From around the middle of March through into April, the city’s thousands of azaleas are usually in full bloom. Several of Savannah’s outdoor highlights – including its squares, Bonaventure Cemetery and Forsyth Park – are at their most beautiful during the azalea season.
The weather is warm but not too hot – although rain is a possibility – and getting to be just right for outdoor activities, whether sitting in Savannah’s many parks or exploring the lowcountry’s barrier islands and wildlife refuges (but wait until April if you want to go to the beach).
St Patrick’s Day is Savannah’s biggest event, with celebrations and ceremonies planned for several days either side of March 17 each year. This is also the month in which several other popular festivals are usually held, including the Savannah Stopover, Savannah Music Festival and the Tour of Homes and Gardens.
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, March 3 2017. Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details
Second Saturday Art Walk, March 11 2017. Savannah’s monthly downtown afternoon art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. More details
St Patrick’s Day In Savannah
Greening of the Fountain, March 10 2017. Savannah’s Forsyth Park Fountain is turned green for St Patrick’s Day. Free event. More details
March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K, March 10 2017. St Patrick’s-themed 5K race, begins in Ellis Square. Registration required. More details
St Practice Day Bar Crawl, March 11 2017. St Patrick’s-themed downtown pub-and-bar crawl, preceding the main event the following week. Organized by Stafford Promotions. More details
Tara Feis, March 11 2017. Family-oriented Irish festival in Emmet Park, with music, food, arts and crafts. More details
Tybee Island Irish Heritage Festival, March 11 2017. Tybee Island’s St Patrick’s parade and celebration. More details
St Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17 2017. One of the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Streets are closed off for the morning parade, through the center of the Historic District. More details
River Street St Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 16-18 2017. St Patrick’s Day celebration with live music, food and drink. Wristband purchase required for outdoor alcohol consumption. Usually held on St Patrick’s Day plus whichever two adjacent days are either on or closest to the weekend. More details
City Market St Patrick’s Celebration, March 16-18 2017. Outdoor party over several days at Savannah’s City Market, with live music and other entertainment. Usually held on St Patrick’s Day plus whichever two adjacent days are either on or closest to the weekend. More details
Other Festivals & Events
Savannah Boat Show, March 3-5 2017. Boat-themed trade show with fishing and boat-related demonstrations, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Hutchinson Island. Adult admission $8. More details
Savannah Stopover, March 9-11. Annual music festival with dozens of bands and artists. Concerts at several Historic District locations. Ticket purchase required. More details
Craft Brew Race & Festival, March 11 2017. 5K race followed by a craft beer festival, with beers from local breweries, food and live music. At the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Hutchinson Island. Registration required for the race, tickets for festival only also available. More details
Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, March 23-26 2017 Annual self-guided walking tours of historic private homes. Different districts are covered on each day of the event. Ticket purchase required, advance reservations recommended. More details
Savannah Music Festival, March 23-April 8 2017. The largest music festival in Georgia, with over 100 artists giving concerts and performances at various Savannah locations. Ticket purchase required. More details
Southern Women’s Show, March 24-26 2017. Food, fashion and beauty trade fair at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Hutchinson Island. Adult admission $10. More details
A-Town Get Down Art and Music Festival, March 25 2017. Art and music festival connecting aspiring and established artists and musicians, held on Indian Street, under the bridge. Ticket purchase required. More details
Insane Inflatable 5K, March 25 2017. 5K race over an inflatable obstacle course, at the Hunter Army Airfield. Registration required. More details
Flannery O’Connor Birthday Parade and Festival, March 26 2017. Street fair and parade in Lafayette Square honoring the life of Savannah-born author Flannery O’Connor. More details
Other Regional Festivals
(Hardeeville, SC) SC/GA Barbeque Festival, March 3-4 2017. Barbecue festival and contest, with music. Admission $10, BBQ samples included. Hardeeville is 17 miles (20-25 minutes) from Savannah. More details
(Hilton Head, SC) Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, March 8-12 2017. Week-long celebration of wine and lowcountry cuisine. Hilton Head is 30 miles (45 minutes) from Savannah. Ticket purchase required. More details
(Valdosta, GA) Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival, March 11-12 2017. Large annual festival with more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, food, shows, music and other entertainments. Valdosta is 185 miles (3-3.5 hours) from Savannah. Free admission. More details
(Macon, GA) International Cherry Blossom Festival, March 24-April 2 2017. Large, eclectic 10-day festival timed to coincide with the blooming of Macon’s thousands of cherry trees. Macon is 170 miles (2.5 hours) from Savannah. More details