In Savannah, we tend to make the most of May! It’s a marvelous month that’s still on the front side of the summer heat, the call of Tybee’s Beach is loud and clear, and there’s a special day set aside just to honor Moms. We celebrate age-old traditions, have been known to add a new one or two, and revel in sharing our convivial events scene with a bounty of springtime tourists.

May 1

Massie May Day Celebration

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Every May since 1857, hundreds of wide-eyed elementary school students have dressed in colorful cultural costumes and converged on historic Calhoun Square for merry-making and dance. A May Day King and Queen are crowned each year and everyone looks forward to the giggles of delight that fill the square as children duck in and out around Maypoles weaving streaming ribbons.

Place:        Calhoun Square

Time:        10am - Noon

Cost:          Free

May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

Tea in the Garden

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If you enjoy a good cup of afternoon tea, you’ll have the chance every Thursday and Friday in May to do just that while learning about tea traditions of the 19th century. Prior to sitting down for tea, you will tour the areas of the Davenport House where tea service took place. Then join costumed interpreters in the verdant courtyard garden for a tea experience of days gone by.

Place:        Davenport House

Time:        May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 4:15 p.m. and May 18, 19, 25, 26 at 5 p.m.

Cost:          $18 adults, $14 children ages 8 to 17 years, Reservations recommended

May 4-6

Tybee Wine Festival

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Fine wine, entrancing live music performances, seafood so fresh it was just swimming and other culinary delights. What more could you ask for? A sublime setting you say? Check. From the cozy vibe of a 5-course wine-tasting dinner at Tybee Island Social Club to the ocean view from the Grand Wine Tasting held on the lawn of Tybee Light Station, the backdrop is dazzling! New this year is a VIP Tasting Ticket that offers an exclusive VIP tent and additional food samplings and special wines.

Place:        Tybee Island

Time:        Varies by day (see schedule)

Cost:          Tickets $25 - $95


First Friday for Folk Music

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Savannah-based singer/songwriter Lauren Lapointe is one of the performers on tap for the May concert. She travels the country sharing her unique voice and soulful songs with a variety of audiences at many well-known listening rooms across the nation. Singer/songwriter and popular guitarist Pete Love will also share his musical talent with the First Friday audience. Love has a mastery of most genres of music from blues and acoustic to rock and roll.

Place:        First Presbyterian Church

Time:        7:30pm – 10:00pm

Cost:          $5.00 minimum suggested donation

MAY 5-7

Tybee Rainbow Fest

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Travelers and residents celebrate the LGBT community at a fun-filled weekend event each year on Tybee Island. The 2017 schedule includes a T-Dance, a Beach Sweep, Sunday Brunch and a parade that has become a hallmark of the event. Plus, there’s plenty of party time – including one party where the dress code is white attire – that rolls on well into the night.

Place:        Tybee Island

Time:        Times vary (see schedule)

Cost:          Free entry, Drink specials


Tybee Tour of Homes

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Tybee is known for its diverse array of homes, and the 2017 Tour of Homes gives you an inside-the-front-door look at eight of the most beautiful residences on the island and a renovated Airstream travel trailer. Both contemporary getaways and historic cottages are showcased, including a cottage that has been featured in several movies. The price of your ticket includes parking and lunch.

Place:        Tybee Island

Time:        10am – 4pm

Cost:          Tickets $40 each


Savannah Scottish Games

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Early May in Savannah is the time for bagpipes, kilts, Border Collies and more at the annual Scottish games! All kinds of ancient Celtic contests go on, everything from weight tosses to sack races and piping competitions. There will be Highland dancing of course, along with piping and drumming entertainment and a Scottish Marketplace with shops, food and refreshments.  What’s more, the wee ones can try their hand at a variety of athletic activities, games and crafts.

Place:        Bethesda Academy

Time:        9am – 5pm

Cost:          $10 ($12 at gate), Kids 10 and under free, Military/students $5 (with ID)

MAY 12

SCAD Sand Arts Festival

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Spend a day on Tybee’s broad beach, chilling out and watching in amazement as SCAD students, faculty and alumni call on what seems like superhuman talent to sculpt creations from the sand that you never thought possible. Their works – everything from sand relief to 3-dimensional sculptures of people, places and things – are intricate and beautiful and they are a wonder to see. And your time spent at Tybee soaking up the sun and the picturesque view is, as they say, icing on the cake.

Place:        Tybee Island South Beach

Time:        10am – 5pm

Cost:          Free

 May 19

Tybee Beach Bum Parade

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Once you’ve been to the South’s largest water fight, it’s hard not to get hooked on the whimsical fun. And like the many others who line up along Butler Avenue to get soaked by water-throwing paraphernalia on floats that make their way by, you’ll find yourself cheering and perhaps even dousing them back with the water gun that you just happened to bring along. Have fun!

Place:        Tybee Island

Time:        6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost:          Free

MAY 20-21

Unity in the Community Mother's Day/International Festival

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The third weekend of May brings the Unity in the Community monthly event to River Street. The theme as you might guess is Mother’s Day. As usual, you can expect diverse entertainment that includes “The Motown Sound with Mr. Brown,” an artist who plays on Sunday at each of the events. Tasty food and drink are in no short supply, and varied artisans will showcase their wares.

Place:        River Street

Time:        Saturday, 11am – 10pm, Sunday, 11am - 6pm

Cost:          Free and open to the public

MAY 27

Savannah Mile

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Men, women, boys and girls of all ages will take to the street – Drayton Street that is – on Memorial Day weekend to run a mile to honor first responders who have fallen in the line of duty, their families and military heroes. Four-legged friends are welcomed, as are strollers and wheelchairs. Families can do the mile in a Memory Walk, and first responders and military runners can run the Heroes Heat in full gear.

Place:        Downtown Savannah

Time:        Starts at 8am 

Cost:          Race fee $15 until April 30, then $20

 MAY 27

The Crawl of the South

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It’s the largest bar crawl in the South, and next year the event will once again try to break the Guinness World Record. But for 2017, the organizers are simply inviting one and all to come out and enjoy what this year’s event has in store and, in the process, make it the South’s largest and most popular crawl with 5000-plus crawlers one more time.

Place:        Starts at Congress Street Social Club

Time:        4pm – 11pm

Cost:          $15 until May 26, $20 day of event

The ERA Evergreen – Live Love Savannah team is celebrating Moms all month long. With that in mind, we send Happy Mother’s Day wishes across Savannah – the city where we choose to live and work because we love it so much.  And, one where our constant pulse on the market lets us deliver unparalleled real estate experiences. We invite you to let us put our passion for and knowledge about Savannah to work for you.