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Bacon Fest upon the cobblestones

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Bacon is yummy

Roses smell nice

Put the Bacon in your tummy.

Geez, I didn’t write the ditty, another true bacon lover did! I just thought it was appropriate for the first weekend coming at us this particular September! Stand by on River Street for yet another Savannah inaugural festival, Savannah’s first ever Bacon Fest slated for the first weekend of September, the 5th through the 7th at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. Bacon Fest promises to be yet another great excuse to hang out in Lowcountry Savannah to taste the mouth-watering dishes of our cadre of creative local restaurateurs.

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Pork belly patrons can sample a variety of the offerings on booth lined River Street. In addition to one of America’s favorite comfort food taste-fest there will of course be a First Friday Fireworks display in the offing by our always trusty sponsor, Wet Willie’s. Count on the usual group of talented artists to march on by for our First Friday Art March but we prefer our 1st Weekend Art March.

And by the way did we forget to mention that all of the above is being put on for free?

All that Lowcountry Jazz

Kick off your pre-Labor Day weekend with some live Jazz Performances at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Kick off your pre-Labor Day weekend with some live Jazz Performances at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Another year rolling on by and another late summer/early fall Charleston and Savannah
Jazz Festival in two big time coastal destinations along the Heritage Corridor, Charleston South Carolina and Savannah Georgia coming at you one more time. Time is running short to snag your tickets for the sixth annual LowCountry Jazz Festival at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, August 28th through the 31st. This year’s opening act Bobby Caldwell promises to set the tone right from the jump on Thursday night with his long line of jazz favorites including his renowned “What you won’t do for Love”.

Make sure you secure your ticket for any of the four nights you plan to be in attendance at the Lowcountry Music Festival.

Free form outdoor jazz concerts in Forsyth Park every September

Free form outdoor jazz concerts in Forsyth Park every September

On completion of the Charleston Jazz fest, just follow Highway 17 in a southbound direction on past the outskirts of Charleston apiece until you cross the Savannah River a few hours later if you are thinking about taking in the sights and sounds of these two sister cities, Savannah and Charleston. You can always count on the granddaddy of lowcounty Jazz Festivals to take place as usual in Forsyth Park later this month. For over thirty years, the very best musicians have been delivering every jazz genre known to music lovers everywhere to be found exclusively in it’s low country habitat every September under the auspices of the Savannah Music Festival.  This year’s event runs for six nights starting September 21st and ends on September 27th and features our personal favorite, “Steady Rolling” Bob Margolin in the prime time spot on Thursday night, September 25thon the outdoor stage under the band shell at Forsyth Park.

Day and Night, free outdoor jazz concerts during the Savannah Jazz Festival

Day and Night, free outdoor jazz concerts during the Savannah Jazz Festival

Just another late summer early fall in music paradise where you can boogie like a local to our always tasty low country musical fare.

Lucky 7th Savannah CraftBrew Fest

Swigging with 5000+ beer lovers

The beer will be flowing freely on Hutchinson Island this coming pre-Labor Day weekend as the seventh annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest get’s well under way. If past coastal Georgia craft brew fests are any indication, you can expect 5,000+ cold brew lovers to raise tasting glasses in approximately 30 days as they seek their favorite brewery product line at this popular tasting event.

As a past spokesman said in years past from the Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau “I think as long as the weather holds out for this up until now highly successful Savannah Craftbrew Fest, great crowds will continue to come in increasing numbers to what is becoming a great Savannah Tradition year after year.” Check the video below to see remind you of why it is you likely want to be in attendance.

Plan your Savannah weekend getaway if you expect to be there for the kick-off of this year’s Saturday event on August 30th. Last chance to receive 20% off (save $10) on the price of admission to this 150 brewery beer tasting event, so buy your tickets online today before the end of the day on July 31st, 2014!

Dogs Rule on River Street

Rousakis Riverfront Plaza located at 115 East River Street is the appropriate rally point for the Dog Days of Summer on River Street the first weekend in August. Just steps away from all the River Street and City Market attractions you will likely come to visit, why not bring that furry kid along with you and spoil them rotten along River Street with doggy treat after doggy treat on the one weekend you can count on this year that will most definitely go to the dogs.

