September jump-starts the fall festival season in Savannah. Locals and end-of-summer visitors are also treated to a passel of other highly popular annual events, including fundraising walks and runs. And with the Southern summer typically loosening its grip on Savannah as the month goes on, it’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy them all.

SEPTEMBER 2-3

Bacon Fest

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Get ready to go hog wild for two full days on Labor Day weekend, savoring the flavor and aroma of all things bacon. This is the third year to taste your way through most every yummy bacon creation you can imagine, and some that might catch you by surprise like bacon brownies. It’s a dream come true for bacon-obsessed foodies and just thinking about is likely to make your mouth water.

Place:        Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Time:        4pm-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday

Cost:          Admission is free


 SEPTEMBER 3

Savannah Craft Brew Fest

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What do you get when you combine great food, music, craft beers and more? The annual Craft Brew Fest. It serves up memorable river views of the Historic District, and a pleasurable sampling journey through hundreds of world-class beers. New this year is a beer and cheese pairing, and past favorites are back including a silent disco where you hit the dance floor with wireless headphones.

Place:        Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Time:        1pm-6pm

Cost:          General Admission Tickets $45 ($50 day of event)

                    Priority Entrance Tickets $60

                    Designated Driver Tickets $15 in advance


SEPTEMBER 3-4

Tybee Labor Day Beach Bash

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Tybee Island revs up on Labor Day weekend with its annual Beach Bash. This is year number nine for the event where families enjoy the beach and coastal breezes as they start saying “so long” to summer. Enjoy live music – Southern Rock one evening and Beach Music the next. Stick around on Sunday for the fireworks show and watch a prism of colors light up the night sky.

Place:        Tybee Island Peer and Pavilion

Time:        Live music 7pm-10pm, Fireworks 9:15pm

Cost:          Free


SEPTEMBER 10

Tunnel to Towers 5K 

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This 5K is one of many that will take place across the country to honor all who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the valor of firefighter Stephen Siller. Although he was off-duty, Siller put on his gear and ran to the Twin Towers via the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel; he lost his life that fateful day. Run or walk this 5K, the choice is yours. Proceeds benefit wounded veterans and first responders.

Place:        Meet in Orleans Square, Downtown

Time:        8am Start Time

Cost:          $30 registration through September 7 ($40 after that)

                    $25 active military and first responders


SEPTEMBER 17

Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K Walk/Run

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September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, and one of the ways you can help raise money and awareness is by participating in the annual Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K Walk/Run. All “speeds” are welcomed from beginners to competitive runners, and you can run with your jogging stroller or canine friend. All proceeds assist women in the local area with gynecological cancers.

Place:        Hutchinson Island

Time:        Run starts at 8:30am

Cost:          $30 registration through September 11

                    $35 September 12 through race day


SEPTEMBER 17

Free Family Day at Jepson Center

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The timing of this month’s Family Day at the Jepson Center falls within the weeklong residency of the Tibetan Monks. During this time they will create and ritually destroy a sand mandala (painting). The ceremony symbolizes the impermanent nature of existence. In keeping, Family Day participants will get a kid-friendly intro to Tibetan culture that includes trying butter tea and sand painting.  

Place:        Jepson Center

Time:        1pm-4pm

Cost:          Free


SEPTEMBER 18

The Birthday Run

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It’s a race. It’s a music festival. It’s a birthday bash. Yep, it’s all three, and this increasingly popular worldwide event will be at Lake Mayer on September 18. Your 5K trek will take you past multiple neon stages, each with its own party. Feel free to run, walk, or dance along the illuminated course, and don a party hat and dance the night away at the post-race revelry where it will “rain” confetti.

Place:        Lake Mayer

Time:        6pm-9pm

Cost:          $50 Individual entry


SEPTEMBER 18

Centennial Series - Fort Pulaski 

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Part of the celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, the September event in Fort Pulaski’s Centennial Series is Kayaking with a Ranger. Described as an easy paddle, the trip is two hours out and back. Besides the relaxing glide toward Oyster Island and the panoramic views, you’ll have the opportunity to observe otters, dolphins, ospreys and other coastal wildlife.

Place:        Fort Pulaski

Time:        9:30am-1:30pm

Cost:          $7 entrance fee for those 16 years and older


SEPTEMBER 24

Heart of Savannah 5K

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Get out your running shoes and join a host of other participants in celebrating life and hope. The 27th Annual Heart of Savannah 5K benefits YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s LIVESTRONG program for cancer survivors. The course – alongside Forsyth Park and through the historic squares – is a feast for your eyes. The little ones have their own quarter-mile run, a 1-mile walk honors survivors, and everyone gets to “play” at the family-friendly after party.

Place:        Start/Finish at Forsyth Park

Time:        8:40am Kids Run, 9am 5K

Cost:          1/4 Mile Kiddie Run: FREE 

5K: $30; $35 (9/17/15 - RACE DAY)

1 Mile Survivor’s Walk: $20; $25 (9/17/15 - RACE DAY)


SEPTEMBER 24

Fiesta Latina

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Hispanic Heritage month begins on September 15 and one of the ways Savannah celebrates is with Fiesta Latina. On this occasion, the sights and sounds of Latino culture fill the riverfront. Dancers in brightly colored attire kick up their heels in time with the cultural music. Vendor booths line the plaza with food and arts and crafts from most every Latin American country. And live bands entertain merrymakers with various genres that reflect the richness and diversity of Latin America culture.

 Place:       Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Time:        Noon-10pm

Cost:          Free Admission


SEPTEMBER 24

Coastal Arts Fair

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Spend an end-of-September day at the beach, enjoying the salty sea breezes and browsing unique arts and crafts at the 2016 Coastal Arts Fair. More than 50 vendors are expected to be on hand for all kinds of artwork creations for sale. Get a sneak preview of some of the art the prior evening (7pm-9pm) at a ticketed fundraiser. Just put on your flip flops and black tie; add a Hawaiian shirt to your outfit if you like – you’ll be spot on for the evening’s dress code of Tybee Black Tie.

Place:        Memorial Park, Tybee Island

Time:        10am-6pm

Cost:          Free 

 

Get out and enjoy the endorphin-boosting events during the month as you bid summer adieu, and get ready for a fantastic fall lineup. You can keep up with the happenings through the Live Love Savannah blog (check out VisitSavannah.com for more). You can keep up with what’s happening in the Greater Savannah real estate market on our website too, or just click or give us a call (912-341-6601).

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