Savannah In May

Spanish moss hanging in front of a row of historic townhouses in Savannah, GA.

By May, Savannah is getting very warm, with average highs in the mid 80s. If you prefer cooler weather for sightseeing, travel in the earlier months of spring, or wait until the fall.

Memorial Day weekend is especially busy in both Savannah and Tybee Island, and crowds are common. Families flock to the beach over this weekend, so set out early if you want to beat the traffic out to Tybee.

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Event dates are correct as of May 24 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.


Regular & Recurring Events

First Friday Fireworks, May 5 2017. Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details

Tea in the Garden, Thursdays and Fridays through May 2017. Afternoon tea with costumed interpreters in the gardens of the Davenport House Museum, history of tea and tea culture. Ticket purchase required, reservations recommended. More details

Discovering 1820s Savannah, May 6, 13, 20, 27 2017. Early morning walking tours of Savannah and its history in the 1820s, conducted by the Davenport House Museum. Adult tickets $21. More details

Second Saturday Art Walk, May 13 2017. Savannah’s monthly downtown afternoon art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. More details

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Memorial Day Weekend In Savannah


Savannah Vietnam Veterans of America Memorial Day Ceremony, May 28 2017. Early evening memorial program at the Vietnam Veterans Monument in Emmet Park. More details

Memorial Day Ceremony, May 29 2017. Morning memorial ceremony in Bonaventure Cemetery, organized by the American Legion. More details

Memorial Day Ceremony, May 29 2017. Morning memorial ceremony in Laurel Grove Cemetery, organized by the American Legion. More details

Other Memorial Day Weekend Events

Wormsloe’s War of Jenkins’ Ear Event, May 27-29 2017. Special event at Wormsloe Historic Site commemorating Georgia’s role in the Colonial-era War of Jenkins’ Ear. Upcoming events at Wormsloe

Memorial Day Commemoration at Fort McAllister, May 27 2017. Commemorative event with cannon and musket firings and Civil War-era demonstrations. More details


Festivals & Special Events

Tybee Wine Festival, May 4-6 2017. Five-fay festival focused on wine and lowcountry cuisine, held on nearby Tybee Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

Savannah Preservation Festival, May 5-13 2017. Events celebrating Preservation Month in Savannah, including talks and tours and ending with a block party. More details

Savannah Scottish Games, May 6 2017. Scottish heritage festival with food, music, dancing and other enterainment, at the Bethesda Academy. Adult admission $10. More details

Doggie Carnival, May 7 2017. Annual dog-centric festival in Forsyth Park, with races, contests and other entertainments. Organized by the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Free event. More details

SCAD Sand Arts Festival, May 12 2017. Sand art competition on Tybee Island’s North Beach. Free event. Only SCAD members and alumni may compete, but all are welcome to watch. Free event. More details

The Crawl of the South, May 27 2017. The largest bar crawl in the South, in downtown Savannah. Registration required. More details

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Other Regional Festivals

(Beaufort, SC) Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina, May 26-28 2017. Celebration of Gullah heritage, with traditional storytelling, dance, music and food. Ticket purchase required. More details