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Savannah Events – December 2014

Ongoing

Saturdays   Forsyth Farmers Market
Focused on food and food issues, this producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75% of the products they sell) allows only food and plant vendors. Located on the Southside of Forsyth Park, come out and support your local farmers.

 Saturdays through Dec. 20th   Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market
This outdoor market sets up in the parking lot of the Islands Community Church located at 111 Walthour Road in Wilmington Island. WIFM features local farm-fresh produce, handcrafted baked goods and other edibles, jewelers, photographers and body products.

Through Dec. 26th   A Christmas Tradition
“A Christmas Tradition” brings you holiday glitz and glitter with a 2-hour performance. The theatre is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love.

Festival of LightsThrough Dec. 28th
Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights
A drive through light show around the Hutchinson Island Road Course, a Ferris Wheel and carnival rides on Bryan Square, Gingerbread Village inside the hotel, Pictures with Santa, Winter “Fun Zone”, holiday concessions and fabulous holiday decor around the Resort.  $20 up to 8 passengers.  $40 9-16 passengers.

5          Christmas on the River & First Friday Fireworks
It’s a holiday celebration on Historic River Street! Featuring regional arts and crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, music, and local entertainment, with fireworks as the grand finale. Free and open to the public.

5          City Market Holiday Open House
Explore the beauty of holiday decorations including hundreds of lights and over 500 luminaria in the courtyard. Enjoy Christmas carolers, visit with Father Christmas, and sample holiday treats in the shops. 6pm – 9m. Free and open to the public.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box.

6          Christmas for Kids Celebration
Bring the family to City Market for fun-filled activities including cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Carriage Tours of Savannah Cinderella Carriage, and a choir performance. Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box. 11am – 2pm  Free and open to the public.

6          Christmas Lighted Parade
Don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, starting on West River Street at 5:30pm, traveling throughout downtown and ending at Ellis Square. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick, so this is one event you don’t want to miss!  Free and open to the public.

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6          Savannah River Bridge Run
The 5k, 10k, Double Pump, and Kid’s ¼ Mile, this much anticipated race is always a fun run!


6   Tybee Island Christmas Parade
Everyone loves a parade! The parade begins at 1pm from the 14th Street parking lot and travels up Tybrisa to Butler Avenue, then to the Tybee Gym where children will have photo time with Santa.

11 – 24    Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens December Nights & Holiday Nights
Visitors can embark on a self-guided walking tour though over six acres of themed garden areas while enjoying holiday music and a beautiful display of seasonal lights. Stroller and wheelchair-friendly. $5.

12 – Jan. 3        Skatefest 2014
Ice skating, Savannah style, at the Savannah Civic Center.

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12 – 13  40th  Holiday Tour of Homes
Many special events are planned in conjunction with the homes tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary. 12 Homes to tour, Victorian Tea at the Massie Heritage Center, Christmas celebration of music, Hot toddy tasting, and special surprises.

16        Happy Hanukkah

 

19 – 20   Ft. Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours
Ft. Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861. The long-lived tradition provides night-time tours of the historic fort by candle light and oil lamps.

20         5th Annual Savannah Reindeer Run (8k)
Savannah’s best family-oriented run event! Adults and youth are invited to run an 8K, and younger children will enjoy a kiddie race. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, food, and post-race festivities. Monetary prizes will be award to youth with most funds raised. Event includes a Kid Zone, costume contest and a “Seasons Best Cookie” contest, judged by Stratton Leopold, and Jesse Blanco of “Eat it & Like it”. Among the many prizes, winners will enjoy circus tickets to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey.

20         Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade
Light up your bikes, tinsel up the handrails, and cruise the island for a night of holiday fun! The Tour Lights parade will begin and end at AJ’s Dockside.

21         Tybee Floating Christmas Parade
Get swept away by all of the festive Christmas lights on the water during the Floating Christmas Parade.

25         Merry Christmas!

NYE

31         New Year’s Eve in City Market
Ring in the New Year at City Market! It’s an outdoor street party and you are invited to join in the fun. Live music starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am. Free and open to the public.

