April 2016 Events In Savannah
When the flowers begin to bloom under the warm Georgia sun, Savannah’s springtime events sprout up left and right. Everything from music to wine festivals and art walks fill up event calendars and bring people out to enjoy Georgia’s First City. In April, there are more than a few fun things to do in Savannah, so be sure to get out and enjoy these fun events:
Savannah Music Festival
March 24-April 9
Every year, the Savannah Music Festival serenades and satisfies the soul with songs and sounds of the season. All throughout the Historic District of Savannah, the Savannah Music Festival presents more than 100 performances in theatres, churches, museums and all kinds of places all over the city, celebrating exceptional artistry in jazz, classical and a variety of American and international musical traditions. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call (912) 525-5050 or click here to visit their website.
Preservation Walking Tour of the Landmark Historic District’s East Side
April 2,9, 16 & 30
See preservation efforts in Savannah at their finest with a tour led by the Davenport House director on Saturday mornings in April. At 8 a.m., guests will begin a stroll through one of the oldest and most varied neighborhoods, learning about all sorts of personalities, structures, and issues that enthralled Savannah’s preservation movement. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden at 324 E. State Street will follow the 100-minute, 2.3-mile walking tour. Admission is $21. For more information, call the Davenport House Museum at (912) 236-8097 or click here to go to their website.
Coastal Arts Fair on Tybee Island
Just 20 minutes outside of Downtown Savannah a southern seaside escape awaits with sandy shores, nice breezes and good times. If the beach is not enough of an excuse, then you’ll have to head over to Tybee Island (a.k.a. Savannah’s Beach) for the 2016 Coastal Arts Fair at Memorial Park. This free family-friendly arts and crafts festival will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and will include food, as well as over 50 vendors showcasing everything from metalwork to photography and jewelry. For more information, contact the Tybee Arts Association at (912) 786-5920 or click here to visit their website.
Second Saturday Art Walk
There are all kinds of tours that take guests on explorations through the Historic District of Savannah, but none quite like the Second Saturday Art Walk. Each month, guests have the opportunity to grab a map (click to see map) and discover the creative side of Savannah with this evening event that allows visitors to meet the artists of Downtown Savannah at over 30 galleries. Guests that visit 10 or more galleries by 8 p.m. will even be entered in a drawing for special gifts, which can include free hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets or gallery gift certificates. For more information, click here to go to their website.
Telfair in Bloom
If you missed the blooming azaleas or want to see even more fabulous floral arrangements, then be sure to stop by the Telfair Museums. During this three-day event, local designers transform the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center with floral interpretations of iconic Telfair artwork. Using fresh flowers to interpret Telfair’s collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, they will open up a whole new way of seeing the museum, proving that not all art is in a frame! Click here to find out more about tickets and the special Telfair in Bloom events.
Tybee Island Wine Festival
While the Savannah Wine Festival celebrates in the fall season, Tybee Island’s annual celebration of wine returns in the spring with events throughout the week. The Tybee Island Wine Festival will showcase all kinds of different wines, allowing guests several opportunities to taste and learn more about each. Tickets range from $35 to $90+. For more information about the Tybee Island Wine Festival, call the Tybee Post Theater at (912) 472-4790 or click here to go the event’s website.
Elvis at 21
The Telfair Museum is bringing rock ‘n’ roll to Savannah this spring with the “Elvis at 21,” an exhibition featuring about 40 photographs by the late Alfred Wertheimer printed from the original negatives of Elvis Presley in 1956—the year that Elvis released his first record, made his first television appearance and started his movie career. It all kicks off with a lecture on April 21 by Chris Murray at 6 p.m., followed by a Sock Hop Celebration following from 7-9 p.m. (admission is $12).
Then on April 22, The Jepson Center for the Arts will open the exhibition to the public with a presentation that coincides with the 60th anniversary of Elvis’s first concert in Savannah. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for military and students with an ID, and $15 for children (under 12 years). For more information, contact the Jepson Center at (912) 790-8800 or click here to visit their website.
Bourbon and Bowties
If you have not yet been inside the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, then this is your perfect excuse to go! From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Bourbon and Bowties will shine a spotlight on local bourbon from Savannah Bourbon, hand rolled cigars and two fun activities! Enjoy cocktails and southern cuisine under the stars while dancing to the music of The Chris Thomas Band. Tickets are $50 per person and will include two bourbon drinks. For more information, click here to visit their website.
Savannah Sidewalk Art Festival
Every year, students and alumni from SCAD, as well as the local high school, create magnificent chalk masterpieces in Forsyth Park for the annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. The colorful festival returns from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with individuals and team competing to win prizes of up to $1,500. In addition to the sidewalk art, visitors can also see the art of tableaux vivants, or “living pictures” in which actors and models will silently depict a scene as if in a photo. Chalk distribution begins at 10 a.m., drawing at 11 a.m., with judging at 2 p.m. and results announced at 4 p.m. For more information about this event, or to register, click here to SCAD’s website.