Week of October 15 – 21

OPENINGS: The Drayton Hotel is scheduled to open later this month. As of right now we don’t have a definite date but will post as soon as we have more details. The restaurant and coffee shop inside the hotel is St. Neo’s Brasserie, a seafood brasserie and oyster bar with a southern accent.

Charity Event: Historic Savannah Foundation’s 2019 Annual Gala – Savannah’s most enthusiastic supporters of historic preservation will gather for an evening of dining, dancing and delightful company in downtown Savannah’s Forsyth Park. The 2019 Gala – themed “Call of the Triton’s Horn” – is a multifaceted event, designed to give guests a glimpse into the important work HSF does to save Savannah’s buildings, places, and stories. The elegant affair will begin with privately hosted cocktail parties from 5:30-7 p.m., after which, attendees will head to Forsyth for a silent auction, mingling, and a sumptuous dinner from 7-9 p.m. Live musical entertainment and dancing will cap off the enchanted evening, which concludes at 11 p.m. Dance music will be provided by John Brackett and the Equinox All Stars. Tickets

October 4 – 26: Living History, Yellow Fever in Savannah: In October the Davenport House Museum will present a dramatic recreation of early 19th century life when yellow fever ravaged the city. Costumed interpreters portray residents coping with the realities of life during a catastrophe with an exploration of death and funeral customs, medical treatments as well as how various sectors of the population dealt with events.  A highlight is moving through the candlelit rooms witnessing enactments.  In an area seldom seen by visitors, the fate and experiences of the uncounted half of the city’s population, both free and enslaved African Americans, are revealed. Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door, program starts at 7pm and runs for 45 minutes, every Friday and Saturday through October.

October 18 – 27Tybee Post Theater: The Tybee Arts Association presents a new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stephenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – a classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. “On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-Era London Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self, Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. Tickets $20

Wednesday, October 16

Talk Murder to Me LIVE: Join the podcasters from Talk Murder To Me for an evening of true-crime, comedy, and beer at Southbound Brewing Company in Savannah! Hosts Jon, Jen, and Nicole will be detailing events from a gruesome true crime murder story all while recording live on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcast. Enjoy drinking murder-themed beer while the microphones are opened up so you can have your voice heard on this favorite true-crime podcast. $35/person at the door. Southbound Brewing, 107 E Lathrop Ave.

Friday, October 18

Midnight Masquerade in the Mansion: Don your masks for a momentous night of revelry in the beautiful, historic Telfair Academy for its 200th anniversary! Presented by Telfair’s William Jay Society, this year’s Masquerade in the Mansion brings a unique Savannah theme to the annual soirée: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a celebration of the city’s notorious characters and the novel’s intrigue while masked merrymakers mingle, dance, and explore Telfair’s original building in all its spooky splendor. Starts at 8pm, must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets

Jack the Ripper: Savannah Ballet Theatre presents the Whitechapel area of London in the fall of 1888. Local newspapers called this era the “autumn of terror” due to the serial killer who was hunting women at night. Everyone knows the story of Jack, but what about his victims? Savannah Ballet Theatre’s professional dancers will take you on a journey through the lives of the women deemed ‘the canonical five’. Both performances of this world premiere (October 18 & 19) will feature a meet and greet after the show. (This performance is suggested for kids 13 & up. While the ballet will not be gory, it does feature adult content.) Savannah Cultural Arts Center Tickets

Saturday, October 19

Skidaway Marine Science Day: An afternoon of activities, tours and talks will make Skidaway Marine Science Day a can’t-miss event for all ages on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the University of Georgia Skidaway Marine Science Campus, located on the north end of the island (10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, Ga. 31411). The campus-wide open house will be presented by the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. FREE Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

2nd Annual Fall Festival: Savannah Bee Company -Check out Local Handmade Goods
-Tie-dye your own Bee Cause t-shirt
-Enjoy kombuchas and cold brews by Fête Chalet
-Snag a picnic table in the garden and enjoy a plate of BowTie Barbecue Co. or an assortment of tacos by Dark Shark – Taco Attack
-Pick out fall plants by Savannah Victory Gardens
-Get your face painted (even if you’re an adult)
-Have fun bouncing in the Bounce House
-Waggle and dance to the sweet tunes of Danielle Hicks and the Resistance
-Catch a buzz at the Mead Bar Savannah Bee Company, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd

St. Vincent’s Historic Tour of Homes, Gardens & Tea: This year’s Fall Tour of Homes promises to be a fascinating look inside six residences in Savannah’’s Historic District and the original 1845 Convent building. Some of the homes reflect their origins in architectural style, interiors and furnishings, while others offer an exciting, eclectic approach to downtown living. For the first time ever, gardens (4) have been added to the tour .

