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.
Event details 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.
Regular & Recurring Events
First Friday Fireworks, January 6 2017. Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details
Second Saturday Art Walk, January 14 2017. Savannah’s monthly downtown afternoon art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. More details
Festivals & Events
Polar Plunge, January 1 2017. Annual New Year’s Day plunge into the ocean, at Tybee Island beach, with costume contest and parade. Registration required to participate. More details
PULSE Art & Technology Festival, January 11-15 2017. Festival of technology-based art, hosted by Telfair Museums. Daytime performances and talks free, ticket purchase required for evening events. More details
Unity 5K on MLK 5K & Music Festival, January 14 2017. 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 16 2017. Annual parade through downtown Savannah in honor of Martin Luther King. More details
Telluride MountainFilm Savannah, January 19-21 2017. Telluride’s annual MountainFilm festival of documentary film making (not to be confused with the more famous Telluride Film Festival), on tour. More details
Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show, January 27-29 2017. Home and garden improvement and design trade show at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Ticket purchase required. More details
Oysters on the Bluff, January 29 2017. Annual oyster festival fundraiser for the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy group, at Isle of Hope Marina. Adult tickets $35, advance purchase strongly recommended. More details