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Things to Do in Savannah

Savannah Music Festival

March 28-April 13, 2019: The Historic District of Savannah will host to more than 100 performances from March 28-April 13, 2019, 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 2019 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.

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Savannah Philharmonics presents Mozart’s “Gran Paritita”

March 10, 2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Savannah Philharmonics presents Mozart’s “Gran Paritita”! 5 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St. To purchase your tickets, call the Savannah Box Office at (912) 525-5050 or for more information, (912) 232-6002 or info@savannahphilharmonic.org or savannahphilharmonic.org.

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Celtic Cross Ceremony and Reception

March 10, 2019 | 1 p.m: Every year, Irish Catholics join together to celebrate their heritage with family and friends in a ceremony at Emmet Park at the Celtic cross statue. Bagpipes play as different members of the Irish community speak about the past, present and future. It’s a tradition and way of honoring the Irish community that isn’t going away any time soon.

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Chloë Agnew and A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 9, 2019 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm:  Former Celtic Woman Chloë Agnew and Irish tenor Dermot Kiernan bring ” A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” to Tybee Post Theater! 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. Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $18/$22 premium.

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17th Annual Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade

March 9, 2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade! Tybee Island will be decked out in green with a family-friendly parade including floats, marchers and musical bands. This fun, family-friendly event is done in a unique, quirky way that only Tybee Island can do, and families are encouraged to dress in green and celebrate. The fun starts at 3 p.m. at the Tybee City Hall and proceeds down Butler Ave., to Tybrisa St. Free and open to the public

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1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival

March 9, 2019 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Celebrate the good and bright things in life at the 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival. We invite family, friends, and individuals to experience a magical night as we light the water with thousands of floating water lanterns. Outside food and drink is welcome! Please no outside alcohol. We suggest you pack what you would typically bring to a picnic or firework show. This includes games, blankets, and chairs.

 

Schedule:

 

Gates Open: 4:30 p.m.

Food Trucks and Vendors: 4-8 p.m.

High Stakes Bingo: 5:30 p.m.

Live Entertainment: 6 p.m.

Kids Activities: 4:30-7 p.m.

Lantern Launch: 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Lake Mayer, 1850 E Montgomery Cross Rd. Tickets! If you have questions, please email support@1000lightsfestival.com.

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Love & Soul Family Festival

March 9, 2019 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Love & Soul Family Fest Sponsored by Care Source is an annual health, wellness, and music festival for entire family featuring national and local performance bands and musical acts. This festival that will include over 30 live musical performances, vendors, food trucks, health screenings, and so much more. 12-8 p.m. Forsyth Park Band Shell, Drayton & Gaston St. Procoeeds go to support several local community agencies. For more information visit us at www.theloveandsoulexperience.com.

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Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth

March 8, 2019 | 12 p.m: It’s a tradition in Savannah to dye all of the fountains green and it all starts with the with everyone’s favorite – the fountain in Forsyth Park. During this ceremony, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal pours green dye into the water with the help of a bunch of friends and family, because we all know that St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah wouldn’t be the same without green water in all of the city’s fountains.

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March of Dimes Shamrock Run

March 8, 2019 5:40 pm – 8:00 pm: 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 8, 2019! 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, 2019 and $35 through March 7, 2019. 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.

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Savannah Stopover Music Festival

March 7-9th:The Savannah Stopover Music Festival capitalizes on the logistical good fortune of Savannah, Georgia’s proximity to interstates 95 and 10 by presenting traveling musicians with a welcoming place to play en route to Austin’s prestigious SXSW Music Conference. The small, vibrant coastal community is rife with a unique brand of Lowcountry hospitality and southern Gothic ambiance, not to mention home to a burgeoning music scene, music-hungry demographic and an established arts community. The three-day festival merges music, visual arts and technology in an intimate, historical setting  at a price unrivaled by any similar music festival. As the festival has grown, more and more regional and national acts of the established nature have decided to make Savannah Stopover a destination in its’ own right and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them. A collaborative effort of MusicFile Productions and countless volunteers, partners, vendors, and sponsors, from March 7-9, 2019, the Savannah Stopover will showcase 80+ bands in small to mid-size venues across Savannah’s walkable Historic District. All passes for the 2019 Festival are on sale now! For more information, go to savannahstopover.com.

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Annual Tybee Mardi Gras Celebration and Parade

March 2, 2019 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Tybee is a natural setting for the Mardi Gras event due to its unique character and fun-loving residents. The event will encompass the traditions of Mardi Gras, an event with origins dating back to the ancient Romans and carried on today in cities such as Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras is held on the last day before the start of Lent. Tybee will be dressed in an array of purple, gold and green flags depicting the Tybee Island Mardi Gras celebration. Mardi Gras Tybee will include the Mardi Gras Tybee Parade, the Mardi Gras Tybee Street Party featuring free live entertainment and more. Celebrate Mardi Gras as our festive, family-friendly parade rolls down Butler Avenue onto Tybrisa Street. Parade time is 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, the route will begin at Memorial Park and follow Butler Ave., to Tybrisa to the Round-about. After the parade will be a costume contest in which the winners will be crowned the 2019 Mardi Gras Tybee King and Queen! The King and Queen will then host the street dance fun with music! Spectators: the parade will travel south on Butler and head towards the beach on Tybrisa St. Be sure to visit the local shops and restaurants as you’re waiting to catch your beads.

