument also located on Franklin Square. Jamal will fill your 2-1/2 hour journey with enough tidbits to compel one to learn more about our black history. Call 912-257-0078 for reservations.

Ghosts In American’s Most Haunted City

Here is a list of our most highly recommended downtown Savannah ghost tours:

Horse Drawn Carriage:

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours…our preferred provider. Public rides daily from City Market. OR…. Let us book you a Private ride from the inn to dinner (or perhaps from dinner back to the inn). Romance and History – what’s not to love?

Telfair Museum Foundation: Visit three museums for the price of two:

  • Owens-Thomas House and slave quarters
  • Telfair Museum
  • Jepson Art Center

Motorized or Foot-Powered Touring Options:

  • SEGWAY! – The hottest craze to hit town: So Much Fun…Coordination is not a requirement J Tour the city on a Personal Transporter. Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. www.segwayofsavannah.com
  • Perry Bikes – located on Chippewa Square, it has all your bike rental needs!

Theatre

Savannah Theatre – Live professional performances at The Savannah Theatre, matinee and evening performances available. “Jukebox Journey”, “Back to the 50’s” and “Christmas on Bull”. To learn more, please visit their website at www.savannahtheatre.com.

On the Water:

  • Dolphins abound the waters in the right season. For more information on what to do on the water visit www.tybeeisland.com/dolphin-tours.shtml.
  • Or perhaps the sea and you, one on one – in a kayak! Visit www.tybeeisland.com/kayaking.shtml.
  • Coastal Journeyswww.coastaljourneys.com (912-308-6050) Glen Gartner will take you into the marshlands surrounding our coastal area on an ecology/nature-based cruise. Explore an uninhabited barrier island, hunt for old bottles or shark’s teeth along Savannah’s river channel, or perhaps bird watching inspires you. Glen will customize a trip for you, your friends and family.
  • Wilderness Southeast Nature Tourswww.wilderness-southeast.org Explore pristine beaches or river swamps; discover habitats and exciting wildlife on your own private nature tour.

Deep Sea Fishing:

Cooking:

  • http://www.mansiononforsythpark.com/leisure/cooking-school/ – Join Executive Chef Peter Russo as he oversees a variety of interactive programs in a state-of-the-art, full size kitchen with in-depth discussion and explanation of culinary technique and simple tricks that make cooking a very approachable form of art.

GOLF:

Southbridge Golf: Conveniently located within a few minutes of Savannah Georgia’s historic district, Southbridge is a Savannah jewel – a treat for both the eye and the golf game.  Southbridge has long been the most highly acclaimed golf course in the Savannah area.  Legendary architect Rees Jones’ chose to design this fine masterpiece through a tract of dense woodland in South Georgia. http://www.southbridgegolfclub.com/

MORE:

Visit www.savannahvisit.com for more ideas on what to do and see in Savannah.

CAT Shuttle:

CAT Shuttle: follow this link for more information on the free historic district shuttle.

MONTHLY EVENTS:

 

itself, email info@savannahtheatre.com.

 

 Tybee Island Light Station and Museum Tours

Jan 1- Jan 31st

Wednesday-Monday: Tybee Island Light Station and Museum, Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., depending on weather conditions. We are a complete light station whose history dates back to 1736. The tower stands 145 feet tall and has three Light Keeper’s Cottages nearby. A small 1812 Summer Kitchen holds archaeological finds. Across the street is an 1899 Military Battery that houses the Tybee Island Museum. Exhibits cover the time of the Euchee tribe, the history of Fort Screven, Tybee’s Golden Era and more. A yellow raised cottage adjacent to the property showcases 1900s Tybee architecture. 30 Meddin Dr. (912) 786-5801 or www.tybeelighthouse.org.

