Events and Arts

With nearly 100 different art galleries, theatres, and museums located within a city whose architecture makes it a museum in itself, Savannah boasts a lively and varied art and culture scene. The city has many art galleries ranging from small artist studios to the world renowned Telfair Jepson Center, a 7,500 sqft contemporary gallery displaying pieces by important artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Chuck Close as well as a unique interactive gallery for children and families.

Museums can be found all across the city capturing Savannah’s history. Many of the beautiful mansions have been restored and preserved to allow visitors to experience colonial life in Savannah. History museums also showcase everything from Savannah’s maritime and railroad past to important historic sites from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

If you prefer the performing arts, theatres such as the Savannah Theatre, Lucas Theatre and SCAD’s Trustee’s Theater, all located within a few blocks of each other downtown, feature an array of live performances, music and movies. From fun and original SCAD productions to the classic Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, there is a show going on for all audiences.

Another way to experience art and culture in Savannah is to attend some of the many festivals that are held throughout the year. There are over 200 citywide festivals and events held annually and the following is just a sample of ways you can join in on the fun.

January July
Polar Bear Plunge 4th of July on the Savannah Waterfront
Martin Luther King Parade Independence Day Beach Fireworks
February August
Black Heritage Festival Seafood and Music Festival
Savannah Book Festival
Georgia Heritage Celebrations September
Tara Feis Irish Festival Savannah Jazz Festival
Valentine’s Day Weddings at Davenport House Fiesta Latina
March October
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Picnic in the Park
Savannah Music Festival Oktoberfest on the Savannah Riverfront
Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens Savannah Folk Music Festival
Savannah Greek Festival
April Savannah Jewish Festival
SCAD International Festival Savannah Film Festival
N.O.G.S. Hidden Garden Tours Tybee Island Pirate Fest
SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival
Tybee Island Wine Festival November
PGA Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Seafood Festival on the Riverfront
Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights
May Taste of Savannah
Savannah Scottish Games Telfair Art Fair
SCAD Sand Arts Festival Southern Lights Holiday Celebration
Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade Savannah Food and Wine Festival
Fine Arts on the River Festival Savannah Children’s Book Festival
Preservation Festival
June Holiday Tour of Homes
Asian Festival Christmas on the River
Blues, Jazz and BBQs City Market New Years Eve