When the month of March rolls around, Savannahians are getting ready for springtime to make her glorious grand entrance, as warming temperatures start to trigger abundant trees and blossoming flowers in our city. And we (visitors too) are coaxed to get out even more, not just by the spring-like weather, but also by the lure of festivals and other celebrations (see VisitSavannah.com for a detailed calendar) that are kicking into high gear.

Here are some of the lighthearted pleasures you can partake in during the month, Savannah’s world-famous St. Patrick’s Day celebration by all means included.


First Friday for Folk Music

The March concert of Savannah Folk Music Society features gifted performing artists Alice Rye and Melanie Mirande. Rye toured the country with her (late) husband Albert Williams for decades, performing their unique takes on country and folk music. She carries on the tradition and will be accompanied on guitar and vocals by First Friday host Chris Desa. Local songstress and guitarist Melanie Mirande is a familiar face at SFMS; she performed at the first monthly concert in 1995. Her voice has been called angelic and her style is said to be influenced by Joan Baez and Pete Seeger.

Place: First Presbyterian Church

Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Cost: $5.00 minimum suggested donation

MARCH 10-12

Savannah Stopover Music Festival

A hundred bands or thereabouts will fill the Historic District with the music of myriad genres for the 6th Stopover Music Festival. Some will be on their way to Austin’s SXSW Music Conference. For others, this 3-day event is their destination. Organizers cut a wide swath of musical styles for the festival, from Indie Rock to Hip Hop and Bluegrass to Pop. So pick your pleasure, get a to-go cup, and walk from venue to venue or let one of Savannah’s ubiquitous bike taxis whisk you to your next stop.

Place: Various venues in the Historic District

Time: Varies by day (click here for schedule)

Cost:$25 - $79


Jepson Center Birthday Family Day

Wish the Jepson Center a “Happy Birthday!” They are turning 10 this year and invite you to help them celebrate by taking the time to learn about the beauty of the building’s architecture and explore the intricacies that make it unique. It’s all part of Telfair Museum’s Family Days (one each month) that are FREE, fun and educational with hands-on projects, exploration activities, and interactive arts.

Place: Jepson Center for the Arts

Time:1:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: Free admission

MARCH 11-12

Tybee Island St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

As usual, Tybee will be done up in green as those on the island get their Irish on the weekend before Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This year what is to be an annual Irish Jamboree makes its exuberant debut on March 11. The gaiety continues March 12 with a parade that has Tybee whimsy written all over it. You’ll likely see the Alee Temple Police Man who will write you a ticket for not wearing green and a sassy group of ladies who march, dance and twirl beach chairs in perfect sync.

Place: Tybee Island

Time:Jamboree 8:00pm – 10:00pm; Parade 3:00pm

Cost: Free and open to the public


Tara Feis Irish Celebration

The family-oriented, non-alcoholic Tara Feis Celebration is 25 years young this time around and, as has been the case throughout its history, it will be held at Emmet Park, once known as Irish Green due to its proximity to the Irish residents of Savannah’s Old Fort neighborhood. The celebration is a truly immersive Irish experience where you get to tap your toes (or dance a jig) to lively tunes, play traditional games, sample Irish fare and browse a delightful variety of Irish arts and crafts.

Place: Emmet Park

Time:11:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: Free and open to the public


Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Spectators come out as early as dawn to grab a prime spot for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is nearly a two-centuries-old Savannah tradition. It began as a small military display; today the parade has more than 300 groups and up to 15,000 people winding through the scenic streets and around city squares. So settle in and enjoy the sound of bagpipes, as well as everything from festive floats and marching Irish families to high-stepping Irish dancers and majestically prancing Clydesdales.

Place: Downtown Savannah

Time: Starts at 10:15 am

Cost: Free and open to the public

MARCH 17-19

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on the River

Don your green garb of choice and check out the largest annual event in Savannah if you’re in the mood for a rollicking St. Patrick’s Day street party. Savannah will be awash with hundreds of thousands of Irish-by-birth and Irish-at-heart celebrators. Historic River Street becomes a sea of green and vendors line the way displaying gifts and goodies. Bands perform live music all over downtown and the party spills over into City Market and surrounding restaurants and squares.

Place: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Time:10 am – midnight each day

Cost: Free and open to the public


Savannah Music Festival

You can expect the 2016 Savannah Music Festival to follow suit with the past as a highlight of spring and an unrivaled cultural experience. During the 17-day festival, Savannah will host more than 100 productions in 11 unique venues, immersing you in a mixed bag of musical styles. For instance, enjoy Jazz by the river and Chamber Music at historic houses of worship; catch Country, Classical and Orchestra performances at grand old theaters; take pleasure in R&B and Blues with an outdoor garden as a backdrop; rock the dance floor to Cajun and Zydeco or Afro-Caribbean; and much more.

Place: Venues throughout the Historic District

Time: Varies by day (click here for calendar)

Cost: Varies by event


Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens

Round out the month with an event that’s been a Savannah favorite for 81 years—a walking tour of homes and gardens. It offers a rare glimpse inside beautifully restored private residences, some of which date back to the 18th century. This year’s self-guided tour takes you to different sections of the Historic Landmark District which encompass Savannah’s squares, and Ardsley Park – Chatham Crescent which showcases early 20th-century homes, tree-canopied streets, and parklike squares. There are 11 other activities too ranging from luncheons to a Bonaventure Cemetery walking tour.

Place: Varying locations

Time: Varies by day (click here for schedule)

Cost: Home Tours: $50, Prices vary for special events

Indeed, March ushers in festival fun and we look forward to getting out and about in the city that we cherish and that we serve with a different approach to real estate; one that’s built on personal touch, giving back to the community, win-win deals, and positive results. Contact us anytime!

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