 

First Friday Art March

Jan 5

Every first Friday of the month, Art Rise Savannah presents the First Friday Art March through the Victorian and Starland Districts of Savannah. Discover local art, music, food and culture all over Georgia’s First City by taking the free Art March Trolley to different galleries and shops around Forsyth Park and Past Forsyth Park. There is FREE entry to all of the First Friday Art March events! The First Friday Art March trolley picks up in approximately 20 minute intervals from 6-9 p.m. For more information about the First Friday Art March, go to artmarchsavannah.com.

 

First Friday for Folk Music!

Jan 5

Savannah Folk Music Society Monthly presents “First Friday for Folk Music” at First Presbyterian Church on 520 Washington Avenue each month. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. and run until about 10 p.m. It is a smoke free, alcohol free and family friendly evening of music in a coffee house setting, regularly attended by an appreciative audience of folk music enthusiasts from the greater Savannah and surrounding area. A $5 minimum suggested donation is requested to support the event and other SFMS activities. For more information call (912) 898-1876 or visit savannahfolk.org.

 

First Friday Fire Works on River Street

Jan 5

First Friday: Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! Music, food booths and artists make appearances around the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 East River St. This free event is open to the public every month! For more information about First Friday Fireworks, call the Savannah Waterfront Association, who organizes the event, at (912) 234-0295 or go to riverstreetsavannah.com.

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market

Jan 6 and EVERY SATURDAY

Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah. A variety of vendors offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike.

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75 percent of the products they sell)  and allows only food and plant vendors. For more information about The Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, go to forsythfarmersmarket.org.

 Wilmington Island Farmers Market

Jan 6 and EVERY SATURDAY

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market (WIFM) is held every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March-June and September-December. This outdoor market sets up on the property of Islands High School (170 Whitemarsh Island Rd.) on Whitemarsh Island. Come by for one of our many on-site programs including: • Food vendors and Artisan vendors will be at the market each Saturday.
• Guest Chefs join us to demonstrate ways to use your market bounty to its fullest.
• Local non-profit groups, special guests and musical guests also provide unique entertainment opportunities.
• Story time for kids of all ages.
• Kid’s Crafts each week.
• Monthly Charitable Organizations whom we partner up with to collect donations for.
• Shop with Chef

For more information about the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, go to wifarmersmarket.org or email wifarmersmarket@aol.com.

 

Black Heritage Festival,

February 1-18 2018

Celebration of black heritage, with music, dance, craft, art, history and food events, at various locations across Savannah. All events are free.

 

22nd Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration

Feb1-Feb28  

the 22nd annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration will take place Feb. 1-28, 2018. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration programming includes a variety of events designed to attract local residents, regional, national and international travelers. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration events incorporate the many facet of the Gullah culture. Visitors have an opportunity to experience the food and music, receive firsthand, historical information and take a journey through the culture via the visual arts. For more information on the schedule of events and ticket purchases, visit gullahcelebration.com or call (843) 255-7304.

On The Spot Murder Mystery Dinner Show

February 2 & Every Friday

On The Spot Murder Mystery Dinner Show hosted by The Odd Lot Improv Team at Savannah Coffee Roasters, 6:30 p.m. An entirely improvised murder-mystery accompanied by a stellar three-course meal. 215 W Liberty St. For details and tickets, call (912) 352-2994 or visit www.savannahcoffee.com.

First Friday Art March

February 2

Every first Friday of the month, Art Rise Savannah presents the First Friday Art March through the Victorian and Starland Districts of Savannah. Discover local art, music, food and culture all over Georgia’s First City by taking the free Art March Trolley to different galleries and shops around Forsyth Park and Past Forsyth Park. There is FREE entry to all of the First Friday Art March events! The First Friday Art March trolley picks up in approximately 20 minute intervals from 6-9 p.m. For more information about the First Friday Art March, go to artmarchsavannah.com.

First Friday for Folk Music

February 2

Savannah Folk Music Society Monthly presents “First Friday for Folk Music” at First Presbyterian Church on 520 Washington Avenue each month. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. and run until about 10 p.m. It is a smoke free, alcohol free and family friendly evening of music in a coffee house setting, regularly attended by an appreciative audience of folk music enthusiasts from the greater Savannah and surrounding area. A $5 minimum suggested donation is requested to support the event and other SFMS activities. For more information call (912) 898-1876 or visit savannahfolk.org.