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Local Savannahians know how to embrace all the seasons in our top ten destination (or 29 most surreal locations to visit if you prefer) with a variety of festivals.  So of course August’s First Friday Weekend (one of twelve throughout the year) on River Street will be one that our two legged and four legged guests can enjoy together. The Savannah Waterfront Association has quite a Dog Days of Summer throw down planned for August 1-2 at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on historic River Street along the northern border of downtown Savannah fronting the inbound and outbound ship laden Savannah River.

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Don’t know about our First Friday Fireworks Weekends along the Savannah River? River Street will be bursting with culinary delights of every description for all our foody loving friends from some of historic Savannah’s most accomplished eating establishments for your traveling palate. And we don’t forget your favorite furry friend’s less not overly discriminating foody needs either.  Many of the booths will have doggy bags available mostly because Savannah is a doggone good dog loving town to hang out with your dog in. Your family and friends want believe you on your return? Then document your Dog Days of Summer sojourn with that very special pooch at the photo booth!

Forest Gump on an undersized shrimp boat?

Forest Gump on an undersized shrimp boat?

Dog Days of Summer paws off on Friday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and starts back up with much wagging of the tail on Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 p.m. First Friday Fireworks as presented by Wet Willie’s begin at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Like all First Weekend Celebrations, this event is free and open to the public. One thing for sure, you never know what you will find on River Street with your kids, furry or otherwise!

 

The Art of Cooling Off In The Hostess City

Escape the dog days of Summer at the Jepson Cafe during their Art on Tap craft beer fest.

Escape the dog days of Summer at the Jepson Cafe during their Art on Tap craft beer fest.

As the dog days of summer reach ever higher temperatures, here is a tip to keep you both cool and informed while touring the Hostess City known as downtown Savannah. Check out an extraordinary collection of modern day renderings in the cool, cool Jepson Center while cooling off in the Hostess City. Dedicated to the always relevant art of the day, the modern Jepson Center completes their namesake’s trifecta by connecting the future with its past through unifying the museum’s three unique artistic destination sites, two of which are found on Telfair Square and the third off of Olgethorpe Square. The crown in the jewel of the Telfair Museum complex, the Jepson Center was designed by Moshe Safdie, boasts a modern 7500 Square feet striking facility that was initially opened to the public in 2006.

 

Moshe Safdie designed Jepson Center fronting Oglethorpe Street from the north side of the district.

Moshe Safdie designed Jepson Center fronting Oglethorpe Street from the north side of the district.

The Jepson Center is home to one of Savannah’s favorite son’s, art historian Kirk Varnedoe and the collection contemporary with his life, a mainstay of the rich collection of the museum’s holdings. Hitting the highlights on other modern era works, discerning art lovers will find art in a paper medium by some of the most important artists of the past half century. From Jasper Johns, and Chuck Close, all the way through to Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Avedon, the museum’s diverse contemporary collection also features important works by William Christenberry, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists. When you consider the Jepson hosts a variety of traveling art exhibits and live exhibitions as diverse as Flamenco Dancing

to Tibetan Monks creating Mandalas out of sand, the summer time is the right time to get out of the heat and into the cool at the Jepson.

Tibetan Monks create mandalas within the Jepson Center as art lovers look on

With that in mind, the Jepson’s popular Art on Tap series promises to be timely for the month of July. The Jepson has partnered up with Athens, Georgia brewery favorite Terrapin Beer in this rotating series of art, wineries, and breweries. Nurture your artistic side as you knock back a cool one during the dog days of summer from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Jepson Café on Thursday, July 17th.

1 x Land, 1 X Sea = Savannah Fireworks Display

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As Hurricane Arthur works it’s way north to the Outer Banks off coastal North Carolina, we can celebrate the passing of this hurricane season’s first weather event with a fireworks display on Tybee Island tonight and Downtown Savannah overlooking River Street on Friday evening. Well, maybe we are being a little disingenuous as both these two annual 4th of July celebrations were already in the works. The Tybee Island Pier will get a jump on July 4th tonight with their Dark Thirty Fireworks Display, at approximately dusk around 9:15 PM. While the fireworks display will be staged on the pier, this impressive display is easily viewed from any of Tybee’s eastern beaches.

