As the month of November starts, we are typically still basking in creative wonders at Savannah Film Festival which is winding down its eight-day run. And we are gearing up for signature autumn events such as those that celebrate the sport of running and the delight of food, drink, and art. Then, at month’s end, we swing into the spirit of the holiday season. Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on.

First Friday for Folk Music

Date and Time:   November 3, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Place:      First Presbyterian Church

Cost:        $5 suggested donation

It’s another great evening of music featuring a little bit of country mixed with folk and blues from Tybee-based singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver, who also has a hand in the Savannah Songwriter Series. Also on the bill for the November concert is Brittany Moses Toledo, a singer and acoustic guitarist who is new to Savannah but an old hand at writing songs.

Hopped Up on Georgia Brews

Date and Time: November 3, 2pm-6pm

Place:     Rousakis Riverfront Plaza    

Cost:       $40

It’s back! The fourth annual edition of this exciting craft beer tasting event returns to the Savannah riverfront. Rock out to live music, snack on a variety of scrumptious appetizers, get unlimited beer tastings and take home an event T-shirt and a souvenir glass. More than 20 different craft brewers are expected. Savannah Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon runners get a $5 discount on the price of a ticket.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon

Date and Time: November 4-5, Schedule of events

Place:        Marathon Start Line: Bay and Bull Streets

Cost:          Varies (registration info)

Did you know that the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series is celebrating 20 years this year? And that this is Savannah’s 7th year with the series? That’s seven years and thousands of runners getting to soak in our city’s sublime scenery as they are entertained by bands performing along the course. The headliner act for the finish line festival is Fitz and the Tantrums, one of the country’s hottest live acts. Bonus this year: Run any distance Saturday and Sunday and earn a third medal.

Savannah Food and Wine Festival

Date and Time: November 7-12, Schedule of events

Place:        Varies throughout Savannah     

Cost:          Varies by event (ticket info)

When this weeklong celebration of food and drink is done for a given year, folks start counting the days until the next one. Here’s some of what’s in store. Take to the water on a riverboat cruise for a couple of the events, don’t miss the BBQ (new last year and a roaring success), rub shoulders with fellow festivalgoers while sipping wine and spirits and sampling culinary delights at the Taste of Savannah, and savor the 5-course pop-up dinner in Forsyth Park on the final night of the festival.

Arty Party

Date and Time: November 10, 7pm-9pm, Patron Hour 6pm-7pm

Place:   Telfair Square

Cost:     General tickets: $85 ($50 members)

                Patron tickets start at $125

This popular preview bash for the Telfair Art Fair offers you exclusive artist access to a chic cocktail reception with live music and great food and drink. Arty Party Patrons also get a special hour reserved just for them before the reception to view and purchase their pick of artists’ works.

Telfair Art Fair and Free Family Day 

Date and Time: November 11-12, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm

Place:        Telfair Square

Cost:          Free and open to the public

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 artists from across the country will have their works on display in historic Telfair Square for you to browse and buy. Choose wares from an array of artistic disciplines such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, digital media and more. Kids’ activities are planned for both days, and you get to channel your inner sculptor at FREE Family Day on Saturday (12-4pm).

Savannah Children's Book Festival

Date and Time: November 18,  10am-4pm

Place:        Forsyth Park

Cost:          Free admission

Children of all ages enjoy this annual event where they explore all kinds of different worlds through books. There’s always plenty of family-friendly things to do. And the 2017 headlining author is Kwame Alexander, a New York Times Bestselling author of 24 books, including just published SOLO (a young adult novel) and The Crossover which has won several prestigious awards.

Feed the Hungry

The November Unity in the Community festival will offer its customary variety of fun things to do: browse the arts and crafts, enjoy the food and live musical entertainment. Plus, at this month’s event, the nonprofit will be taking up non-perishable food items as donations for Savannah’s Feed the Hungry as they prepare for their upcoming Feed the Hungry Holiday Dinners.

Date and Time: November 18-19, 11am-11pm Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday

Place:        Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

Cost:          Free

Gobble Wobble Charity Bar Crawl

Soon, many of you will stuff your tummy at a Thanksgiving feast. So, how about getting into a celebratory frame of mind by wobbling your way through beautiful downtown Savannah in this Thanksgiving-themed bar crawl. Get your “Thirsty Turkey” scorecard, make your way to each venue, and get drink specials and swag. Dress in “turkey attire” if you like. The event goes on rain or shine.

Date and Time: November 19, 4pm-11pm

Place:        Starts at Stafford’s Public House

Cost:          Tickets $15 until Nov. 17, then $20

Savannah Invitational

Date and Time: November 21-25, Schedule varies by day

Place:        Savannah Civic Center

Cost:          Tickets $10-$50

Like collegiate basketball? Check out this pre-season tournament that is now in its 2nd year. It brings six women’s and four men’s college teams together from across the country for five days of action-packed competition. The Savannah State Lady Tigers are in on that action this year.

United Way Turkey Trot

Date and Time: November 23, 8:30 am start time for Run/Walk

Place:        Daffin Park

Cost:          Varies based on registration date

Run before you gobble down Thanksgiving dinner and support a good cause at the same time. The race course starts in picturesque Daffin Park and takes you through the Ardsley Park neighborhood which boasts some of Savannah’s finest architectural gems and amazing autumn vistas. Kids have their own events. The age 2 and under crowd have the Diaper Dash (40 feet), and those up to age 8 can take on the Kiddie K (400 yards).

Boat Parade of Lights

Date and Time: November 25, 5pm-10pm

Place:        Both sides of the riverfront

Time:        5pm-10pm

Cost:          $10 admission per person (watch free from the riverfront)

It’s a signature event in the annual Savannah Harbor Holiday Series and a long-established Savannah tradition. And it’s one of our city’s holiday parades, only this one features boats bedecked with lights that cast shining reflections in the Savannah River. Live music accompanies the lighted vessel parade and there’s a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show you don’t want to miss.

 The ERA Evergreen - Live Love Savannah Team will keep you up to speed on all the marvelous and magical sights and events coming up during the holiday season. Visit our blog often and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you need information or assistance to effectively navigate the Savannah real estate market. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!