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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:



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.

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.


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.

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.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

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

Labor Day Weekend in Savannah

It’s hard to believe it’s already September and that the
lazy days of Summer will soon be turning into crisp Autumn nights.  The kids have gone back to school, and the
days are already starting to get a little shorter … but we still have one more
weekend to celebrate Summer and there will be plenty to keep you outside and
busy this holiday weekend!

Beer Fest

The Savannah Craft Brew Fest is in
full swing all weekend with tastings and seminars throughout the day, where beer
connoisseurs (and novices) will have more than 45 breweries to toast, taste and
The fest wraps up on Sunday with the Rhythm & Brews Concert at the
International Trade & Convention Center (just across the Savannah River)
where you can bring your blankets and enjoy one last sultry, Savannah, Summer
night.  Check out their website for all
of the details and times.
If you’re not a beer drinker, that’s ok – grab a glass of your favorite
concoction (a Wet Willie’s perhaps) –
and spend the afternoon dancing on River
.  Free and open to the public,
there will be arts, crafts, music and entertainment for all ages.

Midnight Garden Ride

Don’t be surprised when you see 100’s of bicyclists riding through town on
Saturday night; it’s the 4th Annual Midnight Garden RideAnother
family fun event, this 10 mile ride through Savannah’s downtown streets
benefits the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and their on-going effort to make
Savannah a safe, bicycle friendly community. 
Riders will be in costume and the event concludes with a concert in
Telfair Square with Atlanta based, Ponderosa.

Looking for something a bit more low-key to celebrate the last days of
Summer?  Then head out to Tybee Island for a weekend of sun and
fun.  Kick back and stay cool with the ocean
breeze while you listen to music at the Pier and Pavilion.  Savannah favorites, The Swingin’ Medallions will take the stage at 7pm on Sunday and fireworks
will follow at dark.
No matter how you choose to spend the holiday weekend, Savannah Getaways wishes
you a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Birthday America!

It’s 4th of July week; time to celebrate our Nations 236th Birthday!  Here’s where you can catch all the action in Savannah:

Tuesday, July 3rd
6pm – 7pm
  Fort Stewart will “Salute to the Nation” at Cottrell Field where one artillery round will be fired for each of the 50 states in this tribute to America.

9:15pm  The Tybee Island Fireworks Celebration can be seen from the beach, the pier, or anywhere on the eastern side of Tybee Island.


Wednesday, July 4th
  A Declaration of Independence ceremony will be held at Colonial Park Cemetery on Abercorn Street in Historic Downtown Savannah.  Enjoy patriotic music and talks with Christy Crisp from the Georgia Historical Society.

10am – 5pm Fort Pulaski will feature children’s activities, musket and cannon firings, and a presentation on baseball during the Civil War era.  After the presentation, visitors can play a pick-up game of baseball with the park staff.  ($5 per person/15 and under; free.)

10am – 5pm Fort Stewart has a day of celebration for Soldiers and their families at Newman Field.  Fun for the kids includes a Bounce House, climbing wall, trampoline, video arcade, laser tag and more!  Cool off in the “Springs Splashpark” pool while the kids play water tag and slip down the water slide.  Food will be served from 11 – 2 and you can bowl a free game or two before the concert kicks off at 6pm at Donovan Field where Mario, Mockingbird Sun and Martina McBride will take the stage.  (Sorry, no pets or coolers, or video at the concert.)

5pm – 9pm  River Street celebrates with music, games and fun for the whole family with the Fireworks show to follow at 9:30pm which be choreographed to music, so tune your radio to KIX965., MIX102.1 or I-95.
  River Street Fireworks

7:05pm  Savannah Sand Gnats take on the Charleston River Dogs with fireworks immediately following the game.

Please note that the 4th of July is a National Holiday and all city and county offices will be closed in observance.
Savannah Getaways wishes your family and fun – and safe – Holiday!

