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Things to Do in Savannah

The Davenport House Museum Presents: Living History: Yellow Fever In Savannah 1820

Every Friday and Saturday in October, 2019: TIME:  7 p.m. ADMISSION $16 (in advance); $19 (at the door) LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 45 minutes. In October the Museum will present a dramatic recreation of early 19th century life when yellow fever ravaged the city. Costumed interpreters portray residents coping with the realities of life during a catastrophe with an exploration of death and funeral customs, medical treatments as well as how various sectors of the population dealt with events.  A highlight is moving though the candlelit rooms witnessing enactments.  In an area seldom seen by visitors, the fate and experiences of the uncounted half of the city’s population, both free and enslaved African Americans, are revealed.  Space is limited and patrons are encouraged to get their tickets in advance. *Guests are encouraged to arrive on time to enjoy the full experience of the performance. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in low light. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time to enjoy the full experience.  Because of the subject matter, the program is not suitable for children under eight years of age.

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St. Vincent’s Tour of Homes and Tea

October 19th: St. Vincent’s Academy will once again host this popular self-guided tour of the original 1845 Convent building and several private homes in Savannah’s Historic District. This year’s Fall Tour of Homes promises to be a fascinating look inside six residences in Savannah’s Historic District and the original 1845 Convent building. Some of the homes reflect their origins in architectural style, interiors and furnishings, while others offer an exciting, eclectic approach to downtown living. For the first time ever, we are adding gardens to our tour. There will be four amazing gardens to visit, in addition to our 6 historic homes and Convent. Certainly, the centerpiece of the tour is the elegant Tea, which is served on the grounds of the Convent. St. Vincent’s Academy students will serve a delicate repast of tea, homemade confections, and traditional tea sandwiches. This event is held annually to benefit the preservation of the historic 1845 convent building. Come see for yourself why native Savannahians and out-of-towners alike say this annual fall event is “the best tour in Savannah.”

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12th Annual DineSouth

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The Savannah Speed Classic

October 24th-27th: Sportscar Vintage Racing Association brings wheel to wheel racing back to its roots in Savannah.  As one of the oldest organizations in vintage racing, and the only one with a national presence, SVRA is committed to presenting the best possible experience for our competitors and fans. The Savannah Speed Classic features series races, enduros and in-seat experiences with hot lap rides and touring laps. Pit access is available to anyone with a Savannah Speed Classic ticket.  The Savannah Speed Classic is a great destination for drivers, crew, family, friends and spectators alike.  Join us for a mini food truck festival at the Savannah Speed  Classic. A number of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton and Savannah area trucks will be on-site during the races offering a variety of cuisine and Lowcountry favorites. On October 24th, 5:30pm- 7:30pm,  a small group of invited SVRA‘s racecars parade through the beautifully moss-draped oak trees of the historic streets of Savannah for a night of fast-paced fun, food and live entertainment. The Pace Lap party is open to the public and has no better home than the charming backdrop of Savannah’s City Market. Get up close and personal with the cars and drivers, take pictures, ask questions and enjoy the sounds of purring engines while visiting the marvelous shops and restaurants City Market has to offer. On October 25th, racers will compete to make the cut for the weekend.  Limited food trucks and vendors on-site in Grand Prize Park. On October 26th and 27th, 8AM to 6PM and 9AM to 3PM, engines will roar as racers compete for points in the SVRA series.  Spectators can enjoy races, Pit/Paddock access and hot lap rides at racing speeds (additional cost).

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Wormsloe’s Colonial Haunted Trail Tour

October 26th 6:45 PM to 10:30 PM : A ranger will guide you into the past to site of colonist Nobel Jones. Keep close together as you explore the trail and hopefully you will be safe from the zombies, ghosts and ghouls drifting under the looming oak tree and Spanish moss. Who knows what ghouls have been disturbed! Tours will depart from the Visitors Center every 15 minutes beginning at 7:00 pm. Tours will continue until 10:00 pm as needed, and space availability. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Pre-sale tickets for tour will begin October 1, 2019 Not recommended for children under the age of 6. Call the Park office for additional information and details.

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A Nightmare on Congress Street Halloween Bar Crawl

October 26th, 4PM-11PM: “A Nightmare on Congress Street” Halloween Themed Bar Crawl is Savannah’s creepiest and scariest bar crawl along Savannah’s eeriest strip. This is also SAVANNAH’S LARGEST COSTUME CONTEST! Total purse of $2000. As opposed to a typical “bar crawl” where participants travel as one big group with designated time slots at each bar, this event allows participants to “crawl” at their own pace.” Along with some free giveaways, crawlers will quench their thirst on drink specials at each participating bar as they creep down chilling and haunted Congress Street. Register now and become part of the Savannah’s most fun and creepiest party! Let’s start with the basics…HOW DOES A BAR CRAWL WORK? Participants crawl at their own pace instead of all together in one huge group. Once crawlers pickup their scorecards at the starting bar, then they travel to all the bars listed enjoying drink specials and getting their scorecard marked at each bar. After visiting all the bars on the list, crawlers join us at the ending location for the After Party and to get the t-shirt!! THE GOAL: Complete your scorecard by visiting each participating bars and be one of the first 250 crawlers to receive a t-shirt. As you enter the venue, the doorman or bartender will “mark” their respective bar’s section of your scorecard. You do not have to purchase a drink to have your scorecard marked. COSTUME CONTEST: $2000 will be given away at Savannah’s largest COSTUME CONTEST! All crawlers are automatically entered once registered. You do not need to complete the bar crawl in order to participate in the costume contest. Each “A Nightmare on Congress Street” participant has the opportunity to win the $2000 costume contest. A photographer will be taking contestants’ photos near registration at The Rail Pub, on the official event backdrop, of all who wish to enter. Be sure to give them your biggest smile or scariest pose. Please provide our photographer your name, phone number, and your “costume” so we can contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by judges and contacted the following week. You do not have to participate in the actual bar crawl to be entered into the costume contest.

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SCAD Savannah Film Festival

October 26th-November 2nd: The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival, filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year more than 63,000 people attend the eight-day SCAD Savannah Film Festival. The festival is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels and lectures.

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Empire Comic Con

October 26th-27th, 11AM-5PM: Empire Comic Con is a two-day comic book and pop-culture convention, taking place in Savannah, Georgia, focusing on comic books, video games, role playing games, and cosplay.  Attendees will enjoy panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, as well as ones focusing on special effects, cosplay, and pop culture & film guests. Empire Comic Con also features a large floor space for exhibitors including comic book dealers and collectibles booths. The show features areas where attendees can get sketches or original art from their favorite comic artists or get pictures and autographs from special movie and television guests. Tickets are $15 – $35. www.theempirecon.com.

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