2018 River Front Events

River Street, Savannah, GA at night

River Street hosts some of Savannah’s biggest holiday events and annual festivals, especially around July 4th, New Year’s Eve and St Patrick’s Day. Smaller arts, craft and food-focused events are held on a monthly basis, and there is a fireworks display on the first Friday of each month through most of the year.

Most of the events around Savannah’s River Front are held along River Street itself, usually on Rousakis Plaza (behind City Hall). Others are centered on Emmet Park, atop the bluff at the east end of River Street, or in other nearby locations.

See also:
River Street and how to get there
Things to see and do on River Street
Savannah’s African-American Monument at Rousakis Plaza
Parking in Savannah

!Event dates are correct as of February 2018, but may change at short notice. Please check the official event website for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

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March

First Friday Fireworks, March 2 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

River Street St Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 16-17 2018. Irish-themed festivities, with live music and other entertainments on River Street. More details

April

First Friday Fireworks, April 6 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

Spring Fling Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, April 20-22 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

A-Town Get Down Art and Music Festival, April 21 2018. Art and music festival connecting aspiring and established artists and musicians, held on Indian Street, under the bridge. Ticket purchase required. More details

May

First Friday Fireworks, May 4 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

Mother’s Day Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, May 18-20 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

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June

First Friday Fireworks, June 1 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

Seafood Fest, June 1-3 2018. Seafood festival along River Street. More details

Juneteenth on the River: Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, June 15-17 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

July

River Street Fourth of July Celebration, July 4 2018. Savannah’s annual Independence Day celebration on River Street, with live music and other entertainment, and fireworks after dark. More details

Back to School: Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, July 20-22 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

August

First Friday Fireworks, August 3 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

Cool Down – Summer Music Fest: Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, August 17-19 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

September

First Friday Fireworks, September 7 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

Bacon Fest, September 7-9 2018. Regional artisans serve bacon and other bacon-inspired creations on River Street. More details

Car Show: Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, September 14-16 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

Fiesta Latina, September 29 2018. Latin heritage festival on River Street with dancing, crafts, food and live music. More details

October

First Friday Fireworks, October 5 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

Oktoberfest, October 5-7 2018. Beer garden with a range of beers, German food products, sausages and Wiener Dog Racing, on River Street. More details

Savannah Zombie Walk, October 13 2018. Annual charity zombie walk, with zombie make up artists, music, food and activities in Emmet Park (the walk is along River Street). The walk is free with a canned food donation, to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. More details

AA Greek Sororities: Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, October 19-21 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

November

First Friday Fireworks, November 2 2018. Free monthly fireworks display on River Street, plus music, art and food. More details

Low Country Craft Brew Festival, November 2-4 2018. Craft beer tasting from Georgia’s homegrown breweries, on River Street. More details

Thanksgiving – Music Fest: Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, November 16-18 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

Boat Parade of Lights, 2018 event TBC. Annual holiday parade of lighted boats along the Savannah River, with music, fireworks and other entertainment. More details

December

Christmas on the River, December 7-9 2018. Arts and crafts stalls, live music and entertainment on River Street. More details

Holiday Magic: Unity in the Community Arts & Crafts Fair, December 14-16 2018. Art and craft festival with music every third weekend of the month on River Street, with a different theme each month. More details

Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31 2018. Annual midnight fireworks display on River Street to celebrate the New Year. More details

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