During February, Savannah’s event calendar picks up steam as we head toward spring and one of our city’s peak festival seasons. So, we’ve got plenty of ways throughout the month to beat back the winter blues. As an added bonus, many of the happenings are date-worthy diversions and ideal beguilements for that universal day of romance, Valentine’s Day.

Savannah Black History Festival

Venue: Varies by event

Date and Time: February 1 - 18, Download schedule of events

Cost:  Majority of activities FREE and open to the public

Every February, the Savannah Black History Festival hosts myriad events to commemorate and celebrate various aspects of African-American heritage. From music, dance and theatrical performances that stir your soul to historical tours, art exhibitions and lectures that inform and inspire, it’s a not-to-be-missed fete. New this year: $5 all day admission on Grand Festival Day.

First Friday for Folk Music

Venue:  First Presbyterian Church

Date and Time:  February 2, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Cost:  $5 suggested donation

As Savannah gears up for celebrating all things Irish, Savannah Folk Music Society welcomes back the Savannah Ceili Band (one of the city’s longest-tenured Irish bands) for the First Friday concert. The band’s name is the Irish word for a music and dance party, and their performances inspire just that. The second act is the duo Song Bandits – local singers/guitarists Steve Fishack and Mary Ann Pridgen. They will round out the evening with a mix of folk, acoustic rock, Americana, and country. 

Critz Tybee Run Fest

Venue: Tybee Island

Date and Time:  February 2 - 3, See website for schedule

Cost: Varies by run ($30-$145)

Runners take note: The Critz Tybee Run Fest – which combines five races to total a marathon – is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. And for the first time in its history, this world-class running event has launched a mobile app. It gives participants a sneak peek at race running gear and offers exclusive promos for runners, an interactive course map, a race countdown and more.

Potable Gold: Savannah's Madeira Tradition

Venue: Davenport House

Date and Time: February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, 5:30PM

Cost: $22 plus tax (must be 21+)

Back in the 18th century, having a Madeira party as a post-dinner event was a popular thing. The Davenport House keeps that tradition alive with their annual Potable Gold event. The wine tasting gives you a flavor of what Madeira parties were like way back when, and the tour gives you a rare opportunity to see areas of the house that are normally not open to the public.

Gray's Reef Film Festival

Venue: Various locations (in Savannah and on Tybee Island)

Date and Time: February 9 - 11, See website for schedule

Cost: $8/adults and $5/children, students, and military

            $60 Founder’s Day Party

Prepare to be amazed and delighted once again as this year’s film lineup envelopes you in the wonders of the deep. There are two full nights of films, an Emerging Filmmakers Competition and a Sunday matinee. Plus, the festival kicks off with a Founder’s Party described as “edutainment,” and it all benefits Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, a vibrant live-bottom reef off Georgia’s coast.

Georgia Day Parade

Venue: Downtown Savannah

Date and Time: February 9, 10:45 am

Cost: FREE and open to the public

It’s that time of year again. Time for the beloved annual commemoration of the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733. Claim a prime spot and watch local dignitaries, musicians, and costumed historical figures parade through Savannah’s historic squares. And be sure to wave and cheer on the students who have put their all into period costumes to wear for this very occasion.

Colonial Faire & Muster

Venue: Wormsloe Historic Site

Date and Time: February10 - 11, 8am-4pm both days

Cost: FREE and open to the public

Step back into life in the 18th century at this annual living history event at Wormsloe Plantation, a haven of natural beauty and rich history. Cannons and muskets will roar at military demonstrations and blacksmiths and other craftsmen will ply their trades. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy storytelling, period dance, colonial-era musicians, and craft and cooking demonstrations. Food concessions will be available and having tons of fun is a given.

Mardi Gras Tybee

Venue: Tybee Island

Date and Time: February 10, Noon-6pm

Cost: FREE

It’s Mardi Gras Island Style! Purple, green and gold are the colors of the day from costumes and floats to decorative flags and beads. The annual parade is family friendly and nothing short of fantastically spirited, as is the street party which features live entertainment. So, don your best Mardi Gras getup (keep in mind that there’s a costume contest) and let the good times roll!