31         New Year’s Eve on River Street
Ring in the New Year on Historic River Street! Don’t miss out on live music and our non-traditional “ball drop” with a Savannah twist! Countdown the final seconds of 2014 as we raise our six foot to-go cup to the New Year! The “Up the Cup” countdown will start right before midnight followed by a firework display to officially ring in 2015!

31    New Year’s Eve on Tybee
Curl up on your beach chair, or on a blanket, to watch the fireworks display from the Pier and Pavilion at midnight.

Run, Walk, Survive in Savannah!

September 20 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Heart of Savannah 5K run.

September 20 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Heart of Savannah 5K run.

On September 20 at the T intersection of Bull and Gaston Streets at the  northeast side of Forsyth Park (facing toward River Street), all of you sports enthusiasts, young and old who plan to be in Savannah this coming weekend, can participate and in the 25th annual trifecta, Savannah style, for young, old and the cured, at the Heart of Savannah 5K run, 1 mile Survivors walk, and the quarter mile kid’s fun run.

Warm up in Forsyth Park as you get ready to participate in this weekend's 5K Savannah run.

Warm up in Forsyth Park as you get ready to participate in this weekend’s 5K Savannah run.

Read the whole article below in it’s entirety from a recent edition of The South Magazine. Nobody does it better than our live like and work like a local friends at the South Mag when it comes to providing the inside skinny on what’s coming down in Destination Savannah from one day to the next!

“Join the YMCA of Coastal Georgia for the 25th Annual Heart of Savannah 5K September 20, 2014. Come for the race and stay for a fun family style YMCA party! This year’s event will feature a 5K Run, 1 Mile Survivors walk and a FREE 1/4 mile kid’s run. All of the proceeds from the event will support the Y’s newest program, LIVESTRONG at the Y, a free 12 week program, to help cancer survivors regain their physical and mental strength after treatment through exercise programs specifically for cancer survivors. This year’s event will feature a 1 Mile Survivor’s Walk to celebrate life and hope.

The race will start at 9:00 AM in the northeast corner of the park on Gaston Street and wind around the park and then down Bull Street through Savannah’s historic squares down to Johnson Square and back up Bull Street to the Park. After the race, a YMCA style party will be held with activities like Zumba in the park, Health Screenings, Inflatables for the kids and so much more! Bring the family; there will be something for everyone!

For more information and to register”, go to the YMCA of Coastal Georgia location, Fleet Feet Sports Savannah ($5 off coupon for all 5K participants) or visit the local Savannah YMCA website. Remember to include the time and date!

Kings Road and Dixie Highway via Savannah

Later this month the Embassy Suites Historic Savannah will host an unusual conference in downtown Savannah for all our road warrior friends out there, at least those that have a love of the spur of the moment road trip.  September 26 through the 28th is when this interesting conference is slated to be held.

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The 2014 Preserving the Historic Road Conference, partnered with the National Scenic Byways Foundation, will provide a diverse and comprehensive conference program, which will include enlightening educational sessions, and informative mobile workshops to unique sites (featuring some great shrimp, grits and barbeque). The combination of these events will let you experience southern road culture, history and local issues that tie in to the national, and global, perspective of historic road identification and protection.

As the Preserving the Historic Road Conference literature indicates there are a number of reasons for serious “on the road again” enthusiasts to be in attendance (if for no other reason than to dazzle your friends and fellow travelers with your arcane knowledge of our southern road systems).

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Upon founding Savannah in 1733 General James Oglethorpe organized the now famous squares as military parade grounds among the residences, businesses and churches of the capital city of the 13th Colony. Beyond Savannah, American Indian roads transformed into colonial trade routes, such as the King’s Road, and were later used during the Revolutionary and Civil wars. These same roads evolved into the highways of the modern era, providing the lifeline between growing industries and the bustling Port of Savannah. These same roads further enticed travelers to southern vacationlands via the Dixie Highway and the Atlantic Coastal Highway (US 17). So journey on down with your fellow road enthusiasts and enjoy some fine southern hospitality!

