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FALL ARTS: Festival Calendar


Oct. 5–7 on River Street. Oompah bands, fun for the kids, brewskis and all the bratwurst you can stand. Ja wohl!

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Oct. 5 and 6 in the South Beach parking lot. Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil, who knows a thing or two about pillage and plunder, was the perfect choice as entertainment headliner for the 2012 arrgh–fest. Neil and his band perform Oct. 6; the rest of the weekend is taken over by a pirate–themed marketplace, gun ‘n’ games, more live music and a lot of folks wandering around puffy shirts and eye patches. See

Picnic in the Park

At 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Forsyth Park. The park’s the place to be on this Sunday afternoon, and many thousands will be there with elaborate, eccentric and eclectic themed picnic setups to the theme of “Some Enchanted Evening.” It all starts with a pet costume contest at 2 p.m., and the enchanted evening itself kicks off at 7:30 p.m. the Strings of the South Orchestra, pianist Eddie Wilson’s annual musical potpourri. See

Savannah Folk Music Festival

Events from October 12th (music in Ellis Square) to the 14th (a concert in Grayson Stadium with Doug McLeod, Curley Maple, Al Petteway & Amy White, and Diedre McCalla. Also: A “Noteworthy Arts Auction” and a performance from this year’s winner of the Youth Songwriting contest. See

Savannah Greek Festival

Oct. 11–13 at the Hellenic Community Center, 14 W. Anderson St. St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the 61th year of its tasty celebration of all things Greek – food, dancing, music, food, arts and culture, food and more food. See

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Oct. 19–22. At J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill, they always get some cool bands for this annual family fun fest. This year it’s the Gin Blossoms, still justifiably proud of their one and only major hit “Found Out About You.” Arts and crafts, carnival rides, and (yes) seafood. See

Graveface Fest

Oct. 27. Southern Pine Co. It’s a Halloween festival, complete with haunted house, hosted and mosted by Savannah’s spookiest resident, Ryan Graveface. Music by Black Moth Super Rainbow, Casket Girls, Marshmallow Ghosts and others. Plus three horror films.

Savannah Film Festival

Oct. 27–Nov. 3, downtown. Curated by SCAD and endorsed by Hollywood, this is the biggest red–carpet event of all.  A full week of screenings including major movies that haven’t even opened yet, independent features and shorts, and celebrity–attended events and award ceremonies. The 2012 schedule hasn’t been announced – expect it soon.

Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival

Oct. 28 in Forsyth Park. The folks at Congregation Mickve Israel never disappoint with a day full of blintzes, latkes, strudel, challah and other delicacies.

Tybee Beach Brew Fest

Nov. 2 and 3. Starts Friday with live music, beers and bratwurst at Marlin Monroe’s; Saturday pairs craft beers with local fare at a gala at the Tybee Lighthouse, and music by the Sons of Bluegrass. A fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater. See


Nov. 8–10. Charles Adler, founder of Kickstarter, is the keynote speaker at this year’s celebration of all things technological. Location is still TBA. It’s three days of talks, workshops and demonstrations on 21st Century creativity. See geek–

Telfair Art Fair

Nov. 10–11. Following an opening night preview on the 9th, the Telfair Museums’ delightful open–air art fair features approximately 120 artists, in all media, showing and selling their wares. There are $10,000 in prizes.

Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Nov 10. in Forsyth Park. More than 60 local and regional authors and illustrators, food, live entertainment, arts and crafts and fun stuff for the younger set. The event is little brother to the Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 14–17, 2013.