The fall season in Savannah, GA, is truly something to experience. With an abundance of festivals, events, and local happenings, it's not hard to see why Savannah is a popular place to visit around this time of year. From jazz, barbecue, beer, and film to haunted houses, cider mills, pumpkin patches, and ghost tours, this city is a real treat. So whether you're looking to get in on all the fun, celebrate the holidays, or simply enjoy the temperate weather in this southern fall paradise, Savannah can accommodate you. That said, here are ten ways to experience the magic of Savannah this fall.
10 Enjoy Some Jazz
In the month of September, Savannah hosts a variety of events, including the annual Savannah Jazz Festival. Here visitors and jazz music lovers can listen to world-renowned musicians, artists, and a plethora of local legends. There is even a military band that puts on an absolutely incredible show. What's more, this festival offers a taste of jazz for just about everyone and is an overall good time. So if you happen to be in this lively city during September, make sure you check out this jazz party.
9 Get In The Halloween Spirit
It is no secret that Savannah loves Halloween and fall time frights. With your choice of haunted tours, pub crawls, hotel stays, attractions (haunted houses, the Haunted Forest in Savannah, Terror Planation, etc.), and more, visitors will have no problem getting into the spirit of this fun-filled holiday. Of course, there are also fewer scary events available for the kiddos. Dubbed the most haunted city in the US, if you're on the fence about spending Halloween in Savannah, don't be—this city promises one of the best Halloweens around.
8 Taste The Local Fanfare
Visitors can also partake in another fantastic and downright tasty festival in October —CCA Georgia Blues, Brews, BBQ & Bourbon. Here festival goers can enjoy delicious Texas Style BBQ from a variety of vendors, the sweet sorrow of blues music along with craft beer and some good old-fashioned Southern whiskey. But that's not all; this wonderful festival takes place at Eastern Wharf, which has a fantastic waterfront. So you can also marvel at the stunning views of the Savannah River while you get your fill of the local fanfare.
7 Drink Up At Oktoberfest
Starting in late September and for the entire month of October, beer enthusiasts and connoisseurs can drink up at Savannah's Oktoberfest. Held in the high-spirited Plant Riverside District, visitors can enjoy this free, family-friendly festival and its plethora of events every weekend. Notable Oktoberfest happenings include live music, annual German traditions, delicious festival eats, German cuisine, and, of course, the main feature—a beer garden with a vast selection of craft beers. There is also wine available, along with other handcrafted spirits and cocktails.
6 Catch A Film Screening
Savannah really loves putting on a good festival brimming with first-class southern hospitality. So it's not too surprising that there is also an annual film festival that's held at the end of October. So if you consider yourself a movie buff or simply enjoy a cinematic masterpiece, then the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, is definitely for you. A mini Cannes Festival in the making, this star-studded event always has an amazing turnout, so make sure you purchase your tickets early!
5 Celebrate Savannah Pride
Both the Savannah PRIDE Festival and the PRIDE After Dark Event are worth checking out this fall season. Here visitors and locals can delight in this fantastic annual festival and all its celebratory events this October. With an array of activities, live music, yummy eats, crafts, lovely libations, the Masquerade Ball, and more, this colorful, multi-day party showcases inclusivity for all in Savannah. So if you are ready to have a grand old time with family and friends, then come celebrate this long-standing occasion.
4 Play A Round Of Golf
Playing a round of golf in perfect weather is also an option for travelers looking for some serene daytime fun this fall. Here, golfers and lovers of the game can tee off at The Club at Savannah Harbor. This amazing course features 18 holes of championship-style golfing, an onsite spa, a lounge, and a pro shop. Plus, The Club offers up some beautiful scenery with an unencumbered view of the Savannah River—which is truly a spectacular sight to see in autumn with its surrounding colorful foliage.
3 Check Out Phil The Park
Just when you thought your fall event calendar was coming to a close, Savannah serves up some fantastic events, concerts, and picnic extravaganzas at Phil the Park. Known as one of the city's major attractions, Forsyth Park, a.k.a. Phil the Park, is definitely worth checking out with its extensive line-up of music bands, chorus groups, and performers. During the cooler months, events here are even more magical, so when you're in town, don't forget to see what's going on at this iconic entertainment spot in Savannah.
2 Set Sail
One of the nice things about autumn in the South is that the weather is amenable almost all year round. So if you are looking to enjoy all the magic of fall, off the beaten path, then book a sailing charter tour aboard Sail Savannah and visit fascinating places only accessible by boat. Here, tour guests can set sail on a gorgeous 30-foot Catalina 30 and feel like they've arrived. Overall, this is a great way to take in all of Savannah's surrounding beauty as you pass by picturesque waterfront homes and lovely beaches—all while sipping on champagne as the sun sets.
1 Explore The City
Finally, if you haven't already taken a stroll through this beautiful city's cobblestone streets lined with fall foliage, Halloween décor, pumpkins, and more—what are you even doing? The city of Savannah knows how to do autumn right. So visitors should absolutely explore River Street, stop by City Market, shop on Broughton and Whitaker Street, and check out the one-of-a-kind views of the Savannah River. There are also a variety of walking and city tours—haunted and non-haunted—if you prefer to go exploring with an expert or local guide.