Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, we tend to see the spring-like weather in Savannah in February. And this unofficial start of our hometown's farewell to the winter season is accompanied by romantic happenings and historic tributes with cultural offerings and running events sprinkled throughout. So prepare to leave winter behind and sweeten up your leisure life with  February fun.

Savannah Black Heritage FestivaI

February  1-26

Place:     Venue varies  by event

Time:       Download schedule of events

Cost:        Free and open to the public

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One of the ways Savannah honors Black History Month is a three-week-plus family-oriented festival. This year, in addition   to the  ever-spectacular Grand Festival Day, visual art exhibitions and music and dance performances, the festival offers two special "firsts." Walking tours are planned to several areas significant to Savannah's rich African-American history. And, a traveling exhibit of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum will be on display at the Beach Institute at the month's start.

Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival

February   2-5

Place:      Trustees Theater (Friday & Saturday), Tybee Post Theater (Sunday) 

Time:        Varies  by event  (click here for  schedule)

Cost:         Varies  by day (ticket  info)

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You can look forward to another exciting film lineup this year, which includes two full nights of 3D films that explore the underwater world. You'll  be swept away to the remote Galapagos Islands and to the heart of ocean reefs, and immersed in a story of survival in the unforgiving environment of the  Arctic and in a secret world within the sea. New this year is a Sunday matinee at Tybee Post Theater that features a variety of films from the International Ocean Film Festival.

First Friday for Folk Music

February   3

Place:     First Presbyterian Church

Time:       7:30 pm  -  10 pm

Cost:        $5.00 minimum suggested donation

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Local acoustic guitarist and singer Ricky Standard counts James Taylor,  Hendrix and Clapton among his musical influences, and he will bring that inspired style to a performance for the February First Friday for Folk Music audience.  The Savannah Ceili Band will also perform, playing traditional Irish dance music on accordion, guitar,  whistle, flute, bodhran, banjo, and bouzouki.

Critz Tybee Run Fest

February 3 - 4

Place:     Tybee Island

Time:       Click here for schedule

Cost:        Varies by run ($45 - $140)

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A running event like no other,  the Critz Tybee Run Fest offers five different races for your choosing. If you participate in all of them,  you'll  run a full marathon. Courses for the 5K, 10k, half marathon and one-mile run take you along Tybee's  quaint streets past sublime scenes of natural beauty. Your view from the 2.8-mile course along Tybee's  beach is a close-up of the deep blue Atlantic.

Georgia History Festival's Colonial Faire & Muster

February 4 - 5

Place:     Wormsloe State Historic Site

Time:       10 am - 4 pm

Cost:         Free and open to the  public

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Curious about what  18th-century life was like in Georgia?  Pay a visit to Wormsloe   Historic  Site for the annual  Colonial  Faire & Muster program and watch that period in history come alive. Learn about the founding of Georgia,  watch the mustering of the militia, experience cooking, and craft demonstrations, and enjoy Colonial song and dance - all while surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Super Museum Sunday and FREE Family Day

February 5

Place:     Multiple Sites for Super Museum  Sunday; FREE Family Day at Jepson Center

Time:       Noon - 4pm;  FREE Family Day 1pm-4pm

Cost:        Both events  are free  and open to the  public

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Once a year -  on a Sunday afternoon   -  dozens of museums,  historic sites, and cultural institutions in and around  Savannah open their doors to the public for  FREE. It's a chance to take in as much of our city's  rich history and culture as you can fit into four hours -  and it won't   cost you a dime in admission.   On that same day, Jepson Center for the Arts will host the  February  FREE Family Day where visitors can explore contemporary art and meet and discover local artists.

Georgia History Festival's Georgia Day Parade

February 10

Place:      Forsyth  Park to City Hall via Bull Street

Time:        Parade steps off  at 10:45 am

Cost:         Free and open to the  public

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Don't  miss one of Savannah's  most cherished annual events -  the commemoration of our city's founding in 1733. It's always a colorful parade with musicians and local dignitaries marching through   Savannah's  historic squares along with parade participants dressed as historical figures and thousands of elementary school students dressed in period costumes  (many of them handmade).

