Savannah In January

Savannah, GA's City Hall dome stands against the pink sky at sunset.

January is very much the off season in Savannah. There isn’t much on this month in the way of special events, with the larger festivals holding off until February and March. Tybee Island’s New Year’s Day Polar Plunge draws a good-sized crowd; the Martin Luther King Day Parade, and other associated events, is Savannah’s January highlight.

Read more about visiting Savannah in winter, or the best times of the year to see the city.

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


To Weekend Of January 6-7 2018

– (Tybee Island) Polar Plunge, January 1 2018
Annual New Year’s Day plunge into the ocean at Tybee Island beach, with costume contest and parade. Registration required to participate: adults $25, children $15. More details

– Forsyth Farmers Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm
Weekly farmers market in the southern part of Forsyth Park. More details

To Martin Luther King Day Weekend (January 13-15 2018)

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

– Savannah Tire Hockey Classic, January 12-13 2018
Regional college hockey tournament at the Savannah Civic Center. Tickets $12-$18. More details

– Second Saturday Art Walk, January 13 2018
Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event, RSVP required.
Event details, map and RSVP
More about art galleries in Savannah

– Unity 5K on MLK 5K & Music Festival, January 13 2018
Fundraising 5K race and a music festival in Forsyth Park, to benefit Blessings in a Book Bag, which distributes food to struggling families. Registration required for the race. More details

– Martin Luther King Day Parade, January 15 2018
Annual parade through downtown Savannah in honor of Martin Luther King.
Event website and parade route
Black heritage sights and attractions to visit over the MLK weekend
African-American history tours in Savannah


To Weekend Of January 20-21 2018

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

– PULSE Art & Technology Festival, January 17-21 2018
Festival of technology-based art, hosted by Telfair Museums at the Jepson Center. Events free to students and Chatham County residents, otherwise regular museum admission applies. More details

– Telluride MountainFilm Savannah, January 18-20 2018
Telluride’s annual MountainFilm festival of documentary film making (not to be confused with the more famous Telluride Film Festival), on tour. Ticket purchase required. More details

To Weekend Of January 27-28 2018

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

– Savannah Jewish Film Festival, January 24-February 3 2018
Annual festival of international Jewish cinema. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Savannah Comedy Fest, January 25-27 2018
Three-day festival of the comedic arts, including improv, sketch, stand up, etc. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Savannah Restaurant Week, January 26-February 4 2018
Special menus and discounted dining at Savannah area restaurants. More details

– Model Railroad and Train Show, January 27-28 2018
Annual model train show hosted by Savannah's Coastal Rail Buffs. Adults $7, children under 12 free. More details

– Oysters on the Bluff, January 28 2018
Annual oyster festival fundraiser for the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy group, at Isle of Hope Marina. Adult tickets $40 ($35 in advance), advance purchase strongly recommended.
Event details
More about Isle of Hope and things to do nearby

To Weekend Of February 3-4 2018

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday); Savannah Restaurant Week (all week)

– Black Heritage Festival, February 1-18 2018
Celebration of black heritage, with music, dance, craft, art, history and food events, at various locations across Savannah. All events are free. More details

– (Hilton Head, SC) Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, February 1-28 2018
Annual Gullah heritage festival with events throughout the month at Hilton Head, 30 miles (45 minutes) from Savannah. More details

– “Potable Gold”: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition, Friday and Saturday evenings through February 2018
History and tastings of Madeira wine at the Davenport House Museum. Tickets $22, reservations recommended. More details

– (Tybee Island) Critz Tybee Run Fest, February 2-3 2018
Several races on Tybee Island, totalling a full marathon. Registration required. More details

See more February events