First Friday Fireworks on River Street

February 2

celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! Music, food booths and artists make appearances around the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 East River St. This free event is open to the public every month! For more information about First Friday Fireworks, call the Savannah Waterfront Association, who organizes the event, at (912) 234-0295 or go to riverstreetsavannah.com.

Critz Tybee Island Run Fest

February 3

All Saturday races start on 15th Street and finish on 16th Street.

The Collins Quarter 10K – 7:00am

Chu’s Half Marathon – 8:30am

Lighthouse Pizza 2.8 Mile Beach Run – 12:00pm

West Rehab 1 Mile – 1:00pm

Final Overall Awards Ceremony– 1:30pm
The ceremony will be held at the post race party near the finish line.

Awards will be presented for each individual event directly following each event.

Important parking information: www.critztybeerun.com/parking

AID STATIONS

10K: There will be 2 water stops with porta potties along the 10K course.

Half Marathon: Aid stations with water, Powerade and porta potties will be at miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

Please be courteous and throw trash in trash/recycling bins at the water stations, starting lines and finish lines provided. Thank you for helping us keep Tybee beautiful. 

DRY CLOTHES CHANGING STATION

We’d love for you to stay and enjoy the festivities on Tybee during and after the races, so we’re providing you with a reusable cinch bag (available at packet pick-up, first come first serve for Saturday races only) to bring a change of clothes, so you can change post race. Please drop your clothes off at the clothing drop at the Strand (near the finish line in the post race party area) 30 minutes before the start of the race, and we will store it for you. You will provided with a label to write your race number on to mark your bag.  After the race you can pick up your clothes and change in one of the changing stations provided. After awards and post race celebration, think about going to one of the many restaurants within walking distance from the finish line.

(We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.)

TIME LIMITS

If you are running the 10K and the Half Marathon, please be sure you can run the 10K in at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. This will ensure a smooth transition for you between the 10K finish and Half Marathon start. Remember that the Half Marathon will start at exactly 8:30am. The timing mat at the Half Marathon starting line will be turned off precisely 10 minutes after the start horn. This still gives you a 10 minute grace period in case you do not finish in under 1½ hours.

Every competitor should be able to complete the Half Marathon in under 3½ hours. After 3½ hours, remaining participants will be asked to complete the remainder of the course on their own, on the sidewalk.

 

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market

February 3 & Every Saturday  

Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah. A variety of vendors offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike.

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75 percent of the products they sell)  and allows only food and plant vendors. For more information about The Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, go to forsythfarmersmarket.org.

 

Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market

February 3 & Every Saturday

the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market (WIFM) is held every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March-June and September-December. This outdoor market sets up on the property of Islands High School (170 White marsh Island Rd.) on White marsh Island. Come by for one of our many on-site programs including:

  • Food vendors and Artisan vendors will be at the market each Saturday.
    • Guest Chefs join us to demonstrate ways to use your market bounty to its fullest.
    • Local non-profit groups, special guests and musical guests also provide unique entertainment opportunities.
    • Story time for kids of all ages.
    • Kid’s Crafts each week.
    • Monthly Charitable Organizations whom we partner up with to collect donations for.
    • Shop with Chef

For more information about the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, go to wifarmersmarket.org or email wifarmersmarket@aol.com.

 

Art & Oysters 2018 at Pin Point Heritage Museum February 3 On Saturday, February 3 from 6 to 9 pm, Pin Point Heritage Museum will host “Art & Oysters,” an exclusive meet and greet with world-renowned artist Jerome Meadows.

The event will include savory soul food provided by Creative Catering, oysters and premium bar selections for each guest. Meadows’ artwork will also be available for purchase the evening of the event and he will give a brief talk about his artistic inspiration. Entertainment will be provided by Sweetfield of Eden Baptist Church Choir.

