The later fall months – and October especially – are one of the best times of the year to visit Savannah, offering pleasantly warm and dry(ish) weather and a wealth of things to do.
October is one of the busiest months in Savannah’s festival calendar, with several events on over most weekends, from the extremely well-attended free outdoor philharmonic concert in Forsyth Park at the beginning of the month, through varied food, music and heritage festivals, to the Savannah Film Festival near its end.
Halloween, at the end of the month, is a popular time to visit Savannah, by reputation of one of the most haunted cities in the country. Many local attractions put on special Halloween-themed events, most of them aimed at families with children. Savannah’s ghost tours attract especially large crowds over the Halloween period; it is advisable to make reservations in advance if you want to attend one.
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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 in Starland, event TBC. Art- and community-focused event in Savannah’s Starland District. More details
First Friday Fireworks, October 6 2017. Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details
Second Saturday Art Walk, event TBC. Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. More details
Festivals & Annual Events
Buddy Walk, October 7 2017. Charity walk around Forsyth Park benefiting people with Down Syndrome and their families, with festival and music. Registration required. More details
Picnic in the Park, October 8 2017. Popular free concert in Forsyth Park, with music by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. More details
Oktoberfest, October 6-9 2017. Beer garden with a range of beers, sausages and other German foods, plus wiener dog races. Free admission. More details
Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival, event TBC. Annual heritage festival organized by the Haitian American Historic Society, with a parade to the Haitian Monument in Franklin Square followed by a music and dance festival. Usually in early to mid October.
Savannah Greek Festival, October 12-14 2017. Annual celebration of Greek food, music and culture. $2 donation requested evenings and weekends; weekday daytimes (until 4pm) admission is free. More details
Savannah Midnight Garden Bike Ride, event TBC. Night-time family bike ride followed by music and other entertainments, to benefit the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. Registration required. Usually in early to mid October. More details
Tybee Island Pirate Fest, October 5-8 2017. One of Tybee Island’s most popular annual events, this pirate-themed festival features a parade, music and other entertainment. Usually in early to mid October. More details
Savannah Pride, October 28 2017. Savannah’s annual LGBT pride celebration, with food, drink and music. Admission $5. More details
Isle of Hope Art and Music Fest, October 21 2017. Art show and music festival at the historic riverside suburb of Isle of Hope. Free admission. More details
Savannah Food Truck Festival, event TBC. The second of Savannah’s two annual food truck festivals, this one held in Daffin Park. Usually in late October. More details
Savannah Film Festival, October 28-November 4 2017. Increasingly influential film festival with screenings ranging from major international productions to student-created shorts. Ticket purchase required. More details
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Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival, October 29 2017. Annual festival of Jewish food, music and culture in Forsyth Park. Free admission, food tickets available for purchase. More details
Savannah Food Day Festival, date TBC. Annual festival in Daffin Park focused on sustainable food and the environment, with live music, vendors and activities. Free admission. Usually in late October or early November. More details
BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass, event TBC. Family festival at Isle of Hope to benefit the Willett Children’s Hospital, with live music, craft beers and children’s activities. Usually in October or November. More details
A Nightmare on Congress Street Halloween Bar Crawl, October 28 2017. Annual costumed bar crawl, organized by Stafford Promotions. Registration required. More details
Other Regional Festivals
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, October 20-22 2017. This event in nearby Richmond Hill is one of the southeast’s largest seafood festivals, with arts and crafts stalls, seafood, live music, rides and more. Ticket purchase required. More details