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Meanwhile, a mere 20 minutes away by car, the Savannah Waterfront Association will be hosting their annual Fourth of July festival all weekend long beginning the next day on Friday, July 4th and continuing through Sunday, July 6th along historic trolley car line over cobblestone paved River Street. Viewing the fireworks on River Street is a long standing “live like a local” Savannah tradition that everyone turns out to see, be they local residents or visitors to the Hostess City. And Savannah and Tybee Island both do the many fireworks displays that provide throughout the calendar year right! The Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza will kick off Friday, July 4th at 4pm on Rousakis Plaza. As usual, some mighty fine live musical bands will be performing on the Arbor Stage with special performances from Those Cats at 6 PM followed by The Hypnotics at 8 PM. œThese bands are local favorites This year, the Hypnotics will be performing a patriotic set during the fireworks to compliment the fireworks extravaganza. Those viewing the fireworks away from the Arbor Stage can also tune into Y100-WXYY-FM for more patriotic tunes during the fireworks display.

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The festivities will continue on Saturday featuring another live performance for guests to dance to from the Radio Birds at 8pm. Festival Hours are 4-10pm on Friday, 10am-10pm on Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Regional artisans will be set up along the plaza displaying a variety of handmade works for festival goers to browse through. Let’s review: Tybee Island Pier tonight on July 3rd starting at 9:15 PM. And River Street Savannah starting on Friday afternoon, July 4th 2014 through Sunday afternoon July 6th , 2014 – Friday, July 4: 4-10 p.m., Saturday, July 5: 10 a.m. 10 p.m., Sunday, July 6: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

St. Patrick’s in Savannah


409731485Savannah has several nicknames and probably the two most fitting are “The Festival City” and “Hostess City of the South”. Savannah hosts over 200 festivals and events year! Our biggest event, Saint Patrick’s Day, is just around the corner and needless to say it’s a huge event for our little
city. Depending on what day of the week St. Pats falls on determines how many people come to share in our party. The range of out of town visitors can vary from 300,000 people to over one million (if the holiday falls on the weekend). For a city of 140,000 people, that’s a big jump.
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Without some planning ahead, trying to navigate your way around Savannah can get pretty tough.  If I could give visitors one tip, it would be this jewel of wisdom handed down from my father, early is on time and on time is late.

This year’s parade will be on Saturday, March 16thstarting at 10:15am. If you are looking for a comfortable spot to sit and watch the parade, you will want to arrive much earlier than that. The popular squares of Savannah along the parade route are roped off to everyone the night before
the parade and aren’t opened up until 6am the morning of the parade. Do Savannahians actually set up their viewing spots four hours before the parade starts? YES WE DO! Does this mean you have to wake up at 5 am to enjoy your day? No. Our parade is nearly 4 hours long and can feature over 20,000 participants in the parade itself.  I personally have sat on a square from 7am to about 2:30 in the afternoon and took in the entire parade. I’ve also spent a day just walking along the parade route stopping in available spots to catch bits and pieces of the parade and I’ve come to this conclusion …
There is no wrong way to enjoy the day!
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Square Fest Music Fest

Forsyth BandshellI’ve
lived in Savannah for 11 years, and one thing I’ve heard time and again (I’ve
even often said it myself), is that there is no music scene in this town.
Apparently Amanda Hollowell felt the
same way. 
So she gathered some other
like-minded folks and
decided to do something about it.  Thanks
to their dedication and perseverance, we have the First Square Fest event
hitting Forsyth Park this Saturday for an afternoon – and evening – full of
FREE music!  That’s right; I said FREE.
There’s something for everyone; acoustic, folk, jazz, funk, MC’s, DJ’s, hip-hop
and grunge.  This all day music festival is
meant to unite the music lovers of the community and showcase the music that is
alive in Savannah.  With music, food,
vendors, and local artisans, there will be plenty of fun for the whole
family. 

 

This might be the inaugural event for Square Fest, but they have done a
phenomenal job in getting the community excited and raising awareness about the
need for a music scene in Savannah; and they intend to make it an annual event.  In the theme of giving back to the community,
Square Fest will be donating a percentage of the donations received at this
event to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.

Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, pack a basket of goodies and make it a
day.  The event kicks off at 2pm, but you’ll
want to get there early to make sure you secure a good spot; it’s sure to be a
packed event, especially as night time falls across Forsyth Park and the music
plays on into the dark.