Tickets for “Art & Oysters,” Pin Point Heritage Museum’s annual fundraiser, are $100 per person and can be purchased by contacting Dan McCall at 912-944-7457 or registering online. All guests must RSVP in advance for this event. All event proceeds will help pay for annual operational costs at Pin Point Heritage Museum.

Second Saturday Art Walk

February 10

second Saturday Art Walk starting at the Brice Hotel, 2 p.m. Visit assorted local galleries after a Welcome Reception. The evening ends with free water and cocktails and raffle at the Savannah DeSoto Hilton at 6 p.m. To RSVP or download a gallery map, visit www.savannahartwalk.com.

Cocktail Class

February 12,26 Every 2nd and 4th Monday in the month

The 1.5 hour long experience takes place I congress Street Up, the 1920s style speakeasy inside the American Prohibition Museum. Using authentic bar equipment and learning from the expert bartenders, guests will create Prohibition Era cocktails and discover the history being each drink thy mix and shake.

Price:$35, tax not included NOTE: Guest must present ID at the door

Starts at 6pm please arrive by 5:50pm

Please call (855) 245-8992 for further details

 

All Underground Rock Allday Fest at Ships of the Sea Museum Gardens

February 17

On February 17, 2018, A.U.R.A. Fest (All Underground Rock Allday) returns to Savannah, GA at Ships of the Sea Museum Gardens.

Featuring:
Darkest Hour
Bury Your Dead
Evergreen Terrace
Through The Eyes of The Dead
I Set My Friends On Fire
The Funeral Portrait
Separations
No Zodiac
Vatican
Second Death
Icaria
Great American Ghost
Strengthen What Remains
My Last Years

Plus food from Dark Shark Taco Attack, Savannah Square Pops, Big Boy Cookies, and The Sentient Bean. Also craft beer, arcade games and more! All ages welcome. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets and more info at www.aurafestsavannah.com.

 

First Friday Art March

March 2 Every

first Friday of the month, Art Rise Savannah presents the First Friday Art March through the Victorian and Starland Districts of Savannah. Discover local art, music, food and culture all over Georgia’s First City by taking the free Art March Trolley to different galleries and shops around Forsyth Park and Past Forsyth Park. There is FREE entry to all of the First Friday Art March events! The First Friday Art March trolley picks up in approximately 20 minute intervals from 6-9 p.m. For more information about the First Friday Art March, go to artmarchsavannah.com.

First Friday For folk Music

March 2

Savannah Folk Music Society Monthly presents “First Friday for Folk Music” at First Presbyterian Church on 520 Washington Avenue each month. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. and run until about 10 p.m. It is a smoke free, alcohol free and family friendly evening of music in a coffee house setting, regularly attended by an appreciative audience of folk music enthusiasts from the greater Savannah and surrounding area. A $5 minimum suggested donation is requested to support the event and other SFMS activities. For more information call (912) 898-1876 or visit savannahfolk.org.

First Friday Fireworks on River street

March 2 First Friday:

Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! Music, food booths and artists make appearances around the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 East River St. This free event is open to the public every month! For more information about First Friday Fireworks, call the Savannah Waterfront Association, who organizes the event, at (912) 234-0295 or go to riverstreetsavannah.com.

The Forsyth Farmer’s Market

March 3 & Every Saturday

Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah. A variety of vendors offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike.

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75 percent of the products they sell)  and allows only food and plant vendors. For more information about The Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, go to forsythfarmersmarket.org.

 

Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market

March 3 & Every Saturday

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market (WIFM) is held every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March-June and September-December. This outdoor market sets up on the property of Islands High School (170 Whitemarsh Island Rd.) on Whitemarsh Island. Come by for one of our many on-site programs including:

  • Food vendors and Artisan vendors will be at the market each Saturday.
    • Guest Chefs join us to demonstrate ways to use your market bounty to its fullest.
    • Local non-profit groups, special guests and musical guests also provide unique entertainment opportunities.
    • Story time for kids of all ages.
    • Kid’s Crafts each week.
    • Monthly Charitable Organizations whom we partner up with to collect donations for.
    • Shop with Chef

For more information about the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, go to wifarmersmarket.org or email wifarmersmarket@aol.com.

