Savannah’s historic Forsyth Park and its extension are the venue for many of the city’s annual events and festivals. The park is located in the south of the Historic District, and is easily accessible on foot, driving or by public transport (nearby on-street parking may be hard to find during the best-attended events). Get directions
The majority of festivals and special events are held in the southern extension of the park.
!Event details are correct as of October 2017, but may change at short notice. Please check the official event website for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market is held almost every Saturday in the southern end of Forsyth Park, 9am-1pm.
The weekly market was established in 2009. Vendors sell locally produced food and plants, most of which they have grown or made themselves. The market aims to promote community engagement and to raise awareness of food access issues and sustainable agriculture.
Markets are planned for most weekends in 2017, from January 7 through mid December. See the Forsyth Farmers’ Market website for more details.
Unity 5K on MLK 5K & Music Festival, 2018 event TBC. Fundraising 5K race through the Historic and Victorian Districts, with a start/finish line music festival in Forsyth Park. This event benefits Blessings in a Book Bag, which distributes food to struggling families. Registration required for the race. More details
Georgia Day Parade, Friday February 9 2018. Annual costumed and musical parade commemorating the founding of Georgia in 1733, beginning at Forsyth Park and continuing along Bull Street to City Hall. Free to attend. More details
Race For Preservation, Saturday February 24 2018. 5K and 10K races, beginning and ending at Forsyth Park, benefit the Historic Savannah Foundation, which works towards the preservation of the city. Registration is required. See the event website for more details.
Greening of the Fountain, 2018 event TBC. See event details Part of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the water in the fountain is dyed green around a week or so before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is held on March 17. Click here to see the event website for more details of the week’s festivities, and here for a map of the parade route.
Publix Savannah Women’s Half and 5K, Saturday April 7 2018. The route of this recently-established women-oriented race (men may participate but are not eligible for finisher awards) ends in Forsyth Park, where the post-race party, with live music and awards, is held. Registration required. Event website
Earth Day Festival, 2018 event TBC. This annual environment-focused event has exhibits and workshops on the theme of environmental responsibility, plus children’s activities, music and food. See the festival website for more details.
Sidewalk Arts Festival, Saturday April 28 2018. During this annual festival, current and former students of SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design, create temporary chalk artworks on the paths in Forsyth Park. Admission is free and open to all. SCAD events page
CrimeStoppers Race Against Crime, 2018 event TBC. This annual run benefits CrimeStoppers of Savannah-Chatham County, an organization that encourages people to report criminals in the Savannah area. 5K, 10K and 15K races, with race events in Forsyth Park. Registration required.
Doggie Carnival, 2018 event TBC. This carnival is organized by the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The fundraising festival includes dog and owner contests, races and a charity raffle. Admission is free and open to all.
Savannah Mile, 2018 event TBC. This 1-mile charity run begins at Forsyth Park. Proceeds go to the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, which assists the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed on duty. Registration required. More details
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Savannah Jazz Festival, 2018 event TBC. This week-long festival is held each year, with concerts in Forsyth Park and at other city locations. Admission is free. Event website
Heart of Savannah 5K, 2018 event TBC. Organized by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, this charity run benefits exercise programs for cancer survivors. The run begins and ends at Forsyth Park, with a party and activities afterwards. Registration required. More details
Purpling of the Fountain, Wednesday October 4 2017. Annual event organized by Savannah’s SAFE Shelter. The Forsyth Park fountain is dyed purple to raise awareness of domestic violence, with an evening vigil in remembrance of victims of violence.
Buddy Walk, Saturday October 7 2017. This mile-long walk around Forsyth Park raises money for programs benefiting people with Down Syndrome and their families. The walk begins at 10am; a festival, with activities and music, is held after the walk. Registration required, $15 per person. See the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s website for more details.
Picnic in the Park, Sunday October 8 2017. This highly popular free concert, with music by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, is organized by the City of Savannah. Admission is free and open to all; bringing a picnic is encouraged. More details
Mattress Dash, Sunday October 15 2017. Teams compete to build a mattress-topped racing cart in this fun annual event. Proceeds benefit non-profit organization Sustainativity’s sustainability- and environment-focused projects in Savannah. Registration required. Event website
Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival, Sunday October 29 2017. Open to all, this annual festival is a celebration of Jewish food and culture, with music, dancing and a wide range of food stalls. Admission is free, food tickets available for purchase. See Congregation Mickve Israel’s Shalom Y’all Food Festival page for more details.
Rock ’n’ Roll Savannah, Saturday November 4 2017. Forsyth Park is the end point of this annual marathon and half marathon, with a finish line festival and concert. The full event is November 4-5 2017, with 1 mile and 5K events at Daffin Park on Sunday November 5. Registration required to run. See the event website for further details.
Savannah Children’s Book Festival, Saturday November 18 2017. This day-long event, featuring dozens of local authors and illustrators, along with food stalls, arts and crafts, and other activities, is organized by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah. Admission is free. More details