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 March 1 2017, but may change at short notice due to weather or other unexpected circumstances. 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, mid January. Date and details for 2018 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, mid February. 2018 date TBC. 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, late February. 2018 date TBC. 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, mid March. The 2017 event is on Friday March 10. 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, late March to early April. The 2017 race is scheduled for Saturday April 8. 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, mid April. The 2017 event is scheduled for Saturday April 15. 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, late April. The 2017 festival is scheduled for Saturday April 29. 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. See event details
CrimeStoppers Race Against Crime, early May. The 2017 race is on Saturday May 6. 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. See event’s Facebook page
Doggie Carnival, early May (sometimes June). This year’s event is on Sunday May 7 2017. The 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. More details on the event’s Facebook page
Savannah Mile, late May. The 2017 event is on Saturday May 27. 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
SCAD’s New Alumni Concert, late May or early June. 2017 date and lineup TBC. The Savannah College of Art and Design organizes this annual concert in celebration of its graduating students. Admission is free, all are welcome. Latest details
Savannah Jazz Festival, late September. 2017 dates 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, late September. 2017 event date 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. Details of last year’s event
Pinking of the Fountain, late September. 2017 date TBC. Annual event turning the Forsyth fountain pink as part of the Savannah-wide Paint the Town Pink breast cancer awareness iniative. See the Paint the Town Pink Facebook page
Buddy Walk, early October. 2017 date TBC. 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, early October. 2017 date TBC. 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. Details of last year’s event
Mattress Dash, September or October. 2017 date TBC. 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
Savannah Pride Festival, September or October. 2017 date TBC. Celebrate LGBT awareness in Savannah with live music and food. Admission $5, all welcome. Event website
Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival, late October. The 2017 event is on Sunday October 29, 11am-3pm. 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.
Purpling of the Fountain, late October. 2017 date TBC. 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.
Rock ’n’ Roll Savannah, early November. The 2017 event is on Saturday November 4. 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, mid November. 2017 date TBC. 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. Details of last year’s event