Savannah In October

A few orange leaves in front of ironwork staircase railings on historic Gordon Row, near Chatham Square, Savannah, GA.

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 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.

!Event dates are correct as of September 2017, but may change at short notice. Please check the official event website for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

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To Weekend Of September 30-October 1 2017

See September events

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

Revival Fest, September 30 2017. Southern music, food and crafts festival. Ticket purchase required. More details

Fiesta Latina, September 30 2017. Latin heritage festival on River Street with dancing, crafts, food and live music. More details

Free Entrance Day at Fort Pulaski, September 30 2017. Free entry to Fort Pulaski to mark National Public Lands Day. More details

To Columbus Day Weekend (October 7-9 2017)

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

Tybee Island Pirate Fest, October 6-8 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

First Friday Fireworks, October 6 2017. Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details

First Friday in Starland, October 6 2017. Art- and community-focused event in Savannah’s Starland District. More details

(Beaufort, SC) Beaufort Shrimp Festival, October 6-7 2017. Seafood festival in downtown Beaufort, 1 hour from Savannah. Free admission, food tickets available for purchase. More details

Oktoberfest, October 6-8 2017. Beer garden on River Street with a range of beers, sausages and other German foods, plus wiener dog races. Free admission. More details

Lot 13 Haunted House, selected evenings October 6-November 4 2017. “Haunted house” attraction at an abandoned warehouse lot in Savannah’s westside industrial district. Ticket purchase required. More details


Savannah Food Day Festival, October 7 2017. Annual festival in Daffin Park focused on sustainable food and the environment, with live music, vendors and activities. Free admission. More details

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

(Brunswick, GA) CoastFest, October 7 2017. Popular outdoor festival celebrating Georgia’s coastal natural heritage, with kid-friendly science- and nature-themed entertainment and activities. This event is in Brunswick, around 1 hour 15 minutes from Savannah. Free admission. More details
See also: Things to see and do in Brunswick

Picnic in the Park, October 8 2017. Popular free concert in Forsyth Park, with music by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. More details

To Weekend Of October 14-15 2017

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday); Lot 13 Haunted House (Friday-Saturday)

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

Second Saturday Art Walk, October 14 2017. Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. More details

Skidaway Marine Science Day, October 14 2017. Behind-the-scenes tours, talks and activities at the UGA Aquarium. Free admission. More details
See also: Visiting Skidaway Island State Park

Savannah Food Truck Festival, October 15 2017. Food truck festival in Daffin Park, with live music, kid's activities, arts and crafts and more. Free admission, ticket purchase required for some events. More details

Mattress Dash, October 15 2017. Mattress-topped cart races in Forsyth Park. Registration required to compete. More details

Free Entrance Day at Fort Pulaski, October 15 2017. Free entry to Fort Pulaski to mark the National Monument’s Birthday. More details


To Weekend Of October 21-22 2017

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday); Lot 13 Haunted House (Friday-Saturday)

Halloween Hike, October 20 2017. Children's Halloween-themed walk at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, with face painting, crafts and other kid's activities. Adults $5, children $10. More details

(Richmond Hill, GA) 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

St Vincent’s Academy Fall Tour of Homes, October 21 2017. Annual self-guided fundraising tour of selected historic Savannah homes and buildings. $45 per person. 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

Wag-O-Ween, October 21 2017. Pet-friendly fundraising trick-or-treating in downtown Savannah to benefit local rescue agencies. $5 donation required. More details

Savannah Midnight Garden Bike Ride, October 21 2017. Night-time family bike ride followed by music and other entertainments, to benefit the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. Registration required. More details

To Weekend Of October 28-29 2017

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday); Lot 13 Haunted House (Friday-Sunday)

Hallowmarine Hike, October 25 2017. Night-time wildlife hike at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. $10 per person, advance reservations required. More details

Autumn Gardenfest, October 27-28 2017. Fall gardening-themed event at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Parking fee applies. More details

Savannah Speed Classic, October 27-29 2017. Annual road race on Hutchinson Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

Haitian Memorial Heritage Festival, October 27-29 2017 (event moved from October 6-8). 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. More details

Savannah Pride, October 26-28 2017. Savannah’s annual LGBT pride celebration, with food, drink and music in Ellis Square and City Market, plus other LGBT-themed events across the city. Ticket purchase required for some events. More details

Wormsloe's Colonial Haunted Trail Tour, October 28 2017. Halloween-themed evening ranger tour of Wormsloe's nature trail. Not recommended for young children; ordinary site admission applies. 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

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

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

To Weekend Of November 4-5 2017

Continuing: Savannah Film Festival (to November 4); Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday); Lot 13 Haunted House (Friday-Saturday)

First Friday Fireworks, November 3 2017. Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details

Hopped Up on Georgia Brews, November 4 2017. Annual craft beer festival on River Street, with beers from local breweries and live music. Ticket purchase required. More details

Rock ’n’ Roll Savannah, November 4-5 2017. Annual marathon, half marathon and 5K races with finish line festival and music in Forsyth Park. Registration required to run. More details

See more November events