Compared to the bustling holiday season, January is a slower paced month in Savannah. So as you plan your social calendar, you might be wondering what there is to do on a leisurely January day. Well, there are fun runs, parades, a technology-based art festival, and a film festival or two among the happenings during the month, all or some of which you can add to your free-time list.


Savannah Color Vibe 5K

Day two of the New Year in Savannah has a cool 5K run that’s more about how “colorful” you get during the race versus how fast you run it.  You can in fact walk, run, or even skip your way to the finish line if the notion strikes. As you do, you’ll be “color-blasted” with (nontoxic) powders in a rainbow of hues. By race end, you’ll be a tie-dyed work of art. So, get ready for a lively time!

Place:        Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Time:        9:00am Start Time

Cost:          Varies (click here for registration info)


First Friday for Folk Music

Savannah Folk Music Society starts their 2016 concert series with two Peach State acts.  Roll on Rodney, a versatile local quartet, will bring their unique approach to songs old and new; a fusion of folk, country and pop genres; and a multitude of instruments (even a sax).  Making his First Friday debut is Jefferson Ross, a Southern folk artist and singer/songwriter who has performed in Nashville with Country Music greats and been described as a “painter weaving stories for the ears and eyes.”

Place:        First Presbyterian Church

Time:        7:30pm – 10:00pm

Cost:          $5.00 minimum suggested donation



Tybee MLK Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade? Tybee Islanders most certainly do, and their first parade of the year celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to both human and civil rights. This annual parade turns three this year, and its timing is by design a week or so ahead of the national holiday so folks can take part in Tybee events and other festivities too. Arrive early to lay claim to your viewing spot for watching bands, cars, floats, bikes and special guests go by.

Place:        Tybee Island, Butler Avenue

Time:        2:00pm

Cost:          Free 



Savannah Tire Hockey Classic

January is ice hockey time in Savannah! To be more specific, the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic comes to town. It has brought hard-hitting action to the Savannah Civic Center for 18 years and it draws sellout crowds of 5000-plus excited fans cheering for their favorites and shouting out for player autographs.  Dubbed the “Rumble in the Rink,” this two-day competition features traditional matchups of rivals Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Florida State and University of Florida.

Place:        Savannah Civic Center

Time:        Click here for a complete schedule

Cost:          $10-$16



Unity 5K & Music Festival


On the Saturday before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an annual “family affair” takes place in beguiling Forsyth Park. It’s a 5K run, a 1-mile Memory Walk, and a music festival all rolled into one. In other words, there’s fun for everybody, and it’s a fundraiser to boot. The event helps support a local nonprofit anti-hunger program that provides elementary school students—who might otherwise go hungry—with food to take home on Fridays for meals over the weekend.

Place:        Forsyth Park

Time:        10:00am Start Time

Cost:          $25 through Jan. 4, $30 Jan. 5-14, $35 Jan. 15, $40 on Race Day 


Martin Luther King Day Parade

The 37th annual MLK Day parade will step off at 10:00am on the national holiday and move through downtown past large crowds of smiling, waving spectators. If you are among them, expect to see themed floats as well as gaily festooned cars, trucks, trolleys and vans. Marching bands, flag bearers and cheerleaders are among the mixed bag of groups on foot.  The parade is one of several events organized by the MLK Observance Day Association; click here to see more.

Place:        Downtown Savannah

Time:        Starts at 10:00am

Cost:          Free for spectators


Mountainfilm on Tour!

Savannah is one of the stops for the touring arm of Telluride Mountainfilm, which takes a selection of independent documentaries from its annual festival on the road year-round and worldwide.  The Savannah kick-off is a Wednesday night screening of “Racing Extinction,” a film about global threats to endangered species. The weekend film lineup ranges from anecdotes of adventure to stories of defying tremendous odds to accounts of making the world better. Filmmakers are also doing a Saturday morning coffee talk, after which you can pedal through the Historic District on a bike ride.

Place:        Trustees Theatre, Broughton Street

Time:        Click here for full schedule of films and events

Cost:          General Admission: $15, Family Matinee: $5, Seniors/Military/Student: $10


PULSE Art + Technology Festival

At month’s end, visit the Jepson Center and you’ll get to experience technology-based art at a FREE 5-day event. You can become part of a graphic novel through a digital interactive installation, view yourself in mechanical mirrors where you become the content of the piece, use your smartphone to translate images into music, and bring “paintings” to life with your facial expressions. And that’s just for starters. The event is a multisensory mix of exhibitions, workshops and performances. And Saturday, January 30, is Free Family Day with artist demonstrations and activities for all ages.

Place:        Jepson Center for the Arts

Time:        Varies by day/event (click here for schedule)

Cost:          Daytime admission is free and open to the public

PULSE Pass for exclusive access to all evening events ($15 non-members)


Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival

“Wonders of the Ocean” is the theme of the 13th annual film festival that benefits initiatives for Gray’s Reef (a 22 square mile “live bottom” reef just 17 miles off the Georgia coast). The film fest is a medley of ocean-themed movies that will have the entire family grinning from ear to ear. Friday is a 3D ocean exploration evening. Saturday is a full day of outstanding cinema that includes military appreciation films and a kid-friendly documentary that takes viewers on an exotic voyage beneath the pristine waters of the West Papuan archipelago. It all wraps up with a special onstage party.

Place:        Trustees Theater (Friday), Lucas Theater for the Arts (Saturday)

Time:        Varies by day/event (click here for schedule)

Cost:          $10 suggested donation per day for adults, $5 for kids/students/military

VIP Pass $75 (Films, reception and party), Reception $50, Wrap-up Party $15


Low Country Home & Garden Show

Are you looking to turn your home and garden dreams into reality? Put the 16th Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show on your go-to list. Then be prepared to peruse thousands of square feet of exhibits showcasing products and services for everything from the front door to the backyard—landscapes, gardens, pools, spas, outdoor living, and interior design and home accessories. You also get access to DIY and gardening seminars, plus on Saturday you’ll have a chance to meet interior designer Jeff Lewis, who stars in Bravo’s hit docu-series, “Flipping Out.”

Place:        Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Time:        Friday: 2:00pm-7:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Cost:          Adults (17+): $8, Seniors (65+): $6, Active Military & Children 16 & under: FREE 


Mardi Gras Tybee

As they say in New Orleans, laissez les bon temps rouler! That’s right Tybee Island will once again “let the good times roll.” This time with their eighth annual Mardi Gras Festival.  The island will be speckled with purple, green and gold flags. Revelers will be dressed up in those colors too. Fanciful floats, mirthful marchers, carefree cyclists, and buoyant bands will roll down Butler Avenue in a family-friendly parade (get ready to catch those beads). After the costume contest, you can sashay to the Street Party that features live music, Cajun cuisine, and Mardi Gras “razzle dazzle.”

Place:        Tybee Island

Time:        Street Party Noon – 6:00pm, Parade 2:00pm

Cost:          Parade and Street Party are free and open to the public

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