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Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival

March 11-17: 34th Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival in Sea Pines Resort. The week will consist of wine tastings/educational events as well as wine dinners throughout the island. The Sip and Stroll will be on Thursday, March 14th, the Grand Tasting will be Friday night, March 15th and the Public Tasting will be Saturday, March 16, all located in and around the iconic Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort. Ticket prices vary for each event and can be found and purchased by going to hiltonheadwineandfood.com.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Friday, March 15-Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 10 a.m.-midnight each day. If you’re looking for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day party, then head over to River Street and City Market, the two main hubs for all the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. These two places will be jamming with a three-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Not only will there be live entertainment and activities to partake in, but there will also be interactive artists, photo booths and food and beverage areas. Featuring: A Dance Party, Food court, Giveaways, Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Cabana, Social media video board,  Campaign activities, Live music by local and regional bands, and an assortment of vendors. Wristbands:  If it’s green beer you’re looking for, then be sure to purchase a $10 wristband before taking it out in the festival area, also known as a “Control Zone.” To party with a pint in hand all festival-goers must buy a wristband at one of many booth locations downtown. They can be purchased with cash and credit cards by anyone 21 years and older, who shows a valid I.D. There will be different wristbands for each day, so if you’re looking to join the party for more than one day, then you must buy a separate wristband each day. They are only required in the festival area, which stretches from River Street to Broughton Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to East Broad Street. >>

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The Savannah Golf Championship 2019 Web.com Tour

March 28-March 31: The PGA TOUR invites you to join them in Savannah at the new 2019 Web.com Tour event, The Savannah Golf Championship! Hosted at Deer Creek Golf Course at The Landings Club in Savannah. Daily Grounds tickets are $10 each and good for any one day of the tournament, from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31. Weekly Grounds tickets are $25 each and good for every day of the tournament, from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31. For more information, (912) 527-6050 or please visit SavannahGolfChampionship.com.

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Savannah Tour of Home and Gardens

March 28th- March 31: The 84th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens will take place Thursday, March 28-Sunday, March 31, 2019. The Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations but seldom seen by visitors. In addition to home and garden walking tours, you can also enjoy some exclusive special events as well as some of the best food and hospitality the South has to offer. Events fill quickly and may have limited seating, so please reserve your tickets early! For more information, call the Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens office at (912) 234-8054 (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday-Friday) or go to savannahtourofhomes.org.

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Libertea High Tea

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 macaroons, fruit tarts, 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.

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On The Spot Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Fridays: 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.

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Tybee Island Light Station and Museum Tours

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 1900’s Tybee architecture. 30 Meddin Dr. (912) 786-5801 or www.tybeelighthouse.org.

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Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market

Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market:

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.

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The Forsyth Farmers’ Market

Saturdays: 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.

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Mansion to Museum Tour

Ongoing: Mansion to Museum Tour at the Telfair Academy at 10 a.m. (Tues.-Sat.), 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Learn the incredible story of the transformation of the Telfair family mansion into the oldest public art museum in the South. 121 Barnard St. (912) 790-8880 or www.telfair.org.

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Savannah’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 10:15 a.m. – 2 p.m:  With one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States, Georgia’s First City knows how to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day right. In addition to Celtic societies and Irish families, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade features pipe bands and Irish dancers from all over the East Coast – Florida to New York. But it’s not limited to that; visitors from all over the world, even Ireland itself, come to Savannah to celebrate heritage in our spirited parade through Downtown Savannah. Floats and marching units will hit the streets at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 for Savannah’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will feature more than 350 marching units and up to 15,000 people. When it started in 1824, the parade was more of a military spectacle, with soldiers from different regimens marching in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Except for major wars, including the Civil War and World War I, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has run nearly every year for the past 188 years. The parade begins at Gwinnett and Abercorn streets, just east of Forsyth Park and will travel along Abercorn Street to Broughton Street, where it will turn right towards East Broad Street. It will continue north on East Broad Street to East Bay Street and proceed down Bay until it reaches Bull Street, which it will turn on and continue down until it reaches Madison Square on Harris Street.

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St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball

March 15, 2019 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: 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 15, 2019 from 6-10 p.m. at the Savannah Station, 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 Event Questions, Raffle Prize Donations, or to Set-Up An Interview with the LOCAL574 Executive Board, please contact Love Actually Weddings & Events, at 912-658-1388 or email Jen at jen@loveactuallyweddingsandspecialevents.com or Molly at molly@loveactuallyweddingsandspecialevents.com.

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7th Annual Savannah Blues Festival

March 1, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm: 7th Annual Savannah Blues Festival featuring: Scheduled to appear: Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear, TK Soul and Theodis Ealey at The Savannah Civic Center – Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Saturday, 7 p.m. (912) 651-6550 or savannahcivic.com.

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