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Savannah September Events

While the days of Summer slowly start to fade away, they bring cooler weather, and Savannah events are back in full swing!  With many family-friendly, and FREE events, it’s hard to fit them all into your schedule!
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Saturdays  Forsyth Farmers MarketBring your re-usable bag, and fill up with local, organic goodies every Saturday morning on the South end of Forsyth Park.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, farm-raised meats, and educational presentations.  This is where Savannah locals go to stock up for the week.  Saturdays, 9am – 1pm, Rain or shine.

9/4 – 11/21  Savannah Live. Savannah Live is a high-energy, 2-hour variety show that features everything from “Pop” to “Broadway” and Motown” to “Rock & Roll!”  Check out the website for ticket prices and show times.

9/5   First Friday Fireworks.
  Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! 9:30pm on the River.  Free and open to the public.
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9/5 – 9/6  Inaugural Bacon Fest.  Love Bacon?  Then you’ll love Bacon Fest where your favorite local restaurants will be serving up their most mouth-watering bacon creations all weekend long!  Free and open to the public.

9/6  Savannah International Food & Wine Festival. 
With over 50 wines to sample, and signature dishes from your favorite Savannah restaurants, this is always a much anticipated event.  There will also be a Silent Auction, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit COPE; a program that combats childhood obesity. 3p – 6pm at the Hellenic Center on Abercorn Street.
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9/18  Third Thursday Concert Series. 
Enjoy the last days of Summer on the Tybee Island Pier with a concert at the Pier and Pavilion. 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

9/19  “Jaws” at Tybee Light StationBring your beach chairs and blankets and settle in for this classic blockbuster. Vendors will be on-site, and there will be cool “Jaws” memorabilia up for auction, where proceeds will benefit the Tybee Post Theater. Gates open at 7pm, movie starts at 8pm.  Adults $10, Kids under 12, $5.

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9/21 – 9/27 – Savannah Jazz FestivalJazz is one of our country’s most sought-after international exports, with its language being “spoken” by people around the world. Jazz, emanating from America, has become world music. It is America’s Classical Music. The Coastal Jazz Association is committed to perpetuating Jazz and will feature numerous concerts throughout the event.  Free and open to the public.
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9/27  Fee Free Day at Fort Pulaski. A family friendly event where you can learn about the it’s part in the Civil War.  Free and open to the public.

 

9/27 Savannah Derby Devils vs. South Florida Roller GirlsCome out for this rock-em-sock-em, action packed event where local business women by day, become Derby Devils by night. Adults $12, Children 3-12, $2, Family 4-Pack (2 Adults, 2 Children, $26), Group of 10, $10.


9/28 Coastal Pet Rescue’s 8th Annual Cruise for Critters. This two-hour sight seeing tour is hosted by Savannah’s own Captain Mike of Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours. 2pm – 5pm. $30 per person includes light refreshments and event t-shirt, and proceeds benefit Coastal Pet Rescue.

If you stop by any of these fun-filled events, be sure to tell them “Hello!” from Savannah Getaways!

Bacon Fest upon the cobblestones

Bacon 1Roses are red

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.

Live like a local, be respectful of your neighbors!

local 1When you live like a local on your Savannah Getaway, it should start with the same respect you likely demonstrate in your own community of origin. Simply stated, be respectful of the year round neighbors on the Savannah block you are staying in. Your Savannah vacation rental home is smack dab in the middle of local Savannahians. Hence our live like a local slogan that has served us well for the past 15 years now.

So apply the same common sense and neighborliness you employ in obeying laws and ordinances in the cities and communities you came from and you are not likely to get sideways on your Savannah vacation with year round neighbors or law enforcement! Just as in your own hometown, there are laws and ordinances that prohibit excessive, unnecessary and unreasonable levels of noise. These laws are enforced by the local police departments. Savannah is no exception when it comes to enforcing the “silence is golden rule” in the wee hours of the night.

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Over the years our guest services and reservation desk receive an ever growing number of complaints from neighbors about excessive noise levels after 10:00 PM when the noise ordinance law kicks in. While this is a small number of noisy guests for the most part, clear communication about consequences to this handful of ignoring noise ordinances make for better relationships between Savannah Getaways and their neighbors.  We will not knowingly tolerate a noise nuisance in our vacation rental homes once we have been made aware of boorish behavior that we represent for the property owners and their neighbors.