The centerpiece of the tour is the elegant Tea, which is served on the grounds of the Convent. St. Vincent’’s Academy students will serve a delicate repast of tea, homemade confections, and traditional tea sandwiches. Tour: 10am – 4pm; Tea: 11am – 3pm. Tickets $50/person

Sunday, October 20

Neighborhood Cocktail Contest: B Matthew’s Eatery is hosting a Cocktail Contest featuring Ghost Coast Distillery spirits. Come out and enjoy appetizers, cocktails, and the excitement of watching the ultimate cocktail contest. 3:30 -5:30pm

Maker’s Market Savannah October Market: In the beer garden at Moon River Brewing for another day of sips and shopping! Come out and shop 11 incredible Savannah makers and artists- you’ll recognize some familiar faces from markets past as well as get to meet some newcomers to the Savannah market scene! There will be products ranging from jewelry, leather goods, home goods, bath products, original artwork, photography, candles, apparel, plants and MORE! 12pm – 5pm

Week of October 8 – 14

Openings: Broughton Common (a sister gastro pub to Ordinary Pub) opened Monday, October 7.

Closures: Both Southeast Helicopter Tours and Old City Helicopter Tours have permanently closed.

City Market

October 4 – 26: Living History, Yellow Fever in Savannah: In October the Davenport House Museum will present a dramatic recreation of early 19th century life when yellow fever ravaged the city. Costumed interpreters portray residents coping with the realities of life during a catastrophe with an exploration of death and funeral customs, medical treatments as well as how various sectors of the population dealt with events.  A highlight is moving through the candlelit rooms witnessing enactments.  In an area seldom seen by visitors, the fate and experiences of the uncounted half of the city’s population, both free and enslaved African Americans, are revealed. Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door, program starts at 7pm and runs for 45 minutes, every Friday and Saturday through October.

Thursday, October 10 – Saturday, October 12: Savannah Greek Festival: Come out and enjoy live entertainment, historic and cultural tours and of course plenty of authentic Greek food at Savannah’s Greek Festival!

Each day there will be food available for pick up through online ordering. Go to savannahgreekfest.com to place orders.

The festival will feature homemade Greek foods, desserts, Greek dancing, church tours, a marketplace for shopping, Greek music and so much more. This three-day festival is a celebration of Greek culture, cuisine, music, and heritage. Hosted in the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center, the festival attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13: Tybee Island Pirate Fest Events will be taking place all across the island as Tybee celebrates its 15th Annual Pirate Festival. Bring your family and your friends to the 15th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest. Make sure to dress in your finest pirate attire or be ready to shop for some in the Thieves’ Market while there. For a list of events and venues as well as tickets (to include The Buccaneer Ball) please visit www.tybeepiratefest.com.

October 11 – February 16, Telfair Museum’s Newest Exhibit at Jepson Center: Summon the Sea, Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick: Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick examines the work of six contemporary artists—Corey Arnold, Guy Ben-Ner, Patty Chang, Tristin Lowe, Allan Sekula, and Frank Stella—who act as epic storytellers as they respond to, challenge, and celebrate the allegories presented in Melville’s literary classic through large-scale sculpture, photography, prints, and video made since 1985. These artists were selected for the epic nature of their own searching: the bodies of work on view represent a similar tome-like status in each artist’s oeuvre—they were either painstakingly created over multiple years or were executed on an epic scale warranted by a novel like Moby-Dick. These artists’ work encourages dialogue about ecology and nature, economics and industry, human psychology and emotion.

October 12, Savannah Art Walk: Join the art walk for complimentary cocktails and water, kindly provided by Hyatt Regency Savannah, at the 2:00 Welcome Reception where you will receive your map and meet some of the sponsoring artists! Art Walk until 6:00, where you will meet at the DeSoto for more complimentary beverages and a raffle of art and prizes!

Sunday, October 13 – Food Truck Festival: The Savannah Food Truck Festival at Daffin Park is Family Friendly and Kid Friendly. It runs from 11am-6pm. For a list of Food Trucks and Special events visit Food Truck Festival!

Sunday, October 13 – Frogwarts! Georgia State Railroad Museum and Savannah Children’s Museum will transform into a magical Harry Potter-themed experience during “Frogwarts” on Sunday, October 13th from 11 am to 3 pm.

This year’s classes will include Wand Making, Potions, Fortune Telling, Defense Against the Dark Arts: Glow in the Dark Fun!, Care of Magical Creatures, Quill Writing, Herbology, Muggle Studies and Quidditch. Attendees can also take a ride on our steam locomotive, the Frogwarts Express, or visit Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Workshops, include Georgia Reptile Society, Snapology of Savannah with Harry Potter LEGO building, Savannah Stage Company with a cast of some favorite Harry Potter Characters. The NASA Solar System Ambassadors will share Astronomy lessons, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More will be on-site creating event themed t-shirts that will be available for purchase, The Lowcountry Turners will be creating unique wooden wands and Leopold’s Ice Cream will be on-site serving Harry Potter inspired sweet treats.

This event is $12 for all participants, ages eighteen months and up. Pre-registration is required at: bit.ly/Frogwarts2019. Coastal Heritage Society members receive access to early registration, an express check-in line and priority boarding for the Frogwarts Express train ride.