Cupid is Stupid Bar Crawl

February 11

Place:     Downtown   Savannah (starts  at Boys)

Time:       4 pm -11pm

Cost:        $15 until  February  10, $20 on day of the  event

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No matter  if you're celebrating Valentine's Day or feeling  a little anti-cupid, why  not join  others for a Valentine-themed    pub crawl  on the Saturday  before  the  "day of love."  You can travel at your own pace through 12 downtown bars and restaurants that are offering drink specials for pub crawl participants.   There's  free swag too  (while supplies last), and an after-party at Savannah Smiles.

Davenport House Valentine's Day Weddings

February 14

Place:     Davenport House Museum 

Time:       9 am -7 pm

Cost:        $150 donation to the museum

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Say "I do" on Valentine's  Day at the Davenport House Museum.  Ceremonies will be performed by a licensed officiant every  15 minutes in the picturesque courtyard garden.  Bring a valid  Georgia marriage license, and contact the  Museum in advance if you would like to choose a time.

Savannah Book Festival

February 16 - 19

Place:     Downtown   Historic  District

Time:       Varies by day (Click here for  schedule)

Cost:        Festival Day is free;  Opening,  Closing and Keynote  Tickets  $20 each

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Savannah  Book Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and will once again be set in venues around postcard-perfect Chippewa,  Wright and Telfair  Squares. The event has more than  40 authors scheduled for the  Main  Festival  Day. Festival headliners are #1 New  York Times bestselling author  James Patterson;  prize-winning,   bestselling author  Colson Whitehead;   and Christina  Baker Kline, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller,  Orphan  Train.

Savannah Irish Festival

February 17 - 19

Place:     Savannah Civic Center

Time:       Varies by day (see schedule)

Cost:       Click here for ticket  pricing

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This year marks the silver anniversary of the annual  Savannah  Irish Festival, one of several of our city's  world-class celebrations of Irish heritage.  As a kickoff to Savannah's  season of "celebrating the green,"  it offers four stages of live entertainment including a Children's  Stage with performances, especially for the wee ones. And everyone will love the lively Celtic music and high-stepping dancers,  as well as tickle their taste buds with delicious Irish favorites.

Color Vibe 5K

February 18

Place:     Savannah International    Convention   Center

Time:       9 am start  time

Cost:        $45; $65 Day of Event

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If you've  been waiting for the Color Vibe 5K, note that it's in February this year. And, as usual, it promises a vibrant time with all the  "happy"  you can handle.   So put on your white shirt,  lace up your running shoes, and invite friends and loved ones to join you in getting covered from top to toe with splashes of edible,  biodegradable paint powder in tie-dye colors. The race is not timed and there is no hurry;  so you can run, walk or even dance your way to the finish line.

Mardi Gras Tybee

February 25

Place:        Tybee Island

Time:          Street  Party Noon -  6pm,  Parade 2pm

Cost:           Parade and Street  Party are free  and open to the  public

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Are you ready to celebrate Mardi Gras? Just drive out to Tybee at month's  end. The island will be dressed up in purple, gold and green flags and the good times will roll in true  Tybee style. Festival goers will line the streets for a sprightly parade that features fantastical floats and colorfully-costumed marchers and cyclists.  Revelers will take to the street for an exuberant Street Party with live music and animated street performers.   And it's a good bet that all will shout out for beads!

2017 Race for Preservation

February 25

Place:     Forsyth  Park

Time:       8 am start  time

Cost:        Varies (click here for  pricing)

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When you run the Annual  Seacrest Race for  Preservation,   you support your community,   get some exercise and have a great time all at the same time!  It's a golden opportunity to see the impact of preservation efforts as you follow the course through five historic districts.  And it's a fantastic way for your family to get out and experience the colors and fragrances of the approaching spring.

Have a wonderful   Valentine's   Day and a fantastic  February!  Spend time doing all of the things that you love. And if one of your  2017 resolutions is to find your first or next home to love, spend some time with one of Live Love Savannah's  knowledgeable real estate professionals.   We're  local experts who strive every day to make our clients'  real estate pursuits as seamless and easy as they can be.

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