 

Libertea High Tea

March 3 & Every Wednesday & Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays: Sit back and relax around the open fire and enjoy delicious pastries, cakes, chocolates and savory delights from our specialty chefs for Libertea High Tea. Delicate favorites and selections may include macarons, fruit tartlets, mille-feuilles, cream puffs, chocolate eclairs, truffles and chocolate shots. 215 W Liberty St. For details and tickets, call (912) 352-2994 or visit www.savannahcoffee.com.

Craft Brew Race 5K & Brew Fest

March 10

On Saturday, March 10, 2018 the Craft Brew Races returns to Savannah! This 5K road race followed by a local craft brew festival, invites runners to celebrate local craft brewing, an active lifestyle and the surrounding community with this fun pre-St. Patricks Day event.

Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5K around the Grand Prize of America Avenue. The post-race beer festival will be held following the race along the outdoor esplande at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center and will feature more than 20 breweries. There are beer festival tickets available. This is a 21+ event. For more information, go to craftbrewraces.com.

 

March Of Dimes Shamrock Run

March 9

Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah by joining us for the 25th annual March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K on March 9, 2018! The Shamrock Run is fun for all ages and includes a Kids Run prior to the start of the 5K at 5:40 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and four-legged (canine) family friends are always welcome too! Registration discounts extended to military and students with current ID. Please provide I.D. at packet pick-up.

Race awards will be presented to the first overall female and male and first overall masters female and male. Age group awards will be given to top three in each age group. Costume Contest sponsored by Brooks & Fleet Feet Sports Savannah – Best Costume $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75 and Best Pet Costume $75.

Registration fees for the 5K are $30 through Feb. 15, 2018 and $35 through March 7, 2018.

All of the proceeds from the Shamrock Run benefit the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies. The March of Dimes carries out its mission through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.

For more information or to register for this race, go to fleetfeetsavannah.com.

 

Second Saturday Art Walk

March 10 Second Saturday:

Second Saturday Art Walk starting at the Brice Hotel, 2 p.m. Visit assorted local galleries after a Welcome Reception. The evening ends with free water and cocktails and raffle at the Savannah DeSoto Hilton at 6 p.m. To RSVP or download a gallery map, visit www.savannahartwalk.com.

Shamrock Festival & Oyster Roast

March 11

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, the First City Network will host the Shamrock Festival and Oyster Roast at Skidaway Island State Park at 11 a.m. There will be oyster, hot dogs and all kinds of great sides, as well as beer, bingo, a raffle and silent auction.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children 12 years and under get in free. For more information about the Shamrock Festival and Oyster Roast, email secretary@firstcitynetwork.org.

Chloe Agnew and A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 11

Former Celtic Woman Chloë Agnew and Irish tenor Dermot Kiernan bring ” A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” to Savannah’s Beach!

The show includes the songs that Chloë is known for in Celtic Woman, Irish folk songs, Irish sing-alongs, Irish pops tunes, old standards and many others. Chloe is an original and the youngest member of Celtic Woman with a worldwide fan base. It’s a great chance for her fans to see her up close and personal in this beautiful and uplifting evening of music. Sunday, March 11, 7 pm. Tickets $18

Art Star: Stroller and Toddler Tour

March 15 Third Thursday:

Art Start: Stroller and Toddler Tours at the Jepson Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The museum’s youngest patrons are invited for story time, a special tour and an art activity. 207 W York St. For details, call (912) 790-8800 or visit www.telfair.org.

St. Patrick Day Fire Ball

March 16

IAFF Savannah Firefighters invite you to join us for one of the Most ANTICIPATED EVENTS of the YEAR: the St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, as firefighters welcome their newest members, honor those that have recently retired and acknowledge departments joining us from around the world.