This Week in Savannah

Savannah is a town that likes to eat and drink; and with so many great restaurants, it’s hard to decide which to choose from.  Tonight the Savannah Chamber has made it easy with the Annual Taste of Downtown.  This much anticipated event will be in Johnson Square (also referred to by the locals as “Bank Square) from 5:30 – 7:30 and will feature 42 restaurants!  It’s a great way to sample all the best that Savannah has to offer. 
Taste of Downtown
Afterwards, grab a drink “To Go” and stroll through City Market while you browse the shops and listen to live music – or take a walk along River Street and enjoy the sunset; the view from Rocks on the River can't be beat.
Unleash your inner artist on Saturday with the Savannah Sketch Crawl.  Free and open to the public, you’ll follow a designated route through historic downtown Savannah where you can sketch, paint or photograph some of Savannah’s historic scenes and places.  Leave your artwork on display at the Jepson Center where it will be featured in a 2-week exhibition.
Get your beach gear ready and head to Tybee Island for the start of Beach Bum Week where the Extreme Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will be taking place.  Meet the players and test your volleyball skills to win prizes.  Don’t forget to bring some sun screen.
Celebrate Mom on Sunday with brunch or dinner at any of Savannah’s restaurants and hotspots – or make it a day and take her to see Southern Nights at the Historic Savannah Theatre.  
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Next week kicks off Savannah Fashion Week where several local boutiques will feature special collections, make-overs and extended hours for you to shop ‘til you drop.  There will be a fashion show at the Lucas Theatre on Friday night and the Exposed runway show on Saturday features designs by Project Runway’s April Johnston.  Any fashionista will not want to miss this!

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!

Savannah’s own Busker’s Bizarro of the River Street Variety


Although street performers are evident in many cities these days in ever increasing numbers given the eroding economic conditions, Historic Savannah has long been a gathering place for you basic Busker Street Performer. And River Street is where you are likely to find these performers day or night in any season. It takes the bravest or most bizarre personality, if you will, to pursue their craft in this outdoor venue. Coming to Savannah in the not too distant future? You may want to check out what's in store on your next trip to Lowcountry Georgia in the Youtube videos below:

Savannah Vacation News - All the Street Performer News that's Fit to Print

Walk This Way – NOG’S April walking Garden Tour of 12 Private Gardens

Come to Savannah for the weekend of April 17 and 18 and take in the NOG’S (Time Honored traditional name of those residents that live in Savannah’s Historic District and never venture south of Gaston Street but rather North of Gaston Street in the Direction of River Street) private walking garden tour. A favorite past time of local Savannahians and tourists alike, this walking tour is sure to inspire garden lovers of every age.


These tastefully done twelve private walled garden tour venues also features The Massie Heritage Center, which has been restored and maintained by the walking tour sponsor, The Garden Club of Savannah. Sandwiches, Sweet Tea, and Cookies will be served at the renowned Harper Fowlkes House daily between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM daily. For the first time, Savannah Garden Exposition will be a participating sponsor of this much anticipated event every spring season as they have combined their own much anticipated spring event with the older NOG’S Tour.


Walking Tour: 10am – 4pm
Rates: $45/ per person
$40/ per person with 10 or more

Like the Lady Sings, There is no City as Pretty as Savannah

Our Good Friend, Tom Mott, owner of an elegant Washington Square townhouse made Savannah Getaways aware of a budding new talent and her heart felt rendition of a song close to our heart as well about our adopted hometown, the City of Savannah. Check out Tom’s blog post today:

If you’ve not heard of Tiffany Milagro, a singer from Atlanta, that just might change in the future — considering she’s just 17. Tiffany’s been teaming up with Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Jayne Olderman of late. In October of 2006, Jayne and Tiffany debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Why Can’t It Just Be Christmas?” They have again struck gold with their single “There is No City as Pretty as Savannah.” Its debut was at #19 on that list. We really like it.

