Savannah In Fall

An evening view of the fountain in Forsyth Park

The fall months of September through November are some of the best months to visit Savannah, and along with spring, the most popular. The weather is warm and mostly sunny, with neither the excessive heat of summer nor many of the cooler days of winter.

On account of this good weather, many of the city’s best-attended festivals and events are scheduled for September to November (see below for details). Outside of the busiest event weeks, the fall crowds are usually a little smaller than those of spring, which has the additional draw of Savannah’s beautiful flowering trees and shrubs.

See also:
Overview of Savannah’s seasons and when to visit
Things to do in September
Things to do in October
Things to do in November

The information below is correct as of May 2017, but please verify all details before planning your trip.

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Weather

For great sightseeing weather, fall (along with spring) is the best time to visit Savannah, especially the more properly autumnal months of October and November.

September is the tail end of the summer season, with average highs around 85°F (30°C) and lows in the mid to high 60s (20°C). Rainfall too is higher than average (but substantially less than the summer months of June to August), with some risk of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The temperature still often tops 90°F.

By October and November, the weather is more consistently warm and dry. Average highs are in the 70s (21-26°C) and average lows around the low 50s (10-15°C). Expect sunshine on most days throughout fall (although around a third of days will be mostly cloudy). By the end of November, there is a chance of some cooler days, with occasional daily lows dipping into the 30s, so pack accordingly.

Both October and November are amongst Savannah’s drier months; November is the driest of the year. However, as Savannah has no actual “dry season” there is still a chance of rain, which on average falls on around one out of every four to five days at this time of year.

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Festivals & Events

Many of the biggest festivals in Savannah and nearby are scheduled for the agreeable weather of fall, with something on over most weekends through the autumn season.

Fall is the time for food festivals, in particular, starting with River Street’s Bacon Fest and the Savannah Craft Brew Fest in September.

October is Savannah’s month for international cuisine, with the Savannah Greek Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival. Also this month is one of the southeast’s largest celebrations of seafood, the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, at nearby Richmond Hill. In November, the city holds its biggest food-related festival, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Arts and music events in fall include the Savannah Jazz Festival in September, and later the Savannah Film Festival and the Tefair Art Fair. Other fall events include Savannah Pride and one of nearby Tybee Island’s biggest annual events, the Tybee Island Pirate Fest.

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