This event is open to the public. Come out and meet your Savannah Firefighters as well as many firefighters from all across the world. The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball has everything you can imagine on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. There will be an open bar, light hor dourves presented by local Savannah restaurants, and LIVE entertainment.

Guests will be treated to open bar with beer, wine and premium brands of liquor, hors d’ oeuvre stations, silent auction, raffle prizes and dancing.

Tickets to the HOTTEST party in Savannah are NOW on sale and you are officially invited. Tickets are $50 per person or $95 per couple. Like last year’s Fire Ball, the tickets are expected to sell out, so order your tickets online. All Proceeds Benefit The Fallen Firefighter’s Fund.

For more information about the St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball, see the Facebook event page, and for further event question or raffle prize donations, contact Love Actually Weddings & Events, at (912) 658-1388, email Molly at molly@loveactuallyweddingsandspecialevents.com or Jen at jen@loveactuallyweddingsandspecialevents.com.

 

Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17

Get ready for the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States! On Saturday, March 17, 2018 Savannah’s 193rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade will wind through the streets of Downtown Savannah, with more than 300 groups and 15,000 people. Marching bands, dancers, Irish men, women and families from all over the world will gather and march through the streets lined by live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. It all kicks off at 10:15 a.m. and will stretch until mid-day, to about 2 p.m. Starting at Gwinnett Street and Abercorn Street, the parade will continue down Abercorn through neighborhoods and around city squares until it reaches Broughton Street, where it will turn right and go until in reaches East Broad Street. The parade will continue on East Broad Street north towards the Savannah River until it reaches Bay Street, which it will head west on until it gets to Bull Street, where it will take another left and go back towards Forsyth Park, and end at Harris street (Madison Square).

Southern Women’s Show

March 23-25:

The Southern Women’s Show at The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center returns to Savannah featuring fashion shows, health information, a celebrity kitchen, cosmetic makeovers, business and career options, fitness equipment, educational seminars and decor for the home. Guests will have the opportunity to shop, taste, learn and live at the Southern Women’s Show on Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 12-6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults at the door and $8 online, $7 for groups with 10 or more, $5 for children (ages 6-12). To order tickets or for more information, call (800) 849-0248 or go to SouthernWomensShow.com.

Savannah Golf Championship

March 26-April 1

The PGA TOUR invites you to join them in Savannah at the new 2018 Web.com Tour event, The Savannah Golf Championship. Hosted at Deer Creek Golf Course at The Landings Club in Savannah, the tournament will be held the week of Monday, March 26 through Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Daily Grounds tickets are $10 each and good for any one day of the tournament, from Thursday, March. 29 through Sunday, April 1. Weekly Grounds tickets are $25 each and good for every day of the tournament, from Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 1.

For more information, please visit SavannahGolfChampionship.com.

The Red Shoe Run

March 31

For experienced and new runners/walkers, The Red Shoes Run is affectionately called the “Mini-Bridge Run,” perfect for training for the “big one” later in the year! All festivities, other than the 5K, are complimentary including the kiddie run, face painting, games, Zumba, music, food, refreshments, and Ronald McDonald House tours. Refreshments provided by Coca-Cola of Savannah! A special added surprise soon to be announced! Race beings at 8:45 a.m. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Ave. Tickets: $25. (Prices increase March 1, 2018). Register Today!

Savannah Music Festival

March 31-April 14

The Historic District of Savannah will host to more than 100 performances from March 29-April 14, 2018, during the annual 2018 Savannah Music Festival, providing an ideal backdrop for an event that celebrates exceptional artistry in jazz, classical and a variety of American and international musical traditions.

This annual 17-day celebration incorporates a carefully curated schedule of popular, folk, traditional, serious and studied music, all performed by renowned artists from across the globe. Known for its intimate venues, devotion to artistic excellence and high production values, SMF also fosters the creation of new work and artistic collaborations.

Tickets to the 2018 festival are now on sale, available online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at (912) 525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton St. in Savannah.