Cupid is Stupid Bar Crawl

Venue: 12 Savannah bars, Starts at Boomy’s

Date and Time: February 10, 4pm-11pm

Cost:  $15 until February 19, $20 day of event

That’s right. The bar crawl that pretty much tells Cupid to take a hike is back and it’s happening the Saturday before V-day. So, if you think that Valentine’s Day is overrated, you’re celebrating being single, or you are looking to drown your sorrows, spend the evening mixing and mingling with like-minded crawlers. The after-party is at Savannah Smiles and drinks specials will be available.

Super Museum Sunday

Venue:  Multiple sites around Savannah

Date and Time: February 11, Noon-4pm (unless otherwise posted)

Cost: FREE admission

Museums and historic sites are in no short supply in Savannah, and on Super Museum Sunday many of them will welcome guests FREE of charge from noon-4pm. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to soak up history and culture without spending a dime on admission. More than 90 cultural institutions across Georgia will participate in the event, with 35-plus of them in and around Savannah.

Davenport House Valentine's Day Weddings

Venue: Davenport House Museum

Date and Time: February 14, 5pm-7pm

Cost: $100 donation to the museum

Tying the knot, getting hitched, jumping the broom, saying “I do.” However you refer to it, you can exchange your wedding vows on Valentine’s Day in the charming, scenic courtyard at Davenport House. It’s a wildly popular event and time slots sell out. So reservations are strongly recommended for the 10-minute ceremonies that are performed by a licensed officiate.

City Market Vow Renewal Ceremony

Venue: City Market

Date and Time: February 14,  7pm-8pm

Cost: FREE and open to the public

Would you marry your sweetie all over again? Renew your vows at a romantic mass ceremony in the City Market courtyard. Reverend William Hester, pastor of Ashbury Memorial United Methodist Church, has been performing this non-denominational recommitment ceremony for more than 20 years. Note that prize and award giveaways from City Market shops follow the “I do’s.”

Savannah Book Festival

Venue: Downtown Historic District

Date and Time: February 15-18, See schedule

Cost: Festival Saturday is FREE, Headlining events $20

For 11 years now, this world-class literary event has held a spot among the most anticipated annual festivals in Savannah. More than 40 authors will speak at various venues on Festival Saturday. And 2018 headliners include Diana Gabaldon, NYT bestselling author of the OUTLANDER novels, Lisa Ko whose debut novel The Leavers won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize, and Jodi Picoult, #1 NYT bestselling author of 24 novels including Small Great Things.

Savannah Irish Festival

Venue: Downtown Historic District

Date and Time: February 17-18,  See schedule of events

Cost:  $9 single day ticket, $13 weekend ticket

The world-famous Savannah Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations may be about a month away, but it’s around mid-February when The Hostess City kicks off “celebrating the green” with the annual Irish Festival. Every year this event showcases top Irish musical acts and spectacular young Celtic dancers during a fun-filled weekend. There are four stages of entertainment in fact, including a children’s stage, along with authentic Irish food and drink and a Kids Zone featuring Silly Dilly the clown.

2018 Race for Preservation

Venue: Starts at Forsyth Park

Date and Time: February 17-18,  Starts at 8 am

Cost: Varies (see pricing)

Needless to say, we are all about preservation in Savannah. And this race route provides a  wonderful opportunity for you to see the impact of preservation in five historic neighborhoods: The Landmark District, Victorian District, Thomas Square Street Car, Ardsley Park Chatham Crescent, and Daffin Park/ Parkside. At the same time, you get the health benefits whether you run or walk, and you can get a taste of the impending glorious arrival of spring in our city.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, and have a fantastic February! Pick your favorite things to do throughout the month and have at it. And know that as this year gets underway, the ERA Evergreen  Live Love Savannah Team is always available and delighted to help residents and Savannahians-to-be find the home of their dreams and get settled right in.

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