Week of October 1 – 7

OPENINGS: 2 Cracked Eggs – second location now open at 301 West River Street.

Broughton Common, a new gastro pub located at 118 E Broughton St, will open Monday, October 7 (sister pub to Ordinary Pub).

The First African Baptist Church is undergoing some renovations but will still be open for tours – using a side entrance instead of the main entrance.

September 27 – October 3: Driving Miss DaisySparks fly in this groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize winning story by Georgia native, Alfred Uhry, about a decades long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow south. Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early ‘70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.  TICKETS Savannah Repertory Theater

Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5: Moon River Opera presents The Medium – After one of her fraudulent seances becomes a little too real, Madame Flora spirals into paranoia, dragging her daughter and mute ward into what she can only assume to be her dark hallucinations… Or are they? Join Moon River Opera in the beautiful and haunting Green-Meldrim house for a spooky performance you won’t soon forget! TICKETS

Oktoberfest 2019

October 4 – 6 : 2019 Oktoberfest: 36th Annual Oktoberfest on River Street will have Wiener and Almost Wiener Dog Racing, Oompah Dance Music, Stein Races, Keg Rolling Races and a variety of great German cuisines and beers to offer. Of course we will have fantastic artisans join us with live music as well as fun and games, there will be a “Kidz Zone” hosted with community partner, March of Dimes. Come and enjoy a little German flavor on River Street! Friday’s festivities run from 4-11pm; Saturday from 10am-11pm; Sunday from 10am-6pm.

October 4 – 26: Living History, Yellow Fever in Savannah: In October the Davenport House Museum will present a dramatic recreation of early 19th century life when yellow fever ravaged the city. Costumed interpreters portray residents coping with the realities of life during a catastrophe with an exploration of death and funeral customs, medical treatments as well as how various sectors of the population dealt with events.  A highlight is moving through the candlelit rooms witnessing enactments.  In an area seldom seen by visitors, the fate and experiences of the uncounted half of the city’s population, both free and enslaved African Americans, are revealed. Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door, program starts at 7pm and runs for 45 minutes, every Friday and Saturday through October.

Friday, October 4

First Friday Open Studio and Cocktail Party: Time to bust out the Wine and Cheeseboards… oh don’t forget the champagne! Cedar House Gallery will be extending its hours till 9PM on October 4th for the First Friday Art March! Gallery and studios are open to the public, artists of Cedar House will be here! 6 – 9pm, Cedar House Gallery, 122 E 36th Street (Part of the First Friday in Starland Art March)

Saturday, October 5

3rd Annual Oktoberfest at Coastal Empire Beer: Coastal Empire will be celebrating Munich’s biggest festival of the year with German inspired craft beer on tap, German style food and lots of games. Guests attending in lederhosen or dirndl get their first pint FREE! 12pm-9pm

Pooler Food Truck Festival and Marketplace: Food truck festival with marketplace vendors, rides and entertainment at the Pooler Stadium, Pooler Recreational Complex next to the West Chatham YMCA, off Pooler Parkway. Eat and Shop till you drop! 11am-6pm

Tribute – A celebration of the Allman Brothers Band: This powerful eight-piece group faithfully recreates the music of one of the finest bands of all time. Since its founding in 2013, Atlanta-based TRIBUTE has earned a reputation as the source for the authentic Allman Brothers Band sound around Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Rigged with vintage equipment, they interpret the Allman catalog in such a way that these songs written in the ‘60s and ‘70s come alive again. Tybee Post Theater. TICKETS 8-10pm.

Sunday, October 6

Picnic in the Park: Savannah’s largest outdoor musical event, Picnic in the Park (PIP) not only gives Savannah Philharmonic the opportunity to share world-class music to a wide-range of citizens, it also provides an opportunity for them to partner with local schools and colleges, to give students the opportunity to perform on stage, in a live professional environment. In addition, the U.S. Army Band performs with the presentation of the US Color Guard and Salute Battalion. Free and open to the public, this event is a true collaboration with the City of Savannah, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, local colleges, and several corporate and community partners, as well as the 3rd ID and veteran groups. Schedule of performers. 3pm – 9:15pm

Curator’s Tour – If These Walls Could Talk: Explore William Jay’s life, travels, and most importantly his designs as we celebrate 200 years of William Jay architecture in Savannah. In the three short years between his arrival from England in 1817 to his departure for Charleston in 1820, William Jay changed the face of Savannah. In a time when many Americans sought to distance themselves from European influence and develop a national character of their own, a few, including Richard Richardson, Alexander Telfair, William Scarbrough, and Archibald Stobo Bulloch, still sought the classical elegance of the popular English Regency style. Jay delivered the luxurious showplaces they desired and also elevated Savannah’s civic life with a new theater, a design for the Savannah Branch of the Second Bank of the United States, and a new Customs House. Free with admission to the museum. Call to register: 912-790-8807