Sure, it’s hot out there. But in Savannah, we’ve got coastal breezes and shady live oak trees to help abate the summer heat. And, there’s a whole lot of summer fun yet to be had. So, don’t retire the sunscreen just yet. Check out what’s happening across the city and dive headfirst into the festivals, entertainment, and events that Savannah’s calendar has to offer. Here’s a look at some of them.

First Friday for Folk Music

When: August 3,  7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: First Presbyterian Church

Cost:$5.00 minimum suggested a donation

Here’s who is on the double bill at the Savannah Folk Music Society August showcase. First up is Jim McGaw, a vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who is known for spinning a yarn or two and sharing folksy quips much to the delight of his audiences. He will be followed by Robbie Cooper and Ben Wells who play and sing Southern-themed Americana. This will be their first performance at SFMS.

Savannah VOICE Festival

When: August 4-26,  Varies by day (click here for schedule)

Where: Varied venues in and around Savannah

Cost: Some events are free; Ticketed events $22-$125 (Festival packages $110 - $1250)

So much music – 30-plus unique events – packed into three exciting weeks! And you don’t want to miss a second. Favorites such as the marathon sessions of arias are back. New this year are four full operas, plus a concert that will take you back in time with a celebration of music from the 60’s and a recital by baritone Marco Nisticò who will impress with trademark comic pizzazz. Don’t forget about the free events – masters classes and the community concert that showcases the virtuosity and beauty of spiritual music. The event ends on a high note as always with the grand finale where you get to hear this year’s performers one last time and get a glimpse of what’s to come next year. 

Free Family Day: Open Road

When: August 4, 1 pm – 4 pm

Where: Jepson Center for the Arts

Cost: Free

This month’s FREE Family Day at the Jepson Center may evoke fond memories of kids asking from the back seat of the car, “Are we there yet?” That’s because it revolves around the theme of The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip exhibit that runs through September 3 at Telfair. You and the youngsters will get hands-on with a map of summer travels and make a postcard that marks the end of summer. Then too, you’ll have the chance to chat with local photographers about their work and travels.

"Everybody Gets Lei'd" Hawaiian Themed Bar Crawl 

When: August 4, 4 pm – 11 pm

Where: Starts at Barrelhouse South

Cost: $15 until August 3, $20 day of event

It’s a different way to say “aloha” to summer. Dress up in luau-themed attire and visit all bars on the list for drink specials (drinking is optional, having fun is a given). What attire will do? Bikinis, grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, tank tops and flip flops fit the bill. Crawl at your own pace and join up with the other participants at Savannah Smiles for the afterparty. Swag includes a Hawaiian lei.

Savannah Gourmet Seafood and Spirits Festival 

When: AUGUST 9-12, Schedule varies by day

Where: Westin Savannah Harbor

Cost: Ticket prices vary by event

It’s an annual festival that’s the talk of the town and with good reason. The seafood and spirit events in this culinary experience are unforgettable. The five-course dinner that kicks off the festival is a gastronomic journey paired with wine and spirits. Friday’s riverside picnic with live southern music promises to once again be a perfect casual evening. Saturday’s showcase of restaurants and mixologists is sure to tantalize from start to finish. And the Sunday Jazz Brunch… need we say more?

Movies in the Park

When: AUGUST 18, Starts around 8:30 pm

Where: Tybee Island, Memorial Park

Cost: Free

The 2018 summer outdoor film series on Tybee closes out with Lilo and Stitch. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and settle in to enjoy this cute animated story with a spectacular soundtrack of Elvis songs. Watch as a plucky little girl (Lilo) adopts a runaway genetic experiment from another planet (Stitch) as a “puppy” and teaches him about friendship, loyalty and the Hawaiian tradition of family.

Leopold’s Ice Cream Birthday Block Party 

When: August 18, 11 am – 7 pm or so

Where: Leopold’s Ice Cream, Broughton Street

Cost: Block party is free

Wish Leopold’s a happy 99th birthday! Join them at their annual birthday block party to celebrate almost a century of delighting locals and visitors with award-winning, super-premium, homemade ice cream. Single scoops will be 99 cents all day long, and the party will crank up mid-morning and roll on throughout the afternoon with music, kids’ activities and dancing in the streets – literally!

Cool Down - Summer Music Fest

When: August 19-20, 11 am – 10 pm Saturday, until 6 pm on Sunday

Where: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Cost: Free admission

Savannah’s riverfront is an enchanting escape right in the heart of the city on any given day, and even more so when there’s a festival going on. Like the Unity in the Community Artists, Crafters, Entertainers Festival that takes place every 3rd weekend of the month from April to December. In August, they will be jamming with a music fest that will mellow you out with good food, good music and a good time as the summer season moves toward a close.

Pints and Pavement

When: August 21, 6 pm – 9 pm

Where: The Rail Pub

Cost: Fun run is free

How can you say “no” to a fun run with friends? Meet up at The Rail Pub at 6 pm if you want to get in on one of the remaining three Pints and Pavement runs for this year. It’s a great way to get/stay fit and to be social while rehydrating. Modify any of their suggested routes to fit and bring your ID and some spending money if you plan to partake of the drink specials after the run. 

Saucony XC Kickoff Classic

When: August 25,  Click here for schedule

Where: Daffin Park

Cost: Open 5K: $25 (race limited to 200 runners) 

           XC Teams: $50 (limit 10), JV: $3/additional runner if over 10

Come out and support High School Cross Country at this XC season kickoff event in beautiful Daffin Park. And if you’re up for it, participate in the open 5K that starts at 7 am that day (it’s limited to 200 runners). The course is shady, flat and just plain pretty. Varsity and JV races start at 8 am. So, you can cool down while you’re watching and cheering these young folks on. 

Be sure to check back for next month’s Savannah events blog. The city’s fall festival season will be getting cranked up around about then and we, of course, will have the scoop for you on that. We’re also your go-to team for the scoop on real estate. So, keep us top-of-mind and don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you. 

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