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.

See also:
Visiting Savannah in the fall
Fall food festivals in Savannah and the lowcountry
Savannah’s must see sights
Other things to do while visiting Savannah

!Event dates, venue and other details can change at short notice. Please check all information at the official website before making plans to attend an event.


To Columbus Day Weekend (October 6-8 2018)

See September events

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

– Tybee Island Pirate Fest, October 4-7 2018
One of Tybee Island’s most popular annual events, this pirate-themed festival features a parade, music and other entertainment. More details

– First Friday Fireworks, October 5 2018
Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details

– First Fridays in Starland, October 5 2018
Street fair and art market in Savannah’s Starland District. More details

– (Beaufort, SC) Beaufort Shrimp Festival, October 5-6 2018
Seafood festival in downtown Beaufort, 1 hour from Savannah. Free admission, food tickets available for purchase. More details

– Oktoberfest, October 5-7 2018
Beer garden on River Street with a range of beers, sausages and other German foods, plus wiener dog races. Free admission. More details

– Buddy Walk, October 6 2018
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 6 2018
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


To Weekend Of October 13-14 2018

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

– Savannah Greek Fest, October 11-13 2018
Large annual celebration of Greek food, music and culture. $2 donation requested Friday evening and all day Saturday; other times 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

– Skidaway Marine Science Day, October 13 2018
Behind-the-scenes tours, talks and activities at the UGA Aquarium. Free admission. More details
See also: Visiting Skidaway Island State Park

To Weekend Of October 20-21 2018

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

– (Richmond Hill, GA) Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, October 19-21 2018
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

– Wag-O-Ween, October 20 2018
Pet-friendly fundraising trick-or-treating in downtown Savannah to benefit local rescue agencies. $5 donation required. More details

To Weekend Of October 27-28 2018

Continuing: Forsyth Farmers Market (Saturday)

– Savannah Pride, October 25-27 2018
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 26-27 2018
Halloween-themed evening ranger tour of Wormsloe's nature trail. Not recommended for children under 6. Regular site admission applies. More details

– Savannah Speed Classic, October 26-28 2018
Annual road race on Hutchinson Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

– A Nightmare on Congress Street Halloween Bar Crawl, October 27 2018
Annual costumed bar crawl, organized by Stafford Promotions. Registration required. More details

– Savannah Film Festival, October 27-November 3 2018
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 28 2018
Annual festival of Jewish food, music and culture in Monterey Square. Free admission, food tickets available for purchase. More details

To Weekend Of November 3-4 2018

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

– First Friday Fireworks, November 2 2018
Monthly fireworks display along River Street. Free event. More details

– Low Country Craft Brew Festival, November 2-4 2018
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 3-4 2018
Annual marathon, half marathon and 5K races with finish line festival and music. Registration required to run. More details

See more November events

Other Festivals & Events TBC

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

– Lot 13 Haunted House, event TBC
“Haunted house” attraction at an abandoned warehouse lot in Savannah’s westside industrial district. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Picnic in the Park, event TBC
Popular free concert in Forsyth Park, with music by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. More details

– Savannah Food Truck Festival, event TBC
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, event TBC
Mattress-topped cart races in Forsyth Park. Registration required to compete. More details

– Halloween Hike, event TBC
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

– St Vincent’s Academy Fall Tour of Homes, event TBC
Annual self-guided fundraising tour of selected historic Savannah homes and buildings. $45 per person. More details

– Isle of Hope Art and Music Fest, event TBC
Art show and music festival at the historic riverside suburb of Isle of Hope. Free admission. 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. More details

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

– Autumn Gardenfest, event TBC
Fall gardening-themed event at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Parking fee applies. More details

– Haitian Caribbean Monument 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. More details