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This noisy neighbor complaint has become such an issue in the historic district of Savannah, real or perceived, that some of the ward captains have raised a clamor within the 31401 zip code to such an extent, that the city is now reviewing local ordinances with an eye for making sure that the quality of life is the same for our Savannah guests and true Savannah locals alike. These new laws, in part intended to keep rowdy revelers tamped down on their visit, will likely go into effect in the next few months. So be apprised, for those of you that are coming to town to party down, our rental homes are not for you. While the posted images within this blog are reflective of something more akin to drunk and disorderly in the district, you are out of line if the police have to be called out to remind you to keep it down, this is not to be confused with what we mean when we speak of “living like a local”.

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“We know from experience that nearly all of our guests DO act like good neighbors while in Savannah.  We truly appreciate that and welcome you to Savannah, our serene Hostess City.”

Savannah Events and Happenings – August 2014

August is here, and as the weather stays warm, there are plenty of cool events in Savannah.  The Sand Gnats are in full swing, with $1 Monday Nights and Friday Night Fireworks.  Check their schedule here, and bring the kids out for one more game.  August also means Back-to-School for our area; check here to see when students will be returing, and take advantage of the Tax Free Weekend.  From First Friday Fireworks, to a pre-Labor Day bash at Tybee, here’s what’s happening this month:

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1   First Friday on the River
The Dog Days of Summer
10am – 10pm.  Bring your furry friend down to River Street and enjoy a variety of fun activities. Shopping at select vendor booths and a photo session with P&B Photography Pet Photo Booth. The evening ends with Fireworks over the Savannah River.
http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/ai1ec_event/dog-days-of-summer/

1 – 2   Tax Free Shopping Weekend
Save on going to Back-to-School with this Tax Free weekend.  Clothing, Tablets, Personal Computers and Accessories, and Back to School Supplies.  Some restrictions apply.
http://www.gpb.org/blogs/family/2014/07/28/yes-georgia-has-a-tax-free-shopping-weekend-in-2014

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1 – 3   Free Admission at
The Telfair Academy
1pm – 4pm.  Bring the family for three free days of admission to the Telfair Academy.  Works included are art spanning through the years 1810 – 1896.
http://www.telfair.org/event/free-weekend-at-telfair-academy/

2   First Saturday on the River – Dog Days of Summer
10am – 10pm.  Pup parade and costume contest at 11am, free painting sessions, misting stations, and pup pools to help you stay cool.
http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/ai1ec_event/dog-days-of-summer/

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16   Movies in the Park at Tybee Island Main Street – Despicable Me 2
Pack up the picnic basket and bring the family out for a movie in the park.  Despicable Me 2 will be shown on the side of the gym beginning at dark.
http://www.cityoftybee.org/BetterHometownProgram.aspx?CNID=7907

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24   Tybee Floatilla
“Will Float for Friends”
2pm.  With the dog days of Summer upon us, what better way to cool off than a leisurely float down the rivers of Tybee Island by inner tube?  Begin at Alley III and end at The Crab Shack.  $30 and proceeds benefit the Fresh Air Home.
http://www.staffordpromotions.com/tybee-island-floatilla

Pulaski25   Free Admission at
Fort Pulaski
Bring the family for a day at Fort Pulaski.  For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against oversees enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. Tour the Fort and learn how the siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.
http://www.nps.gov/fopu/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=321060-245777

30   7th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest
1pm – 5pm.  The cool rich flavor of amazing Craft Brews lifts your spirits as you take in
Savannah’s skyline across the River.  Showcasing unlimited two-ounce samplings of craft beers from around the world combined with great food, beer seminars, mixology garden, cider garden, and music.
http://www.savannahcraftbrewfest.com/

Tybee Labor Day31   Labor Day Beach Bash on
Tybee Island
Enjoy the ocean breezes as live music fills the air from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Featuring Live entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Folks can enjoy the fireworks display from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the island. The fireworks will blast off around 9:15 p.m.  http://visittybee.com/events/?event_id=63

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!