If you thought the Savannah events machine was cranking in March, wait until you see what’s happening in April. You’ll find that the number of things to do is about as bountiful as the beautiful blossoms that abound across the city as springtime bursts onto the scene. And the eclectic mix of events on Savannah’s jam-packed calendar is sure to satisfy your leisure time inclinations.
When: April 6, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church
Cost: $5 suggested donation
The first set of the April First Friday showcase features local musician Jackson Morgan whose Texas roots can be felt in his music. No slouch when it comes to the guitar, which he first picked up at age 15, Morgan’s performances are highlighted by improvised picking patterns. The Rough and Tumble -- a nomadic folk-Americana duo -- will close out the concert. Their recently released debut full-length album has been described as “cozy, comfortable and inviting as a well-worn couch.”
When: April 7, Start time: 7:30 am
Where: Start line: Forsyth Park
Cost: See fee schedule
Female runners take your mark and get set to run a route that highlights the city’s history and beauty. It takes you alongside Daffin Park and Forsyth Park and around 12 (7 for the 5K) of Savannah’s scenic squares. And you finish up at the iconic fountain in Forsyth Park, which is picture-perfect in more ways than one. Photos and selfies anyone?
When: April 13 - 14, 10am-4pm
Where: Historic District
Cost: $40 per person; $45 day of tour
With gardens in bloom and warm weather the norm, it’s a great time to take this self-guided walking tour which gives you a peek at lush private oases in the Downtown Historic District. This year there are more homes on the tour than ever before; it includes the private gardens of nine prominent homes. And each day, the historic Green-Meldrim House will host you for afternoon tea.
When: April 13 - 15, Friday, noon-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, noon-8pm
Where: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Cost: $25 for the day; $45 for the weekend ($35 for SCAD students and military)
Ink fans take note: The Savannah Tattoo Festival will be back for the third year. Hundreds of tattoo artists are expected, offering choice aplenty for those shopping for a new design. Even if you’re not getting new ink, it’s an opportunity to hang out, have fun, shop the vendors, and enjoy live music and the tattoo contests. Then too, there are after-parties at The Jinx on Friday and Saturday night.
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When: April 20 - 22, Saturday, 11am – 10pm, Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Where: River Street, Rousakis Plaza
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Join Unity in the Community in welcoming springtime with their April celebration. The theme for this month is Spring Fling, and as always the festival will offer you the opportunity to browse an array of arts and crafts vendors and to be entertained with music performances. Grab some food and drink and saunter along the riverfront enjoying the spring weather, the festival and the view.
When: April 21, Waves start at 8:30 am
Where: Hunter Army Airfield
What do you get when you put giant inflatables on a running course? A playful and unique way to run a 5K. The inflatable obstacles are designed to challenge, surprise and delight you. And the fun isn’t done when you cross the finish line. Music and food await you at the Midway Celebration. Start waves are 15 minutes apart and participants must be at 42 inches tall to run the course.
When: April 21, 11am-4pm
Where: Forsyth Park
Cost: FREE to the public
Celebrating “green” in our city includes the Earth Day Festival. Choose from 20 workshops on topics that range from wetlands to urban gardening. Keep the kids occupied with free art activities. Explore the beauty of Forsyth Park’s Arboretum and the centuries-old Candler Oak on a walk with local tree experts. Engage with exhibitors and enjoy refreshments from vendors or pack a picnic.
When: April 21, Noon-10pm
Where: Indian Street (Under the Bridge)
Cost: FREE from noon-5pm; ticketed after 5pm
Live art, music and delectable food truck cuisine -- it’s a great time just waiting to be had. The music lineup is robust as usual with Chuck Leavell as the headlining act. A legendary musician in his own right, Leavell has been treating us to his musical talents for over 40 years playing with the best-of-the-best like The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and The Rolling Stones. As well, the visual art and workshops promise to be the essence of creative expression.
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When: April 21, View event day schedule
Where: Ellis Square
Cost: Adult: $40 ($45 on race day)
Youth: $10 ($15 on race day)
Join supporters, survivors and those who walk or run in memory of someone they lost to breast cancer as they take action by fundraising for the cause. Net proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen mission and help them save lives every day. A quick note: There is a special reception for survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer on Friday, April 20, from 4:30pm-7pm in Ellis Square.
When: April 26 -28
Where: Tybee Island, Varies by day (see schedule)
Cost: Individual Tickets $60-$100
It’s the 10th anniversary of this signature festival and it’s got two new events this year. The first is Wine and Dine at the Shrine. Savor a three-course gourmet meal paired with farm-to-table wines while soaking in the expansive ocean views at Tybee Island Shrine Club. The second is Tybee Post Pickin & Shuckin with Bubbles & Beer. Feast at a pig and oyster roast as you chill out on the grounds of the historic Tybee Post Theater.
When: April 28, 7:30 am
Where: Hutchinson Island
Cost: $25 before April 13, then $35
$10 participants age 12 and under
Lace up your running shoes to participate in this inaugural 5K which will be held in conjunction with the ACCG Annual Conference. The running event supports youth civic affairs programs across Georgia. Come out and show your support. The starting point is Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and parking is FREE.
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When: April 28
Where: Forsyth Park
At month’s end, the paved walkways in Forsyth Park will come alive with splashes of color as talented SCAD students and alumni create chalk art. As you stroll through the park, you won’t believe your eyes as you pass amazing masterpieces. And you’ll be reminded of how magical it is to let your inner child come out to play.
When: April 28 - May 6, See match schedule
Where: Franklin Creek Tennis Center, The Landings Club
Cost: From $15 (single weekday tickets) to $100 (weekly tickets)
Tennis anyone? Catch the premiere professional tennis event in the south at The Landings Club on Skidaway Island. It’s the 10th year the event has been hosted by this beautiful island community and the matches are sure to be as electrifying as previous years. Special events this year include Lovin’ Spoons Kids Day (activities for kids under 16 and FREE frozen yogurt), and Ladies’ Day (a day of great tennis, court activities, contests and prizes for $8).
Just as spring flowers add to Savannah’s charm, April events add to the joy of being in Savannah in the springtime. Keep up with the smorgasbord of events in The Hostess City right here in the ERA Evergreen Live Love Savannah Team blog. And, if you’re looking to get up-to-date on what’s happening in the Savannah real estate market, just give us a call at 912-341-6601.