Every May, Savannahians look forward to the Massie Center May Day Festival in the historic Calhoun Square. In this traditional welcoming of spring, school children from across the Savannah dress up in festive cultural garb and perform dances from around the world. Their repertoire includes the Maypole Dance, and they delight in wrapping Maypoles in pretty pink and white streamers.
This year the May Day Festival is May 5. And it's just one of many exciting things to do during the month. Some others are listed below, and check visitsavannah.com for more info.
Playing in the sand takes on new meaning each year when SCAD students sculpt intricate creations on Tybee's idyllic beach. These works of art have ranged from Jabba the Hut to sand castle replicas of SCAD buildings to sea creatures of every kind. And if you're among the beach lovers who come out to cheer the artists on, you get to soak in the sun, play in the ocean, and feel like a kid again.
When: May 1 (Rain date: May 8)
Where: Tybee Island on North Beach
Calling All Foodies: The 'First Friday and Saturday' event for May brings food booths to Rousakis Plaza, where local restaurants will serve up tasty Savannah-style seafood creations. The event also features live entertainment. So you get to tickle your taste buds and get your dance moves on.
When: May 1 – May 3
Where: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, River Street
Cost: Event is free; food prices vary
For the 39th year, Savannah will celebrate its Scottish heritage with time-honored Highland games. The venue is Bethesda Academy's Bynuh's Field, home of regal oaks and enchanting vistas of the marshes of Savannah's Moon River. The event is a full day of fun with activities like a Border Collie demonstrations, piping and weight toss contests, sack races and kilted runs (for kids), and more.
When: May 2
Where: Bynuh's Field, Bethesda Academy
Cost: Adults - $10 ($12 at gate), Children - $5 (under age 10 - free), Military $8 (with ID)
The Preservation Festival kicks off with the Awards Ceremony and ends with the festival's first-ever Block Party. In between are an inspiring talk and a tour of homes on which you'll hear preservation stories. Live music and neighborhood fare are on tap for the Block Party where you'll get up close and personal with the impacts of preservation through home tours and historic storytelling.
When: May 7 – May 9
Where: Venues vary with the event
Cost: Tickets range from $10-$75; Opening Lecture is free
A kick off to summer just wouldn't be the same without the ever-popular Tybee Beach Bum Parade. A heads up if you've never been: Prepare to get soaking wet. And, to give as good as you get, take a squirt gun or a water hose to join in the friendly water battle that wages during and after the parade.
When: May 15
Where: Tybee Island
On Memorial Day weekend, lots of feet (and paws) will hit the pavement in the Savannah Mile charity run. It's open to all and will be run in heats. Who are you likely to see? Families, strollers and dogs; runners that range from youngsters to seniors who are young at heart; and firefighters, police officers, and military in full gear. And some walk to honor fallen heroes. Proceeds benefit surviving families of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line-of-duty.
When: May 23
Where: Downtown Savannah
Cost: Participant fee $15-$25; free for spectators
Have a fun-filled May and enjoy all that Savannah has to offer! And do pay future visits to our blog to see what's coming up next month as well as in the months ahead.
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Links for your reference:
SCAD Sand Arts Festival: http://bit.ly/1Gt9sOD
River Street Seafood Fest: http://bit.ly/1IjYZtl
Savannah Scottish Games: http://bit.ly/1JP4FK0
Savannah Preservation Festival: http://bit.ly/1J6BhPn
Tybee Beach Bum Parade: http://bit.ly/1EjNVto
Savannah Mile: http://bit.ly/1EAkCUQ