Savannah’s Irish roots are deep and strong and we celebrate “all things green” particularly in March with festivities running right up to St. Patrick’s Day. And with the luck of the Irish shining on our city, the month also brings other annual favorites plus a new golf tournament. All of it makes Savannah’s events scene the envy of other cities. So, are you up for a bit of craic? (Gaelic for "merriment"). Here are ways to have a jolly good time.
Fingerstyle guitarist Michael Maddox is no stranger to First Friday for Folk Music and he’ll be back for the March concert, performing country blues music that originated in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The second act is an impromptu trio -- The Unusual Suspects (Bill Smith with Judy and Bob Williams). A classically trained guitarist, Smith’s repertoire includes rock, jazz, Celtic, and traditional music. Judy and Bob Williams play a potpourri of traditional, Celtic and original tunes.
Venue: First Presbyterian Church
Time: March 2 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Get ready for year eight of this wildly popular festival that began as a “pit stop” for musicians on their way to Austin’s SXSW Music Conference. You can count on it being an incredible three-day music journey. It showcases 80-plus bands that include up-and-comers and Savannah-based acts. And it takes place in intimate venues in the Historic District within walking distance of each other.
Venue: Various venues in the Historic District
Time: March 8-10 Varies by day (full schedule)
Cost: $25 - $149
A great family event, the 26th Annual Shamrock Run is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes; 100% of the event proceeds will benefit the mission of improving the health of babies. So, round up your family, friends and four-legged canine family members on race day and head out to Ellis Square. Costumes are encouraged and do plan to stay for live music and refreshments after the run.
Venue: Ellis Square
Time: March 9 Kiddie Run at 5:40 p.m.; 5K at 6 p.m.
Cost: $30 until Feb. 15, then $35, Kids Run (10 and under) FREE
Are you a runner, a craft beer buff or both? Then you won’t want to miss this unforgettable experience. Run or walk a 5K around the fast and flat Grand Prize of America Avenue track on scenic Hutchinson Island. When the race is done, sample craft brews, enjoy live music and grab your snack-of-choice from the food concessions. More than 20 local breweries are expected to be there.
Venue: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Time: March 10 2pm-6pm
Cost: $50 - $70 ($15 designated driver, $25 onsite)
The folks on Tybee invite one and all to join them for the island’s annual celebration of Irish heritage. Dress in green to be attired most apropos for getting your Irish on as you watch the family-friendly parade of floats, bands, local Irish families and more proceed down Butler Avenue.
Venue: Tybee Island
Time: March 10 3pm-5pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
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In keeping with the original St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that date back to the 1800s, there is an annual procession to Emmet Park following a mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. At the park, Irish societies gather by the Celtic Cross Monument for a reverent commemorative ceremony.
Venue: Emmet Park
Time: March 11, 1 p.m.
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Each year on the day before St. Patrick’s Day, members of the Irish community gather by the William Jasper Monument in Madison Square to honor past military and today’s soldiers. Jasper was a Georgia Revolutionary War hero killed in the Siege of Savannah while protecting his regiment’s flag.
Venue: Madison Square
Time: March 16 5pm
Join firefighters from Savannah and others from across the country and around the world for an evening of music, dancing, and fun. This semi-formal event is a “hot ticket” and it typically sells out. There is an open bar and light hors-d'oeuvres from various Savannah restaurants. The music is live and there’s also a silent auction and raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit The Fallen Firefighters Fund.
Venue: Savannah Station
Time: March 16 6pm-10pm
Cost: $50/person, $95/couple
There are a few places greener on St. Patrick’s Day than River Street and City Market as 300,000-plus revelers take to the streets for a party that’s world famous. Join them and catch live entertainment on multiple stages, browse vendors displaying gifts and goodies, grab a green drink and have fun!
Venue: River Street and City Market
Time: March 16-17 10 am-Midnight each day
Cost: FREE Admission
Reserve a bleacher seat ($30-$45) or be an early bird and claim a spot along the parade route to be awed by this grand tradition. It’s the culmination of weeks of Irish heritage festivities and the 3rd largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. So, settle in for an amazing three hours of floats, marching Irish families, award-winning bands, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and more.
Venue: Varying locations
Time: March 17 Starts at 10:15 am
The 2018 tour showcases some of the most gorgeous private historic homes in five exceedingly lovely neighborhoods. You can also enjoy exclusive special events and some of the best cuisines in the city. The events sell out quickly and may have limited seating. Get your tickets early!
Venue: Varying locations
Time: March 22-25 Varies by day (See schedule)
Cost: See ticket price
As always, this annual show will offer food, fashion, shopping, health and beauty. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand and highlights include events like Girl’s Night Out with Handsome Heroes from the Southern Firefighters Foundation strutting their stuff down the runway for charity. Special guests include Vern Kip of “Trading Spaces” and culinary and lifestyle expert Parker Wallace.
Venue: Southern International Trade and Convention Center
Time: March 23-25 Friday: 10am-8pm, Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm
Cost: See ticket prices
The Web.com Tour is bringing a new tournament to Savannah and it’s making its debut at Deer Creek Golf Course at The Landings. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course plays through beautiful pines, moss-draped oaks and weeping willows and through a residential area with tantalizing views of the marsh. A field of 156 players will compete for a purse of $550,000. Winner’s share is $99,000.
Venue: The Landing Club, Deer Creek Golf Course
Time: March 29 - April 1 8am-4:30pm
Cost: Grounds tickets: $10 - $25, Shared Hospitality: $1200 - $1500
This annual 17-day fest will immerse you in every music genre. This year, there’s a new stuff that makes this extravaganza even more awesome. The festival includes two new venues: the brand new Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts and a historical outdoor site at Trustees’ Garden. The last day of the festival will feature an all-day finale of continuous music on three stages plus a vendor marketplace with local and regional refreshments.
Venue: Varies throughout the Historic District
Time: March 29 - April 14 Varies by day (see lineup)
Cost: Varies by event (some events FREE)
Don’t forget that daylight savings time starts at 2 am on March 11. Set your clock forward an hour before you retire for the night so that you’re ready to spring ahead the next day. And remember to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day lest a leprechaun sneak up and give you a pinch. Happy St. Paddy’s Day from the ERA Evergreen Live Love Savannah Team!
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