Here’s the Line Up:

2:00pm – 2:05pm Opening
Sincerely Iris
2:05pm – 2:25pm Sunglow
2:30pm – 3:00pm Lyn Avenue
3:15pm – 3:35pm Sincerely, Iris

3:45pm – 4:15pm Listen 2 Three
4:30pm – 4:50pm Steve Cantrell
4:50pm – 5:20pm Dope Sandwich
5:30pm – 5:50pm Elephant Talk
5:50pm – 6:10pm Emoticon
6:25pm – 6:55pm Kota Mundi
7:05pm – 7:35pm The Royal Noise
7:45pm – 8:15pm KidSyc@BrandyWine
8:25m – 8:55pm Sav”h Party Starters
9:15pm – 9:45pm Word of Mouth
9:45pm – 10:00pm Closing Remarks and Thank You

Free For All

Look out boys, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are coming to town.  Tomorrow night, the much anticipated free SCAD Alumni concert (yes, FREE) proudly presents this Vermont based band with sexy front-woman Grace Potter.  If you’ve never heard of them, get ready to be blown away; her soulful and gritty vocals are reminisce of some of the leading ladies of rock – think Grace Slick, Ann Hart, Stevie Nicks – she’ll rock the stage and leave you wanting more.
 
Opening for the Nocturnals will be JJ Grey & MOFRO, a bluesy, southern rock band hailing from Jacksonville, Florida.  This double dose of rock-n-roll rhythm and blues will be sure to knock your socks off!  So pack up your picnic baskets, grab a blanket and head on over to Forsyth Park’s band shell – the show starts at 7pm.
Tier Cupcakes

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll want to stop by TIER Luxury Cakes downtown on Abercorn Street (between Broughton and Congress) before the show for their Taste of Tier Event from 4pm – 8pm.  If you’re an avid foodie, you’ve probably seen TIER compete in the Ultimate Cake Challenge on the Food Network.  They’ll have free mini cupcakes as they unveil their gluten-free and vegan cupcakes – you even get to vote for your favorite recipe! 
Beautiful Day

Saturday, take the kids to Oatland Island between 10am – 2pm for Wetlands Day.  Admission is free and you’ll explore the salt marshes while learning about Georgia’s coastline.  Afterwards, stay and check out the animal trails and all that Oatland Island has to offer.
With the temperatures on the rise, you can cool off at Ellis Square in the interactive water jets, or play a big game of chess on the West side of the square while the sounds of live music float in from City Market.
Whatever you decide to do, Savannah is an active town, full of fun and free activities for all ages …. You just have to know where to look. 

First Saturday, Savannah Style

Spending time in Historic Savannah is special no matter what time of year you visit – but if your stay happens to be during the first of the month, then you’re in for a treat!

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River Street is the place to be the first weekend of each month where things get started with a bang! With First Friday Fireworks you don’t have to wait for the 4th of July anymore to see the spectacular display in the sky. From the Historic District, River Street is just a few blocks. A pleasant stroll north through Savannah’s many tree-filled squares takes you straight to the river where you can grab a bite to eat at one of more than 15 fantastic restaurants. Or, if you don’t feel like walking, you can catch a Pedicab to Bay St. at Bull where you can take the elevator to River Street – and you can catch one again to take you back to wherever you’re staying in the Historic District.

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The fireworks begin just after sundown, so you might enjoy watching the show while dining on a restaurant balcony – or you can watch from Rousakis Plaza – there’s plenty of room, and lots of vantage points to get a great view.

The fun continues with First Saturday on River Street. From music to handmade crafts, First Saturday offers events that the whole family can enjoy. Stroll along this lively riverfront where you’ll find plenty of folks milling about. Come take in the fresh air and stop by booths offering jewelry, pottery, clothing, stationery – even furniture! There’s entertainment for the whole family – from music to jugglers –and you can even get a caricature of yourself from a local artist!

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Whether it’s lunch or dinner time, you have plenty to choose from among River Street’s several restaurants. From pizza to seafood to a refreshing ice cream cone – Savannah’s Riverfront has something to satisfy everyone’s palate. Come on down and see what all the noise is about on First Friday and First Saturday on River Street!