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.

More about the best times of year to visit Savannah

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.

Event dates are correct as of June 7 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.

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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

To Columbus Day Weekend (October 7-9 2017)

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

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

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

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

Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival, October 6-8 2017. 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

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

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

BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass, October 8 2017. Family festival at the Benedictine Military School to benefit the Willett Children’s Hospital, with live music and children’s activities. More details

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To Weekend Of October 14-15 2017

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (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, event TBC. Savannah’s monthly downtown art walk, visiting several Historic District art galleries. Free event. More details

To Weekend Of October 21-22 2017

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

(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

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

To Weekend Of October 28-29 2017

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

Savannah Pride, October 28 2017. Savannah’s annual LGBT pride celebration, with food, drink and music in Ellis Square and City Market. Free admission. 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

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To Weekend Of November 4-5 2017

Continuing: Savannah Film Festival (to November 4); Forsyth Farmers Market (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

Other Festivals & Events TBC

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

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 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

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