On Tiffany’s website, Jayne recalls; “the song poured out of me the day I moved from Savannah. My heart was so heavy to be leaving. Tiffany has heard me sing the song so many times that, she too, fell in love with Savannah hearing the lyrics about River Street, Tybee Island, the proud oak trees, Spanish moss, the ships on the river, the Squares and the people.”


Tiffany recently discovered Savannah for herself and sings with the passion and pride of a native Savannahian, and with the fondness felt by the many are introduced to Savannah on vacation, for a conference or wedding, to celebrate an occasion, or to just get away and kick back for a few days of relaxation.

Jayne chuckles: “While I was recording Tiffany’s vocal; I thought her little body was going to explode at the end of the song as she was singing her heart out! The whole room was reverberating!” Take a listen to purchase this song and other tune’s on Tiffany’s website.

Savannah’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, Erin Go Bragh!

Starting in mid February with our Savannah Irish Festival, the entire Historic Savannah Community celebrates all things Irish culminating in our massive St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on River Street every March 17th. The Savannah Irish Festival held every February 15th and 16th is a two day musical event with vendors from Ireland and America.   Mid March brings the true partying season when over 400,000+ people crowd the streets of our 2.5 square mile landmark historic district to witness and participate in the party atmosphere of this popular festival event.  Although, this celebration is not limited to the Irish, the “kiss me I’m Irish” proclamations prove we native Savannahians truly consider ourselves Irish on this day whether we are in reality true native sons and daughters of this wonderful European culture.

And what would any St. Paddy’s Day Event be without the traditional Parade? Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (check out the historic district parade route) is considered another opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy a very entertaining Savannah event.Stpaddy05kegrollers
  Deemed by many as the second greatest most popular American Saint Patrick’s Day Parade event on the eastern seaboard due to the actual number of celebrants and onlookers, traditional Irish music enhances the festivities with bands and walking groups dancing down the street during the parade.  The Tara Feis Irish Celebration typically held a week before St. Paddy’s Day includes live performances, arts and crafts and food.  The River Street area jams more partying St. Patrick’s Celebrants into this twelve block-long Cobblestone Promenade fronting the Savannah River per block than you are likely to encounter anywhere else on this Irish Day of Days. Whether you are completing your travel plans to include driving in, convoying in mass, or flying down for Savannah’s annual street party, book your lodging reservations now so you can be there or be square.

Savannah Kingfish Classic Event draws winner from 200 miles away

More money was awarded to the winner of last weekend’s inaugural Savannah Kingfish Classic Series Fishing Event than these type tournaments typically command. And by all accounts this Kingfish Mackerel tournament was a competitively fished event with in excess of 110 different boats participating. The uniqueness of the event was attributed to a series of fishing venues from as far away as St. Marys, Georgia, Charleston, S.C., New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Holden Beach, N.C. The winning boat, Fishmeister, captained by Dean Spatholt, actually fished off the waters of Morehead City, North Carolina 200 miles away from Savannah’s River Street weigh in headquarters where he boated his winning 50.04 pound King Mackerel.  202038224
Spatholt lead all contestants vying for $400,000 worth of prize money with the lion’s share of the winnings including a $15,000 first place prize,  as well as a 2007 GMC Sierra Pickup truck.

Although most of the competitors fished off Savannah’s coastal waters, tournament rules that allowed River Street  fishing further away made for an exciting race to the  finish in order to get to the weigh in at Rousakis Plaza on  River Street within the allotted time frame.  Not only did your fishing lines have to be in the water by 6:30 a.m. on the morning of this one day event, you had to get make it to the weigh-in line between 3-5 p.m. on September 22.  The Savannah Rotary Club Sunrise took possession of the winning fish (close to 30 kings weighing in between 20 to 36 lbs. for the most part).  Festivities held later that night included an awards ceremony across the Savannah River from River Street at the Savannah9
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa out on Hutchinson Island.