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Updated: Oct 25

FALLing in Love with Autumn



Despite the heat and humidity continuing to be quite disrespectful this month, it is the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year here in Savannah. Fall is officially upon us, and while it’s not quite time for me to roll out my fuzzy blankets, sweaters, flannel shirts, and lack of pumpkin carving skills, I can’t help but feel more excited to do so. Savannah truly comes alive in the Fall, maybe it’s the live oaks catching the sunlight just right, or how the fog rises over the graves in Colonial Cemetery, or the chill in the air on an early morning or late evening walk through Forsyth. One thing is certain, our beloved city is most beautiful during this time of year, and there is rarely a weekend without an event to attend. Let me share a few of my favorite fall activities with you below!


Picnic in the Park- Sunday October 6th

On a crisp night in October, Forsyth Park will transform into an outdoor amphitheater. The annual Picnic in the Park is set for Sunday October 6th and it is guaranteed to be an event that you do not want to miss! The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra returns to dazzle and amaze the nearly 20,000 attendees. This event is free to the public, so grab your blanket, picnic basket, and be sure to get there early to claim your spot! The Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at 7pm, preceded by performances from the Savannah Arts Academy Orchestra, Savannah High School Band and the Ester F. Garrison School for the Arts: Garrison Voices. A festival in Savannah would not be complete without food, and the line up of vendors this year is outstanding: Leopold’s, Latin Chicks, Chazito’s Bowtie Barbecue, and Dark Shark to name a few. More information can be found here: Picnic in the Park.


Tybee Island Pirate Festival- October 10th-13th

Ahoy mateys! Do not miss your chance to live out all of your pirate dreams right here in Tybee! From October 10-13 watch Tybee Island transform from a quiet little beach town, to a boisterous and rambunctious adventure with all of your local buccaneers! The festival begins on Thursday 10/10 with the Buccaneer Ball, hosted by the local favorite The Crab Shack. Tickets are currently $45 until Monday 09/30 and will increase to $50 until the day of the event. There is a small possibility that tickets could be available at the door, but usually the event sells out prior to this. Throw on your best eye patch, grab your trusty parrot to perch on your shoulder, and eat, drink and dance the night away with your fellow pirate enthusiasts. Now, don’t get stuck in Davey Jones’ Locker, and miss the biggest event of the weekend on Saturday 10/12, The Pirate Victory Parade! Beginning at the North Beach Parking Lot and ending at Tybrisa St, the parade will take about two hours. Tickets are $15 and the experience is guaranteed shiver your timbers. More information can be found here: Arrrrrrr Matey.


Savannah Pride Festival- October 24th-26th

This is a very exciting year for the Savannah Pride Festival. The festival begins Thursday October 24th and ends Saturday October 26th. For the first time in the longstanding history of Savannah Pride, there will be a parade! On October 25th at 8pm, throw on your best costume and head downtown to celebrate love, unity, and of course, the best weekend of the year, Halloween! The overall theme of this year’s Pride Festival is “Myths and Legends.” The title pays tribute to the trailblazers and leaders past and present that have fearlessly advocated for the rights of all to love, be loved, and spread love in the world. There are tons of events throughout the weekend, including the Masqueerade, The Downtown Takeover Bar Crawl, and my personal favorite, the Savannah Pawperade. Yes, there will be two parades, and one is pet friendly! Ticket prices for events and more information can be found here: Love is Love.


Savannah Food & Wine Festival- November 5th-10th

Savannah has long been recognized as the “Hostess City” and what better way to see how it lives up to its namesake than to attend the Food & Wine Festival. This has been on my bucket list since I’ve moved to here, and I believe this year may be my lucky chance! The best and brightest culinary and wine experts from all over the South will showcase their skills and knowledge in a week-long celebration of the finer things in life. Get ready to indulge yourself in everything the festival has to offer, but be sure to grab your tickets quickly, as the event sells out every year. Ticket bundles are available for those brave and eager souls not wanting to miss a single moment, but there are also single event tickets available for those that prefer to take a more leisurely approach. Notable events to highlight include Taste of Savannah, Grand Reserve Tasting, River Street Stroll, the Bartender Challenge, and the Jazz & Bubbles Brunch. Ticket pricing and more information can be found here: Food & Wine.


Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Savannah, and not just because you can walk outside and not feel oppressed by the humidity. The time for flannels, a warm cup of tea, and everything pumpkin is upon us. What are your plans for the Fall? Share some of your favorite activities below. Cheers, friends!


Author: Maureen Gillespie