As springtime hits its stride, Savannah beckons all with a delightful smorgasbord of things to do. It’s an opportunity to mix it up. So get out and explore things old and new, soak in a cultural experience or take in a sports event, do a charity run or walk just for fun, venture out for family day or grown-up time, or do all these and more. And, all the while, enjoy ideal temperatures, some of the longest sunshine hours of the year, and the magic that is Savannah in the midst of springtime bloom.
The first Friday of the month happens to be April Fool’s Day but it’s also the day for a great concert at Savannah Folk Music Society—and that’s no joke. Jere Myers, an antiques dealer by day and a long-time musician who regularly plays harmonica with various bands in town, will deliver a set of heartfelt blues with just his harmonica and his voice. The Massey Boys will also perform. After three decades together, the trio is still delivering rollicking performances of jazz, rock, country and blues.
Place: First Presbyterian Church
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $5.00 minimum suggested donation
Start the first Saturday morning of April getting inspired, enlightened and empowered. Join yoga instructor Curtis Tucker from Dancing Dogs Yoga Savannah for a FREE one-hour class by the river. Expect a power-packed hour during which aspiring and advanced yogis and all levels in between experience a true immersion into their physical and mental selves with the tranquil waterfront as the view. Bring your own mat and water bottle and leave with a renewed frame of mind.
Place: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Experience this special, female-exclusive running event that takes you through some of the most scenic areas of Savannah at an undeniably pretty time of year. Run alongside bloom-filled Forsyth and Daffin Parks and along connecting streets bordered with shade trees. Navigate around a number of the historic squares, all of which are equally splendorous. And finish up at the iconic, photogenic fountain in Forsyth Park. Make a weekend of it by taking in the Fashion Fitness Expo the day before, and don’t miss the post-race party with live music, free beverages, prizes and awards.
Place: Start line: Forsyth Park
Time: Start time: 7:30am
Cost: Click here for fee schedule
Those who have been waiting to be a zombie for the day since this event was postponed in October can shuffle down Savannah’s cobblestone streets the first Saturday in April for a fun time and a worthy cause. Bring a canned food item for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and walk (ahem… shamble, groan and gnaw) for FREE. Vendors, bands and other entertainers will be around throughout the day and makeup artists will be on hand to help bring out your inner zombie.
Place: Emmet Park
Time: Noon – 8:00pm (Walk starts at 7:00pm)
Cost: Free with canned food donation
A colorful celebration of Asian countries and cultures, the Annual Savannah Asian Cultural Festival brings the diversity of an entire continent to town. Enjoy an amazing array of live music, martial arts and dance performances. Sample exotic cuisine from across the Asian continent. Browse the Cultural Marketplace to discover the arts, crafts, fashions and treasures that are unique to each nation. And watch your kids expand their cultural horizons through hands-on learning activities.
Place: Armstrong State University
Time: Friday, 7:30pm Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
This marks the eighth year that The Landings Club on blissfully beautiful Skidaway Island will host the Savannah Challenger, one of the most popular tennis events on the East Coast. The 2016 field will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams, and you can fully count on some of the world’s top tennis players being among them. As well as action-packed competition, there will be special events like a Kids Day Tennis Clinic and a Ladies Day that comes replete with lunch and fine wine.
Place: Franklin Creek Tennis Center, The Landings Club
Time: Varies by day
Cost: From $15 (single weekday tickets) to $80 (weekly tickets)
Lace up your running shoes and join the sea of pink that will flood downtown on the day of the Komen Race to fight breast cancer. In the crowd will be survivors, supporters of the cause, and those who walk for others whether in memory or in celebration. There will be cheers—as well as some tears—as thousands run or walk the 5K race or the 1-mile route to raise funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. All of the net proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen mission.
Place: Downtown Savannah
Time: Race start time 8:00am
Cost: $35-$40 registration fee
APRIL 20-24Tybee Wine Festival
Now in its 8th year, the Tybee Wine Festival features five days of fabulous events, food and wine. Wednesday honors Earth Week and offers a chic 5-course dinner prepared by five local celebrity chefs. An intimate wine-pairing dinner is the event and a laid-back urbane eatery is the venue for Thursday. You’ll be beachside Friday partaking of oysters and wine at an al fresco affair. Bring your beach chair or blanket to the Grand Wine Tasting Saturday and chill on the Tybee Lighthouse lawn. Raise a toast at Sunday’s Champagne Brunch; be sure to save your appetite, and room for dessert.
Time: Varies by day (click here for schedule)
Cost: Varies; tickets range from $30 - $90
What better time of year than April to take a self-guided walking tour of eight private gardens. It’s an opportunity to wander through lush, charming spaces tucked behind ancient brick walls and ornate iron gates, and to bask in the kaleidoscope of colors and sense of serenity. The Massie School Garden will also be on the tour. And, you’ll sip iced tea and snack on sweets at the historic Green Meldrim House (General Sherman lived here after occupying the city in 1864).
Place: Historic District
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Tickets $40 each ($35 each for a group of 10 or more)
The April Free Family Day event for Telfair Museums will take place at the Owens-Thomas House which was built in the early 1800s and designed by William Jay, one of the best-trained architects in America at that time. It also holds the distinction of being the first residence in America to have running water; this was even before the White House had indoor running water. With the residence as a contextual setting, you’ll explore technology from the past—from lighting to laundry devices and cisterns to water collection—and spend time comparing it to today.
Place: Owens-Thomas House
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: Free admission
Come out to watch as Forsyth Park is saturated with the color of chalk-art masterpieces created by SCAD alumni and students on the paved walkways. High school students can also join in to compete for prizes. The temporary creations depict everything from three-dimensional people to renditions of popular paintings. Living pictures will also be back, where actors and models stage a scene while remaining silent and motionless, as if in a picture. Even the youngest artists can grab chalk and have some fun and the whole family will enjoy the atmosphere, the food, and the live music.
Place: Forsyth Park
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Links: First Friday for Folk Music http://www.savannahfolk.org/Events/Event-Schedule/ModuleID/1357/ItemID/192/mctl/EventDetails Yoga on the River http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/events/ Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K http://www.savannahwomenshalf.com/ Savannah Zombie Walk http://savannahzombiewalk.com/ Savannah Asian Cultural Festival https://www.armstrong.edu/about/savannah-asian-cultural-festival USTA Savannah Challenger http://savannahchallenger.com/ Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure http://www.komencoastalgeorgia.org/ Tybee Wine Festival http://tybeewinefestival.com/ NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens http://gardenclubofsavannah.org/ Technology Then and Now at Owens-Thomas House http://www.telfair.org/learn/freefamilydays/ SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival https://www.scad.edu/success/events-and-workshops/alumni-weekend